Ongoing list of some all-time favourites and other iconic readings. The life ones are paired with songs to read to. My (current) favourite cs links can be found here.
I do not necessarily agree with all of the thoughts included in readings below. Thanks to anyone who recommended readings on this list! Suggestions always welcome.
Do Things Faster
How Do We Live & How Do Others Live? Vignettes
You can never create enough option value—and the longer you spend acquiring options, the harder it is to stop.
A close-to-home related example on the topic of optionality.
You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t.
C’était à cause du soleil.
It is impossible to think of Howard Hughes without seeing the apparently bottomless gulf between what we say we want and what we do want, between what we officially admire and secretly desire, between, in the largest sense, the people we marry and the people we love.
The first thing I did in my search for an answer to Why go out? was write down a list of every single reason I could think of to go out – there were about twelve.
You enjoy work and will love your grandchildren, and somewhere in there you die.
Indeed, objectivity wasn’t even invented until the 1900s.
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool.
I just want to be right—I don’t care if the right answer comes from me.
No one ever made a decision because of a number. They need a story.
It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.
If you do not work on an important problem, it’s unlikely you’ll do important work.