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.
    -Mark Twain
  • “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