In social policy, when we provide a safety net, it should be designed to help people take more entrepreneurial risks, not to turn them into dependents. This doesn't mean that we should be callous to the underprivileged.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Profession: Author
Nationality: Lebanese

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We are victims of the post-Enlightenment view that the world functions like a sophisticated machine, to be understood like a textbook engineering problem and run by wonks. In other words, like a home appliance, not like the human body.

I don't know anyone on Wall Street who goes to work every day thinking of anything but how to increase their bonus.

All of technology, really, is about maximizing free options.

Years ago, I noticed one thing about economics, and that is that economists didn't get anything right.

Governments that try to shoot for a surplus hardly ever reach it.

Nature builds things that are antifragile. In the case of evolution, nature uses disorder to grow stronger. Occasional starvation or going to the gym also makes you stronger, because you subject your body to stressors and gain from them.

There are two types of people: those who try to win and those who try to win arguments. They are never the same.

If I ask you to write down the last 4 digits of your social security number, and then take you out to lunch and ask you how many dentists there are in Manhattan, there's going to be a high correlation between those two numbers. What happens is that the number psychologically makes you feel confident.

I don't go to the doctor except when I'm very ill, and when I go to India, I drink a drop of local water.

If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don't take risks, there is nothing you can do that makes you grand, nothing.

The mortgage crisis is a clear instance of consumers who needed protection. There was predatory lending to people who didn't know what they were doing.

Writing is sacred, other activities are profane, and I don't want them to corrupt my writing.

A country's assets reside in the tinkerers, the hobbyists, and the risk-takers.

The people I go after are the false experts, those who do not accept the limits of their knowledge.