I realized I’ve been saying that quite a bit recently. I used to try to mix it up ("That’s fascinating / provocative / amazing") but now I just stick to this phrase. I am truly blessed to have the number of super interesting conversations I have each hour, each day.
I still stand by the maxim "Surround yourself with people smarter than you," but it’s important to add this one, too: "Surround yourself with people more interesting than you." The crazier their life story, the weirder their interests, the better.
Interesting people are few and far between in this homogeneous world in which bending to the boring norm is the path of least resistance and risk.