“ Would you win the hearts of others, you must not seem to vie with them, but to admire them. Give them every opportunity of displaying their own qualifications, and when you have indulged their vanity, they will praise you in turn and prefer you above others…Such is the vanity of mankind that minding what others say is a much surer way of pleasing them than talking well ourselves.”
Found in Walter Isaacson’s Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Five Experts at Frieze Art Fair London 2012
Interesting to see how the different experts interprets and sheds new light to some of the key works at this years Frieze Art Fair in London.
“ Love only what falls to your lot and is destined for you; what is more suited to you than that?”
“ Is it change that a man fears? Why, what can have come to be without change, and what is dearer or more familiar to Universal Nature? Can you yourself take your bath, unless the firewood changes? Can you be nourished, unless what you eat changes? Can any other service be accomplished without change? Do you not see that it is precisely your changing which is similar, and similarly necessary to Universal Nature?”
The acquiring of knowledge and insights has been occupying my mind lately. More and more information and knowledge tends to be served in snackable portions, short texts, videos or talks. Online you can gobble up the latest TEDtalk while eating lunch, read a blogpost about the latest revolution or something, check some facts on Wikipedia and so on. We are overwhelmed by information and knowledge to acquire. We’re constantly at the drive in of the fast food joint of knowledge.
You can cram a book into a nice 10 minute animation which serve all the insights and ideas the book has to offer, but what it cant emulate is the slowly consumption book reading is. Spending time with the ideas of other, greater, minds and adding your biases and knowledge to the the mix. Committing and investing a great time of thinking about a subject.
For me thats whats make reading books so unique and special. It lets me deeply explore topics, ideas and thoughts through the minds of other. Slowly building my own insights and opinions.