Monday, November 18, 2019

Athenian


“Do not consider painful what is good for you.”
Euripides [480 - 406 BCE]

Saturday, November 16, 2019

southern gothic


“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it's very shocking to the system.”
- Flannery O'Connor

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

can money buy us happiness?


Sir Angus Deaton, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences 2015, gives his answer here.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

acrobat


“I improve on misquotation.”
Cary Grant

Saturday, November 2, 2019

acumen


"I've turned my mental illness into a business model."
- Stephen Colbert

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

novus homo


“The renown which riches or beauty confer is fleeting and frail. Mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession.”
Sallust [86-35 BCE]

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

fantasy novelist


“I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”
Sir Terry Pratchett

Sunday, October 6, 2019

advantage


“When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win.”
Steffi Graf

Monday, September 30, 2019

10000 hours



"I grew up in a musical family. When my father was declining, I took over the piano. I stored it all, which prepared me for the Beatles."
- Sir Paul McCartney

Sunday, September 29, 2019

where the bison play


"Ever since I was a little boy, I've been in "survival mode."
- Ted Turner

ministry of silly walks


“If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.”
John Cleese

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Or fail to do


"It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do."

Friday, September 20, 2019

founding father


“It is better to be alone than in bad company.”
- George Washington

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

history


Source here.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

you're fired



Before making it big, Walt Disney was fired for not being creative enough. Jerry Seinfeld and Thomas Edison were also fired in their early careers. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

natural resources


Source: CIA Factbook

Thursday, September 12, 2019

mashugana


“Your life story would not make a good book. Don’t even try.”
Fran Lebowitz

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

in the moment



“True happiness is… to enjoy the present without anxious dependence on the future.”
- Seneca [c. 4 BCE – AD 65]

Monday, September 9, 2019

on buddhism

Sunday, September 8, 2019

on creativity


“The future is uncertain, but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity.”
Ilya Prigogine

Saturday, September 7, 2019

epic failure until he wasn't


"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."

Impressionism




Monet studied landscapes; Renoir studied people.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

warrior monk


"You're technically illiterate unless you've read at least a couple of hundred books."
- General James "Mad Dog" Mattis, who has a 7000 volume library

on anxiety

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

god is dead



“Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.”
Friedrich Nietzsche [1844 - 1900]

polytheistic axiom



"Rome can only succeed with the gods on its side."

Monday, September 2, 2019

on history


"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child."
- Cicero [106 BC – 7 December 43 BCE]

personal computing


“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
Bill Gates

Sunday, September 1, 2019

stoic


"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."
- Marcus Aurelius [112 AD - 180 AD]

M*A*S*H


first self-made man


"I choose the likely man in preference to the rich man; I want a man without money rather than money without a man."
- Themistocles [c.524 BCE - 459 BCE]

father of geometry


"QED - Quod erat demonstrandum"
- Euclid [Mid-4th century - Mid-5th century BCE]

Saturday, August 31, 2019

father of engineering


“Give me but a firm spot on which to stand, and I shall move the earth.” 
- Archimedes [c. 287 – c. 212 BCE]

Friday, August 30, 2019

father of Athens


"Fishes live in the sea, as men do on land: the great ones eat up the little ones."
- Pericles [c. 495 – 429 BCE]

so gay



"You know what happened to the Greeks? Homosexuality destroyed them. Sure, Aristotle was a homo. We all know that. So was Socrates."
- President Richard M. Nixon

father of philosophy



"When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser."
- Socrates [c. 470 – 399 BCE]

father of medicine


"A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses."
- Hippocrates [c. 460 – c. 370 BCE]

the first celebrity


"For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction."
Lord Byron [1788-1824]

Thursday, August 29, 2019

father of history


"If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it."
- Herodotus [c. 484 – c. 425 BCE]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

father of comedy


"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever."
- Aristophanes [c. 460 - c. 380 BCE]

Sunday, August 18, 2019

father of sculpture


- Polykleitos [5th century BCE]

TKO


"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face."
- Mike Tyson

Thursday, August 15, 2019

theoretical physics


“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
– Albert Einstein

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

theoretical physics



“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
Max Planck

Saturday, August 10, 2019

woeful unawareness



“I want to be a guileless rook to discolor the blackness of all crafty human hearts”
Munia Khan

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

enervating


“Nothing so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”
William James

Saturday, July 27, 2019

disgustingly drunk



When accused of being 'disgustingly drunk' by a female - possibly socialist - the Conservative Prime Minister Winston Churchill responded: 'My dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.'

Saturday, July 20, 2019

integrative



"We learn from history that we do not learn from history."

Friday, July 19, 2019

duel



"Fearing no insult, asking for no crown, receive with indifference both flattery and slander, and do not argue with a fool."
- Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

Thursday, July 18, 2019

code


“If a machine is expected to be infallible, it cannot also be intelligent.”
- Alan Turing

Monday, July 15, 2019

existential


“He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.”
Franz Kafka