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Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Daily news and sugar confuse our system in the same manner.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Missing a train is only painful if you run after it.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A mistake is not something to be determined after the fact, but in the light of the information until that point.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Mathematics is principally a tool to meditate, rather than to compute.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Many, like the great Roman statesman Cato the Censor, looked at comfort, almost any form of comfort, as a road to waste.1 He did not like it when we had it too easy, as he worried about the weakening of the will. And the softening he feared was not just at the personal level: an entire society can fall ill.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “So just as Stoicism is the domestication, not the elimination, of emotions, so is the barbell a domestication, not the elimination, of uncertainty.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If you need to listen to music while walking, don’t walk; and please don’t listen to music.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “We ingest probiotics because we don’t eat enough “dirt” anymore.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A turkey is fed for a thousand days by a butcher; every day confirms to its staff of analysts that butchers love turkeys “with increased statistical confidence.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Anything one needs to market heavily is necessarily either an inferior product or an evil one. And it is highly unethical to portray something in a more favorable light than it actually is.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “To be completely cured of newspapers, spend a year reading the previous week’s newspapers.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Life would be unbearably bland if we had no enemies on whom to waste efforts and energy.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The difference between slaves in Roman and Ottoman days and today’s employees is that slaves did not need to flatter their boss.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Another definition of modernity: conversations can be more and more completely reconstructed with clips from other conversations taking place at the same time on the planet.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Bureaucracy is a construction by which a person is conveniently separated from the consequences of his or her actions.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “What organized dating sites fail to understand is that the people are far more interesting in what they don’t say about themselves.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Life is a tightrope between two errors: generalizing the wrong particular and particularizing the wrong general.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Every social association that is not face-to-face is injurious to your health.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You stand above the rat race and the pecking order, not outside of it, if you do so by choice.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “For the classics philosophical insight was the product of a life of leisure; for me a life of leisure is the product of philosophical insight.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Forecasting by bureaucrats tends to be used for anxiety relief rather than for adequate policy making.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Not everything that happens happens for a reason, but everything that survives survives for a reason.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Maximum of an average is necessarily less volatile than the average maximum.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Probability and expectation are not the same. Its probability and probability times the pay off.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Many people labor in life under the impression that they are doing something right, yet they may not show solid results for a long time. They need a capacity for continuously adjourned gratification to survive a steady diet of peer cruelty without becoming demoralized.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A mathematician thinks in numbers, a lawyer in laws, and an idiot thinks in words.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I lift heavy weights and sprint, but I am so bad at it that I develop severe injuries.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The rationalist imagines an imbecile-free society; the empiricist and imbecile-proof one, or even better, a rationalist-proof one.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Mark Buchanan’s Ubiquity, Philip Ball’s Critical Mass, and Paul Ormerod’s Why Most Things Fail.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The only article Lady Fortuna has no control over is your behavior. Good luck.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “An honest person will never commit criminal acts, but a criminal will readily engage in legal acts.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It is said that the best horses lose when they compete with slower ones, and win against better rivals. Undercompensation from the absence of a stressor, inverse hormesis, absence of challenge, degrades the best of the best. In Baudelaire’s poem, “The albatross’s giant wings prevent him from walking” – many do better in Calculus 103 than Calculus 101.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The imagination of the genius vastly surpasses his intellect; the intellect of the academic vastly surpasses his imagination.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Categorizing is necessary for humans, but it becomes pathological when the category is seen as definitive, preventing people from considering the fuzziness of boundaries, let alone revising their categories.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “People do not realize that the media is paid to get your attention. For a journalist, silence rarely surpasses any word.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “We have this culture of financialization. People think they need to make money with their savings rather with their own business. So you end up with dentists who are more traders than dentists. A dentist should drill teeth and use whatever he does in the stock market for entertainment.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Some people do not know their own interest – just consider addicts, workaholics, people trapped in a bad relationship, people who support large government, the press, book reviewers, or respectable bureaucrats, all of whom for some mysterious reason act against their own interest.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Survival comes first, truth, understanding, and science later.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I suspect that they put Socrates to death because there is something terribly unattractive, alienating, and nonhuman in thinking with too much clarity.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Technothinkers tend to have an “engineering mind” – to put it less politely, they have autistic tendencies. While they don’t usually wear ties, these types tend, of course, to exhibit all the textbook characteristics of nerdiness – mostly lack of charm, interest in objects instead of persons, causing them to neglect their looks. They love precision at the expense of applicability. And they typically share an absence of literary culture.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “When some systems are stuck in a dangerous impasse, randomness and only randomness can unlock them and set them free.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Restaurants get you in with food to sell you liquor; religions get you in with belief to sell you rules.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “In science you need to understand the world; in business you need others to misunderstand it.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “English “manners” were imposed on the middle class as a way of domesticating them, along with instilling in them the fear of breaking rules and violating social norms.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The government-sponsored institution Fannie Mae, when I look at its risks, seems to be sitting on a barrel of dynamite, vulnerable to the slightest hiccup. But not to worry: their large staff of scientists deemed these events “unlikely.””
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “There is no intermediate state between ice and water but there is one between life and death: employment.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “As Ennius wrote, “The good is mostly in the absence of bad”; Nimium boni est, cui nihil est mali.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “True success is exiting some rat race to modulate one’s activities for peace of mind.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The curse of modernity is that we are increasingly populated by a class of people who are better at explaining than understanding, or better at explaining than doing.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “An option hides where we don’t want it to hide.”
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