“Despite the tragedies, the virtuous man can shine… “

“At 3 years old my father abandoned me, I had to change 4 schools because of my dyslexia and in the end I did not graduate. At 23, I lost my best friend, River Phoenix, to an overdose. In 1998 I met the only girl I ever loved. We were expecting a baby girl but at the eighth month she had to have an abortion. 18 months later she died in a car accident. Since then I have avoided serious relationships. My sister is suffering from leukemia and I donated 70% of my Matrix compensation to research. I don’t have a supervilla, I don’t have bodyguards and I don’t dress in boutiques. I still take the metro and I like it a lot.

Because in the end I believe that, despite the tragedies, the virtuous man can shine. No matter what happens in your life, it’s always worth living.”

Keanu Reeves

Do not enter who does not know geometry

Do not enter who does not know geometry

Academy of Athens

With these words was admonished those who approached the entrance of the Academy of Athens, the school founded by Plato in Athens.

Instead, our wish is that everyone will enter and remain in proximity to geometry and its sisters; that they will listen to it, look at it, and observe its elegance and beauty.

You‘re a mathematician

Israel Gelfand

“People think they don‘t understand math, but it‘s all about how you explain it to them. If you ask a drunkard what number is larger, 2/3 or 3/5 , he won‘t be able to tell you. But if you rephrase the question: what is better, 2 bottles of vodka for 3 people or 3 bottles of vodka for 5 people, he will tell you right away: 2 bottles for 3 people, of course.”

Israel Gelfand, Soviet mathematician. (1913-2009)

First capital

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not then an article of mere consumption, but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.

Thomas Jefferson
(letter to James Madison, 16 September 1821)
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Life formula from Wozniak

If I died and had all this wealth and yachts and all this stuff, would I be as happy as when I laugh? And I thought about pranks I played and jokes I had told and music I would hear that would make me smile, and I came up with my formula that life is about happiness. Happiness equals smiles minus frowns. H = S – F.

Steve Wozniak (Apple co-founder)