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98% chance a 7-magnitude earthquake hits Tokyo in the next three decades. -The Atlantic
Choosing whether or not to have children is…the most significant ethical debate of most people’s lives. http://t.co/jV44G8OR
Standing in line in airports and other everyday rituals of modern life are the kinds of things that civilize us http://t.co/gAg5xxcA
OH: "Wedding planners are biggest competition to funeral homes, since 'life celebrations' (vs traditional funeral) are becoming more common"
Shawn Achor's definition of happiness: "the joy we feel striving after our potential."
Bill Maher's proposal for National Day of No Outrage: "If you see or hear something you don’t like in the media, just go on with your life."
It is on the smallest shoulders that the heaviest price of war is laid. A Memorial Day photo: http://t.co/ez7xLkJf
…he keeps us just this side of seriousness; reading his novel is like submitting to a long and almost imperceptibly light tickling. -BM
"Yes, it's better to suspend judgment rather than embrace error. But agnostic, neutral thinkers have little to say and less to teach." -B.C
The fed'l govt spends $18 billion a year on 47 separate job training programs run by 9 different agencies. Little to no data on results.
Economic activity consists of sustainable patterns of specialization and trade. -Arnold Kling
We need to blend systematic analysis and intuition. [Two modes of thinking.] Neither gives us a direct path to the truth. -Gary Klein
When Bill Clinton assembled the top minds of the nation to discuss the economy in 1992, no one mentioned the Internet. -David Leonhardt
Nearly 2/3 of the U.S. federal budget is spent on the 4 biggest warfare and welfare programs: Medicaid, Medicare, Defense, Social Security
What we tell students in formal schooling: "Sit down, stay quiet, and absorb. Do this for 12 to 16 years and all will be well." -A. Tabarrok
Anyone can delegate stuff they don’t like doing. What's hard is delegating things you *like* doing. -Robert Laing, myGengo
One in every three homeless adult men in America is a veteran of a war. 1.4 million vets below poverty line. (source: The Economist)
For every 14 people laid off in the Great Recession who have now been re-hired, only 1 has recovered the same or higher income as before.
I enjoyed this phrasing: "preposterously self-obsessed, but not the least bit self-aware." -Ian Cohen, via @Robmontz
Nassim Taleb: Bankers should be paid the same as other civil servants. They rely on taxpayers to cover downside. Banks should be utilities.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it. -George Bernard Shaw
Challenging to "[find] the language that generates alarm that drives action, but not the despair that proves self-fulfilling." -L. Summers
I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. In fact the worst thing is ending up w/ ppl who make you *feel* all alone
…Gates and Ballmer reviewed each other's calendars monthly and gave feedback to each other on where they should be spending their time.
Conspiracy theories are an irresistible labor-saving device in the face of complexity. -Henry Louis Gates
Ignorance: not knowing. Superignorance: thinking you know but actually not knowing. Superignorance leads to astonishment. (via Wildavsky)
Wisdom is a love affair with questions. Knowledge is a love affair with answers. -Julio Olalla (via @MarionChapsal @jhagel)
Edward Norton: You know that feeling that you're going to fail or be exposed as no-good? It never goes away. http://ping.fm/mTIb4
I tell investors the better int'l expansion goes, the more $$ we're going to lose, because the faster we're gonna invest. -Reed Hastings
Jonathan Franzen: "Facebook, whose users collectively spend billions of hours renovating their self-regarding projections… ;
The story of the past half century is that Americans found a way to extract money from future generations and leave them with the bill. FT
It takes no work to *fall* in love. It takes real work to *rise* to a real and lasting friendship. -Andrew Sullivan
The gulf between books and experience, intoned Samad solemnly, "is a lonely ocean." (from Zadie Smith's White Teeth)
Revolutions are made not by the poor but by upwardly mobile middle-class people who find their aspirations stymied. -Sam Huntington via FF
Being a writer means you have the challenge of providing the sheet music for the reader, who always sings the song. -novelist J O'Connor
Wondering whether you have power? One sure sign: other people earnestly discuss what kind of mood you're in. -Gretchen Rubin
If you don't track how many hours your employees work each day/week, why track how many days they take for vacation? -Reed Hastings
The criteria for caloric prose is that it be nutritious. Getting at essence isn't always a matter of stripping away length. -Paul Harding
When you think of the economy, think of a rain forest that you live in and study, not a machine that you fix. -Arnold Kling
Social movements are often bitterly divided over the question of whether to work for change within the system or outside it.
It's difficult for me to have anything resembling a close friendship with someone who isn't sure what he ought to find amusing. -JEpstein
If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30% chance we're going to get it wrong. -Joe Biden
The fact that markets fail does not mean that government solutions work. -Arnold Kling
Reading breeds the power of an independent mind. When we read well, we are thinking hard for ourselves -this is the essence of freedom.
