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[Quote No.56943] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says 'Morning, boys. How's the water?' And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes 'What the hell is water?' ...The point of the fish story is merely that the most obvious, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about. [Life-skills are some of these most obvious, important realities which are often the hardest to see and talk about, and yet they are really the most important to living well, being happy and successful and contributing to improving the world for yourself, those you love and the rest of us. One of the most important and powerful life-skills is learning how to think:] ...learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed. Think of the old cliche about 'the mind being an excellent servant but a terrible master.'...On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, cliches, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness!" - David Foster Wallace
(1962-2008), American author of novels, short stories and essays, as well as a professor of English and creative writing. Quoted from his commencement speech in 2005 to Kenyon College. The speech was published as a book called 'This Is Water' in 2009. In May 2013, portions of the speech were used in a popular online video also titled 'This is Water'. [http://markmanson.net/this-is-water ]
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[Quote No.60586] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish." - David Foster Wallace

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[Quote No.56942] Need Area: Mind > General
"There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says 'Morning, boys. How's the water?' And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes 'What the hell is water?' ...The point of the fish story is merely that the most obvious, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about. [Life-skills are some of these most obvious, important realities which are often the hardest to see and talk about, and yet they are really the most important to living well, being happy and successful and contributing to improving the world for yourself, those you love and the rest of us. One of the most important and powerful life-skills is learning how to think:] ...learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed. Think of the old cliche about 'the mind being an excellent servant but a terrible master.'...On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, cliches, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness." - David Foster Wallace
(1962-2008), American author of novels, short stories and essays, as well as a professor of English and creative writing. Quoted from his commencement speech in 2005 to Kenyon College. The speech was published as a book called 'This Is Water' in 2009. In May 2013, portions of the speech were used in a popular online video also titled 'This is Water'. [http://markmanson.net/this-is-water ]
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[Quote No.48604] Need Area: Money > General
"If you worship money and things ... then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It’s the truth." - David Foster Wallace

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[Quote No.48892] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"It is just about impossible to talk about the really important stuff in politics [business and life] without using terms that have become such awful clichés they make your eyes glaze over and are hard to even hear. One such term is ‘leader,’ which all the big candidates use all the time – as in e.g. ‘providing leadership,’ ‘a proven leader,’ ‘a new leader for a new century,’ etc. – and have reduced to such a platitude that it’s hard to try to think about what ‘leader’ really means and whether indeed what today’s Young Voters want is a leader. The weird thing is that the word ‘leader’ itself is cliché and boring, but when you come across somebody who actually is a real leader, that person isn’t cliché or boring at all; in fact he’s sort of the opposite of cliché and boring. Obviously, a real leader isn’t just somebody who has ideas you agree with, nor is it just somebody you happen to believe is a good guy. Think about it. A real leader is somebody who, because of his own particular power and charisma and example, is able to inspire people, with ‘inspire’ being used here in a serious and non-cliché way. A real leader can somehow get us to do certain things that deep down we think are good and want to be able to do but usually can’t get ourselves to do on our own. It’s a mysterious quality, hard to define, but we always know it when we see it, even as kids. You can probably remember seeing it in certain really great coaches, or teachers, or some extremely cool older kid you ‘looked up to’ (interesting phrase) and wanted to be just like. Some of us remember seeing the quality as kids in a minister or rabbi, or a scoutmaster, or a parent, or a friend’s parent, or a supervisor in a summer job. And yes, all these are ‘authority figures,’ but it’s a special kind of authority. If you’ve ever spent time in the military, you know how incredibly easy it is to tell which of your superiors are real leaders and which aren’t, and how little rank has to do with it. A leader’s real ‘authority’ is a power you voluntarily give him, and you grant him this authority not with resentment or resignation but happily; it feels right. Deep down, you almost always like how a real leader makes you feel, the way you find yourself working harder and pushing yourself and thinking in ways you couldn’t ever get to on your own. In other words, a real leader is somebody who can help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and get us to do better things than we can get ourselves to do on our own." - David Foster Wallace
In his 2000 essay 'Up, Simba: Seven Days on the Trail of an Anticandidate', found in the book 'Consider the Lobster and Other Essays'.
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[Quote No.56691] Need Area: Work > Sell
"[Don't be too self-conscious:] You'll stop worrying what others think about you when you realize how seldom they do. [Like most humans they are biologically wired to be self-interested and therefore are too busy worrying about what others think about them. So don't be frightened of other's opinion of you, they are more frightened of your opinion of them than!] " - David Foster Wallace

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[Quote No.48605] Need Area: Property > General
"If you worship money and things ... then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It’s the truth!" - David Foster Wallace

