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The source of the new monster’s strength was noise. If it heard a bit of noise pertaining to it, it grew stronger. If it heard a lot of noise, whether the noise was adulation or imprecation, it was full of joy, and grew even stronger. Only ...more
John Quinn
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Jane McGonigal
“Positive psychologists call this process “hedonic adaptation,” and it’s one of the biggest hindrances to long-term life satisfaction.16 The more we consume, acquire, and elevate our status, the harder it is to stay happy. Whether it’s money, grades, promotions, popularity, attention, or just plain material things we want, scientists agree: seeking out external rewards is a sure path to sabotaging our own happiness.”
Jane McGonigal, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Daniel Kahneman
“We are far too willing to reject the belief that much of what we see in life is random.”
Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Epictetus
“Remember that you must behave in life as at a dinner party. Is anything brought around to you? Put out your hand and take your share with moderation. Does it pass by you? Don’t stop it. Is it not yet come? Don’t stretch your desire towards it, but wait till it reaches you. Do this with regard to children, to a wife, to public posts, to riches, and you will eventually be a worthy partner of the feasts of the gods. And if you don’t even take the things which are set before you, but are able even to reject them, then you will not only be a partner at the feasts of the gods, but also of their empire.”
Epictetus, The Enchiridion & Discourses of Epictetus

Seneca
“There are more things, Lucilius, likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”
Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

Daniel Kahneman
“The easiest way to increase happiness is to control your use of time. Can you find more time to do the things you enjoy doing?”
Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

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