Tasty Little Treats

witness my procrastination as I study for the bar exam
"[W]e have a peculiar power of thinking before we act, and of acting, too, whereas other men are courageous from ignorance but hesitate upon reflection."
- Thucydides, Pericles’ Funeral Oration

"[W]e have a peculiar power of thinking before we act, and of acting, too, whereas other men are courageous from ignorance but hesitate upon reflection."

- Thucydides, Pericles’ Funeral Oration

"I find myself thinking about the things I do, things I say. Ramifications. I’m not as angry or reactive. For instance, you showing me these photos, trying to play my rage, my need for revenge. It didn’t work. See, I was able to take a moment, think. And I realized that…you took a huge risk playing that card, which means you’re desperate.
You got nothing.”
Jax Teller, Sons of Anarchy, season 2, episode 7
Reacting without thinking is the instinct of the fool; and fools fall victim to the designs of those who premeditate and manipulate. Next time you confront an antagonizing situation, stop. Take a moment. Realize what reaction will garner the most favorable outcome for yourself. Then act.

"I find myself thinking about the things I do, things I say. Ramifications. I’m not as angry or reactive. For instance, you showing me these photos, trying to play my rage, my need for revenge. It didn’t work. See, I was able to take a moment, think. And I realized that…you took a huge risk playing that card, which means you’re desperate.

You got nothing.”

Jax Teller, Sons of Anarchy, season 2, episode 7

Reacting without thinking is the instinct of the fool; and fools fall victim to the designs of those who premeditate and manipulate. Next time you confront an antagonizing situation, stop. Take a moment. Realize what reaction will garner the most favorable outcome for yourself. Then act.

"We live forwards, but we understand backwards."
- William James’s favorite Kierkegaard quote

"We live forwards, but we understand backwards."

- William James’s favorite Kierkegaard quote

Dreams can make a man dangerous

"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was a vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did."

- T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom

"It doesn’t matter that this road goes nowhere. What matters is that we’re on it."
- Bret Easton Ellis, Less than Zero

"It doesn’t matter that this road goes nowhere. What matters is that we’re on it."

- Bret Easton Ellis, Less than Zero

"May all your choices be so clear."
- Wednesday, American Gods, Neil Gaiman

"May all your choices be so clear."

- Wednesday, American Gods, Neil Gaiman

"Quite an experience to live in fear isn’t it? That’s what it’s like to be a slave."
- Roy Batty, Blade Runner

"Quite an experience to live in fear isn’t it? That’s what it’s like to be a slave."

- Roy Batty, Blade Runner

"…make up your own rules. Why be a servant to the law when you can be its master?"
- Bodhi, Point Break

"…make up your own rules. Why be a servant to the law when you can be its master?"

- Bodhi, Point Break

Nietzsche - Create Yourself or Be Yourself

“Morality is for the masses. Follow your own inner law. Become what you are.”

- Nietzsche

This quote is originally attributed to Pindar, but Nietzsche used it to explain his concept of amor fati, or the love of your own fate. It is the individual’s ability to create a masterpiece out of their life and become who they truly are.

However, according to some scholars, Nietzsche mistranslated Pindar. Taken in context, Pindar was saying “be who you are.” ‘Becoming’ connotes the molding of some inner being, but Pindar meant “unveil” your true self. 

Under either interpretation, people must make a conscious decision to be themselves even when doing so clashes with society’s morals and laws.