The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer. There are many men who feel a kind of twister pride in cynicism; there are many who confine themselves to criticism of the way others do what they themselves dare not even attempt. There is no more unhealthy being, no man less worthy of respect, than he who either really holds, or feigns to hold, an attitude of sneering disbelief toward all that is great and lofty, whether in achievement or in that noble effort which, even if it fails, comes to second achievement.
— Theodore Roosevelt
People often go through at least three stages when they deal with the inexplicable: superficial simplicity, confused complexity and profound simplicity.
— Karl Weick
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
— John Muir
Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect.
— Wabi Sabi philosophy
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
— Leonardo va Vinci
To understand how a scientific community functions as a producer and validator of sound knowledge, we must ultimately understand the unique set of shared standards and values for doing research that serve to control the production of scholarship. We must further consider our roles as teachers of the practitioners of tomorrow, for they will likely solve the problems of tomorrow with the solutions and theories we provide today…The able practitioner, like the bright student, may model a new problem on another previously encountered and solved.
— Cathy Enz
Any description should be two-faced, looking simultaneously to the world of data and to that of concepts.
— Dorwin Cartwright reflecting on Lewinian theory
Violence, after all, is no mystery. It’s peace that’s the mystery. Why do people take drugs? Not a mystery. It’s why they don’t take them all the time that’s the mystery. Why do people suffer from anxiety? That’s not a mystery. How is that people can ever be calm? There’s the mystery. We’re breakable and mortal. A million things can go wrong, in a million ways.
— Jordan Peterson reflecting on the chaos in life (and principles to deal with them)