Jacob's Pondering Quotes

Last sync: 15th of August 2022.

A collection of quotes that made me think or that I still need to think about.

Jacob's Pondering Quotes

“From then on, goaded by the big industrialists and landlords, who stood to gain though the masses of the people were financially ruined, the government deliberately let the mark tumble in order to free the State of its public debts, to escape from paying reparations and to sabotage the French in the Ruhr.”

12 Jul 2022 at 9:52 pm
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Shirer, William

“When we travel, breaking from our everyday routine can allow us to develop new sides of ourselves. And when we return, we feel the lingering effects of those changes.
Why, then, don’t we do this all the time? Perhaps it is because deliberately constructing ritual moments in our “real” lives feels contrived.
But as-if moments can lead to tremendous movement.”

7 Jun 2022 at 10:04 pm
The Path
Michael Puett

“The eternal problem of the human being is how to structure his waking hours. In this existential sense, the function of all social living is to lend mutual assistance for this project.”

29 May 2022 at 9:31 pm
Games People Play
Eric Berne

“ I like the person I become when I read a lot of books. I dislike the person I become when I spend a lot of time on social media.”

28 Apr 2022 at 10:01 pm
Stolen Focus : Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again (9780593138526)
Hari, Johann

“But we told ourselves we could have a massive expansion in the amount of information we are exposed to, and the speed at which it hits us, with no costs. This is a delusion: “It becomes exhausting.” More importantly, Sune said, “what we are sacrificing is depth in all sorts of dimensions…. Depth takes time. And depth takes reflection. If you have to keep up with everything and send emails all the time, there’s no time to reach depth.”

25 Apr 2022 at 9:59 pm
Stolen Focus : Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again (9780593138526)
Hari, Johann

“It was designed to see what you could do to data to make it rise and fall at faster and faster rates in ways that resembled the decline in collective attention they had been documenting. What they discovered is there is one mechanism that can make this happen every time. You just have to flood the system with more information. The more information you pump in, the less time people can focus on any individual piece of it.”

25 Apr 2022 at 9:57 pm
Stolen Focus : Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again (9780593138526)
Hari, Johann

“Teams with fewer than four individuals are a sufficiently leaky abstraction that they function indistinguishably from individuals. To reason about a small team’s delivery, you’ll have to know about each on-call shift, vacation, and interruption.”

12 Apr 2022 at 9:55 pm
An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management
Will Larson

“a world where seekers satisfy their spiritual desires with a hodgepodge of nonreligious rituals practiced largely online. It’s a world where our closest confidantes can be found on Beyoncé fan forums and private Peloton Facebook groups, and where one’s ethics and identity are wrapped up in the influencers they follow, targeted ads they click through, and memes they repost.”

11 Apr 2022 at 9:14 pm
Cultish
Amanda Montell

“Excessive “garbage language” may signal that upper management is suppressing individuality, putting employees in a headspace where their entire reality is governed by the company’s rules, which likely weren’t created with much compassion or fairness in mind.”

23 Feb 2022 at 9:41 pm
Cultish
Amanda Montell

“a linguistic theory about the relationship between language and thought called the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, which says that while language does influence our ability to conceive of ideas, it does not determine it.”

14 Feb 2022 at 10:31 pm
Cultish
Amanda Montell

“Contentious debates aside, thought-terminating clichés also pervade our everyday conversations: Expressions like “It is what it is,” “Boys will be boys,” “Everything happens for a reason,” “It’s all God’s plan,” and certainly “Don’t think about it too hard” are all common examples.”

31 Jan 2022 at 9:56 pm
Cultish
Amanda Montell

“There are layers of limits around every growing plant, child, epidemic, new product, technological advance, company, city, economy, and population. Insight comes not only from recognizing which factor is limiting, but from seeing that growth itself depletes or enhances limits and therefore changes what is limiting.”

3 Jan 2022 at 8:45 pm
Thinking in Systems
Donella H. Meadows

“Equally, “brainwashing” is a term that is tossed around incessantly by the media, but that almost every expert I consulted for this book either avoids or rejects. “We don’t say that soldiers are brainwashed to kill other people; that’s basic training,” offers Moore. “We don’t say that fraternity members are brainwashed to haze* their [pledges]; that’s peer pressure.” Most of us tend to take “brainwashing” literally, imagining that some neurological rewiring occurs during cult indoctrinations. But brainwashing is a metaphor. There is nothing objective about it.”

1 Jan 2022 at 11:17 pm
Cultish
Amanda Montell

“It’s only by doing something that serves no concrete survival function that artists are able to advertise their survival surplus.”

9 Nov 2021 at 10:31 pm
The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life
Robin Hanson

“No one deliberately creates those problems, no one wants them to persist, but they persist nonetheless. That is because they are intrinsically systems problems—undesirable behaviors characteristic of the system structures that produce them. They will yield only as we reclaim our intuition, stop casting blame, see the system as the source of its own problems, and find the courage and wisdom to restructure it.”

20 Oct 2021 at 9:50 pm
Thinking in Systems
Donella H. Meadows

“Another way to look at it is that self-deception is useful only when you’re playing against an opponent who can take your mental state into account.”

12 Sep 2021 at 8:22 pm
The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life
Robin Hanson

“One must feel a sense of strange gratitude, then, that his treatment was never good enough to divert him from his work. The agonies that he must have suffered in those terrible asylum nights have granted us all a benefit, for all time. He was mad, and for that, we have reason to be glad. A truly savage irony, on which it is discomfiting to dwell.”

28 Aug 2021 at 8:39 pm
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester

“Had anyone chosen to ponder further, he or she might have wondered at the strange symmetry of the two men’s settings—pinioned as each was among great stacks of books, single-mindedly devoted to learning of the most recondite kind, each man’s only outlet his correspondence, in great daily storms of paper and floods of ink.
 
Except there was a difference: William Minor remained profoundly and irreversibly mad.”

28 Aug 2021 at 7:40 pm
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester

“He would next leap from his bed and scrabble about underneath it, looking for people who, he insisted, had hidden there and were planning to annoy him.”

15 Aug 2021 at 9:20 pm
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester

“All the creative marketing and annoying advertisements no longer have an effect on you. Celebrities no longer make you feel envious. Fancy window displays, reward cards, spiffy new high-spec products, new high-rise condos under construction—none of it has anything to do with you, and you can stroll around town feeling comfortable and free.”

5 Aug 2021 at 5:15 pm
Goodbye, Things: On Minimalist Living
Fumio Sasaki

“Today, the drumbeat has become a cacophony. The generation that has experienced more peace, freedom, leisure time, education, medicine, travel, movies, mobile phones and massages than any generation in history is lapping up gloom at every opportunity”

2 Aug 2021 at 10:45 pm
The Rational Optimist
Ridley, Matt

“The way to keep your customers, if you are Michael Dell, Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, is to keep making your own products obsolete.”

1 Aug 2021 at 9:22 pm
The Rational Optimist
Ridley, Matt

“Though they may start out full of entrepreneurial zeal, once firms or bureaucracies grow large, they become risk-averse to the point of Luddism. The pioneer venture capitalist Georges Doriot said that the most dangerous moment in the life of a company was when it had succeeded, for then it stopped innovating.”

1 Aug 2021 at 9:18 pm
The Rational Optimist
Ridley, Matt

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