Quotes by: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
I hated school because I liked to daydream and the system tried to stop me from that.
Most people are sceptical about the wrong things and gullible about the wrong things.
A good maxim allows you to have the last word without even starting a conversation.
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg didn't finish college. Too much emphasis is placed on formal education - I told my children not to worry about their grades but to enjoy learning.
What we do today has nothing to do with capitalism or socialism. It is a crony type of system that transfers money to the coffers of bureaucrats.
Globalization has created this interlocking fragility. At no time in the history of the universe has the cancellation of a Christmas order in New York meant layoffs in China.
Success is about honour, feeling morally calibrated, absence of shame, not what some newspaper defines from an external metric.
We have this culture of financialization. People think they need to make money with their savings rather with their own business. So you end up with dentists who are more traders than dentists. A dentist should drill teeth and use whatever he does in the stock market for entertainment.
The Internet allows the small guy a global marketplace. But technology is harmful in the sense that we get too much information from it. Because of the web we get 10 times the amount of noise we ever got, which makes harmful fallacies far more likely.
I'm a capitalist but one who is smallist and localist, and who favours businesses where owners are still in charge.
There are two types of people: those who try to win and those who try to win arguments. They are never the same.
Nobody reads the disclosures that roll down your computer screen. You click 'I agree' but you don't know what you're agreeing to.
I don't know anyone on Wall Street who goes to work every day thinking of anything but how to increase their bonus.
I drive a hybrid, moving into an electric car. I only drink tap water, never consume food that's travelled.
Writing is sacred, other activities are profane, and I don't want them to corrupt my writing.
You will get the most attention from those who hate you. No friend, no admirer and no partner will flatter you with as much curiosity.
It might be useful to be able to predict war. But tension does not necessarily lead to war, but often to peace and to denouement.
Individuals should think about the worst-case scenarios and plan for them. The world will be crazier than you think it will be. Put money away, and then you can live with much more freedom.
When you write, you don't have the social constraints of having people in front of you, so you talk about abstract matters.
Capitalism is about adventurers who get harmed by their mistakes, not people who harm others with their mistakes.