Art Markman · 272 pages
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“It is fine to take a break from an effortful task every once in a while but your learning experience will be diminished without sustained effort.”
“If I have seen farther,” he said, “it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”
“that the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else.”
“When you are engaged in deep causal learning or putting in effort to redescribe a difficult problem, then multitasking can only hurt your chances of success.”
“When you’ve completed the book or article or at the end of a meeting, write down the three (or so) main points.”
“it is important that people treat any gaps they identify in their knowledge as invitations to learn more.”
“No," Cath said, "Seriously. Look at you. You’ve got your shit together, you’re not scared of anything. I’m scared of everything. And I’m crazy. Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept, I’m a complete disaster.”
“Have been unavoidably detained by the world. Expect us when you see us.”
“Moments like this are buds on the tree of life. Flowers of darkness they are.”
“A few minutes later, he said suddenly: 'Kath, can we stop? I'm sorry, I need to get out a minute.'
...I could make out in the mid-distance, near where the field began to fall away, Tommy's figure, raging, shouting, flinging his fists and kicking out. I caught a glimpse of his face in the moonlight, caked in mud and distorted with fury, then I reached for his failing arms and held on tight. He tried to shake me off, but I kept holding on, until he stopped shouting and I felt the fight go out of him. Then I realised he too had his arms around me. And so we stood together like that, at the top of the field, for what seemed like ages, not saying anything, just holding each other, while the wind kept blowing and blowing at us, tugging our clothes, and for a moment, it seemed like we were holding onto each other because that was the only way to stop us being swept away into the night.”
“Are you still mad at me?"
"I'll go back to sleep, then."
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