Look for problems, not within disciplines, but in the gaps between existing disciplines. The division of knowledge into disciplines is somewhat arbitrary, and people put most of their energy into questions that lie squarely within disciplines, so it shouldn’t be surprising that many interesting things are lurking in the gaps, waiting to be discovered.
Intimacy is not purely physical. It’s the act of connecting with someone so deeply, you feel like you can see into their soul.
Being able to recall a fact does not mean they’ve considered it, examined it, or used it to change their thinking or how they feel about the world. Reading comprehension does not equal reading wisdom. Comprehension is for a test, wisdom is for your life.
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive. The world needs more people who have come alive.
When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.
Mental gluttony, or over-reading, is a dangerous propensity, tending to weakness of digestive power, and in some cases to loss of appetite.
One hour of steady thinking over a subject (a solitary walk is as good an opportunity for the process as any other) is worth two or three of reading only. And just consider another effect of this thorough digestion of the books we read; I mean the arranging and ‘ticketing,’ so to speak, of the subjects in our minds, so that we can readily refer to them when we want them.
And that’s what artists must do, artists must take risks to do something new that no one has.
When you’re writing code or building a product, deciding what not to do is more important than choosing an initial goal. Find the best cut of your problem space: what obvious things could you eliminate from your project that makes everything else dramatically easier to accomplish?
Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think.
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
The sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.
The crucial developmental step in the economic lives of individuals and societies is their ability to cross from the pursuit of middle-order goods to higher-order goods. Sometimes we need to lessen our attachment to the middle needs like status and glamor in order to concentrate on higher things. This doesn’t take more money; it takes more independence of mind.
A good life is still a life. It must involve a full share of suffering, loneliness, disappointment and coming to terms with one’s own mortality and the deaths of those one loves. To live a life that is good as a life involves all this.
The organizations that build the future become ‘graduate studies’ in the skills they require to do so.