Omnia Causa Fiunt.
(Everything happens for a reason.)
Life is all a big joke, but I’m afraid it is only the brave who get the point.
~ Miles Furlong (1890-1994)
If you speak delusions, everything becomes a delusion;
But outside delusion there is no special truth.
Why do you so earnestly seek the truth in distant places?
~ Ryōkan (1758-1831)
Now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.
~ John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
All the fun’s in how you say a thing.
~ Robert Frost (1874-1963)
Although the Dunning–Kruger effect was formulated in 1999, the cognitive bias of illusory superiority has been known throughout history:
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. ~ Confucius (551–479 BCE)
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. ~William Shakespeare (1564–1616), As You Like It, V. i.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. ~ Charles Darwin (1809–1882)
One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision. ~ Bertrand Russell (1872–1970)
Things won are done; joy’s soul lies in the doing.
~ William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
When you’re in it, just keep riding the wave as long as you can.
~ anon, 2017
Everything you want is on the other side of fear.
Faith is not about finding meaning in the world, there may be no such thing — faith is the belief in our capacity to create meaningful lives.
~ Terry Tempest Williams (b. 1955)
It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.
~ Wendell Berry (b. 1934)
The appropriate way to do anything is thoughtfully and gracefully—and with as much soul as you can pull around you.
~ Rina Swentzell (1939-2015)