The Art of Worldly Wisdom: A Pocket Oracle is a book of three hundred aphorisms for making one’s way in the world and achieving distinction. It provides advice not only for modern “image makers” and “spin doctors,” but also for the candid: for those who insist that substance, not image, is what really matters. “Do, […]
Karl Pillemer is the author of 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. I posted some of the key lessons from his book last week. As part of my ongoing series of interviews with authors and experts, I had the chance to speak with Karl about the most important lessons […]
Who are the wisest Americans and what can they teach us? We’re all interested in finding the right partner, staying with them, and (maybe even) raising children who turn out well. Karl Pillemer wrote 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans to provide us with practical advice from the experts […]
Brainpickings put me onto this timeless wisdom from famous eccentric James T. Mangan’s 1936 book You Can Do Anything! 14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: PRACTICE Consider the knowledge you already have — the things you really know you can do. They are the things you have done over and over; practiced them so often that […]
And so we became friends. This happened in October. The better I got to know Nagasawa, the stranger he seemed. I had met a lot of strange people in my day, but none as strange as Nagasawa. He was a far more voracious reader than I, but he made it a rule never to touch […]
“You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.” — Via Chris Guillebeau I run a weekly digest of brain food. If you’re not reading it, you’re missing out.
And something very similar from the Talmud: Pay attention to your thoughts, because they become your words. Pay attention to your words, because they become actions. Pay attention to your actions, because they become habits. Pay attention to your habits, because they become your character. Pay attention to your character, because it is your fate. […]
“Even if you don’t completely buy (Nassim’s) argument, it will lead you to questions.” Daniel Kahneman Listen to the entire conversation between Nassim Taleb & Daniel Kahneman at the New York Public Library (mp3). Why do people have such a hard time computing probabilities? Well you know, there is a cognitive difficulty in thinking about […]