In this ongoing post, I am going to add aphorisms, proverbs, life lessons, and other good stuff. Hopefully, these will draw you closer to universal wisdom. Some of these are mine, but most are borrowed from people much wiser than I am.
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“A child that is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth”
Aphorisms from The Bed of Procustes by Nassim Taleb
If your anger decreases with time, you did injustice; if it increases, you suffered injustice.
An erudite is someone who displays less than he knows; a journalist or consultant the opposite.
“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”
“Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.”
“Ascetic ideals reveal so many bridges to independence that a philosopher is bound to rejoice and clap his hands when he hears the story of all those resolute men who one day said No to all servitude and went into some desert.”
“The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.”
“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
“Become who you are.”
“The secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment is: to live dangerously!”
“The true man wants two things: danger and play.”
“People are always angry at anyone who chooses very individual standards for his life; because of the extraordinary treatment which that man grants to himself, they feel degraded, like ordinary beings.”
“Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?”
“Untroubled, scornful, outrageous — that is how wisdom wants us to be: she is a woman and never loves anyone but a warrior.”
“He who cannot obey himself will be commanded.”
“Even the most beautiful scenery is no longer assured of our love after we have lived in it for three months, and some distant coast attracts our avarice: possessions are generally diminished by possession.”
“Freedom means that the manly instincts which delight in war and victory dominate over
other instincts, for example, over those of ‘pleasure.’”
“The best friend will probably acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is founded on the talent for friendship.”