Paul Graham “The Age of Essay”

1.) In a real essay, you don’t take a position and defend it. You notice a door that’s ajar, and you open it and walk in to see what’s inside.

2.) Of all the places to go next, choose the most interesting.

3.) I found the best way to get information out of people was to ask what surprised them. How was the place different from what they expected.

4.) The main value of notebooks may be what writing things down leaves in your head.

5.) To be surprised is to be mistaken.


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