Archive of September 2014

Sep 29, 2014

Every day's doubt is whether to seek for ideas or to collect facts. For all successful study is the marriage of thoughts and things. A continual reaction of the thought classifying the facts and of facts suggesting the thought.

Sep 26, 2014

Instead of empathy, Bloom concludes, we need compassion: a cooler, more rational, "more distanced love, kindness and concern for others". A relative of his undergoing cancer treatment doesn't like medical staff who overflow with empathy: "He gets the most from doctors who are calm when he is anxious, confident when he is uncertain." As the Saturday Night Live writer Jack Handey wrote, before you criticise someone, walk a mile in their shoes: that way, you'll be a mile away, and you'll have their shoes. But if you want to help them, staying planted in your own shoes may be preferable. Sure, I could feel your pain. But wouldn't you rather I did something about it?
Either way, it's clear that when you are trying to persuade, how you do it can matter as much as the content. Ask for what you want, but then provide some clearly signalled reasons – or things that sound like reasons. And use the word "because". Why? Because it's a good word to use.

Sep 19, 2014

Imperfections are attractive when their owners are happy with them.
— Augusten Burroughs

Sep 18, 2014

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.
— H.L. Mencken

Sep 17, 2014

Der ehemalige Funke-Geschäftsführer Christian Nienhaus sagte 2013 einen tollen Satz, als er verkündete, die „Westfälische Rundschau“ werde ohne Redaktion erstellt. Er sagte: „Wir hoffen, dass die Abonnenten davon möglichst wenig merken.“
A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
— English proverb (via Pinterest)
There is something obscure which is complete before heaven and earth arose; tranquil, quiet, standing alone without change, moving without peril. It could be the mother of everything. Not knowing its name, I call it Tao.
— Lao-tsu

Sep 16, 2014

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
— Mark Twain
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