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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: “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: “Missing a train is only painful if you run after it.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If you want to accelerate someone’s death, give him a personal doctor. I don’t mean provide him with a bad doctor: just pay for him to choose his own. Any doctor will do. This may be the only possible way to murder someone while staying squarely within the law. We can see from the tonsillectomy story that access to data increases intervention, causing us to behave like the neurotic fellow.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Decomposition, for most, starts when they leave the free, social, and uncorrupted college life for the solitary confinement of professions and nuclear families.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Modernity has replaced ethics with legalese, and the law can be gamed with a good lawyer.”
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: “Religion isn’t so much about telling man that there is one God as about preventing man from thinking that he is God.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Not everything that happens happens for a reason, but everything that survives survives for a reason.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The book is the only medium left that hasn’t been corrupted by the profane.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The very idea of exercise is to gain from antifragility to workout stressors – as we saw, all kinds of exercise are just exploitations of convexity effects.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “We favor the visible, the embedded, the personal, the narrated, and the tangible; we scorn the abstract.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Seneca’s version of that Stoicism is antifragility from fate. No downside from Lady Fortuna, plenty of upside.”
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: “People used to wear ordinary clothes weekdays, and formal attire on Sunday. Today it is the exact reverse.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I’m a capitalist but one who is smallist and localist, and who favours businesses where owners are still in charge.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “In politics we face the choice between warmongering, nation-state loving, big-business agents on one hand; and risk-blind, top-down, epistemic arrogant big servants of large employers on the other. But we have a choice.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Switzerland is the perfect place where you have volatility at a municipal level that nothing up top – small units competing with each other.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “How much you truly “believe” in something can be manifested only through what you are willing to risk for it.”
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: “Forecasting by bureaucrats tends to be used for anxiety relief rather than for adequate policy making.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Statin drugs are meant to lower cholesterol in your blood. But there is an asymmetry, and a severe one. One needs to treat fifty high risk persons for five years to avoid a single cardiovascular event. Statins can potentially harm people who are not very sick, for whom the benefits are either minimal or totally nonexistent.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Using the confirmation bias, these people will tell you that religion was horrible for mankind by counting deaths from the Inquisition and various religious wars. But they will not show you how many people were killed by nationalism, social science, and political theory under Stalinism or during the Vietnam War. Even.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I drive a hybrid, moving into an electric car. I only drink tap water, never consume food that’s travelled.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “There are designations, like “economist,” “prostitute,” or “consultant,” for which additional characterization doesn’t add information.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “To understand how something works, figure out how to break it.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Have you noticed that while corporations sell you junk drinks, artisans sell you cheese and wine?”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “My best definition of a nerd: someone who asks you to explain an aphorism.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “People who forecast simply because “that’s my job,” knowing pretty well that their forecast is ineffectual, are not what I would call ethical. What they do is no different from repeating lies simply because “it’s my job.””
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Modernity needs to understand that being rich and becoming rich are not mathematically, personally, socially, and ethically the same thing.”
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: “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: “Never ask a man if he is from Sparta: If he were, he would have let you know such an important fact – and if he were not, you could hurt his feelings.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “There is a certain category of fool-the overeducated, the academic, the journalist, the newspaper reader, the mechanistic scientist, the pseudo-empiricist, those endowed with what I call epistemic arrogance, this wonderful ability to discount what they did not see, the unobserved.”
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: “A mathematician thinks in numbers, a lawyer in laws, and an idiot thinks in words.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Someone bemoaned that there were so few women in economics. But there are also very few men in economics.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A prophet is not someone with special visions, just someone blind to most of what others see.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The track record of economists in predicting events is monstrously bad. It is beyond simplification; it is like medieval medicine.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “An option hides where we don’t want it to hide.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Fragility is the quality of things that are vulnerable to volatility.”
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: “Don’t ask the barber whether you need a haircut, and don’t ask an academic if what he does is relevant.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It is generally accepted that harm from doctors – not including risks from hospital germs – accounts for more deaths than any single cancer.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It was obvious that their profits were simply cash borrowed from destiny with some random payback time.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Paul Krugman is a danger to society!”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You know you have influence when people start noticing your absence more than the presence of others.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “My lesson from Soros is to start every meeting at my boutique by convincing everyone that we are a bunch of idiots who know nothing and are mistake-prone, but happen to be endowed with the rare privilege of knowing 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: “By all means, avoid words – threats, complaints, justification, narratives, reframing, attempts to win arguments, supplications; avoid words!”
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