"I think a life properly lived is just learn, learn, learn all the time." - Charlie Munger
"Markets, property rights, and trade provide a very powerful set of tools for coordinating the activities of a multitude of individual actors. But their functioning requires some way of defining property rights so that most of the effect of my actions is born by me, my property, and some reasonably small and identifiable set of other people.
"If there is no way of defining property rights that meets that requirement, we have a problem. The alternative institutions — courts, tort law, government regulation, intergovernmental negotiations ... work very poorly. The more dispersed the effects, the worse they work.
"If technological changes result in making actions with such dispersed effects play a much larger role in our lives ... we have a problem for which no known institutions provide a reasonably good solution."
- David Friedman, Future Imperfect
"Being around optimistic, motivated, intelligent peers is like intellectual rocket fuel." - Laura Deming, Advice for Ambitious Teenagers
"My financial advisor told me about a client who became very wealthy in tech. They owned several homes, married and had children, traveled all over the world, and bought expensive things. When asked what made them happiest, they replied, 'Sitting in a quiet room writing code.'"
- Leah Culver
"Life colonized the energy gradients: plants put themselves between sun and stone; animals put themselves between plants and decay. Criminals infiltrated casinos like vines on a tree."
- Derek Künsken, The Quantum Magician
"Our universe might have slid into equilibrium emitting nothing more than a quiet hiss. The fact that it spawned such plentitude is a miracle..."
- Ted Chiang, Exhalation
"We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever."
- Carl Sagan