Category: Quotes & Aphorisms

Good Sayings

As a collector of words, I found this the other day in the back of my Daytimer:

  • Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.
  • Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.
  • Better one’s house be too little one day than too big all the year after.
  • But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.
  • The key to wisdom is this: Constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.
  • You cannot master yourself unless you know yourself. There are mirrors for the face but none for the mind.
  • Your life is made up of years that mean nothing, moments that mean all.
  • Middle age is ten years older than you happen to be at the time.
  • In difficult times, you should always carry something beautiful in your mind.
  • The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively but says nothing.
  • There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.

And a friend sent this the other day:

When you’re dead you don’t know you’re dead. The pain is only felt by others.

The same thing happens when you’re stupid.

Charlie Munger

He is the other half of Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway. Smart guy.

Here is one of his quotes, from the book The Tao of Charlie Munger:

“The highest form that civilization can reach is a seamless web of deserved trust – not much procedure, just totally reliable people correctly trusting one another…In your own life what you want is a seamless web of deserved trust. And if your proposed marriage contract has forty-seven pages, I suggest you not enter.”

charlie munger

Honesty, Forgiveness and Love. A simple recipe for a palatable life.

David Bowie

A Few Things Jordan Peterson Said:

‘Resentment can tell you that you’ve got something to say and you better say it. You have to free yourself from what is oppressing you.’

‘Identify your specific problems instead of living in an avoidance fog. Where are you? Take stock.’

‘Your potential is still trapped in the past if you re-live it.’

‘An ideal is always a judge.’

‘You need to aim higher. Specify who you want to be. Then break the goal into small steps. Be responsible by using a schedule.’

‘Comparing yourself to others is idiotic because everyone is idiosyncratic. Compare yourself to yourself, and aim for small improvements every day. Don’t have stupid days.’

Just in Case Thinking is Still in Fashion

Here are a few quotes:

“The great tragedy – the slaying of a beautiful belief by an ugly fact.”

T. Huxley

“The growth of knowledge depends entirely on disagreement.”

karl popper

“Elders are a sentinel species for humanness, and like other forms of life, they’ve mysteriously gone missing.”

stephen jenkinson

“You have to marginalize the voices of lunacy by the tsunami of reason.”

Gad saad

“When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are being ruled by criminals.”

edward snowden

“Listen to what you don’t want to hear. That’s how you grow.”

“Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better past.”

Landrum Bolling

“Men fear thought more than they fear anything else on earth. Fear lest their cherished beliefs should prove delusions, fear lest the institutions by which they live should prove harmful.”

Bertrand russell

“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.”


“The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.”

steven pressfield

“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

vincent van gogh

“Emotions are not tools of cognition.”

Nathaniel Branden

A Different Kind of Razor

Hanlon’s Razor is an aphorism that states:

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

A very useful concept to understand and implement. It’s up to you, but I would take a couple of minutes and read the attached article. It’s eye-opening – this razor helps us shave off self-created unnecessary stress. And if you do read it, make sure you read it to the end to learn how to not over apply it.

From a paper serviette



This seems to be truer every day

“Sanity is the new hate speech.”


Something from our Chinese friends

“A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.”

chinese proverb

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