Quotes can be fantastic mental models. Here’s some of my favorites.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.
We design our world, while our world acts back on us and designs us.
Anne-Marie Willis in Ontological Designing
Character is simply habit long continued.
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The first draft of anything is shit.
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable.
Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
In life as in dance, grace glides on blistered feet.
The only sin is mediocrity.
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
If you know the way broadly you will see it in all things.
The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
The way we do anything is the way we do everything.
That people do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.
When we learn to tolerate boredom, we find out who we really are.
All of humanity's problems stem from an inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
The respect of those you respect is worth more than the applause of the multitude.
Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.
Baron de Montesquieu