Monthly Quotes: January 2022

The best thing about rock bottom is the rock part. You discover the solid bit of you. The bit that can’t be broken down further. The thing that you might sentimentally call a soul. At our lowest we find the solid ground of our foundation. And we can build ourselves anew.

Matt Haig, The Comfort Book

Curiosity and passion are the enemies of anxiety.

Matt Haig, The Comfort Book

If we keep going in a straight line we’ll get out of here. Walking one foot in front of the other, in the same direction, will always get you further than running around in circles. It’s about the determination to keep walking forward.

Matt Haig, The Comfort Book

I used to worry about fitting in until I realized the reason I didn’t fit in was because I didn’t want to.

Matt Haig, The Comfort Book

To know which path to take, it helps to take a few wrong ones.

Matt Haig, The Comfort Book

There will be other days. And other feelings.

Matt Haig, The Comfort Book

The most powerful moment in life is when you decide not to be scared anymore.

Matt Haig, The Comfort Book

You don’t need to deny the reality of the present in order to have hope, you just need to know the future is uncertain, and that life contains light as well as dark.

Matt Haig, The Comfort Book

Language gives us the power to voice our experience, to reconnect with the world, and to change our own and other people’s lives

Matt Haig, The Comfort Book

Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

who wishes to fight must first count the cost

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.

Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist

Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing.

Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist

You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes.

Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist

Always be reading. Go to the library. There’s magic in being surrounded by books. Get lost in the stacks. Read bibliographies. It’s not the book you start with, it’s the book that book leads you to. Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Filmmaker John Waters has said, “Nothing is more important than an unread library.” Don’t worry about doing research. Just search.

Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist

Pretend to be making something until you actually make something.

Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist

In the end, creativity isn’t just the things we choose to put in, it’s the things we choose to leave out.

Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist

More data means that we need to be even more aware of what the evidence is actually worth.

David Spiegelhalter, The Art of Statistics

Signals always come with noise: It is trying to separate out the two that makes the subject interesting.

David Spiegelhalter, The Art of Statistics

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