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Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A Stoic is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.”

A Stoic is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.”

The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Don’t aim to be perfect! Aim to be antifragile.”

Don’t aim to be perfect! Aim to be antifragile.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.”

Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Bitcoin is the beginning of something great: a currency without a government, something necessary and imperative.”

Bitcoin is the beginning of something great: a currency without a government, something necessary and imperative.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Weak men act to satisfy their needs, stronger men their duties.”

Weak men act to satisfy their needs, stronger men their duties.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Learn to fail with pride – and do so fast and cleanly. Maximise trial and error – by mastering the error part.”

Learn to fail with pride – and do so fast and cleanly. Maximise trial and error – by mastering the error part.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Missing a train is only painful if you run after it! Likewise, not matching the idea of success others expect from you is only painful if that’s what you are seeking.”

Missing a train is only painful if you run after it! Likewise, not matching the idea of success others expect from you is only painful if that’s what you are seeking.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The fool generalizes the particular; the nerd particularizes the general; some do both; and the wise does neither.”

The fool generalizes the particular; the nerd particularizes the general; some do both; and the wise does neither.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg didn’t finish college. Too much emphasis is placed on formal education – I told my children not to worry about their grades but to enjoy learning.”

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg didn’t finish college. Too much emphasis is placed on formal education – I told my children not to worry about their grades but to enjoy learning.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Dress your best on your execution day. Be extremely courteous to your assistant when you lose money. Try not to blame others for your fate, even if they deserve blame. Never exhibit any self-pity. Do not complain.”

Dress your best on your execution day. Be extremely courteous to your assistant when you lose money. Try not to blame others for your fate, even if they deserve blame. Never exhibit any self-pity. Do not complain.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Academia is to knowledge what prostitution is to love; close enough on the surface but, to the non-sucker, not exactly the same thing.”

Academia is to knowledge what prostitution is to love; close enough on the surface but, to the non-sucker, not exactly the same thing.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “For the robust, an error is information.”

For the robust, an error is information.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud.”

If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Remember that you are a Black Swan.”

Remember that you are a Black Swan.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Suckers try to win arguments, nonsuckers try to win.”

Suckers try to win arguments, nonsuckers try to win.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “This is the central illusion in life: that randomness is a risk, that it is a bad thing...”

This is the central illusion in life: that randomness is a risk, that it is a bad thing...

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “What I learned on my own I still remember.”

What I learned on my own I still remember.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Love without sacrifice is like theft.”

Love without sacrifice is like theft.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “They will envy you for your success, your wealth, for your intelligence, for your looks, for your status – but rarely for your wisdom.”

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



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Comfort makes you weaker. We need some variability, some stressors. Not too much, but just enough.”

Comfort makes you weaker. We need some variability, some stressors. Not too much, but just enough.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Being an entrepreneur is an existential, not just a financial thing.”

Being an entrepreneur is an existential, not just a financial thing.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A man without a heroic bent starts dying at the age of thirty.”

A man without a heroic bent starts dying at the age of thirty.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Injecting some confusion stabilizes the system.”

Injecting some confusion stabilizes the system.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free.”

The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Heroes are heroes because they are heroic in behavior, not because they won or lost.”

Heroes are heroes because they are heroic in behavior, not because they won or lost.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “To bankrupt a fool, give him information.”

To bankrupt a fool, give him information.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The opposite of manliness isn’t cowardice; it’s technology.”

The opposite of manliness isn’t cowardice; it’s technology.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The fragile wants tranquility, the antifragile grows from disorder, and the robust doesn’t care too much.”

The fragile wants tranquility, the antifragile grows from disorder, and the robust doesn’t care too much.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “What fools call “wasting time” is most often the best investment.”

What fools call “wasting time” is most often the best investment.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I want to live happily in a world I don’t understand.”

I want to live happily in a world I don’t understand.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The weak shows his strength and hides his weaknesses; the magnificent exhibits his weaknesses like ornaments.”

The weak shows his strength and hides his weaknesses; the magnificent exhibits his weaknesses like ornaments.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Never take advice from someone wearing a tie.”

Never take advice from someone wearing a tie.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You find peace by coming to terms with what you don’t know.”

You find peace by coming to terms with what you don’t know.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “There are secrets to our world that only practice can reveal, and no opinion or analysis will ever capture in full.”

There are secrets to our world that only practice can reveal, and no opinion or analysis will ever capture in full.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Information is antifragile; it feeds more on attempts to harm it than it does on efforts to promote it.”

Information is antifragile; it feeds more on attempts to harm it than it does on efforts to promote it.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The characteristic feature of the loser is to bemoan, in general terms, mankind’s flaws, biases, contradictions, and irrationality – without exploiting them for fun and profit.”

The characteristic feature of the loser is to bemoan, in general terms, mankind’s flaws, biases, contradictions, and irrationality – without exploiting them for fun and profit.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Those who do not think that employment is systemic slavery are either blind or employed.”

Those who do not think that employment is systemic slavery are either blind or employed.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Half of the people lie with their lips; the other half with their tears.”

Half of the people lie with their lips; the other half with their tears.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Don’t cross a river if it is four feet deep on average.”

Don’t cross a river if it is four feet deep on average.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “We know from chaos theory that even if you had a perfect model of the world, you’d need infinite precision in order to predict future events. With sociopolitical or economic phenomena, we don’t have anything like that.”

We know from chaos theory that even if you had a perfect model of the world, you’d need infinite precision in order to predict future events. With sociopolitical or economic phenomena, we don’t have anything like that.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “My major hobby is teasing people who take themselves and the quality of their knowledge too seriously and those who don’t have the guts to sometimes say: I don’t know...”

My major hobby is teasing people who take themselves and the quality of their knowledge too seriously and those who don’t have the guts to sometimes say: I don’t know...

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “An idea starts to be interesting when you get scared of taking it to its logical conclusion.”

An idea starts to be interesting when you get scared of taking it to its logical conclusion.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The inability to predict outliers implies the inability to predict the course of history.”

The inability to predict outliers implies the inability to predict the course of history.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “There are systems that use failure as fuel for improvement, where the cost of failure is small.”

There are systems that use failure as fuel for improvement, where the cost of failure is small.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Things always become obvious after the fact.”

Things always become obvious after the fact.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet.”

Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The central idea in The Black Swan is that: rare events cannot be estimated from empirical observation since they are rare.”

The central idea in The Black Swan is that: rare events cannot be estimated from empirical observation since they are rare.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “History doesn’t crawl; it leaps.”

History doesn’t crawl; it leaps.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Prediction, not narration, is the real test of our understanding of the world.”

Prediction, not narration, is the real test of our understanding of the world.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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