Phyllis George: Labor-saving device

“The most popular labor-saving device is still money.”

—Phyllis George.

Peter Bevelin: Changing people

“One thing that has been reinforced is how hard it is to change people’s opinions or beliefs. On the other hand, this is understandable. As the author Jacob Braude said: ‘Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have of trying to change others.’ The lesson? It is better to avoid situations where we need to change people. Also, in the end, each of us has to respect that others may disagree with us.”

—Peter Bevelin.

Marc Andreesen: Read a dozen books

“The problem of having to finish every book is you’re not only spending time on books you shouldn’t be but it also causes you to stall out on reading in general. If I can’t start the next book until I finish this one, but I don’t want to read this one, I might as well go watch TV. Before you know it, you’ve stopped reading for a month and you’re asking ‘what have I done?!’ I think that’s part of it. This moral hectoring of ‘don’t do that’ which can only be so successful. The other technique is to read a dozen books at a time.”

—Marc Andreessen.

Ingrid Newkirk: Was that all wrong?

“Not until black demonstrators resorted to violence did the national government work seriously for civil rights legislation … In 1850 white abolitionists, having given up on peaceful means, began to encourage and engage in actions that disrupted plantation operations and liberated slaves. Was that all wrong?”

-Ingrid Newkirk.