3 quotes for May 21, 2021

Krishnamurti on the feeling behind the word. Bruce Lee. Stanier.

Pick up a piece of shell. Can you look at it, wonder at its delicate beauty, without saying how pretty it is, or what animal made it? Can you look without the movement of the mind? Can you live with the feeling behind the word, without the feeling that the word builds up?

– Krishnamurti

A very long time ago, a friend of mine asked me if my mind never shuts up. While I'll never know if my mind is a bit too talkative, what I've realised is that most of us have talkative minds. A year of meditation and my head hurts less when I read Krishnamurti. Maybe in a few years, there will be inward experiencing.


Education: to discover but not merely to imitate. Learning techniques without inward experiencing can only lead to superficiality.

– Bruce Lee

Context matters, not content. Wisdom, not knowledge or information accumulation. After years of reading books, I've come to the realisation I've been doing it reasonably wrong all this time. Better late than never.


It doesn't matter if you've mastered all the productivity hacks in the world; the faster you dig, the faster the world keeps flooding. [...] The more you lose focus, the more overwhelmed you feel. The more overwhelmed you feel, the more you lose focus.

– Michael Bungay Stanier

Having a morning ritual, defining what a successful day is, learning to let go - these seem to be a lot more important than all the productivity hacks that I've learned and continue to use.


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