Notes: Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1746-47 (Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope)

  • Go through the world with your eyes and ears open and mouth mostly shut. When new or stale gossip is brought to you, never let on that you know it already, nor that it really interests you.

  • Speaking and Writing, clearly, correctly, and with ease and grace, are certainly to be acquired, by reading the best authors with care, and by attention to the best living models.

  • A man is fit for neither business nor pleasure, who either cannot, or does not, command and direct his attention to the present object, and, in some degree, banish for that time all other objects from his thoughts.

  • There was nothing so easy; for that it was only doing one thing at a time, and never putting off anything till to-morrow that could be done to-day.

  • propos’ of letter-writing, the best models that you can form yourself upon are, Cicero, Cardinal d’Ossat, Madame Sevigne, and Comte Bussy Rebutin. Cicero’s Epistles to Atticus, and to his familiar friends, are the best examples that you can imitate, in the friendly and the familiar style. The simplicity and the clearness of Cardinal d’Ossat’s letters show how letters of business ought to be written;

  • At Vienna men always make courtesies, instead of bows, to the emperor; in France nobody bows at all to the king, nor kisses his hand; but in Spain and England, bows are made, and hands are kissed.

  • TELL ME WHO YOU LIVE WITH AND I WILL TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE.

  • Complaisance and attention of others to your humors, your tastes, or your weaknesses, depend upon it the same complaisance and attention, on your part to theirs, will equally please them.

  • It shows me that you observe and inquire as you go, which is the true end of traveling.

  • But those who observe, and inquire into the situations, the strength, the weakness, the trade, the manufactures, the government, and constitution of every place they go to; who frequent the best companies, and attend to their several manners and characters; those alone travel with advantage; and as they set out wise, return wiser.

  • let nothing pass till you are sure that you understand it thoroughly; and accustom yourself to write down the capital points of what you learn.

Cheers!

The Richest Man in Babylon- George S. Clason

This is work in progress notes for the book "The Richest man in Babylon"

  • Always keeps 1/10th of the income source for yourself, you got to have to paid yourself first and then spend rest on your needs.
  • Use this money to generate more money for yourself, you can invest this money on yourself by buying books, courses etc or with the advice of an expert invest this money so that it generate more money.
  • When you start earning money from the money you invested do not spend on things that you don’t needed but re-invest this money elsewhere.
  • You should learn to protect your money, a quote from book

    Misfortune loves a shining mark. Gold in a man’s purse must be guarded with firmness, else it be lost. Thus it is wise that we must first secure small amounts and learn to protect them before the Gods entrust us with largerv

  • The first sound principle of investment is security of the principal amount.

Chanakya Neeti by B.K. Chaturvedi

So another book read, this book is different from all other books I have read before which are not many though 😛 . B.K. Chaturvedi has beautifully explained Chanakya teaching in this book ranging from The Individual, Society, Good Company, General Observation. Chanakya is one of the greatest figures of wisdom and knowledge in Indian history. Chanakya’s all great wisdom is well stated in this book in the form of shlokas/saying in both English and Sanskrit language with explanation. Chanakya with his knowledge and teaching turn Chandragupta Maurya into emperor of one of the largest-ever empires on India. Let me share some of that teaching with you.

No disease is more deadly than desire, no enemy is more dangerous than infatuation, no fire is hotter than the fire of wrath and no happiness is better than self-knowledge.

If one craves of comfort, then he should drop the idea of studying and if one wants to study sincerely then he should stop craving for comfort. One cannot get comfort and education simultaneously.

Knowledge and guess, both, must be used while examining the possible consequences of a job to be undertaken.

Book is filled with these type of Shlokas/Saying which gives quality knowledge about different perspective about life. A must read for the one who want to know Chanakya’s Neeti.

Happy Reading 🙂

Books I’ve Read

2021

2020

  • Don’t You Have Time to Think? — by Richard P. Feynman
  • The Richest Man in Babylon — by George S. Clason
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life — by Mark Manson
  • Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones — by James Clear
  • Unposted Letter — by Mahatria Ra
  • Chanakya Neeti — by B.K. Chaturvedi
  • I want 2 do project tell me what 2 do — by Shakti Khannan
  • Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind — by Yuval Noah Harari

I want 2 do project. tell me wat 2 do.

