~ Ed Solomon, screenplay for Men in Black
Freeman Dyson, who knew Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Feynman, thinks three qualities help make a successful scientist: ignorance, craziness, subversiveness ... Reinventors
MEdia Dragon of Ryan Holyday (sic) Calibre boils down the philosophy’s central tenets to inspirational tales from successful people’s lives (Steve Jobs? Bill Bradley? Model stoics!) and recasts its ancient maxims about the pitfalls of pride into breathless clickbait (“25 Ways to Kill the Toxic Ego That Will Ruin Your Life”). On Twitter, he blasts out uplifting quotations from ancient philosophers like Cleanthes, Diogenes of Sinope, Plato and Zeno to his more than 80,000 followers. ...
Choose alive time over dead time. According to author Robert Greene, there are two types of time in our lives: dead time, when people are passive and waiting, and alive time, when people are learning and acting and utilizing every second. During failure, ego picks dead time. It fights back: I don’t want this. I want ______. I want it my way. It indulges in being angry, aggrieved, heartbroken. Don’t let it—choose alive time instead.
Certain languages, including French, have one word for both “time” and “weather.”
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For Schlegel, Tzara, and Schiller, art was by definition incomprehensible. Case in point: the Voynich Manuscript, which is quite possibly nonsense
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