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Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Answer e-mails from junior people before more senior ones. Junior people have further to go and tend to remember who slighted them.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Steve Jobs: “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It takes extraordinary wisdom and self-control to accept that many things have a logic we do not understand that is smarter than our own.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Scars signal skin in the game.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You never win an argument until they attack your person.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You exist if and only if you are free to do things without a visible objective, with no justification and, above all, outside the dictatorship of someone else’s narrative.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Asking science to explain life and vital matters is equivalent to asking a grammarian to explain poetry.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Success is about honour, feeling morally calibrated, absence of shame, not what some newspaper defines from an external metric.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The more data we have, the more likely we are to drown in it.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “As countries get rich they start increasing education and the very educated people tend to not like trial and error, because they think they’re obligated to use the body of knowledge they have.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Meditation is a way to be narcissistic without hurting anyone.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Most people are sceptical about the wrong things and gullible about the wrong things.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Simplicity is not so simple to attain.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You have family-owned businesses that have been around for 500 years. You cannot name a corporation that survives intact for even a few decades.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The best way to learn a language may be an episode of jail in a foreign country.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Those who were unlucky in life in spite of their skills would eventually rise. The lucky fool might have benefited from some luck in life; over the longer run he would slowly converge to the state of a less-lucky idiot. Each one would revert to his long-term properties.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Go to parties. You can’t even start to know what you may find on the envelope of serendipity. If you suffer from agoraphobia, send colleagues.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Wear your best for your execution and stand dignified. Your last recourse against randomness is how you act – if you can’t control outcomes, you can control the elegance of your behaviour. You will always have the last word.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “An elephant is vastly more efficient, metabolically, than a mouse. It’s the same for a megacity as opposed to a village. But an elephant can break a leg very easily, whereas you can toss a mouse out of a window and it’ll be fine. Size makes you fragile.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Those who talk should do and only those who do should talk.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If you want to annoy a poet, explain his poetry.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “At no point in history have so many non-risk-takers, that is, those with no personal exposure, exerted so much control.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It does not matter how frequently something succeeds if failure is too costly to bear.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Modernity: we created youth without heroism, age without wisdom, and life without grandeur.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Read books are far less valuable than unread ones.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If you don’t feel that you haven’t read enough, you haven’t read enough.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If you’re going to fail, you’d rather fail early than fail late in general.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Writing is the art of repeating oneself without anyone noticing.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Make sure that you are in a situation where the constant mistakes are small and can be used for something.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “What America does best is produce the ability to accept failure.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If something is going on, I hear about it. I like to talk to people, I socialise. Television is a waste of time. Human contact is what matters.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Banks have never made money in the history of banking, losing the equivalent of all their past profits periodically – while bankers strike it rich.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If one puts an infinite number of monkeys in front of typewriters, and lets them clap away, there is a certainty that one of them will come out with an exact version of the ‘Iliad.’”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Entrepreneurs are heroes in our society. They fail for the rest of us.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You need a story to displace a story.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If you roll dice, you know that the odds are one in six that the dice will come up on a particular side. So you can calculate the risk. But, in the stock market, such computations are bull – you don’t even know how many sides the dice have!”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Let me be more aggressive: we are largely better at doing than we are at thinking, thanks to antifragility. I’d rather be dumb and antifragile than extremely smart and fragile, any time.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The classical man’s worst fear was inglorious death; the modern man’s worst fear is just death.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Wit seduces by signaling intelligence without nerdiness.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Ideas come and go, stories stay.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The Golden Rule wants you to Treat others the way you would like them to treat you. The more robust Silver Rule says Do not treat others the way you would not like them to treat you.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “For many people, commuting is the worst part of the day, and policies that can make commuting shorter and more convenient would be a straightforward way to reduce minor but widespread suffering.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A system, artificially stabilized, and of course you have hidden risks under the surface, and you don’t know where the risks are.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Being an economist is the least ethical profession, closer to charlatanism than any science.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “We glorify those who left their names in history books at the expense of those contributors about whom our books are silent. We humans are not just a superficial race – we are a very unfair one.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “When we want to do something while unconsciously certain to fail, we seek advice so we can blame someone else for the failure.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If you do not take risks for your opinion, you are nothing.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I no longer care about the financial system. I gave them my roadmap. OK? Thanks, bye. I’ve no idea what’s going on. I’m disconnected. I’m totally disengaged.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “But it remains the case that you know what is wrong with a lot more confidence than you know what is right.”
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