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Quotes - December 2014

Alexei Muravsky


 
 
 
 
 
There are lessons to be found here - but mostly, I do this so you can know me. Lately, as I write these, I realize they are as much for me as they are for you. This is the one place I can be completely open - the pen and paper has no judgement, no vote, it simply receives my truth and allows me to turn the page. And today, this is my truth. I am terrified a great deal of the time - afraid of what I’ve done, of what I’m doing, and of what I might have to do. It’s not a crippling fear, in fact, it’s just the opposite. I thrive on it, I crave it, I need that rush of terror to get me out of bed in the morning. It’s in my DNA. I have tremendous remorse for the acts of violence I’ve committed, both planned and spontaneous. But I think what brings me the most sorrow is that I’ve learned to justify this behavior. I always find a reason, a cause, a need that allows me the karmic lubrication to stuff my guilt into a savage compartment. I’ve become the thing, the one I hated. And with that awareness comes periods of days, sometimes weeks, when I have to avoid looking into a mirror. My self-hate is so deep, so palpable, I fear I’ll lunge at my own image, shatter the glass, and cut myself with shards of broken reflection. Since my best friend was killed, I’ve lost my center. ‘Op’ was always my pull back to true north. Now my doubt and sense of fraudulence bark so loudly in my head that most of the time I can’t hear anything else. Love, camaraderie, freedom - all the things I want from this life are lost in the din. Forgive my indulgence, sons, but today may be a day we both remember. A defining day. And I want you to look back at this entry and know that at the very least, your father was completely honest, so you know I speak the truth when I tell you that you are the most important thing to me. I’ll never hurt you, never abandon you. I love you, Abel. I love you, Thomas. More than anything or anyone. I always will. Everything I do is for my sons.
— Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller, SOA, Season 6, Episode 13

 
I lead a certain kind of life; I think in a certain pattern; I have certain beliefs and dogmas and I don’t want those patterns of existence to be disturbed because I have my roots in them. I don’t want them to be disturbed because the disturbance produces a state of unknowing and I dislike that. If I am torn away from everything I know and believe, I want to be reasonably certain of the state of things to which I am going. So the brain cells have created a pattern and those brain cells refuse to create another pattern, which may be uncertain. The movement from certainty to uncertainty is what I call fear.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti, On Fear

A growth hacker doesn’t see marketing as something one does but rather as something one builds into the product itself.
— Ryan Holiday, Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising

History is the autobiography of a madman.
— Alexander Herzen

By the time U.S. president George W. Bush was preparing to invade Iraq in 2003 to liberate its people from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein’s rule, the Arabs had heard it all before: the wolf of occupation dressed in the lamb’s fleece of liberation. It is bad enough to invade a people without insulting their intelligence.
— Eugene Rogan, The Arabs: A History

Suetonius tells us that when Caesar was in Gades (Cadiz) he saw the monument to Alexander that stood near the temple of Hercules and was overcome by the thought that he had reached the age of thirty-one without achieving anything remarkable, whereas Alexander had by that age conquered the world.
— Christian Meier, Caesar

Ironically, it was the reading and writing he did behind the door closed against his classmates’ shouts that first made them take an interest in him. There was on the campuses of that era a respect for scholarliness and brilliance, and Bob Moses’ classmates slowly began to realize the extent to which he possessed these qualities.
— Robert A. Caro, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

The Chinese dry cleaners I usually send my bloody clothes to delivered back to me yesterday a Soprani jacket, two white Brooks Brothers shirts and a tie from Agnes B. still covered with flecks of someone’s blood.
— Patrick Bateman via Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

Science is the captain and practice the soldiers. O speculator on things, boast not of knowing the things that nature ordinarily brings about; but rejoice if you know the end of those things which you yourself devise. Those who fall in love with practice without science are like a sailor who enters a ship without helm or compass, and who never can be certain whither he is going.
— Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks

You have yourself to blame for burdening your mind with misconceptions that prevent from seeing clearly what you might have seen.
— Beatrice via Dante, The Divine Comedy: Paradise

All kinds of pain, bad conscious pain… you know too…. That’s the worst. Regrets, the things you think you did, the times you didn’t behave the way you ought to of. That’s the real pain.
— Orson Welles, Last Interview

Where you say something can be as important as what you say.
— Hilary Clinton, Hard Choices

 
The psychology of accurate intuition involves no magic. Perhaps the best short statement of it is by the great Herbert Simon, who studied chess masters and showed that after thousands of hours of practice they come to see the pieces on the board differently from the rest of us. You can feel Simon’s impatience with the mythologizing of expert intuition when he writes: “The situation has provided a cue; this cue has given the expert access to information stored in memory, and the information provides the answer. Intuition is nothing more and nothing less than recognition.”
— Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil’s pawn. Alone among God’s primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother’s land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.
— Cornelius, Planet of the Apes (1968)

The study of the powers that shape, maintain and alter the state is the basis of all political insight and leads to the understanding that the law of power governs the world of states just as the law of gravity governs the physical world.
— Ludwig Von Rochau

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