[W]hen they tell you that there’s a 30 percent chance of rain, people think oh, that’s being wishy-washy. Will it rain or not? I want to know. That just reflects a more honest view of mankind’s predictive powers.
A distinguishing feature of people with this kind of intelligence is that they’ve had extensive experience of learning the mistakes of being overconfident in one area, and apply that lesson generally.
For me, the biggest change in my life happened when I stopped trying to accomplish everything at once. I realized that I’m actually incredibly lazy—most of what I do has to do with habits and trivial stimuli, rather than deep thoughts. Instead of trying to change every behavior at once, I would pick something incredibly small and simple and focus on it for an entire month. Even that can be difficult, but it meant I could make a change almost habitual before I tried something else.
Good work is not done by ‘humble’ men. It is one of the first duties of a professor, for example, in any subject, to exaggerate a little both the importance of hi subject and his own importance in it. A man who is always asking, ‘Is what I do worthwhile?’ and ‘Am I the right person to do it?’ will always be ineffective himself and a discouragement to others. He must shut his eyes a little and think a little more of his subject than they deserve. This is not too difficult: it is harder not to make his subject and himself ridiculous by shutting his eyes too tightly.
The eyes, it is said, are windows to the soul. They are not. They are organs for converting light into electro-magnetic impulses. But this has never stopped us dreaming of them that way.
Rate Of Uninformed Conversations About Navy SEALs Skyrockets

"What’s that? Actually, no, I’m NOT interested in engaging in an exchange of strongly held opinions with you about that topic that we only have a superficial understanding of from recent news reports."

Nice try, Buddha.

Nice try, Buddha.