A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.

Henrik Ibsen – 1828-1906 – Norwegian Playwright


  1. “What’s the world’s greatest lie?… It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.”
    – Paulo Coelho
  2. “Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
    – Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Brain Food. The Newsletter by Shane Parrish


Sunday Brain Food: a weekly newsletter full of timeless ideas and insights for life and business.


Before we reinvent the wheel, it’s worth looking back to leverage what we’ve already figured out.

— Lessons From Shakespeare

Explore Your Curiosity

★ “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”

— Mary Anne Radmacher on courage in 1985

★ “[W]e never want our roadmap to be just the list of things that people have asked for. That’s where the longer-term thinking comes in. You have to balance the short-term, reactive stuff with the long-term.”

— Building Products

Timeless Insight

“I’ve come to believe that this is the defining characteristic of my generation: keeping our options open. The Polish philosopher Zygmunt Bauman has a great phrase for what I’m talking about: liquid modernity. We never want to commit to any one identity or place or community … so we remain like liquid, in a state that can adapt to fit any future shape. And it’s not just us—the world around us remains like liquid, too. We can’t rely on any job or role, idea or cause, group or institution to stick around in the same form for long—and they can’t rely on us to do so, either. That’s liquid modernity: It’s Infinite Browsing Mode, but for everything in our lives.”

— Pete Davis in Dedicated

Tiny Thought

In life, you don’t need to know the answers to all the questions. But don’t try to lie that you do.

Anyone worth partnering with can spot an amateur liar.

Professional liars have a tell. They always need to find a new person to fool because the people they’ve duped in the past don’t want to work with them again. This is why a professional liar almost never succeeds on a large scale.

If you don’t know, just say you don’t know and you’ll figure it out. Don’t fake it till you make it. Work until you get it.

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You can’t overcome fear by thinking about it. Face it head on.
If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. (Dale Carnegie)
It’s not what you have that determines who you are, but what you do with what you have.
The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. (Vince Lombardi)

Lying in her long veils on the calm black water

Lying in her long veils

on the calm black water

And to grow in the corn lull them asleep of brilliant flies;
pours burning love the devil’s paladins;
that by starlight! he sings and the woods sing!

Vision of her big hair like the waves.
– its coolness on my feet, the beads of their loves.
In a slumbering alder hemmed in by chimaeras.
– from violet forests: where the stars are sleeping.

Lying in her long veils, on the calm black water
embroidered with black moss her great veils rising
mount in my soul but endless;

I cared nothing for all, hurled of the hulks hurricane,
of sour apples pale-eyed realize in antique dramas
the scented twilight, devoured by vermin

by jay & Arthur Rimbaud