Catherine Wilson on Cars

Some people need to own a car, but for others it’s just a convention to have one, and those who have disburdened themselves of a car are no longer bothered by having to negotiate to buy them, or by maintaining, repairing, inspecting, licensing, refuelling and reselling them.

~ Wilson, Catherine. The Pleasure Principle: Epicureanism: A Philosophy for Modern Living (p. 88). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Marcus Aurelius on Attention

“The value of attentiveness varies in proportion to its object. You’re better off not giving the small things more time than they deserve.”

~ Marcus Aurelius

Tony Fouhse on Problems

Fucked if I know. I suppose that these questions will get worked out by the doing. After all, that’s how most stuff gets worked out . . . by applying yourself to the problem.

~ Tony Fouhse / Drool

Charlie Munger on Pain

Pain-Avoiding Psychological Denial: one should recognize reality even when one doesn’t like it.

~ Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger on Difficult Things

We have three baskets: in, out, and too tough. … We have to have a special insight, or we’ll put it in the “too tough” basket.

~ Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger on IQ and Temperament

A lot of people with high IQs are terrible investors because they’ve got terrible temperaments. And that is why we say that having a certain kind of temperament is more important than brains. You need to keep raw irrational emotion under control. You need patience and discipline and an ability to take losses and adversity without going crazy. You need an ability to not be driven crazy by extreme success.

~ Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger on Difficulties

If something is too hard, we move on to something else. What could be simpler than that?

~ Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger on Problem Avoidance

“A lot of success in life and business comes from knowing what you want to avoid: early death, a bad marriage, etc.”

~ Charlie Munger

Rudyard Kipling on Miseries

“Small miseries, like small debts, hit us in so many places, and meet us at so many turns and corners, that what they want in weight, they make up in number, and render it less hazardous to stand the fire of one cannon ball, than a volley composed of such a shower of bullets.”

~ Rudyard Kipling

Hunter Thompson on Writing

“One of the few ways I can almost be certain I’ll understand something is by sitting down and writing about it. Because by forcing yourself to write about it and putting it down in words, you can’t avoid having your say on the subject.”

~ Hunter Thompson

H. G. Wells on Troubles

“Some people bear three kinds of trouble – the ones they’ve had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.”

~ H. G. Wells