i. “to esteem every one is to esteem no one. […] the friend of all mankind is no friend of mine.” (Alceste, The Misanthrope, by Molière)

ii. “The art of not reading is a very important one. It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time. When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet, or novel, or poem is making a great commotion, you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public. A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.” (Schopenhauer)

iii. “people are never like what you remember them. You make them, as the years go by, more and more the way you wish them to be, and as you think you remember them. If you want to remember them as agreeable and gay and handsome, you make them far more so than they actually were.” (Poirot, in Agatha Christie’s Third Girl)

iv. “Youth is a failing only too easily outgrown.” (Agatha Christie, The Secret Adversary)

v. “There are faults which show heart and win hearts, while the virtue in which there is no love, repels.” (John Lancaster Spalding)

vi. “Solitude is unbearable for those who can not bear themselves.” (-ll-)

vii. “If we learn from those only, of whose lives and opinions we altogether approve, we shall have to turn from many of the highest and profoundest minds.” (-ll-)

viii. “The lover of education labors first of all to educate himself.” (-ll-)

ix. “The smaller the company, the larger the conversation.” (-ll-)

x. “What we acquire with joy, we possess with indifference.” (-ll-)

xi. “The innocence which is simply ignorance is not virtue.” (-ll-)

xii. “If our opinions rest upon solid ground, those who attack them do not make us angry, but themselves ridiculous.” (-ll-)

xiii. “(Respect)/(Required math) determines what academic field you should go into. Thus, economics is always a bad choice.” (Zach Weinersmith)

xiv. “there are important information effects of emotion. Emotions provide information about a situation that might be used in reasoning; it alters the way information provided in the reasoning statements is processed; and it influences what additional information may be activated during reasoning. […] emotional states are used strategically to orient reasoning strategies. For instance, sadness might indicate that there is a problem to be solved, and thus that a more careful, analytical mode of reasoning may be indicated. By contrast, positive moods signal that the individual is progressing towards their goals and that there is no urgent problem to solve; habitual, stereotypical ways of reasoning can thus be relied upon. […] anger seems to lead to more heuristic, less systematic processing […]. Similar effects have been observed for positive mood […] inducing positive or negative moods can be effective argumentative strategies to cover up weak arguments.” (Emotion and Reasoning, by Blanchette et al.).

xv. “People vary not only in the emotions they experience, but also in the degree to which they are aware of their own emotions, and emotional awareness influences the impact of emotions on beliefs. […] High emotional awareness has positive consequences when beliefs are adaptive. When the beliefs are maladaptive or destructive (the government is spying on me; I am worthless), high emotional awareness is linked to adverse consequences.” (-ll-)

xvi. “everyone knows they’re going to die, but no one really believes it.” (Spalding Gray)

xvii. “I guess this is why most maps of the solar system aren’t drawn to scale. It’s not hard to draw the planets. It’s the empty space that’s a problem. […] Most space charts leave out the most significant part – all the space.” (If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel – A tediously accurate map of the solar system)

xviii. “There is no dress which embellishes the body more than science does the mind.” (Laurent Clerc)

xix. “It’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time.” (Clayton M. Christensen)

xx. “It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking that people are the sum total of what you see.” (Jonathan Tropper)


February 1, 2016 - Posted by | Books, Quotes/aphorisms

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