I write to record my thoughts and interests. Writing leaves a mark in the world and if someone reads it, and likes it, that gives me pleasure. But if no one reads what I’ve written that’s ok too, because it’s also a mark I can revisit, knowing that mark is there.
When I come across interesting things people write or say I try to write them down. Basically, other people’s marks that they’ve left. They’re often pointers or good advice that can stand alone.
Sometimes I update them, abridge them, or use contractions if I think it’ll make them resonate more with a reader. There’re no attributions because I feel these pointers are impactful and useful on their own and so don’t need a known (or unknown) name for validation. Here’re are a few I like, in no particular order.
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
Create your own system, or be enslaved by another man’s.
Are you after comfort and luxury, when all you need to make yourself happy is something to be enthusiastic about?
A good question is better than a bad answer.
There’s probably no god; so stop worrying and enjoy your life.
Be kind, ethical, and live in an evidence based world.