Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Keeping it Simple...

Quotes from the section on 'Simplification' in Seeking Wisdom - from Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin.

"We have a passion for keeping things simple." -Charles Munger

"It's amazing how many people even today use a computer to do something you can do with a pencil and paper in less time." -Richard Feynman (from No Ordinary Genius)

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." -William James

"Part of that [having uncommon sense], I think, is being able to tune out folly, as distinguished from recognizing wisdom. You've got whole categories of things you just bat away so your brain isn't cluttered with them. That way, you're better able to pick up a few sensible things to do." -Charles Munger

"Yeah, we don't consider many stupid things. I mean, we get rid of 'em fast...Just getting rid of the nonsense -- just figuring out that if people call you and say, 'I've got this great, wonderful idea', you don't spend 10 minutes once you know in the first sentence that it isn't a great, wonderful idea...Don't be polite and go through the whole process." -Warren Buffett

"The harder you work, the more confidence you get. But you may be working hard on something that is false." -Charles Munger


Related previous posts:

Video Summaries of Peter Bevelin's "Seeking Wisdom - from Darwin to Munger"

2007 and 2009 Interviews with Peter Bevelin

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