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Comment author: MichaelGR 09 August 2012 08:06:20PM 11 points [-]

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes…

— Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Hound of the Baskervilles”

Comment author: MichaelGR 03 May 2012 05:33:52PM *  21 points [-]

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea...

  • Antoine de Saint Exupery
Comment author: MichaelGR 03 May 2012 05:32:32PM 17 points [-]

“Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.”

― Brandon Mull, Fablehaven

Comment author: MichaelGR 03 May 2012 05:31:34PM 14 points [-]

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”

  • Confucius
Comment author: MichaelGR 06 November 2011 05:23:05PM 8 points [-]

The correctness of a decision can’t be judged from the outcome. Nevertheless, that’s how people assess it. A good decision is one that’s optimal at the time it’s made, when the future is by definition unknown. Thus, correct decisions are often unsuccessful, and vice versa.

--Howard Marks, The Most Important Thing p.136 (about investing, but applies to other things)

Comment author: MichaelGR 04 November 2011 06:56:35PM 9 points [-]

We have two classes of forecasters: Those who don't know and those who don't know they don't know.

John Kenneth Galbraith

Comment author: MichaelGR 03 November 2011 06:23:22PM 3 points [-]

Let us take what the terrain gives.

-Amos Tversky

Comment author: gwern 22 October 2011 01:16:10AM 0 points [-]

Where is this from, http://vimeo.com/7396024 ?

Comment author: MichaelGR 22 October 2011 05:46:31AM 0 points [-]

I don't remember exactly, but I think it was from a conference where he was speaking with Eliezer on a panel or Q&A, so that might be it.

Comment author: wedrifid 07 October 2011 12:56:07AM *  9 points [-]

That's terrible advice. Far better to spend that time thinking of a better attack plan. Make sure it includes contingencies to deal with anyone who may wish to avenge whoever you are killing.

Comment author: MichaelGR 11 October 2011 01:25:29AM 3 points [-]

My understanding is that the advice is to be aware that you could also end up dead, so you should dig an extra grave for yourself. It's not practical advice, it's a warning that revenge is dangerous and not worth it.

Comment author: MichaelGR 07 October 2011 12:19:29AM 1 point [-]

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

-Confucius

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