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Quotes - September 2014

Alexei Muravsky


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Ideas influence our thoughts, which consequently direct our course of development. Quotes often summarize the ideas we live by. I will start compiling quotes, so that I may post them monthly. This will have the aim of accomplishing five goals:

  1. Enabling me to better remember what I have read/come across. [1]
  2. Saving future time, when having to do research. [2]
  3. Helping me understand what thoughts are currently influencing my actions. [3]
  4. Creating a jump off point for you, for times when you don’t know what you want to read. [4]
  5. Maintaining a consistent and higher flow of content on the website. [5]

Most of the quotes posted here are from recent books (depending on the month) I’ve read or am currently reading, occasionally including quotes from books I plan to read next.


At the age of twelve my ambition was to be a gangster. To be a wiseguy. To me being a wiseguy was better than being president of the United States. It meant power among people who had no power. It meant perks in a working-class neighborhood that had no privileges.
— Henry Hill via Nicholas Pileggi, Wiseguy

What the present generation wants is what all generations have always wanted – a meaning, a sense of what the world and life are – a chance to strive for some sort of order.
— Saul D. Alinsky, Rules for Radicals

I’m tired of being crushed under the weight of greedy men who believe in nothing.
— Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller, SOA, Season 5 Episode 12

You have accomplished nothing unless you finish what remains to be done.
— Napoleon, Napoleon (Vincent Cronin)

The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes.
— Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time

Anarchism stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion and liberation of the human body from the coercion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. It stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals…
— Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

Ultimately I learned the lesson that Goldman, Proudhon and the others learned. That true freedom requires sacrifice and pain. Most human beings only think they want freedom. In truth they yearn for the bondage of social order, rigid laws, materialism. The only freedom man really wants, is the freedom to become comfortable.
— John Teller, SOA, Season 1 Episode 4

If you’re male and you’re Christian and living in America, your father is your model for God. And if you never know your father, if your father bails out or dies or is never home, what do you believe about God? What you end up doing, is you spend your life searching far a father and God.
— Mechanic, Fight Club

I believe in the Scottish proverb, ‘Hard work never killed a man’, men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work.
— David Ogilvy, Confessions of an Advertising Man

Shit, I don’t gotta go to church to talk to God or to read the Bible.
— Curtis Jackson Sr., From Pieces to Weight

Let me point out to you that freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are free as they want to be.
— James Baldwin via Robert Greene, The 50th Law

To have an attitude proper to a real sword means to be deadly serious. Shin-Ken shō-bu, literally a contest with real swords, means something done in deadly earnest… the Japanese are generally able to experience and address virtually anything as a life and death situation.
— Thomas Cleary, The Book of Five Rings, Translator’s Preface

I have not found among my possessions anything which I hold more dear than, or value so much as, the knowledge of the actions of great men.
— Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

Friends sometimes ask, “Don’t you get lonely sitting by yourself all day?” At first it seemed odd to hear myself answer No. Then I realized that I was not alone; I was in the book; I was with the characters. I was with my Self.
— Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

I do not think one can assess a writer’s motives without knowing something of his early development. His subject-matter will be determined by the age he lives in… before he ever begins to write he will have acquired an emotional attitude which he will never completely escape.
— George Orwell, Why I Write

Notes:

1. Writing the information out better ingrains it in our minds.

2. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to flip through a book to find a piece of information… hopefully this helps me bring the number down to something recognizable – in turn saving me time. We all know the feeling of connecting two seemingly unrelated ideas together into a coherent form. The best part is when these clicks happen constantly in our minds after a certain accumulation of knowledge from various fields. My personalized index method, which I slightly modified from Ryan Holiday’s, serves to get these clicks out at a faster rate. It serves the same function as this quote compilation but it operates at a higher level of efficiency. You can learn more about it here.

3. Understanding why you do something is paramount to your success. If you know the why, you understand the tactic’s purpose and how it fits in your overall strategy.

4. Depending on your preferences you may find ideas that catch your eye and push you to do more research one month, while boring you the next. Hopefully it won’t be to much of a roller coaster – diversity will be key.

5. I will still be posting essays!