Saturday, August 3, 2013

Great Food For Thoughts by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Writer of Black Swan)

Exclusive Aphorisms from Nassim Nicholas Taleb 

• Aging and bad breath are things you notice only in other people.

• Don't take notes. We forget ideas for a reason.

• Love is more voluntary at the beginning than at the end; friendship the opposite.

• During youth, they prefer death without aging to aging without death; but they will practice the reverse.

• There are some people about whom whatever you may say will be true.

In a good conversation, it is often the most significant that will remain undiscussed. 

• By dying, most of those we call generous will act stingy; all of those we call close-fisted will show great generosity.

• It is hard to engage people without seeing them in the light of either the most favorable or the most unfavorable of the impressions we've ever had of them.

• Virtue is having one, or more than two, partners.

• It is rare for admiration to not decay.

It is foolish to attempt to correct the crowd about their false beliefs; they will go on to formulate new false beliefs.   

•  "My best definition of a nerd: someone who asks you to explain an aphorism.

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