A review of How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

I’m not a big fan of self-help books. They tend to make everything seem solvable in a jiffy (if you make 14 easy payments of $9.95). These books usually dramatize a human’s faults and then provide complex solutions or elaborate emotion hyping schemes. They give you the ideas for success instead of, well, actually succeeding. […]

Try to be alive; breathe deeply

“The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get […]

Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow…

““A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know […]

A series of moments

My favorite fable Life is liquid, a series of moments that build upon each other. This fable completely reinforces that notion in simple prose.