Alex's Slip-box

These are my org-mode notes in sort of Zettelkasten style


Remember, it is not enough to be hit or insulted to be harmed, you must believe that you are being harmed. If someone succeeds in provoking you, realize that your mind is complicit in the provocation. Which is why it is essential that we not respond impulsively to impressions; take a moment before reacting, and you will find it easier to maintain control.

— Epictetus, The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness

Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.

— Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

— William Shakespear, Hamlet

Never let a good crisis go to waste.

— Winston Churchill

I Am an Old Man and Have Known a Great Many Troubles, But Most of Them Never Happened

— Commonly attributed to Mark Twain but could have been someone else.

We labour at our daily work more ardently and thoughtlessly than is necessary to sustain our life because to us it is even more necessary not to have leisure to stop and think. Haste is universal because everyone is in flight from himself

— Nietzsche

Make your work look like it happened all by itself.

— Alan Watts

In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time.

— Edward P. Tryon

The devil always shits on the biggest pile.

— German Proverb

Fear is the cheapest room in the house I would like to see you living In better conditions


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