Scott Adams

Scott Adams

American comic strip writer
8 June 1957 —

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Give a man a fish, and you`ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he`ll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you`re a consultant.

When you have a thought, it is coupled with a physical change in your mind that is specific to that thought, and it has an instant gravitational ripple effect throughout the entire universe.

When you do good things, good things come back to you.

There is no in between; your life is either random or predetermined.

Two people have different information, but they think the root of their disagreement is that the other person has bad judgment or bad manners or bad values. In fact, most people would share your opinions if they had the same information. If you spend your time arguing about the faultiness of other people`s opinions, you waste your time and theirs. The only thing than can be useful is examining the differences in your assumptions and adding to each other`s information.

The concept of `importance` is a human one born out of our need to make choices for survival. An omnipotent being has no need to rank things. To God, nothing in the universe would be more interesting, more worthy, more useful, more threatening, or more important than anything else.

Good things do not return in a one-for-one manner. Individual actions are not directly rewarded. It is only on average that doing good improves the quality of life for you and the people around you.

"Well, I don`t think rocks would be very interesting to God," I said. "They just sit on the ground and erode." "You think that way because you are unable to see the storm of activity at the rock`s molecular level or the level beneath that, and so on. And you are limited by your perception of time. If you watched a rock your entire life it would never look different. But if you were God and could observe the rock over fifteen billion years as though only a second had passed, the rock would be frantic with activity. It would be shrinking and growing and trading matter with its environment. Its molecules would travel the universe and become a partner to amazing things that we could never imagine. By contrast, the odd collection of molecules that make a human being will stay in that arrangement for less time than it takes the universe to blink.

If the soul`s actions are not controlled by rules, that can only mean the soul acts randomly. On the other hand, where is free will located? If your soul is guided by rules, which in turn guide you, then you have no free will. You are programmed. There is no in between; your life is either random or predetermined.

Every generation of humans believed it had all the answers it needed, except for a few mysteries they assumed would be solved at any moment. And they all believed their ancestors were simplistic and deluded. What are the odds that you are the first generation of humans who will understands reality?

Most people believe they have goals when, in fact, they only have wishes. They might tell you their goal is to get rich without working hard, without making sacrifices or taking risks. That is not a goal, it is a fantasy.

Consultants have credibility because they are not dumb enough to work at your company.

Normal people [...] believe that if it ain`t broke, don`t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain`t broke, it doesn`t have enough features yet.

Accept that some days you`re the pigeon, and some days you`re the statue.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

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