Friday, May 14, 2010


Nassim Taleb has been tweeting aphorisms like crazy. 

They are really quite good; a pinch Ancestral with a dash of Situationist, and all highly memorable.

These are some of my favorites.
  1. You will be civilized the day you can spend time doing nothing, learning nothing, & improving nothing, without feeling slightest guilt.
  2. You have a real life if & only if you do not compete with anyone in any of your pursuits. 
  3. You have a real life when most of what you fear has the titillating prospect of adventure.
  4. If you know, in the morning, what your day looks like with any precision, you are a little bit dead -the more precision, the more dead.
  5. Their sabbatical is to work six days and rest for one; my sabbatical is to work for (part of) a day and rest for six.  
  6. You cannot express the holy in terms made for the profane; but you can discuss the profane in terms made for the holy
  7. Charm lies in the unsaid, the unwritten, and the undisplayed. It takes mastery to control silence.