Any self-improvement is impossible if you live constantly in the bustle of the everyday world. But it is even less possible if you live in constant solitude. If you want to improve yourself, the very best approach is to develop and establish your view of things in solitude and then to apply it as you live in the everyday world.
— Tolstoy (from “A Calendar of Wisdom” by Leo Tolstoy, Roger Cockrell)
There must be a limit to life, just as with the fruits of a tree and of the earth, or the seasons of the year; everything must have a beginning, a continuation and an end. Wise people accept this process willingly.
— Cicero, TD (from ‘A calendar of wisdom’ by Leo Tolstoy, Roger Cockrell)
The opposite of fear is love—love of the challenge, love of the work, the pure joyous passion to take a shot at our dream and see if we can pull it off.
—Steven Pressfield in ‘Do the Work’
The implication is clear: as the psychologist Jonathan Haidt said in another context, “The emotional tail wags the rational dog.”
—Daniel Kahneman, in ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’
Reason, language, gender—and also loyalty, morality, decency—simply aren’t currency in the carnal world.
This world is value-neutral.
This world is inside out.
Ariel Levy, in “The Rules Do Not Apply”