"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end, which you can never afford to lose, with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality whatever they might be."
-How to Have A Good Day on the Stockdale Paradox.
"I never trust anyone who's more excited about success than about doing the thing they want to be successful at"
He thought, Princess was over and done with, and only a link with the past to be remembered by people who are growing older and older. Soon the younger children would not remember her at all. After a while she would be wholly forgotten. Then the icy thought came to him. So too I may grow old and older, and be merely a link to the past, and be an un-regarded old duffer, and then die and be soon forgotten. Yet, that is as it should be.
The first season of The Expanse TV series is based on the book Leviathan Wakes. The book is extremely intriguing with cool science and technology along with interesting characters. If you don't want to invest into the book, the TV series is surprisingly high budget for TV and seems to capture the best parts of the book.
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward."
"What can I make better about myself so that when the opportunity comes, number 1 because I am in the moment I will recognize it, number 2 I will have prepared myself as a person to be ready to take that opportunity."
From Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The characters of the book are at the location of the battle of the Somme.
“See that little stream — we could walk to it in two minutes. It took the British a month to walk to it — a whole empire walking very slowly, dying in front and pushing forward behind. And another empire walked very slowly backward a few inches a day, leaving the dead like a million bloody rugs. No Europeans will ever do that again in this generation.”
“Why, they’ve only just quit over in Turkey,” said Abe. “And in Morocco —”
“That’s different. This western-front business couldn’t be done again, not for a long time. The young men think they could do it but they couldn’t. They could fight the first Marne again but not this. This took religion and years of plenty and tremendous sureties and the exact relation that existed between the classes. The Russians and Italians weren’t any good on this front. You had to have a whole-souled sentimental equipment going back further than you could remember. You had to remember Christmas, and postcards of the Crown Prince and his fiancée, and little cafés in Valence and beer gardens in Unter den Linden and weddings at the mairie, and going to the Derby, and your grandfather’s whiskers.”
“General Grant invented this kind of battle at Petersburg in sixty- five.”
“No, he didn’t — he just invented mass butchery. This kind of battle was invented by Lewis Carroll and Jules Verne and whoever wrote Undine, and country deacons bowling and marraines in Marseilles and girls seduced in the back lanes of Wurtemburg and Westphalia. Why, this was a love battle — there was a century of middle-class love spent here. This was the last love battle.”