More Themes 3
- “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
– Thomas Edison
- The aim of argument should not be victory, but progress.
– Karl Popper
- Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound but because it is wrong.
– Edward O. Wilson (1929 – )
- The point of earning an academic qualification in Creative Writing seems to be to hold a job teaching Creative Writing to future Creative Writing instructors, who themselves have decided to study Creative Writing in the hope of securing a Creative Writing sinecure just like their instructors’ – one that will enable them to carry on writing and publishing fiction, drama, verse or essays indefinitely, whether or not they sell any copies of their work.
– Sandra Kotta
- “Superstition is what you have when you don’t know what you’re talking about.”
– Jordan Peterson
- Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
– Pablo Picasso
- “The principle that the end justifies the means is in individualist ethics regarded as the denial of all morals. In collectivist ethics it becomes necessarily the supreme rule.”
― Friedrich A. Hayek
- “When you are dead, you do not know you are dead. It’s only painful & difficult for others. The same applies when you are stupid.”
– attributed to Philippe Geluck and others
- A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.
- “Never trust anyone who doesn’t have skin in the game. Without it, fools and crooks will benefit, and their mistakes will never come back to haunt them.”
– Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.
– Mario Puzo
- Often what people call “thinking” is merely recycling the opinions of others.
– Nathaniel Branden
- “The commonest error in politics is sticking to the carcass of dead policies.”
– British prime minister and foreign secretary Lord Salisbury (1830 – 1903)
- We think by talking. We think and talk by disagreeing. And disagreeing conceptually avoids acting out stupid ideas that would kill us. The abstract territory of conceptual dispute is a substitute for war and death.
– Jordan Peterson
- A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.
– Sam Rayburn