No matter who said what, it's possible they were wrong, and even if they were right, sometimes pursuing your own divergent ideas leads to something brand new.
The way to win is to work, work, work, work and hope to have a few insights.
It makes sense to load up on the very few good insights you have instead of pretending to know everything about everything at all times. The wise ones bet heavily when the world offers them that opportunity. They bet big when they have the odds. And the rest of the time, they don't. It's just that simple.
Concentration can be had, but for most of us it is only by setting oneself against the things that routinely destroy it.
Concentration is no longer a given; it has to be strategized, fought for. But when it is achieved it can yield experiences that are more rewarding for being singular and hard-won. To achieve deep focus nowadays is also to have struck a blow against the dissipation of self; it is to have strengthened one's essential position.
David Foster Wallace:
After the pioneers always come the crank turners, the little gray people who take the machines others have built and just turn the crank.
"This is a protest against the skeptics!" retorts a 30-something man with a soul patch. He hands us a leaflet. "Get out of the new road if you can't lend a hand! This is a demonstration! Read our program!"
But the leaflet is blank.
You might not always have something to say, but you always have a number to report.
Donald G. McNeil, Jr:
For every 100 people put on treatment, 250 are newly infected.
You can count until you're blue in the face, but unless you actually talk to people, you're not going to know why they do what they do.
What we had imagined to be the something more of experience is created in-house by that three-pound bundle of neurons, and that it is not pointing to a larger definition of reality so much as to a capacity for narrative projection engendered by infinitely complex chemical reactions. No chance of a wizard behind the curtain. The wizard is us, our chemicals mingling.
Please, for the love of god, don't read the citations.