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I am the least conventionally-successful person I know. I fluctuate between pride and shame about that fact.
Is there anything so quintessentially modern as dropping your expensive gadget on your face?
If you like everything you make, you lack taste. If you never like anything you make, you're not working hard enough to make good things.
If evil exists, it is a state of alienation from the commonality and shared experience of all humanity and the fruits of that alienation.
Two ways to face the reality of death: believe that there must be something after, or let it clarify the value of living carefully and well.
I talk of aspiring toward "being less of a jerk" because I fear people tune out talk of compassion, or dismiss it as weak & effeminate.
I don't believe in love that takes sides.
Malice exists because people confuse a local subgroup for the One True Group.
A violent hailstorm will make you thankful for well-built shelter, confident that back-to-nature talkers can't know what they're asking for.
Seven steps to success: desire, determination, work, work, luck, work, success.
Anyone who would deny that "war is hell" is either an ignoramus or a psychopath.
Advice is either banal to anyone with a basic understanding of the topic or potentially harmful. (This is a guideline, not a rule.)
"Right now, it's like this."
"I don't know, but I'll try to find out." The foundation of learning and one of the most beautiful and valuable sentences in English.
What matters most is what you do after you realize you suck at something you're doing.
There are two ways to have no regrets: believe you've made no mistakes or make peace with those you've made.
The ceaseless banalization of previously informative TV channels is the strongest argument one can make for PBS.
Whenever I encounter them, I'm confused by two-sided media. Labels ignore the fact that the DVD player and I look from different directions.