This is a bunch of interesting quotes I’ve collected over the past few months. Maybe they are connected to each other, and maybe they are not:
The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent
– John Maynard Keynes
Source: Wikipedia. See also this relevant article, about the US government bailout of financial institutions in September 2008.
Quotes of Kenneth Boundling, economist, which sound strangely more relevant after the global financial meltdown:
Mathematics brought rigor to Economics. Unfortunately, it also brought mortis
Nothing fails like success because we don’t learn from it. We learn only from failure.
Switching a little:
There you have it. Admiration for raw, undirected cleverness winning over a questioning of fundamental importance. I wish there’d been someone in the room like Fight Club’s Tyler Durden (played by Brad Pitt), who responds to a smart remark by Edward Norton’s narrator character with, “Clever. How’s that working out for you, being clever?”
But let’s not worry so much about the crisis. Paul Graham points out that now is the best time to start a startup. However, many people think of doing startups, but not are not willing to quit their current job yet:
People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.
- Marcel Proust
But where do ideas for startups come from? Proust again:
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Enough about money. Let’s focus on love and happiness. Here’s Proust again:
Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.
We only really think when distressed, we shouldn’t worry about striving for happiness so much as “pursuing ways to be properly and productively unhappy.”
- Publisher’s Review weekly paraphrasing Proust
Source: How Proust can Change your life