Gem Box

Our curated trove of wisdom:
shower thoughts, inspiring quotes, mind-blowing facts and excerpts from good books

Quote
The straight line belongs to men, the curved one to God.
― Antoni Gaudí
Thought
The only way to wealth is leverage.
Thought
The goal of exercising is to convert negative energy into kinetic energy and heat.
Quote
One day you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted. Do it now.
― Paulo Coelho
Excerpt
An optimistic attitude is largely inherited... Optimists are normally cheerful and happy, and therefore popular; they are resilient in adapting to failure and hardship, their chances of clinical depression are reduced, their immune system is stronger, they take better care of their health, they feel healthier than others and are in fact likely to live longer.
Source: Thinking Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman)
Fact
All humans alive today – Black, White, Asian, Latin and Native – decent from a single mother, known as Mitochondrial Eve. According to most recent estimates she lived around 150,000 years ago. We are all brothers and sisters.
Source: Wikipedia
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Nobody's free until everyone's free.
― Fannie Lou Hamer
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To develop a complete mind: study the science of art; study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.
― Leonardo Da Vinci
Fact
98% of the 7 billion billion billion atoms in the human body are replaced every year.
Source: @WorldAndScience
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The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.
― Ronald Reagan
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The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.
― Paulo Coehlo
Thought
A lot of people think happiness can be found when it actually needs to be created.
Quote
When power is discovered Man will always turn to it.
― William Bateson
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Speak in extremes, it'll save you time.
― David Bowie
Excerpt
Time is emergent. It makes only sense to talk about time where we can also talk about heat.
Source: Reality is not what it seems (Carlo Rovelli)
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Science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
― Isaac Asimov
Thought
Don't use the average human as reference, use the limits of Physics.
Excerpt
...consciousness is an emergent property of the overall pattern of an entity, not the substrate it runs on.
Source: How to Create a Mind (Ray Kurzweil)
Quote
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
― George Bernard Shaw
Quote
We incentivize what we react to.
― Jack Butcher
Thought
In modern society economic pressure has largely taken the role of evolutionary pressure.
Excerpt
The opposite of a good idea can also be a good idea.
Source: Alchemy (Rory Sutherland)
Excerpt
Time is an illusion.
Source: The Order of Time (Carlo Rovelli)
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Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.
― Alexis Carrel
Fact
The state of Hawai'i introducedthe Aloha Spirit law in 1986, which mandates that state officials and judges treat the public with Aloha.
Source: Wikipedia
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Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.
― Dick Feynman
Thought
Focus and creativity are opposites, the magic happens when you find the right balance between the two.
Excerpt
In order for the British mind to be sharpened by caffeine the Chinese mind had to be clouded by opium.
Source: Caffeine (Michael Pollan)
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Time is the ultimate currency.
― Naval Ravikant
Fact
We have about 3 billion heartbeats, that's it.
Source: The Big Picture (book)
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The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
― Dante Alighieri
Thought
Expectations are poison.
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Symmetry is what we see at a glance; based on the fact that there is no reason for any difference.
― Blaise Pascal
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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
― Leonardo da Vinci

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