Learn, Do, Advance, Iterate
By Abhi Yerra

  • "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


Introduction

  • The destination is never as fun as the journey.
  • Once we arrive our brains lose interest and we are back to our baseline happiness.
  • So it is better to constantly evolve, as that is the only thing that is worth anything.
  • A person who has stopped evolving is already dead, they just don’t know it yet.