"Individualism flourishes both in business and in political thinking, sometimes confronted by anti-technology or anti-system ideas or groups. But the turbulent nature of this period emerges from its fundamental tensions. The wealth that has grown and concentrated in relatively few hands is greater than can be absorbed by real investment. Much of this excess money is poured into furthering the technological revolution, especially its infrastructure (canal mania, railway mania, Internet mania), often leading to overinvestment that might not fulfill expectations. So at this time there tends to be a sort of gambling economy with asset inflation in the stock market, looking like a miraculous multiplication of wealth. Confidence in the brilliance of financial geniuses grows and attempts at regulation are seen as hindering the way to a successful society. This new capacity of money to make money attracts more"
Fundraising is not an indication of success or failure, it is an indication that you now own less of your company.
Counterintuitively, quality is more important than speed in a competitive market. That’s why the market is filled with shit. Few people can build at the bleeding edges of craft, and that’s where it does make all the difference.
“Tenses (in language) are a way of ordering the chaos around time”
I think my best parenting advice (which applies to life in general) is that everything is temporary. When a mood is so overwhelming we tend to mistake the intensity of it for the longevity of it. But a baby waking up every two hours is temporary. A kid who will only eat chips – temporary. There will always be some new terrible thing. But that thing will be temporary, too.
Because in this topsy-turvy modern world, full of unkindness and windbag bluster, S.T.U.D.E.N.T. (Seeking These Unending Discoveries and Electrified Neurons Tirelessly) Mindset is something impossibly beautiful and impossibly fragile. To make fun of it is to corrode yr own soul — to estrange yourself from what’s most beautiful about humanity, and to forget that you are, at your best, a student too.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for insects.
One day, feeling very clever, I handed her a draft and asked her to read it. It was about our relationship and what I liked about it. I recounted a dream about a Giacometti sculpture, which changed shape every time I walked a full circle around it, in endless becoming, like her. At the end, the essay turned into a proposal.
She read it and I said: yes, yes, sure I’ll marry you.
We married in the bookstore where we met. It was the last day before they closed it down for good, so we had to hurry. The store owner was our only witness.
“You walk down your high street. What do you prefer to see there? The economist will say: Walmart, Best Buy, the Gap. Scale economies — cheaper prices — better for “consumers”! But the human being will say: an independent cafe, a good bookshop, a boutique clothing store. Why? Because they offer many things that mega scale organizations don’t”