Colleges are like old-age homes, except for the fact that more people die in colleges. -Bob Dylan
The hardest part of the 'selling' process is not getting the sale. It's getting the meeting. -Josh Kopelman
Travel agents would be wiser to ask us what we hope to change about our lives rather than simply where we wish to go. -Alain de Botton
What you lose as you age is witnesses, the ones that watched from early on and cared, like your own little grandstand. -John Updike
With every grant of security to one group the insecurity of the rest necessarily increases. -Hayek, Road To Serfdom
The misery of being exploited by capitalists is nothing compared to the misery of not being exploited at all. -Joan Robinson, economist
When you really love a writer, what you want is an opinion from them on everything in the world. -Proust
The great man of the age is the one who can put into words the will of his age, tell his age what its will is, and accomplish it. -Hegel
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. -Robert Frost
Andrew Sullivan on Afghanistan quagmire: "This is how great powers destroy themselves. By the pride of elites and the fears of the masses."
Social life is partly economics and partly theater. -Edgar Schein
If there's anything worse than self-questioning coming too early in life, it's self-questioning coming too late. -Philip Roth
All of life is peaks and valley. Don't let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low. -John Wooden, who died tonight. RIP.
American social movements are often bitterly divided over the question of whether to work for change within the system or outside it.
Dan Pink (frmr speechwriter for VP Al Gore): All good speeches have three characteristics: brevity, levity, and repetition.
I'm not a risk taker but I do take risks. -Chris Yeh (@chrisyeh)
Keep two lists: What gets you up in the morning? What keeps you up at night? -Alan Webber (founder of Fast Company)
Never say "I could have done that." Because you didn't. -Dan Pink
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. -Philip Dick
Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; and love by love. -Thomas S. Szasz (via @VeronicaInLA)
Memories…are like smoke, changing, ephemeral, and if they're not written down they fade into oblivion. -Isabel Allende
There are times when his writing becomes as claustrophobic and repetitive as a late-night phone conversation with an unhinged friend.
The double betrayal of a modern liberal arts education: it neither teaches you how to live nor how to work. -Alain de Botton
Courage is not the absence of fear but the capacity for action despite our fears. -John McCain
"Uncertainty is the essence of romance." -Diane Ackerman
Food advice from Michael Pollan: don't eat cereal that changes the color of the milk. (via @stevesilberman)
“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.” -Emerson
Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. -ELD
The unsolvable dilemma of liberalism: Must liberals tolerate even the intolerant? -Michael Dorf
Sometimes being in a car, looking at the road, not having to make eye contact, is the ideal setting for heavy conversation. (Francine Prose)
Real dissent doesn't feel like going to school wearing black, but like going to school wearing a clown suit. -Eliezer Yudkowsky
He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts: for support rather than illumination. -Andrew Lang (via @vaughanbell)
Reading is the inhale, writing is the exhale. -Justine Musk (whose blog is indispensable for anyone interested in writing)
Robbing Peter to pay Paul is a policy that will, at least, guarantee you the vigorous support of Paul. -George Bernard Shaw
People tend to overestimate what can be achieved in the short term but underestimate what can be achieved in the long term. -Ray Kurzweil
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. -Andre Gide (via @auren)
It is vain to attempt to keep a secret from one who has a right to know it. It will tell itself. -Emerson
“A large part of self-understanding is the search for appropriate personal metaphors that make sense of our lives.” -George Lakoff
Good leaders can make a small positive difference; bad leaders can make a huge negative difference. -Jeffrey Pfeffer
The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair. -Robert Frost
"Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it." -Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Envy is when you compare your inside to someone else's outside. -Stephanie Ericsson. Sounds cheesy but totally true (via @stevesilberman)
The measure of a successful film is whether it becomes somebody's favorite. -James Ponsoldt (ie, opposite of unremarkable "safe" films)
That's what happens when you're angry at people. You make them part of your life. -Garrison Keillor
When is the right time to start a business? Never and always. -Mel Ziegler
Sharp people distinguish themselves by not assuming more than needed to keep the conversation going. -Robin Hanson (via @andymckenzie)
I'm not a numbers person," many people like to say. Almost nobody goes around saying, however, "I'm not a letters person." -Steve Sailer
Curiosity is the first step to insubordination. -Vladimir Nabokov (via @joshkaufman)
Willingness 2 be long term oriented + willingness to be misunderstood. -J Bezos on what has most contributed to his success, RT @zjafri06
It's an unnatural law of parties that the person whose position on guest list was originally least secure is always the first to arrive. Z
The bread of life is better than any soufflé. -Wallace Stevens, in praise of the habitual and the customary
Getting bored is a non-trivial cerebral transformation that doubtlessly took many millions of years for nature to perfect. -Lee Corbin
The philosophical calm behind remarks about the importance of failure can come from only one source -years of success. -Joseph Epstein
Casual down time together…is the glue which binds relationships together in the long run. -Tyler Cowen
"When everyone sees Opportunity, they are only seeing the reflection. True Opportunity appears at the market bottom, not at the top." P Rip
Why is it admirable for scientists to love science and businessmen to love biz, but political candidates must [say they] hate politics? MK
People are experience-rich and theory-poor. I help people organize / make sense of their experiences. -Malcolm Gladwell
Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. -Mike Tyson, on risk management
“The one thing you need to know about sustained individual success: Discover what you don’t like doing and stop doing it.“ -M. Buckingham
There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it. -William James
I can be bought. If they paid me enough, I'd work for the Klan. -Charles Barkley
"We are in the business of kicking butt and business is very, very good." -Charles Barkley
Christopher Hitchens in a debate on the existence of God: "There are no statements worth arguing here, all you can do is underline them.”
The sole cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room. -Pascal, Pensées, 136.

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