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)
…A writing course. Every assignment would be delivered in five versions: A three page version, a one page version, a three paragraph version, a one paragraph version, and a one sentence version.
I don’t care about the topic. I care about the editing. I care about the constant refinement and compression.
—Jason Fried, in ‘The writing class I’d like to teach’
Each step requires asking “What’s really important?” That’s the most important question you can ask yourself about anything. The class would really be about answering that very question at each step of the way. Whittling it all down until all that’s left is the point.
Newspapers and television carry tales of lottery wins and fairytale romances, terrorist atrocities or gruesome assaults by strangers.
None of these stories reflect everyday life
All of them are viscerally memorable and seem to take place in our living rooms.
—Tim Harford, in Statistics, Fast and Slow
Because we should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.
– Marie Kondo, in The life changing magic of tidying