Cultivate an ever-continuous power of observation.
John Singer Sargent,
In improvisation there is one hard and fast rule, and that rule is known as ‘Yes And.’
An idea starts to be interesting when you get scared of taking it to its logical conclusion.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb,
essayist, scholar, mathematical statistician, risk analyst
I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while—just once in a while—there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word ‘wisdom’ mentioned!
But if you tell folks you’re a college student, folks are so impressed. You can be a student in anything and not have to know anything. Just say toxicology or marine biokinesis, and the person you’re talking to will change the subject to himself. If this doesn’t work, mention the neural synapses of embryonic pigeons.
Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.
I don’t ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.
journalist, writer, editor
Rory Sutherland, Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don’t Make Sense he says,
“When you demand logic, you pay a hidden price: you destroy magic.”
“Engineers, medical people, scientific people, have an obsession with solving the problems of reality, when actually … once you reach a basic level of wealth in society, most problems are actually problems of perception.”
Hang out with people who make you forget to look at your phone.