ask me something
“ Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying ‘yes’ begins things. Saying ‘yes’ is how things grow. Saying ‘yes’ leads to knowledge. ‘Yes’ is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes. ”
Susan Sontag on love — brilliant & beautiful.
“One can never ask anyone to change a feeling.”
“I’m only interested in people engaged in a project of self-transformation.”
“What I have to get over: the idea that the value of love rises as the self dwindles.”
“ Not having to wonder how I was going to eat meant my attention could be given to other things, like reading wonderful books. As a child, many of the books I read and loved came from the local libraries where I lived. I can still remember going into a library for the first time and being amazed — utterly amazed — that I could read any book I wanted and that I could even take some of them home, as long as I promised to give each of them back in time. I learned my love of science and story in libraries. I know now that each of those libraries were paid for by the people who lived in the cities the libraries were in, and sometimes by the states they were in as well. I owe the taxpayers of each for the love of books and words. ”
“ Being a geek is all about your own personal level of enthusiasm, not how your level of enthusiasm measures up to others. If you like something so much that a casual mention of it makes your whole being light up like a halogen lamp, if hearing a stranger fondly mention your favorite book or game is instant grounds for friendship, if you have ever found yourself bouncing out of your chair because something you learned blew your mind so hard that you physically could not contain yourself — you are a geek ”
“ Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice. Gifts are easy — they’re given after all. Choices can be hard. You can seduce yourself with your gifts if you’re not careful, and if you do, it’ll probably be to the detriment of your choices. ”
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos at Princeton, 1986, in one of 5 timeless graduation addresses to live by.
“ The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious — the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. ”
Isaac Asimov and other great minds – including Albert Einstein, Carl Sagan, Richard Feynmen, Marie Curie, and E. O. Wilson – define science.
“ And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away. ”
John Steinbeck, in a letter to his son