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Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "A Stoic is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking."

A Stoic is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.




Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Decomposition, for most, starts when they leave the free, social, and uncorrupted college life for the solitary confinement of professions and nuclear families."

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 Quotes: "People used to wear ordinary clothes weekdays, and formal attire on Sunday. Today it is the exact reverse."

People used to wear ordinary clothes weekdays, and formal attire on Sunday. Today it is the exact reverse.




Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Democracies can't handle austerity measures very well."

Democracies can't handle austerity measures very well.



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: "Avoid losers. If you hear someone use the words 'impossible', 'never', 'too difficult' too often, drop him or her from your social network."

Avoid losers. If you hear someone use the words 'impossible', 'never', 'too difficult' too often, drop him or her from your social network.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Someone bemoaned that there were so few women in economics. But there are also very few men in economics."

Someone bemoaned that there were so few women in economics. But there are also very few men in economics.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Someone who says "I am busy" is either declaring incompetence (and lack of control of his life) or trying to get rid of you."

Someone who says "I am busy" is either declaring incompetence (and lack of control of his life) or trying to get rid of you.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Karl Marx, a visionary, figured out that you can control a slave much better by convincing him he is an employee."

Karl Marx, a visionary, figured out that you can control a slave much better by convincing him he is an employee.



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: "A competitive athlete is painful to look at; trying hard to become an animal rather than a man, he will never be as fast as a cheetah or as strong as an ox."

A competitive athlete is painful to look at; trying hard to become an animal rather than a man, he will never be as fast as a cheetah or as strong as an ox.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Umberto Eco is the owner of a large personal library of almost 30,000 books that he has not read. [To him] read books are far less valuable than unread ones."

Umberto Eco is the owner of a large personal library of almost 30,000 books that he has not read. [To him] read books are far less valuable than unread ones.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Your reputation is harmed the most by what you say to defend it."

Your reputation is harmed the most by what you say to defend it.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Social science means inventing a certain brand of human we can understand."

Social science means inventing a certain brand of human we can understand.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Don't cross a river if it is four feet deep on average."

Don't cross a river if it is four feet deep on average.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Answer e-mails from junior people before more senior ones. Junior people have further to go and tend to remember who slighted them."

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 Quotes: "The traits I respect are erudition and the courage to stand up when half-men are afraid for their reputation. Any idiot can be intelligent."

The traits I respect are erudition and the courage to stand up when half-men are afraid for their reputation. Any idiot can be intelligent.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant."

Intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "They think that intelligence is about noticing things are relevant (detecting patterns); in a complex world, intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant (avoiding false patterns)"

They think that intelligence is about noticing things are relevant (detecting patterns); in a complex world, intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant (avoiding false patterns)



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "The central idea in The Black Swan is that: rare events cannot be estimated from empirical observation since they are rare."

The central idea in The Black Swan is that: rare events cannot be estimated from empirical observation since they are rare.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Academia is to knowledge what prostitution is to love."

Academia is to knowledge what prostitution is to love.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud."

If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet."

Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "People are much less interested in what you are trying to show them than what you are trying to hide."

People are much less interested in what you are trying to show them than what you are trying to hide.



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: "Never, never, never think - that's one lesson you should have in life. Never think that lack of variability is stability."

Never, never, never think - that's one lesson you should have in life. Never think that lack of variability is stability.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Only in recent history has "working hard" signaled pride rather than shame for lack of talent, finesse and, mostly, sprezzatura ."

Only in recent history has "working hard" signaled pride rather than shame for lack of talent, finesse and, mostly, sprezzatura .



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "People focus on role models; it is more effective to find antimodels - people you don't want to resemble when you grow up"

People focus on role models; it is more effective to find antimodels - people you don't want to resemble when you grow up



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Life is a tightrope between two errors: generalizing the wrong particular and particularizing the wrong general."

Life is a tightrope between two errors: generalizing the wrong particular and particularizing the wrong general.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "It is a sign of weakness to avoid showing signs of weakness."

It is a sign of weakness to avoid showing signs of weakness.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "...maximize the serendipity around you."

...maximize the serendipity around you.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Learn to fail with pride - and do so fast and cleanly. Maximise trial and error - by mastering the error part."

Learn to fail with pride - and do so fast and cleanly. Maximise trial and error - by mastering the error part.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Wittgenstein's ruler: Unless you have confidence in the ruler's reliability, if you use a ruler to measure a table you may also be using the table to measure the ruler."

Wittgenstein's ruler: Unless you have confidence in the ruler's reliability, if you use a ruler to measure a table you may also be using the table to measure the ruler.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Comfort makes you weaker. We need some variability, some stressors. Not too much, but just enough."

Comfort makes you weaker. We need some variability, some stressors. Not too much, but just enough.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "To succeed in life requires a total inability to do anything that makes you uncomfortable when you look at yourself in the mirror."

To succeed in life requires a total inability to do anything that makes you uncomfortable when you look at yourself in the mirror.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "This is the tragedy of modernity: as with neurotically overprotective parents, those trying to help are often hurting us the most."

This is the tragedy of modernity: as with neurotically overprotective parents, those trying to help are often hurting us the most.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Prediction, not narration, is the real test of our understanding of the world."

Prediction, not narration, is the real test of our understanding of the world.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "At no point in history have so many non-risk-takers, that is, those with no personal exposure, exerted so much control."

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 Quotes: "You have a real life if and only if you do not compete with anyone in any of your pursuits."

You have a real life if and only if you do not compete with anyone in any of your pursuits.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "Being an entrepreneur is an existential, not just a financial thing."

Being an entrepreneur is an existential, not just a financial thing.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "An ad hominem attack against an individual, not against an idea, is highly flattering. It indicates that the person does not have anything intelligent to say about your message."

An ad hominem attack against an individual, not against an idea, is highly flattering. It indicates that the person does not have anything intelligent to say about your message.



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: "You get pseudo-order when you seek order; you only get a measure of order and control when you embrace randomness."

You get pseudo-order when you seek order; you only get a measure of order and control when you embrace randomness.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes: "The inability to predict outliers implies the inability to predict the course of history"

The inability to predict outliers implies the inability to predict the course of history