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July 05, 2011

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Andrew

Some of the quotes from Aristotle, Roger Bacon, and Kierkegaard remind me of one of my favourite quotes

“Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.” Krishnamirti

It sounds paradoxical or counter intuitive but sometimes we are too eager for answers to our questions and solutions to our problems, so eager that we settle for ones that are second-hand and second-rate. We get caught up in thoughts, opinions, beliefs and ideas when all we need is awareness and be able to be totally immersed in what is happening.

This can also apply to investing we create stories and predictions which way the markets are heading or we want someone else to have some magical answer about how to invest our money.

Having young children the quote. A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. ~ Aesop (620-560 BC) also appealed to me literally and on many levels.
But also applies to the first point we can get caught up in stories, opinions and beliefs about meal times handed down to us, sit down, eat all your dinner etc. My point is children seem to eat with more awareness than adults they eat until they are full then stop then off they go. Whereas adults have been told to finish there meal continue to eat past being full. Children who eat naturally aren’t overweight and are full of energy. I have gone off on a bit of a tangent but I think that quote applies to many aspects of our life. How much money do we need, are we happy with a small amount (crust), or continually wanting (anxiety) more than we need (banquet). I didn’t intend to write so much on the one quote but it seems to have opened a can of worms (thoughts) as all good philosophy quotes seem to.

billy-bob

Yogi Berra is my philosopher of choice. The Zen master of the hilarious koan. I mean, just check out these gems and think about how they all could be applied to investing/finance/life...

"If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else."

"If you can't imitate him, don't copy him."

"Baseball is 90% mental -- the other half is physical."

"It was impossible to get a conversation going; everybody was talking too much."

"Slump? I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hitting."

"A nickel isn't worth a dime today."

"Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded."

CLAUDETTEHull

Set your life more simple take the loans and all you want.

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