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  • "There are three categories of things: fragile things that break, like the financial system; robust things that don’t break easily but don’t improve, like the Brooklyn Bridge; and my new category, “antifragile” things that gain strength from stressors and get stronger from failure, like evolution."
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb (1960–), Lebanese-born US academic and writer, former derivatives trader
    Source: Foreign Policy (November 2012)
  • "Contentment is too bland; worry is more stimulating. We don’t say “She was gripped by contentment.” The good news, though, is that worriers tend to be the smartest, most creative people we’ve got. It takes a lot of imagination to dream up all these worries."
    Edward M. Hallowell, US psychiatrist and author
    Source: Quoted in Help! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done (Oliver Burkeman, 2011)
  • "Mach-S, the speed at which stress can’t keep up, is simply forward motion. But it has to be self-propelled."
    Jef Mallett (1962–), US comic-strip artist
    Source: Frazz (April 4, 2007)
  • "I try to only worry about things I have control over."
    Steve Nash (1974–), South African-born Canadian basketball player
    Source: “Stevie Wonder,” FastBreak Magazine (Brian Bujdos, April 1998)
  • "Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea."
    Doug Hall (1959–), US business writer
    Source: Jump Start Your Brain (1996)
  • "At a certain speed, the speed of light, you lose even your shadow. At a certain speed, the speed of information, things lose their sense."
    Jean Baudrillard (19292007), French philosopher
    Source: The Gulf War Did Not Take Place (1995)
  • "The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat."
    Lily Tomlin (1939–), US comedian and actress
    Source: Quoted in Slowing Down in a Speeded Up World (Adair Lara, 1994)
  • "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
    Harry S. Truman (18841972), US president
    Source: Mr. Citizen (1960)
  • "If you want to avoid worry, do what Sir William Osler did: Live in day-tight compartments. Don't stew about the future. Just live each day until bedtime."
    Dale Carnegie (18881955), US consultant and author
    Source: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948)
  • "Business pressures are good for the soul: when it has unburdened itself of them, it plays all the more fully and enjoys life."
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (17491832), German poet, playwright, novelist, and scientist
    Source: Attributed

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