How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. – Annie Dillard
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Give yourself a present every day. Might be a new shirt in the men’s department, might be a catnap in your office chair. Don’t try to force it; just let it happen. – FBI agent Dale Cooper, on Twin Peaks
There are two kinds of people who lose money: those who know nothing and those who know everything. – Henry Kaufman
In all affairs, it is a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. – Bertrand Russell
APHORISMS by Nassim Taleb
You never win an argument until they attack your person.
Those who think religion is about “belief” don’t understand religion, and don’t understand belief.
They will envy you for your success, for your wealth, for your intelligence, for your looks, for your status, but rarely for your wisdom.
In nature we never repeat the same motion; in captivity (office, gym, commute, sports), life is just a repetitive-stress injury. No randomness.
The opposite of manliness isn’t cowardice; it’s technology.
It is the appearance of inconsistency, and not its absence, that makes people attractive.
Work destroys your soul by stealthily invading your brain during the hours not officially spent working; be selective about professions.
There is one good thing about Marx: he was not a Keynesian. – Murray Rothbard
Human life is an unceasing sequence of single actions. – Ludwig von Mises
THE BUSINESS CYCLE
Credit expansion can bring about a temporary boom. But such a fictitious prosperity must end in a general depression of trade, a slump. – Ludwig von Mises, in Planned Chaos
The boom produces impoverishment. But still more disastrous are its moral ravages. It makes people despondent and dispirited. The more optimistic they were under the illusory prosperity of the boom, the greater is their despair and their feeling of frustration. – Ludwig von Mises, in Human Action
All attempts to coerce the living will of human beings into the service of something they do not want must fail. – Ludwig von Mises in Socialism
THE GOLD STANDARD
The classical or orthodox gold standard alone is a truly effective check on the power of the government to inflate the currency. Without such a check all other constitutional safeguards can be rendered vain. – Ludwig von Mises, in The Theory of Money and Credit