Rinaldo Fowler

Life 101 - by Peter McWilliams

Life 101 - by Peter McWilliams

ISBN: 0931580781
Date read: 2021-01-03
Recommended for: People who want a casual guide on how to live.
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School does little to prepare you for the real world. We can use writing from history to build a curriculum for living.

my notes

"Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient." - Eugene S. Wilson

"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us." -Marcel Proust

The meaning of life is action, learning, and joy.

Action enables learning.

"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence" - Abigail Adams

If you want a friend, be a friend.

Learning leads to action. Action leads to learning. But don't forget the joy.

"Seek not, my soul, the life of the immortals; but enjoy to the full the resources that are within thy reach." -Pindar

The word joy has no negative form. There is no unjoy, disjoy, or injoy.

We can learn from everything that happens to us.

Learn to enjoy the process of learning

I can be joyful for a bowl of rice and beans. Even as a Cynic.

"A man's life of any worth is a continual allegory." -John Keats

You don't get to decide how the die falls, but you get to decide how to play it out. Life is playing the dice where they lay.

Life is a play. It's not its length, but its performance that counts.

"The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us." -Quentin Crisp

Life is a series of inspired follies. The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day.

Be aggressively realist. Notice reality as it is.

Life will make sure you learn, one way or another. Every lesson is on time. There are no accidents.

You get to choose whether to learn. The lessons will come regardless.

You get to choose what to learn. The interpretation of help or harm is yours.

You are your own real teacher.

From what I present, it's up to you to say, "Yes, that fits," "No, that doesn't," or "Let me consider it for a while and see." If it fits, take it: it's yours. I just put words around something you already knew.

"When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing?" -Epictetus

Those not open to new ideas seldom read books that contain new ideas.

Where it comes from is irrelevant. Does it work?

The source of an idea is interesting, but less valuable than where it can take you.

Houseflies take off backwards. That's why you often miss when aiming for where they are.

Outward change is difficult and expensive. Choose your battles wisely. Accept the rest.

It's easier to live into your genes than to buy another pair.

"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time." - T.S. Eliot

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.

"Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so." -Lord Chesterfield

The only two things that motivate an enlightened person are love and curiosity.