Culture Quotes

Epictetus: Two ears, one mouth

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work Quotes

Viktor E. Frankl: ‘Don’t aim at success’

“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it”

Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
Creativity Quotes

Lin Yutang on how to spend a perfect afternoon

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.

Lin Yutang
Life & Philosophy Quotes

‘Nine-tenths of education is encouragement’

“Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.”

Anatole France
Books Quotes

Think of yourself more like a frog

He should think of himself more ‘like a frog’, she said. Shapiro was wondering whether to feel insulted when she explained: ‘You should sun yourself on a lily-pad until you get bored; then, when the time is right, you should jump to a new lily-pad and hang out there for a while. Continue this over and over, moving in whatever direction feels right.’

The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman

‘In my next life I will try to commit more errors’

“In my next life I will try to commit more errors.”

Jorge Luis Borges