Being at leisure, they consumed time and substance in games and women; they studied to appear splendid in their dress, and to be clever and smart in their speech, and he who was more deft at biting the others was wiser and more esteemed.
There is no Christ outside Saint Paul. . .
Everything gets harder if you start going on and on about how hard it is.
It is a very funny thing that the sleepier you are, the longer you take about getting to bed. . .
She generally gave herself very good advice, though she very seldom followed it. . .
He knew very well that the Church is more noble than its bishops. . .
Consider the bishop in my parts, the Greek-Orthodox church: it’s a show of dignity. A bishop on rollerblades would not be a bishop.
—Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Reading fiction is one of the only ways any of us are going to survive this era with our minds intact. . .
Beliefs are not passively held; they are actively constructed. Even when people believe in God, he must be made real for them again and again. . . Faith is the process of creating an inner world and making it real through constant effort.
Everyone overcorrects, because we’re stupid and we don’t learn anything.