23.

Meditation does not give you a reason to be happy; it only makes you realize that there is no reason to be unhappy—and there never was.

22.

If everyone says it, it’s either wrong or useless.

21.

Everyone knows that history is written by the victors, but few realize that we are the victors—and even fewer understand the consequences.

20.

I owe everything to books and solitude.

19.

We live in Animal Farm while being afraid that it will turn into 1984.

18.

To anger journalists, don’t tell them their ideas are wrong—tell them they are outdated.

17.

We collectively normalize an addiction by calling it culture. We individually normalize an addiction by calling it habit.

16.

Walking is like meditation: once you stop trying, you get all the benefits.

15.

If you’re struggling to be stoic, you’re missing the point.

14.

If it’s created by nature, assume it’s perfect. If it’s created by humans, assume it’s flawed.

13.

Progress is made in private; profit is made in public.

12.

People don’t want a Ferrari; they want the life they think people with a Ferrari have.

11.

The news doesn’t portray, it propagates.

10.

People incapable of playing the money game play the status game.

9.

Appealing to the “scientific consensus” is the modern appeal to authority.

8.

The book genre “Self-Help” is just a lengthy introduction to philosophy; sometimes well written and helpful, but mostly unnecessary.

7.

The best aphorisms surprise the writer as much as the reader.

6.

I attended some lectures on quantum information theory, and it’s true what they say: any idiot can be intelligent.

5.

A successful life is not about optimizing your work-life balance, but about minimizing your work-life difference.

4.

Capitalism risks corruption, socialism ensures it.