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[Quote No.56944] Need Area: Friends > Children
"There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says 'Morning, boys. How's the water?' And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes 'What the hell is water?' ...The point of the fish story is merely that the most obvious, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about. [Life-skills are some of these most obvious, important realities which are often the hardest to see and talk about, and yet they are really the most important to living well, being happy and successful and contributing to improving the world for yourself, those you love and the rest of us. One of the most important and powerful life-skills is learning how to think:] ...learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed. Think of the old cliche about 'the mind being an excellent servant but a terrible master.' ...On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, cliches, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness." - David Foster Wallace
(1962-2008), American author of novels, short stories and essays, as well as a professor of English and creative writing. Quoted from his commencement speech in 2005 to Kenyon College. The speech was published as a book called 'This Is Water' in 2009. In May 2013, portions of the speech were used in a popular online video also titled 'This is Water'. [http://markmanson.net/this-is-water ]
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[Quote No.56690] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"[Don't be too self-conscious:] You'll stop worrying what others think about you when you realize how seldom they do. [Like most humans they are biologically wired to be self-interested and therefore are too busy worrying about what others think about them. So don't be frightened of other's opinion of you, they are more frightened of your opinion of them than.]" - David Foster Wallace

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[Quote No.56968] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"[Be kind to others. Why? Because most people are nearly always dealing with and focusing on something that is difficult and challenging. We are psychologically and physiologically wired to have a negativity bias to find and fix problems, in order of priority for survival and happiness. How can we test if this hypothesis is true?] The next suitable person you're in light conversation with, you [could] stop suddenly in the middle of the conversation and look at the person closely and say, 'What's wrong?' You say it in a concerned way. He'll say, 'What do you mean?' You say, 'Something's wrong. I can tell. What is it?' And he'll look stunned and say, 'How did you know?' He doesn't realize something's always wrong, with everybody. Often more than one thing. He doesn't know everybody's always going around all the time with something wrong and believing they're exerting great willpower and control to keep other people, for whom they think nothing’s ever wrong, from seeing it.' [It takes understanding that happiness is relative and about what you compare your experience to - better and you feel bad and bitter, worse and you feel good and grateful - to approach 'enlightened', perennial joie de vivre. This revelation is not expressed enough, especially in consumer-based societies where discontent is manufactured and then used to market the next purchase.]" - David Foster Wallace
'The Pale King'
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[Quote No.56965] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Individualism and the need for personal freedom:] Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else." - David Foster Wallace
'Infinite Jest'.
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[Quote No.56969] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Most people are nearly always dealing with and focusing on something that is difficult and challenging. We are psychologically and physiologically wired to have a negativity bias to find and fix problems, in order of priority for survival and happiness. How can we test if this hypothesis is true?] The next suitable person you're in light conversation with, you [could] stop suddenly in the middle of the conversation and look at the person closely and say, 'What's wrong?' You say it in a concerned way. He'll say, 'What do you mean?' You say, 'Something's wrong. I can tell. What is it?' And he'll look stunned and say, 'How did you know?' He doesn't realize something's always wrong, with everybody. Often more than one thing. He doesn't know everybody's always going around all the time with something wrong and believing they're exerting great willpower and control to keep other people, for whom they think nothing’s ever wrong, from seeing it.' [It takes understanding that happiness is relative and about what you compare your experience to - better and you feel bad and bitter, worse and you feel good and grateful - to approach 'enlightened', perennial joie de vivre. This revelation is not expressed enough, especially in consumer-based societies where discontent is manufactured and then used to market the next purchase!]" - David Foster Wallace
'The Pale King'
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[Quote No.56970] Need Area: Fun > Books
"Good fiction's job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable." - David Foster Wallace

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[Quote No.56971] Need Area: Fun > Books
"If you spend enough time reading or writing, you find a voice, but you also find certain tastes. You find certain writers who when they write, it makes your own brain voice like a tuning fork, and you just resonate with them. And when that happens, reading those writers - not all of whom are modern . . . I mean, if you are willing to make allowances for the way English has changed, you can go way, way back with this - becomes a source of unbelievable joy. It's like eating candy for the soul. So probably the smart thing to say is that lucky people develop a relationship with a certain kind of art that becomes spiritual, almost religious, and doesn't mean, you know, church stuff, but it means you're just never the same." - David Foster Wallace
'Quack This Way'
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[Quote No.3240] Need Area: Fun > TV/movies
"Because I liked to read, I probably didn't watch quite as much TV as my friends, but I still got my daily megadose, believe me." - David Foster Wallace

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[Quote No.3477] Need Area: Fun > Art
"Ideally, each piece of art's its own unique object, and its evaluation's always present-tense." - David Foster Wallace

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[Quote No.56966] Need Area: Fun > Art
"[Individualism:] What the really great artists do is they're entirely themselves. They're entirely themselves, they've got their own vision, they have their own way of fracturing reality, and if it's authentic and true, you will feel it in your nerve endings. [What is most personal is most universal.] ― " - David Foster Wallace

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[Quote No.56967] Need Area: Fun > Art
"In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what's human and magical that still live and glow despite the times' darkness. Really good fiction could have as dark a worldview as it wished, but it'd find a way both to depict this world and to illuminate the possibilities for being alive and human in it." - David Foster Wallace

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