“That song ‘Let it Go’ is popular now. It’s all about being yourself. But that’s terrible. Self-satisfied people are boring. We have to push hard and surpass ourselves.” -Hayao Miyazaki in Never-Ending Man
Nothing is more permanent than ‘temporary’ arrangements, deficits, truces, and relationships; and nothing is more temporary than ‘permanent’ ones. -Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes
A definition… Real: that which can be faked for immediate, momentary pleasure.
My favorite single line of dialogue from any motion picture, a line I repeat often to myself as a sort of consolation, comes from Tom Alfredson’s 2011 film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and it is, “The fanatic is always concealing a secret doubt.” While the line is original, I was reading the proverbs of WilliamContinue reading “Real Psychological Wisdom”
If a man would be content with the things he has, he must not be content with things.
“A brother offended is not easily won,” but let’s face it, a brother who is offended by a little honest critique is not really worth winning.
The inexperienced man trusts human beings; the experienced man trusts human nature. The inexperienced man finds common sense offensive and cruel; the experienced man knows the alternatives to common sense are crueler still. My latest for CiRCE is a series of proverbs about experience.
“I have been bad, but not as bad as that fellow” is something that fellow says all the time.
If man has no soul, giving gifts is nothing more than a slow form of suicide.
If you can’t say something nice, you’re probably trying to talk about the zeitgeist.