The opportunism of the flâneur is great in life and business—but not in personal life and matters that involve others. The opposite of opportunism in human relations is loyalty, a noble sentiment—but one that needs to be invested in the right places, that is, in human relations and moral commitments. The error of thinking you know exactly where you are going and assuming that you know today what your preferences will be tomorrow has
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“You may not know in your mind where you are going, but you know it by doing.” Nassim Taleb “If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.” Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) “You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” Dr. Seuss “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” Carl Rogers “Any intelligent fool can make
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Seth Godin “The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working.” Albert Einstein “Escapism isn’t good or bad in itself. What is important is what you are escaping from and where you are escaping to.” Terry Pratchett “Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But
“Go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will see farther.” Orison Swett Marden “The path of one who shrinks from arriving at his goal will easily take the form of a labyrinth.” Walter Benjamin “In these parts you have to keep busy; otherwise you’re no-account. Here you just can’t sit, you have to be going someplace. It’s not easy for people like us.” Franz Hessel “We aim above
“Options, any options, by allowing you more upside than downside, are vectors of antifragility. If you “have optionality,” you don’t have much need for what is commonly called intelligence, knowledge, insight, skills, and these complicated things that take place in our brain cells. For you don’t have to be right that often. All you need is the wisdom to not do unintelligent things to hurt yourself (some acts of omission) and recognize favorable outcomes
“In sleep, fantasy takes the form of dreams. But in waking life, too, we continue to dream beneath the threshold of consciousness, especially when under the influence of repressed or other unconscious complexes.” Carl Jung “Every dream that anyone ever has is theirs alone and they never manage to share it. And they never manage to remember it either. Not truly or accurately. Not as it was. Our memories and our vocabularies aren’t up