Top 50 Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes

In this post, you will find great Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quotes. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

I don't go to the doctor except when I'm very ill, and

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.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Bailing out every bank that fails makes the system riskier, not safer.
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Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg didn’t finish college. Too much emphasis is placed on formal education – I told my children not to worry about their grades but to enjoy learning.
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I’ve been telling anyone willing to listen that banks have a tendency to sit on time bombs while convincing themselves that they are conservative and nonvolatile.
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Never think that lack of variability is stability. Don’t confuse lack of volatility with stability, ever.
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Capitalism is about adventurers who get harmed by their mistakes, not people who harm others with their mistakes.
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A good maxim allows you to have the last word without even starting a conversation.
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Most so-called writers keep writing and writing with the hope, some day, to find something to say.
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Governments that try to shoot for a surplus hardly ever reach it.
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What we do today has nothing to do with capitalism or socialism. It is a crony type of system that transfers money to the coffers of bureaucrats.
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A country‘s assets reside in the tinkerers, the hobbyists, and the risk-takers.
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The world we live in is vastly different from the world we think we live in.
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Economics make homeopath and alternative healers look empirical and scientific.
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I’m a capitalist but one who is smallist and localist, and who favours businesses where owners are still in charge.
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The best philosophers were not academics, but had another job, so their philosophy was not corrupted by careerism.
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Individuals should think about the worst-case scenarios and plan for them. The world will be crazier than you think it will be. Put money away, and then you can live with much more freedom.
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If you are an Arabic-speaking, GreekOrthodox going to a French school it makes you deeply sceptical if you have to listen to three different accounts of the Crusades – one from the Muslim side, one from the Greek side and one from the Catholic side.
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I drive a hybrid, moving into an electric car. I only drink tap water, never consume food that’s travelled.
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For many people, commuting is the worst part of the day, and policies that can make commuting shorter and more convenient would be a straightforward way to reduce minor but widespread suffering.
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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.
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Deficits are like putting dynamite in the hands of children. They can get out of control very quickly.
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Success is about honour, feeling morally calibrated, absence of shame, not what some newspaper defines from an external metric.
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Democracies can’t handle austerity measures very well.
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The key to wealth is that it doesn’t matter. Once you’ve had it, you don’t think anything of it; you can wear cheap watches.
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We know from chaos theory that even if you had a perfect model of the world, you’d need infinite precision in order to predict future events. With sociopolitical or economic phenomena, we don’t have anything like that.
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I no longer care about the financial system. I gave them my roadmap. OK? Thanks, bye. I’ve no idea what’s going on. I’m disconnected. I’m totally disengaged.
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The track record of economists in predicting events is monstrously bad. It is beyond simplification; it is like medieval medicine.
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The American people will eventually get hurt by this accumulated deficit. That’s the problem. We have too much deficit. We have to find a solution.
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Paul Krugman is a danger to society!
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You know, children philosophize more than adults – and they are critical of adults.
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There are two types of people: those who try to win and those who try to win arguments. They are never the same.
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We have this culture of financialization. People think

We have this culture of financialization. People think they need to make money with their savings rather with their own business. So you end up with dentists who are more traders than dentists. A dentist should drill teeth and use whatever he does in the stock market for entertainment.
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When you ask people, ‘What’s the opposite of fragile?,’ they tend to say robust, resilient, adaptable, solid, strong. That’s not it. The opposite of fragile is something that gains from disorder.
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Failure saves lives. In the airline industry, every time a plane crashes the probability of the next crash is lowered by that. The Titanic saved lives because we’re building bigger and bigger ships. So these people died, but we have effectively improved the safety of the system, and nothing failed in vain.
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In the United States, large corporations control some members of Congress. All this does is delay the corporation‘s funeral at our expense.
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We should ban banks from risk-taking because society is going to pay the price.
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I’m in favour of religion as a tamer of arrogance. For a Greek Orthodox, the idea of God as creator outside the human is not God in God’s terms. My God isn’t the God of George Bush.
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If you are in banking and lending, surprise outcomes are likely to be negative for you.
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Inequalities of wealth lead to a dispersion in wealth for all.
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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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I lift heavy weights and sprint, but I am so bad at it that I develop severe injuries.
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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.
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Alan Greenspan is unskilled; you don’t take the unskilled seriously.
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I am happy everywhere except in places where I see glitz and rich farts. I am happiest in Brooklyn, where the concentration of rich farts is minimal.
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I have never had personal debt and never will.
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You will get the most attention from those who hate you. No friend, no admirer and no partner will flatter you with as much curiosity.
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People employed in financial institutions are rarely interesting and even more rarely likable.
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The Internet allows the small guy a global marketplace. But technology is harmful in the sense that we get too much information from it. Because of the web we get 10 times the amount of noise we ever got, which makes harmful fallacies far more likely.
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We humans lack imagination, to the point of not even knowing what tomorrow‘s important things will look like.
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Corporations take the humanity out of trade – they take the happiness out and replace it with something that is ugly.
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