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I love books because I’m a mind peeper. It’s fun to find out things you think by reading what other people think. Sometimes books have something to teach, sometimes they have something to entertain you with, and sometimes they are a demonstration of a stupid mind. Books can take more time to go into something than a blog post. When somebody has an idea big enough for a book – not an idea stretched to fit a book – then it takes time to soak in. Most books are stretched ideas or non-ideas, they don’t offer anything. As I understand it, Fifty Shades of Grey offered some moist panties because it mentioned butt plugs. That’s cool. I think that book probably made a lot of lives better. Once the end came and you found out she was on heroin the entire time and her lover was actually a fourteen year old boy (I’m nearly positive that isn’t the case) the magic was over. There aren’t a lot of books that you remember. There are even fewer books that take your mind and warp it so hard that you can never forget what they taught.

A lot of my close friends read solely non-fiction. “HA! Childish stories? Have fun Kyle…” Read the rest of this entry »


Someone on Facebook hinted that I steal ideas. DAMN RIGHT I STEAL IDEAS. I steal them then smoosh them into other ideas until their ideas look different enough that I can claim them. Even ideas I don’t know I’m stealing are stolen because I experienced them through an interaction with another person. There are only so many basic things to say about the beauty of a tree. I can use different words but we are going to repeat ourselves. Smoosh smash. Here are some beautiful things I read from people who stole ideas and smooshed them into these wisdoms. Oh my goodness I even stole from myself! I didn’t even look these up, I just scrolled through my quote blog. Thiefing Kyle!

“Beauty is enhanced by unashamed irregularities; magnificence by a façade of blunder.”

“Art is a one-sided conversation with the unobserved.”

“So this is the fact – most of us are slightly off balance, or more, and it’s no use blaming anybody. The fact is that one is not balanced psychologically, mentally, or sexually; in every way we are off balance. Now the important thing is to become aware of it, to know that one is not balanced, not how to become balanced.” Read the rest of this entry »


said something. Quotes are powerful because they connect us to the myth of a person. Consider:

“The best way to help mankind is through the perfection of yourself.” – Lord Krishna

That was about three thousand years before Jesus. Then Gandhi comes along and says
“Be the change you want to see in the world” a few years ago. Nobody gives a shit what Krishna said, or even know anything about him. But we can connect with Gandhi. We know he wore diaper-esque things and he used civil disobedience to do something memorable.

Can't get there from here

You can find a quote from any person to support any topic. Every great quote has it’s antithesis. But knowing this, it’s not bad to hold onto a quote and the ‘god’ who it’s attributed to. It can drive us to do the things we need to do. However, we should be aware that quotes often aren’t the universal truths they seem to be. And they people that wrote them aren’t the ‘gods’ they seem to be. It’s good to hold that ideal in our minds because it can drive us to experience our life in a more real way.

I’m the worst when it comes to quoting.

The following are quotes from Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre.  It’s a “is the thinly disguised biography of Jesse Livermore”, one of the greatest speculators of all time; and one of the books you must read if you are a serious trader.  It is on the top or close to the top of every hedge fund managers recommended book lists.  The following are quotes, in order, from the book.  The quotes come directly from a series of essays called “The Wisdom of Jesse Livermore” (CTRL+F “Wisdom of Jesse” and you’ll find them) that was sent to me by a friend.  This list is not complete but should still prove helpful for anyone looking for some investing/trading/speculating wisdom. I’ve added explanations where the quotes aren’t obvious.  (Thanks to Andre for sending the essays over.)
Sorry for them crunching together, apparently there are too many and WordPress just doesn’t know what to do.

“Another lesson I learned early is that there is nothing new in Wall Street. There can’t be because speculation is as old as the hills. Whatever happens in the stock market to-day has happened before and will happen again. I’ve never forgotten that.”
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