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Thinking

…my first thought is never my best thought. My first thought is always someone else’s; it’s always what I’ve already heard about the subject, always the conventional wisdom. It’s only by concentrating, sticking to the question, being patient, letting all the parts of my mind come into play, that I arrive at an original idea. By giving my brain a chance to make associations, draw connections, take me by surprise. And often even that idea doesn’t turn out to be very good. I need time to think about it, too, to make mistakes and recognize them, to make false starts and correct them, to outlast my impulses, to defeat my desire to declare the job done and move on to the next thing…

— William Deresiewicz

Communicating

The best way to communicate from one human being to another is through story.

— Donald Knuth

Politics & Sport

Politicians and sports coaches both need to be smart enough to master the game, but dumb enough to think it matters.

— David Mitchel