Knowledge

  • "O my soul, do not aspire to immortal life, but exhaust the limits of the possible." -Pindar

  • Respice post te! Hominem te esse memento! Memento mori! 
  • Translation: “Look behind you! Remember that you are but a man! Remember that you will die!”

  • If you set your desire on philosophy you must at once prepare to meet
  • with ridicule and the jeers of many who will say, 'Here he is again,
  • turned philosopher. Where has he got these proud looks?' Nay, put on
  • no proud looks, but hold fast to what seems best to you, in confidence
  • that God has set you at this post. And remember that if you abide
  • where you are, those who first laugh at you will one day admire you,
  • and that if you give way to them, you will get doubly laughed at.

  • On no occasion call yourself a philosopher, nor talk at large of your
  • principles among the multitude, but act on your principles. For
  • instance, at a banquet do not say how one ought to eat, but eat as you
  • ought. Remember that Socrates had so completely got rid of the thought
  • of display that when men came and wanted an introduction to
  • philosophers he took them to be introduced; so patient of neglect was
  • he. And if a discussion arise among the multitude on some principle,
  • keep silent for the most part; for you are in great danger of blurting
  • out some undigested thought. And when some one says to you, 'You know
  • nothing', and you do not let it provoke you, then know that you are
  • really on the right road. For sheep do not bring grass to their
  • shepherds and show them how much they have eaten, but they digest
  • their fodder and then produce it in the form of wool and milk. Do the
  • same yourself; instead of displaying your principles to the multitude,
  • show them the results of the principles you have digested.

  • Whatever principles you put before you, hold fast to them as laws
  • which it will be impious to transgress. But pay no heed to what any
  • one says of you; for this is something beyond your own control.
  • The Manual [Enchiridion] Of Epictetus

  • Rehearse this thought every day, that you may be able to depart from life contentedly; for many men clutch and cling to life, even as those who are carried down a rushing stream clutch and cling to briars and sharp rocks. - Letters from a Stoic, Seneca

  • If powerful assholes don’t find you “arrogant,” it means you are doing something wrong. 
  • - The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

  • What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original. - Steal Like an Artist


Rapid Learning

  • “Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.” —Jim Jarmusch
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  • You have to be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else—that’s how you’ll get ahead. 

  • See something worth stealing? Put it in the swipe file. Need a little inspiration? Open up the swipe file.