“Take no pride in your confession that you too are biased; do not glory in your self-awareness of your flaws… [W]e should not gloat over how self-aware we are for confessing them; the occasion for rejoicing is when we have a little less to confess.” – Eliezer Yudkowsky
“For us Germans, the Americans are either too fat or too obsessed with exercise, too prudish or too pornographic, too religious or too nihilistic. In terms of history and foreign policy, the Americans have either been too isolationist or too imperialistic.” – Claus Christian Malzahn, another take on the silliness of anti-Americanism.
“Principle #4: Feed and Starve. All good writing conveys necessary information while simultaneously feeding a hunger for more information.” – From Barry Eisler’s excellent 10 advisements on writing.
“I like meditation, but I worry that buying into a full-on ethos of meditative mindfulness can turn you into a passive milquetoast with no creative edge.” – Will Wilkinson
“There are three types of books in this world: those that make you want to befriend the author, those that make you want to slap the author, and those that make you want to fuck the author.” – Julia Allison in opening her book review of Mergers & Acquisitions. I wonder what kind of author I will be? Hopefully the first, maybe the third, depending.