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To be the father of growing daughters is to understand something of what Yeats evokes with his imperishable phrase ‘terrible beauty.’ Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened: it’s a solid lesson in the limitations of self to realize that your heart is running around inside someone else’s body. It also makes me quite astonishingly calm at the thought of death: I know whom I would die to protect and I also understand that nobody but a lugubrious serf can possibly wish for a father who never goes away.

[Thank you, Bianca (and Soph!), for a beautiful Father’s Day card]

Almost half of the world’s population doesn’t have clean running water or reliable electricity, no matter how well they are paid. From a planetary view, if you’re reading this book indoors, under an electric light, within walking distance to a stocked refrigerator or a take-out delivery menu you can afford to order from, and rarely find yourself worrying about malaria or dysentery, you are doing quite well. And if you’re still not happy, compared to most of the galaxy, a place comprised of 99.9% dead, empty space, the fact you’re even alive, and in the form of a species evolved enough to know you’re alive, and educated enough to read books reminding you of how rare life is, makes you astronomically fortunate. We should be happy about this, but mostly it seems we’re not.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Failure is a by-product of pushing the envelope.

The past was about choosing solutions, the future is about generating options.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

You will never get truly rich being paid by the hour with a 50 per cent marginal tax rate.