Just 3 Quotes: Color.


3 quotes from 3 books. Sent weekly.



“Personalities are not a single immutable color, like white or blue, but rather illuminated screens, and the shades we reflect depend much on what is around us.”

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid (2017)

“The best way I’ve found of understanding this is to think not so much of something ‘being’ a color but of it ‘doing’ a color.“

Color: A Natural History of the Palette, by Victoria Finlay (2002)

“Color terms are often invented to include other qualities as well, particularly texture, luminosity, freshness, and indelibility. In Hanunóo, a Malayo-Polynesian language of the Philippines, malatuy means a brown, wet, shiny surface, the kind seen in freshly cut bamboo, while marara is a yellowish, hardened surface, as in aged bamboo. English-language speakers are prone to translate malatuy as ‘brown’ and marara as ‘yellow,’ but they would capture only part of the meaning and perhaps the less important part. Similarly, chloros in ancient Greek is usually translated as simply ‘green’ in English, but its original meaning was apparently the freshness or moistness of green foliage.”

Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, by Edward O. Wilson (1998)

Just 3 Quotes: Ownership.


3 quotes from 3 books. Sent weekly.



“In my years, I have seen that people must be their own gods and make their own good fortune. The bad will come or not come anyway.”

Wild Seed, by Octavia Butler (1980)

“When control structures collapse, how does life carry on? It is done by those on the ground who are managing their everyday lives, caring for others, and keeping things going as best they can. Throughout the centuries being able to exchange value is how human beings learned to interact fairly with each other.“

Truth Decay - How Bitcoin Fixes This: Unveiling the Path to Financial Freedom, by Victoria Collette Jones (2020)

“Leave people alone under a good structure and they will take care of things.”

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (2018)

Just 3 Quotes: Impressed, Paranoid, Omitted


3 quotes from 3 books. Sent weekly.



“Indigenous people were less impressed with Europeans than Europeans were with them—or at least less impressed than Europeans have ever since liked to believe.”

The Warrior, The Voyager, and The Artist, by Kate Fullagar (2020)

“Paranoid delusion is often a reaction against insignificance – the sense, often well founded, of counting for nothing in the world.“

The Soul of the Marionette, by John Gray (2015)

“What an odd thing a diary is: the things you omit are more important than those you put in.”

The Woman Destroyed, by Simone de Beauvoir (1967)

Just 3 Quotes: Interior, Present, & Abundant


3 quotes from 3 books. Sent weekly.



“My truest life is unrecognizable, extremely interior and not a single word can describe it.”

The Hour of the Star, by Clarice Lispector (1977)

“What we call greed is essentially discontent with the present.“

Just So: Money, Materialism, and the Ineffable, Intelligent Universe, by Alan Watts (2020)

“Follow the thread of scarcity far enough and it leads back to abundance: the recession that is caused by our behavior during the boom; the last-minute cramming that can be blamed on our inaction in the weeks prior. While scarcity plays a starring role in many important problems, abundance sets the stage for it.”

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, by Sendhil Mullainathan & Eldar Shafir (2013)

Just 3 Quotes: Freedom


3 quotes from 3 books. Sent weekly.



“Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.”

Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl (1946)

“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.“

Assata: An Autobiography, by Assata Shakur (1987)

“In Kleist's essay humans are caught between the graceful automatism of the puppet and the conscious freedom of a god. The jerky, stuttering quality of their actions comes from their feeling that they must determine the course of their lives. Other animals live without having to choose their path through life. Whatever uncertainty they may feel sniffing their way through the world is not a permanent condition; once they reach a place of safety, they are at rest. In contrast, human life is spent anxiously deciding how to live.”

The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom, by John Gray (2015)

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