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Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “There is a Yiddish saying: “If I am going to be forced to eat pork, it better be of the best kind.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I want them poor and they deserve to be poor. You can’t have capitalism without punishment.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “We have been unconsciously exploiting antifragility in practical life and, consciously, rejecting it – particularly in intellectual life. The.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Imagine a speck of dust next to a planet a billion times the size of the earth. The speck of dust represents the odds in favor of your being born; the huge planet would be the odds against it. So stop sweating the small stuff. Don’t be like the ingrate who got a castle as a present and worried about the mildew in the bathroom. Stop looking the gift horse in the mouth – remember that you are a Black Swan.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It is the system and its fragility, not events, that must be studied – what physicists call “percolation theory,” in which the properties of the randomness of the terrain are studied, rather than those of a single element of the terrain.”
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: “The world we live in is vastly different from the world we think we live in.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Banking is a very treacherous business because you don’t realize it is risky until it is too late. It is like calm waters that deliver huge storms.”
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: “When you look at the past, the past will always be deterministic, since only one single observation took place.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Technology is the result of antifragility, exploited by risk-takers in the form of tinkering and trial and error, with nerd-driven design confined to the backstage.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Because what matters in life isn’t how frequently one is “right” about outcomes, but how much one makes when one is right. Being wrong, when it is not costly, doesn’t count – in a way that’s similar to trial-and-error mechanisms of research.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don’t take risks, there is nothing you can do that makes you grand, nothing.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The worst side effect of wealth is the social associations it forces on its victims, as people with big houses end up socializing with other people with big houses.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The true hero in the Black Swan world is someone who prevents a calamity and, naturally, because the calamity did not take place, does not get recognition – or a bonus – for it. I will be taking the concept deeper in Book VII, on ethics, about the unfairness of a bonus system and how such unfairness is magnified by complexity.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Mild success can be explainable by skills and labor. Wild success is attributable to variance.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Because the bell curve ignores large deviations, cannot handle them, yet makes us confident that we have tamed uncertainty. Its.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I have the fondest memories of time spent in places called ugly, the most boring ones of places called scenic.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A king, angry at his son, swore that he would crush him with a large stone.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The best way to measure the loss of intellectual sophistication – this “nerdification,” to put it bluntly – is in the growing disappearance of sarcasm, as mechanic minds take insults a bit too literally.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If my brain can ttell the difference between noise and signal, my heart cannot.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It was calculated that actors who win an Oscar tend to live on average about five years longer than their peers who don’t.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The irony of the process of thought control: the more energy you put into trying to control your ideas and what you think about, the more your ideas end up controlling you.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Remember the psychological discussions on asymmetries in the perception of skills in the previous chapter? We see flaws in others and not in ourselves. Once again we seem to be wonderful at self-deceit machines.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “What he likes most about proprietary trading is that it requires considerably less time than other high-paying professions; in other words it is perfectly compatible with his non-middle-class work ethic. Trading forces someone to think hard; those who merely work hard generally lose their focus and intellectual energy. In addition, they end up drowning in randomness; work ethics, Nero believes, draw people to focus on noise rather than the signal.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Too much success is the enemy, too much failure is demoralizing.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Mediocristan is where we must endure the tyranny of the collective, the routine, the obvious, and the predicted; Extremistan is where we are subjected to the tyranny of the singular, the accidental, the unseen, and the unpredicted.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Don’t complain too loud about wrongs done you; you may give ideas to your less imaginative enemies.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Men destroy each other during war, themselves during peacetime.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Capitalism is about adventurers who get harmed by their mistakes, not people who harm others with their mistakes.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “In a textbook case of naive empiricism, the author also looked for traits these millionaires had in common and figured out that they shared a taste for risk taking. Clearly risk taking is necessary for large success – but it is also necessary for failure. Had the author done the same study on bankrupt citizens he would certainly have found a predilection for risk taking.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The story of the wheel also illustrates the point of this chapter: both governments and universities have done very, very little for innovation and discovery, precisely because, in addition to their blinding rationalism, they look for the complicated, the lurid, the newsworthy, the narrated, the scientistic, and the grandiose, rarely for the wheel on the suitcase. Simplicity, I realized, does not lead to laurels.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “For I have a single definition of success: you look in the mirror every evening, and wonder if you disappoint the person you were at 18, right before the age when people start getting corrupted by life. Let him or her be the only judge; not your reputation, not your wealth, not your standing in the community, not the decorations on your lapel. If you do not feel ashamed, you are successful. All other definitions of success are modern constructions; fragile modern constructions.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Since procrastination is a message from our natural willpower via low motivation, the cure is changing the environment, or one’s profession, by selecting one in which one does not have to fight one’s impulses. Few can grasp the logical consequence that, instead, one should lead a life in which procrastination is good, as a naturalistic-risk-based form of decision making.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Characteristically, Samuelson intimidated those who questioned his techniques with the statement “Those who can, do science, others do methodology.” If you knew math, you could “do science.” This is reminiscent of psychoanalysts who silence their critics by accusing them of having trouble with their fathers.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “In practice, randomness is fundamentally incomplete information.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The problem of knowledge is that there are many more books on birds written by ornithologists than books on birds written by birds and books on ornithologists written by birds.”
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: “In their intense meditation the hidden sound of things approaching reaches them and they listen reverently while in the street outside the people hear nothing at all.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Engineers and tinkerers develop things while history books are written by academics; we will have to refine historical interpretations of growth, innovation, and many such things.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “This is hard to accept in the age of the Internet. It has been very hard for me to explain that the more data you get, the less you know what’s going on, and the more iatrogenics you will cause. People are still under the illusion that “science” means more data.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Unless you are perfectly narcissistic and psychopathic – even then – your worst-case scenario is never limited to the loss of only your life.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Writers are remembered for their best work, politicians for their worst mistakes, and businessmen are almost never remembered.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I am also realizing the nonlinear effect behind success in anything: It is better to have a handful of enthusiastic advocates than hordes of people who appreciate your work – better to be loved by a dozen than liked by the hundreds. This applies to the sales of books, the spread of ideas, and success in general and runs counter to conventional logic. The information age is worsening this effect.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Effectively, there is no democracy without such an unconditional symmetry in the rights to express yourself, and the gravest threat is the slippery slope in the attempts to limit speech on grounds that some of it may hurt some people’s feelings. Such restrictions do not necessarily come from the state itself, rather from the forceful establishment of an intellectual monoculture by an overactive thought police in the media and cultural life.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “History is opaque. You see what comes out, not the script that produces events, the generator of history.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “But the worst touristification is the life we moderns have to lead in captivity, during our leisure hours: Friday night opera, scheduled parties, scheduled laughs. Again, golden jail. This “goal-driven” attitude hurts deeply inside my existential self.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I repeat that we are explanation-seeking animals who tend to think that everything has an identifiable cause and grab the most apparent one as the explanation. Yet there may not be a visible because; to the contrary, frequently there is nothing, no even a spectrum of possible explanations.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “For if you think that education causes wealth, rather than being a result of wealth, or that intelligent actions and discoveries are the result of intelligent ideas, you will be in for a surprise. Let us see what kind of surprise.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Ex cura theoria nascitur.”
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