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Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Missing a train is only painful if you run after it! Likewise, not matching the idea of success others expect from you is only painful if that’s what you are seeking."

Missing a train is only painful if you run after it! Likewise, not matching the idea of success others expect from you is only painful if that’s what you are seeking.




Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "My biggest problem with modernity may lie in the growing separation of the ethical and the legal"

My biggest problem with modernity may lie in the growing separation of the ethical and the legal



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "A mistake is not something to be determined after the fact, but in the light of the information until that point"

A mistake is not something to be determined after the fact, but in the light of the information until that point



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "What America does best is produce the ability to accept failure."

What America does best is produce the ability to accept failure.





Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "You cannot do anything with knowledge unless you know where it stops, and the costs of using it."

You cannot do anything with knowledge unless you know where it stops, and the costs of using it.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "A prophet is not someone with special visions, just someone blind to most of what others see"

A prophet is not someone with special visions, just someone blind to most of what others see




Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Those who do not think that employment is systemic slavery are either blind or employed."

Those who do not think that employment is systemic slavery are either blind or employed.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Just as no monkey is as good-looking as the ugliest of humans, no academic is worthier than the worst of the creators"

Just as no monkey is as good-looking as the ugliest of humans, no academic is worthier than the worst of the creators



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "It took us a while to discover that we do effectively think, but that we more readily narrate backward in order to give ourselves the illusion of understanding, and give a cover to our past actions."

It took us a while to discover that we do effectively think, but that we more readily narrate backward in order to give ourselves the illusion of understanding, and give a cover to our past actions.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Modernity: we created youth without heroism, age without wisdom, and life without grandeur"

Modernity: we created youth without heroism, age without wisdom, and life without grandeur




Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Only he who is free with his time is free with his opinion."

Only he who is free with his time is free with his opinion.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "The next time you experience a blackout, take some solace by looking at the sky. You will not recognize it."

The next time you experience a blackout, take some solace by looking at the sky. You will not recognize it.




Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Know how to rank your beliefs not according to their plausibility but by the harm they may cause."

Know how to rank your beliefs not according to their plausibility but by the harm they may cause.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "What organized dating sites fail to understand is that the people are far more interesting in what they don't say about themselves."

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 Quotes: "Probability and expectation are not the same. Its probability and probability times the pay off."

Probability and expectation are not the same. Its probability and probability times the pay off.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "The author cites researcher David Howard's idea of post-traumatic growth. Howard contends that some individuals faced with a traumatic event actually develop new strength."

The author cites researcher David Howard's idea of post-traumatic growth. Howard contends that some individuals faced with a traumatic event actually develop new strength.




Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Life is about execution rather than purpose."

Life is about execution rather than purpose.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "We should ban banks from risk-taking because society is going to pay the price."

We should ban banks from risk-taking because society is going to pay the price.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free"

The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "The people I go after are the false experts, those who do not accept the limits of their knowledge."

The people I go after are the false experts, those who do not accept the limits of their knowledge.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "A central argument is never a summary. It is more like a generator."

A central argument is never a summary. It is more like a generator.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "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"

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 Quotes: "In the past, only some of the males, but all of the females, were able to procreate. Equality is more natural for females."

In the past, only some of the males, but all of the females, were able to procreate. Equality is more natural for females.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "If the past, by bringing surprises, did not resemble the past previous to it (what I call the past's past), then why should our future resemble our current past?"

If the past, by bringing surprises, did not resemble the past previous to it (what I call the past's past), then why should our future resemble our current past?



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "I drive a hybrid, moving into an electric car. I only drink tap water, never consume food that's travelled."

I drive a hybrid, moving into an electric car. I only drink tap water, never consume food that's travelled.




Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Every social association that is not face-to-face is injurious to your health"

Every social association that is not face-to-face is injurious to your health




Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Suckers think that you cure greed with money, addiction with substances, expert problems with experts, banking with bankers, economics with economists, and debt crises with debt spending"

Suckers think that you cure greed with money, addiction with substances, expert problems with experts, banking with bankers, economics with economists, and debt crises with debt spending



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "They will envy you for your success, your wealth, for your intelligence, for your looks, for your status - but rarely for your wisdom."

They will envy you for your success, your wealth, for your intelligence, for your looks, for your status - but rarely for your wisdom.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "English does not distinguish between arrogant-up (irreverence toward the temporarily powerful) and arrogant-down (directed at the small guy)."

English does not distinguish between arrogant-up (irreverence toward the temporarily powerful) and arrogant-down (directed at the small guy).



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "A theory is like medicine (or government): often useless, sometimes necessary, always self-serving, and on occasion lethal. So it needs to be used with care, moderation and close adult supervision."

A theory is like medicine (or government): often useless, sometimes necessary, always self-serving, and on occasion lethal. So it needs to be used with care, moderation and close adult supervision.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Most info-Web-media-newspaper types have a hard time swallowing the idea that knowledge is reached (mostly) by removing junk from peoples heads"

Most info-Web-media-newspaper types have a hard time swallowing the idea that knowledge is reached (mostly) by removing junk from peoples heads



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "I'm in favour of religion as a tamer of arrogance. For a Greek Orthodox, the idea of God as creator outside the human is not God in God's terms. My God isn't the God of George Bush."

I'm in favour of religion as a tamer of arrogance. For a Greek Orthodox, the idea of God as creator outside the human is not God in God's terms. My God isn't the God of George Bush.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "The problem is that our ideas are sticky: once we produce a theory, we are not likely to change our minds...."

The problem is that our ideas are sticky: once we produce a theory, we are not likely to change our minds....



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg didn't finish college. Too much emphasis is placed on formal education - I told my children not to worry about their grades but to enjoy learning."

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg didn't finish college. Too much emphasis is placed on formal education - I told my children not to worry about their grades but to enjoy learning.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "We humans lack imagination, to the point of not even knowing what tomorrow's important things will look like."

We humans lack imagination, to the point of not even knowing what tomorrow's important things will look like.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "There is a saying that bad traders divorce their spouse sooner than abandon their positions. Loyalty to ideas is not a good thing for traders, scientists - or anyone."

There is a saying that bad traders divorce their spouse sooner than abandon their positions. Loyalty to ideas is not a good thing for traders, scientists - or anyone.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "A prophet is not someone who first had an idea. He is the one to first believe in it and take it to its conclusion."

A prophet is not someone who first had an idea. He is the one to first believe in it and take it to its conclusion.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Doctors most commonly get mixed up between absence of evidence and evidence of abense"

Doctors most commonly get mixed up between absence of evidence and evidence of abense



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Luck is the grand equalizer."

Luck is the grand equalizer.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Why do we keep focusing on the minutiae, not the possible significant large events, in spite of the obvious evidence of their huge influence?"

Why do we keep focusing on the minutiae, not the possible significant large events, in spite of the obvious evidence of their huge influence?



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Meditation is a way to be narcissistic without hurting anyone"

Meditation is a way to be narcissistic without hurting anyone



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Things always become obvious after the fact"

Things always become obvious after the fact