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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.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Half of the people lie with their lips; the other half with their tears.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Procrastination is the soul rebelling against entrapment.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I remind myself of Einstein’s remark that common sense is nothing but a collection of misconceptions acquired by age 18...”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Charm is the ability to insult people without offending them; nerdiness the reverse.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Prediction, not narration, is the real test of our understanding of the world.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Never ask anyone for their opinion, forecast, or recommendation. Just ask them what they have – or don’t have – in their portfolio.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Anything that provides you with very, very stable income, very stable conditions, maybe generally stable, that often, it masks real risks, risks of blow-ups.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Work hard, not in grunt work, but in chasing such opportunities and maximizing exposure to them. This makes living in big cities invaluable because you increase the odds of serendipitous encounters-you gain exposure to the envelope of serendipity.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If I could predict what my day would exactly look like, I would feel a little bit dead.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Wittgenstein’s ruler: Unless you have confidence in the ruler’s reliability, if you use a ruler to measure a table you may also be using the table to measure the ruler.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “An ad hominem attack against an individual, not against an idea, is highly flattering. It indicates that the person does not have anything intelligent to say about your message.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You get pseudo-order when you seek order; you only get a measure of order and control when you embrace randomness.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A verbal threat is the most authentic certificate of impotence.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “By setting oneself totally free of constraints, free of thoughts, free of this debilitating activity called work, free of efforts, elements hidden in the texture of reality start staring at you; then mysteries that you never thought existed emerge in front of your eyes.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The fastest way to become rich is to socialize with the poor; the fastest way to become poor is to socialize with the rich.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Academia is to knowledge what prostitution is to love.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It is a sign of weakness to avoid showing signs of weakness.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The best philosophers were not academics, but had another job, so their philosophy was not corrupted by careerism.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The Internet allows the small guy a global marketplace. But technology is harmful in the sense that we get too much information from it. Because of the web we get 10 times the amount of noise we ever got, which makes harmful fallacies far more likely.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “When an investor focuses on short-term investments, he or she is observing the variability of the portfolio, not the returns – in short, being fooled by randomness.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Probability is not about the odds, but about the belief in the existence of an alternative outcome, cause, or motive.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You have a real life if and only if you do not compete with anyone in any of your pursuits.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A good maxim allows you to have the last word without even starting a conversation.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Success is becoming in middle adulthood what you dreamed to be in late childhood.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If my detractors knew me better they would hate me even more.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It is my great hope someday, to see science and decision makers rediscover what the ancients have always known. Namely that our highest currency is respect.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Social science means inventing a certain brand of human we can understand.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Karl Marx, a visionary, figured out that you can control a slave much better by convincing him he is an employee.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “People are much less interested in what you are trying to show them than what you are trying to hide.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Globalization has created this interlocking fragility. At no time in the history of the universe has the cancellation of a Christmas order in New York meant layoffs in China.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Much of modern life is preventable chronic stress injury.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The curious mind embraces science; the gifted and sensitive, the arts; the practical, business; the leftover becomes an economist.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The person you are most afraid to contradict is yourself.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Few understand that procrastination is our natural defense, letting things take care of themselves and exercise their antifragility.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “When you beat up someone physically, you get excercise and stress relief; when you assault him verbally on the Internet, you just harm yourself.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I disagree with the followers of Marx and those of Adam Smith: the reason free markets work is because they allow people to be lucky, thanks to aggressive trial and error, not by giving rewards or “incentives” for skill.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Never ask a trader if he is profitable: you can easily see it in his gesture and gait.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “When I trade, I don’t have an agency problem; I have my neck on the line. When a bank or banker trades, it’s not his neck on the line.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Democracies can’t handle austerity measures very well.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It has been more profitable for us to bind together in the wrong direction than to be alone in the right one.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Mental clarity is the child of courage, not the other way around.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Never think that lack of variability is stability. Don’t confuse lack of volatility with stability, ever.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Redundancy is ambiguous because it seems like a waste if nothing unusual happens. Except that something unusual happens-usually .”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “An erudite is someone who displays less than he knows; a journalist or consultant the opposite.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “When you write, you don’t have the social constraints of having people in front of you, so you talk about abstract matters.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Only in recent history has “working hard” signaled pride rather than shame for lack of talent, finesse and, mostly, sprezzatura .”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You will be civilized on the day you can spend a long period doing nothing, learning nothing, and improving nothing, without feeling the slightest amount of guilt.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “We tend to use knowledge as therapy.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It’s harder to say no when you really mean it.”
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