What a great book, packed with a lot of advice, guidelines, and methodologies which will be of great help to all people working in the technology world or want to start contributing to the F/OSS world.

Shakthi has made all the point so precise and meaningful that I have a sweet smile on my face(you can relate to lot of things from the book) while reading the book. Shakthi has covered very important topics ranging from mailing list guidelines, project guidelines, and communication which one might realize late that how helpful these things can be in their profession.

Here is example from the book where Shakthi explaining how Experience is the the best teacher with the help of (a + b)² proof and show that rote learning does not last long.

Figure: Illustrative proof of
(a + b)² = a² + b² + 2ab

Proof: The area of the square is (a + b)², which is same as the same as the sum of the areas comprising the square, which is, a² + ab + ab + b² = a² + b² + 2ab.

The best part I like about the book, the quotes that open each section and example that makes reading the book more enjoyable. I enjoy every line of the book and love the way how Shakthi has encouraged the entrepreneur mindset with all other things one should think of. Its great book that one should give a read once.

You can check about the book over here

Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind

I came across this book on the Knowledge Project blog post where naval mentioned this book. It’s an enjoyable ride which begins from 13.5 billion years back when Matter and energy appear and where the beginning of physics and chemistry happens to today’s world where we are building Super Humans and Cyborg and many more things…

Long long back we have more than one species of human, Homo rudlofensis, Homo erectus and Homo neanderthalenis are the one which we are aware off, but now we the Homo sapiens have only survived and is at the top of the food chain, because we Sapiens have the capability of imagination and thinking which make us different from others species. This unique quality makes us able to survive for such a long time, though the survival come with the extinction of other species. Way back we Sapiens used to live in the small social group mainly hundred of people even less, which was a common way of surviving and alike these groups there were many groups spread vastly over the earth. These groups have there own set of rules and regulation which were followed by all in which powerful men hunt to feed all other people of the group which was the main source of food apart from wild grasses or fruits.

Then comes the Agriculture Revolution which shifted us from hunting to growing crops(mainly wheat) and even started accumulating the food for the bad time. This was a big change as before we were not bound to one place we move from one place to another and depends on the group to survive but because of crop cultivation people start living in one place and starting spending more and more time on fields looking after the crops all day long and building houses around the fields so that they can take care of the crops days and night. Sapiens become good at this as they were able to estimate the rain or drought effectively and able to survive on the stored food in bad time. This makes people stick at one place which in turn raise many physical problems as Sapiens body was not used to it.

We did not domesticate wheat.It domesticated us.The word domesticate come from Latin 'domus' which mean house.Who's the one living in a house? Not the wheat. It's the Sapiens

Sapiens started acquiring more and more land for crop cultivation which lead to dispute with each other, to handle these dispute we start laying imaginative laws and belief so that people follow these rules and live happily with each other but this eventually leads to boundaries, city, state, country and that happy is lost. The people start trading with each other with resources and then money came into existence which basically solves a lot of problems and standardize the exchange of the things. Money brings more scope of business and standard in trading which ultimately made people explore more and more which leads us to Scientific Revolution.

Scientific Revolution opens all new path of exploration and discoveries of medicine, god particle, different planets, and artificial intelligence which eventually lead to an easy complex life. Now humans are surrounded by things which might not even be imagined back before. Humans are also able to build cyborg and are in the process of creating a Superhuman and are ready to colonize planet around the earth(Mars we are coming :P). These also have a varying degree of effect on human life, like average life of human has increased greatly due to medicines, transportation has become easy people can compute from one corner of the earth to others even outside :).

Scientific Revolution is still in the continuous phase , what it can bring next is unknown, but this is Our journey from that Animal to God. Will end the post with a quote quoted from Bhagavad Gita by Robert Oppenheimer after the first atomic bomb was detonated.

Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds

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