Books

from A Happy Pocket Full of Money by David Cameron Gikandi 

//Happy conditions do not make you happy. Being happy causes happy conditions.

//Desires indicate to you things for which you have a built-in ability.

//Thinking has its place. It is a tool, just like your arms and legs. You don’t use your legs all the time. You only use them when necessary. Your mind is a powerful tool. It makes many things possible. Yet it is so powerful that it often takes you over. Your mind should only be used when necessary. And it is only necessary about 10 percent of the time. Research has shown that about 90 percent of our thoughts are repetitive. Most of them are worries about the future or memories of the past.

//The universe is one huge chain reaction. The next step will become clear and visible to you once you take the first step.

from Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

//Over intellectualization can obscure the patterns of the instinctual nature of women.

Film

from When We Were Kings 

“Eat natural foods, we must whoop Mr. Tooth Decay.” -Muhammad Ali  (:)

Journalism

from The Mind of Donald Trump, The Atlantic

//As brainy social animals, human beings evolve to be consummate actors whose survival and ability to reproduce depend on the quality of our performances. We enter the world prepared to perform roles and manage the impressions of others, with the ultimate evolutionary aim of getting along and getting ahead in the social groups that define who we are.

//During and after World War II, psychologists conceived of the Authoritarian Personality as a pattern of attitudes and values revolving around adherence to societies traditional norms, submission to authority to personify or reinforce those norms and antipathy to the point of hatred and aggression toward those who either challenge in-group norms or lie outside their orbit. Among white Americans, high scores on measures of Authoritarianism today tend to be associated with prejudice against a wide range of “out groups”, including homosexuals, African-Americans, immigrants, and Muslims. Authoritarianism is also associated with suspiciousness of the humanities in the arts, and with cognitive rigidity, militaristic sentiments, and Christian fundamentalism.

//When individuals with Authoritarian proclivities fear that their way of life is being threatened, they may turn to strong leaders who promised to keep them safe – leaders like Donald Trump.

People

from Frank Lloyd Wright

//Basic shapes had symbolic power: the circle suggested infinity. The triangle, structural unity. The spire, aspiration. The spiral, organic progress and the square, integrity.

from Miles Davis

“It’s not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.”

“Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent.” 

Life

//Be wary of people who can’t stand the things they’ve always wanted simply because now, they have them.