Thursday, October 25, 2012

You can only understand what is true.

A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.
Isaac Newton

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Look at the Beautiful

Every day look at a beautiful picture, read a beautiful poem, listen to some beautiful music, and if possible, say some reasonable thing.-Goethe

The Investment Adviser lives with it as well:

To teach how to live with uncertainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can still do for those who study it.
- Bertrand Russell

Rising above Reason:

Romanticism is the expression of man's urge to rise above reason and common sense, just as rationalism is the expression of his urge to rise above theology and emotion.
- Charles Yost

The Unrest...

The unrest which keeps the never-stopping clock metaphysics going is the thought that the non-existence of this world is just as possible as its existence.
- James

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy. --Aristotle

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Are You Envious?

“Mankind are tolerant of the praises of others as long as each hearer thinks that he can do as well or nearly as well himself, but, when the speaker rises above him, jealousy is aroused and he begins to be incredulous.”
― Thucydides

Friday, October 5, 2012

Standards Are Based on Power to Compel

“...when these matters are discussed by practical people, the standard of justice depends on the equality of power to compel...”
― Thucydides

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Picking Up On Things Subconsciously...

These are very subtle things, of course, and I don't expect everyone to pick them up consciously, but I think that there is something there that you must be able to feel, there is an energy at work that I must trust my audience will be able to pick up at some level. --
Atom Egoyan

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


It is a trick among the dishonest to offer sacrifices that are not needed, or not possible, to avoid making those that are required. --Ivan Goncharov