Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Writing is sacred, other activities are profane, and I don’t want them to corrupt my writing.
Nobody reads the disclosures that roll down your computer screen. You click ‘I agree’ but you don’t know what you’re agreeing to.
Most so-called writers keep writing and writing with the hope, some day, to find something to say.
I lift heavy weights and sprint, but I am so bad at it that I develop severe injuries.
Governments that try to shoot for a surplus hardly ever reach it.
I don’t know anyone on Wall Street who goes to work every day thinking of anything but how to increase their bonus.
Bailing out every bank that fails makes the system riskier, not safer.
I’ve been telling anyone willing to listen that banks have a tendency to sit on time bombs while convincing themselves that they are conservative and nonvolatile.
When you write, you don’t have the social constraints of having people in front of you, so you talk about abstract matters.
I’m a private intellectual, not a public one.
What we need to do is break the financial community’s grip on society.
What America does best is produce the ability to accept failure.
It might be useful to be able to predict war. But tension does not necessarily lead to war, but often to peace and to denouement.
We should ban banks from risk-taking because society is going to pay the price.
The American people will eventually get hurt by this accumulated deficit. That’s the problem. We have too much deficit. We have to find a solution.