Sometimes, you just need to hear the right words for an idea to really make sense.
It doesn’t matter if you already know the idea, or if you’ve already heard it 1,000 times in other ways. Sometimes, it just has to be expressed with the exact right words in the exact right order. Suddenly, it clicks.
Therefore, we decided to talk about six of our favorite quotes.
If you’re referencing this page to see the quotes we used, or perhaps if you just hate the suspense of seeing which quotes we’ll choose, here’s a list:
- Knowledge exists only when it is given.
- Do not flinch from experiences that might destroy your beliefs. The thought you cannot think controls you more than thoughts you speak aloud. Submit yourself to ordeals and test yourself in fire. Relinquish the emotion which rests upon a mistaken belief, and seek to feel fully that emotion which fits the facts. If the iron approaches your face, and you believe it is hot, and it is cool, the Way opposes your fear. If the iron approaches your face, and you believe it is cool, and it is hot, the Way opposes your calm. Evaluate your beliefs first and then arrive at your emotions. Let yourself say: ‘If the iron is hot, I desire to believe it is hot, and if it is cool, I desire to believe it is cool.’
- I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.
- It’s NOT the thought that counts. Presentation matters.
- I shall not be afraid of anything I haven’t even seen yet.
- Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
Things mentioned in this episode:
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Other things we mentioned in this episode:
- 4 Mindset Changes That Massively Improved My Life
- The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell
- The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, by Eliezer Yudkowsky
- Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente
- Your Brain is a Library of “Stuff That Works”
- Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
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- 0:02:45 – Knowledge exists only when it is given
- 0:10:56 – Do not flinch from experiences that might destroy your ideals
- 0:14:15 – I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all
- 0:21:39 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
- 0:24:32 – It’s not just the thought that counts, the presentation matters too
- 0:28:02 – I shall not be afraid of anything I haven’t even seen yet
- 0:33:29 – Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is specifically your own
- 0:40:18 – Conclusion
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