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The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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“Love without sacrifice is like theft”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“Half of the people lie with their lips; the other half with their tears”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“If you want to annoy a poet, explain his poetry.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“What I learned on my own I still remember”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“They will envy you for your success, your wealth, for your intelligence, for your looks, for your status - but rarely for your wisdom.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“Wit seduces by signaling intelligence without nerdiness.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“The best way to measure the loss of intellectual sophistication - this "nerdification," to put it bluntly - is in the growing disappearance of sarcasm, as mechanic minds take insults a bit too literally.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“A prophet is not someone with special visions, just someone blind to most of what others see”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“The curious mind embraces science; the gifted and sensitive, the arts; the practical, business; the leftover becomes an economist”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“Meditation is a way to be narcissistic without hurting anyone”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“Modernity: we created youth without heroism, age without wisdom, and life without grandeur”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“When you beat up someone physically, you get excercise and stress relief; when you assault him verbally on the Internet, you just harm yourself.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“Academia is to knowledge what prostitution is to love; close enough on the surface but, to the nonsucker, not exactly the same thing”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“My biggest problem with modernity may lie in the growing separation of the ethical and the legal”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“The problem of knowledge is that there are many more books on birds written by ornithologists than books on birds written by birds and books on ornithologists written by birds”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“What organized dating sites fail to understand is that the people are far more interesting in what they don't say about themselves.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“Karl Marx, a visionary, figured out that you can control a slave much better by convincing him he is an employee.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“To bankrupt a fool, give him information.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“true humility is when you can surprise yourself more than others; the rest is either shyness or good marketing”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“The imagination of the genius vastly surpasses his intellect; the intellect of the academic vastly surpasses his imagination”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“I suspect the I.Q., SAT, and school grades are tests designed by nerds so they can get high scores in order to call each other intelligent...Smart and wise people who score low on IQ tests, or patently intellectually defective ones, like the former U.S. president George
W. Bush, who score high on them (130), are testing the test and not the reverse.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“In poor countries, officials receive explicit bribes; in D.C. they get the sophisticated, implicit, unspoken promise to work for large corporations”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“The classical man's worst fear was inglorious death; the modern man's worst fear is just death”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“By all means, avoid words—threats, complaints, justification, narratives, reframing, attempts to win arguments, supplications; avoid words!”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“Suckers think that you cure greed with money, addiction with substances, expert problems with experts, banking with bankers, economics with economists, and debt crises with debt spending”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“Those who do not think that employment is systemic slavery are either blind or employed.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“Work destroys your soul by stealthily invading your brain during the hours not officially spent working; be selective about professions.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“You know you have influence when people start noticing your absence more than the presence of others.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“Just as no monkey is as good-looking as the ugliest of humans, no academic is worthier than the worst of the creators”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
“The rationalist imagines an imbecile-free society; the empiricist and imbecile-proof one, or even better, a rationalist-proof one.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

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