Random stuff about myself, in no particular order.

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How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

Cover of the How to Think Like a Roman Emperor book

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be; just be one.”

Excerpt From How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, Donald J. Robertson

Influence - The Psychology of Persuasion

Cover of the Influence - The Psychology of Persuasion book

“We can’t be expected to recognize and analyze all the aspects of each person, event, and situation we encounter in even one day We haven’t the time, energy, or capacity for it. Instead, we must often use our stereotypes, our rules of thumb, to classify things according to a few key features and then respond without thinking when one or another of the trigger features is present.”

Excerpt From Influence - The Psychology of Persuasion, Robert B. Cialdini

The Fire Next Time

Cover of the The Fire Next Time book

“I do not mean to be sentimental about suffering—enough is certainly as good as a feast—but people who cannot suffer can never grow up, can never discover who they are.”

Excerpt From The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin


Cover of the Tyll book

“There, however, the boy has never been. He has never been elsewhere. And although several people who have been elsewhere before have told him that it’s exactly the same there as here, he can’t stop wondering where you would end up if you just kept going on and on, not merely to the next village, but farther and farther still.”

Excerpt From Tyll, Daniel Kehlmann

A Promised Land

Cover of the A Promised Land book

“There’s only one thing you can count on, Mr. President,” he said. “On any given moment in any given day, somebody somewhere is screwing up.”

Excerpt From A Promised Land, Barack Obama

The Way of Kings

Cover of The Way of Kings book

“But weakness can imitate strength if bound properly, just as cowardice can imitate heroism if given nowhere to flee.”

Excerpt From The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson


Cover of Spelunky book

“I’m obsessed with finishing as a skill. Over the years, I’ve realized that so many of the good things that have come my way are because I was able to finish what I started.”

Excerpt From Spelunky, Derek Yu