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Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes

In poor countries, officials receive explicit bribes; in D.C. they get the sophisticated, implicit, unspoken promise to work for large corporations
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Love without sacrifice is like theft

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A prophet is not someone with special visions, just someone blind to most of what others see

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb

In poor countries, officials receive explicit bribes; in D.C. they get the sophisticated, implicit, unspoken promise to work for large corporations

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Just as no monkey is as good-looking as the ugliest of humans, no academic is worthier than the worst of the creators

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I know that history is going to be dominated by an improbable event, I just don't know what that event will be.

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Technology is the result of antifragility, exploited by risk-takers in the form of tinkering and trial and error, with nerd-driven design confined to the backstage.

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We are not made to view things as independent from each other. When viewing two events A and B, it is hard not to assume that A causes B, B causes A, or both cause each other. Our bias is immediately to establish a causal link.

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My dream-the solution-is that we would have a National Entrepreneur Day, with the following message: Most of you will fail, disrespected, impoverished, but we are grateful for the risks you are taking and the sacrifices you are making for the sake of the economic growth of the planet and pulling others out of poverty. You are at the source of our antifragility. Our nation thanks you.

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You can tell how uninteresting a person is by asking him whom he finds interesting.

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Is often a good career move for an author.

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In short, the fragilista (medical, economic, social planning) is one who makes you engage in policies and actions, all artificial, in which the benefits are small and visible, and the side effects potentially severe and invisible.

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I drive a hybrid, moving into an electric car. I only drink tap water, never consume food that's travelled.

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I'm a private intellectual, not a public one.

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Character is proportionate to N, the number of consecutive failures without being discouraged, or equivalently, the number of successive rejections without being intimidated.

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If my detractors knew me better they would hate me even more.

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A competitive athlete is painful to look at; trying hard to become an animal rather than a man, he will never be as fast as a cheetah or as strong as an ox.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Maximize the serendipity around you.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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