A Look Back: 25 in 5

Recapping issues 1-25 — 5.0 minute read

👋 Hey phi-lazy-phers

Last week was the 25th issue of this newsletter. To celebrate, I thought it’d be fun to take a look back and share my favorite quote from each issue. Let’s dive right in.


1. Discipline

Ayelet Waldman

The only difference between a writer and someone who wants to be a writer is discipline.

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2. Material Possessions

Epicurus

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

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3. Identity & Self

Nikki Giovanni

She knows who she is because she knows who she isn't.

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4. Anxiety

Seneca

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness it is to be expecting evil before it comes.

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5. Change

Courtney C. Stevens

If nothing changes, nothing changes. If you keep doing what you're doing, you're going to keep getting what you're getting. You want change, make some.

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6. Suffering

Friedrich Nietzsche

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.

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7. Life

Confucius

We have two lives and the second begins when we realize we only have one.

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8. Silence

Norman Vincent Peale

Silence fertilizes the deep place where personality grows. A life with a peaceful center can weather all storms.

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9. Time

Lao Tzu

Time is a created thing. To say “I don't have time,” is like saying, “I don't want to.”

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10. Existentialism

Albert Camus

I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.

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11. Solitude

bell hooks

Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as means of escape.

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12. Music

Friedrich Nietzsche

Without music, life would be a mistake.

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13. Nature

John Muir

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.

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14. Death & Mortality

Marcus Aurelius

Don’t behave as if you are destined to live forever. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good. Now.

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15. Self-Improvement

Epictetus

Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.

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16. Stoicism

Viktor Frankl

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.

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17. Gratitude

Hannah Whitall Smith

The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.

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18. Love

Rumi

Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces.

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19. Reading & Books

Naval Ravikant

Feel free to skip around; it’s your book. There are books that I’ve literally started in the middle. I’ve read near to the end and then I’ve put it down…That liberation, that freedom just allows me to read.

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20. The Cosmos

Carl Sagan

The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.

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21. Meditation

Pema Chödrön

Meditation is just gently coming back again and again to what's right here.

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22. The Present

Seneca

The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.

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23. Education

bell hooks

Sadly, children's passion for thinking often ends when they encounter a world that seeks to educate them for conformity and obedience only.

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24. Giving & Receiving

Deepak Chopra

Giving and receiving are different expressions of the same flow of energy in the universe.

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25. Money

Seneca

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more who is poor.


To subscribers old and new, thank you all for reading, sharing, and being a part of this journey. Here’s to the next 25.

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✌️ Until next week, happy philosophizing.


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