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Thomas Briggs

Only Read the Fine Quotes #9

It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.
— Charlie Munger

Only Read the Fine Quotes #8

Very smart people tend to be weird since they insist on thinking everything through for themselves.
— Naval Ravikant

Only Read the Fine Quotes #7

Comparison is the thief of joy.
— Unknown

See here for an interesting discussion of the origins of this quote.…

Only Read the Fine Quotes #6

If you crush a cockroach, you’re a hero. If you crush a beautiful butterfly, you’re a villain. Morals have aesthetic criteria.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

For the record, I’m not sure I completely agree. Generally, right is right and wrong is …

Only Read the Fine Quotes #5

The great Western disease is, ‘I’ll be happy when… When I get the money. When I get a BMW. When I get this job. When I get the relationship,’ Well, the reality is, you never get to when. The only …

Only Read the Fine Quotes #4

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
— Eleanor Roosevelt…

Wishful Significance: Common Ways We Get Things Wrong

This is a great summary of a few reasons why people make mistakes when assessing the significance of new information. I find the bits about “non-sentient messengers” especially timely.

Only Read the Fine Quotes #3

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. —George Bernard Shaw…

Beware the Spotlight Effect

Good news: no one is actually paying close attention to you.

I know that sounds cynical but it can save you a lot of stress. Why worry about things no one is going to notice?

Only Read the Fine Quotes #2

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. – Confucius