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Former president of Harvard University, Larry Summers, pointed out that there are more men at the top levels of ability, but there are also more men at the bottom. The data are there, indeed abundant, and they are indisputable. There are more males than females with really low IQs. Indeed, the pattern with mental retardation is the same as with genius, namely that as you go from mild to medium to extreme, the preponderance of males gets bigger. All those retarded boys are not the handiwork of patriarchy. Men are not conspiring together to make each other's sons mentally retarded. Nature rolls the dice with men more than women. Men go to extremes more than women. It's true not just with IQ but also with other things, even height: the male distribution of height is flatter, with more really tall and really short men. Want to think men are better than women? Then look at the top, the heroes, the inventors, the philanthropists, and so on. Want to think women are better than men? Then look at the bottom, the criminals, the junkies, the losers. In an important sense, men really are better AND worse than women.

Roy F. Baumeister, Is there anything good about men?




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Accept disgrace willingly.
Accept misfortune as the human condition.
What do you mean by
"Accept disgrace willingly"?
Accept being unimportant.
Do not be concerned with loss or gain.
This is called "accepting disgrace willingly."
What do you mean by
"Accept misfortune as the human condition"?
Misfortune comes from having a body.
Without a body, how could there be misfortune?
Surrender yourself humbly; then you
can be trusted to care for all things.
Love the world as your own self; then
you can truly care for all things.

- Tao Te Ching



"The heart has its reasons which reason knows not."
(Blaise Pascal)


"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."
(Kahlil Gibran)


"It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise."
(Sara Teasdale)


"A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child."
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)


"Hearts Live By Being Wounded."
(Oscar Wilde)

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The highest good is like water.
Water gives life to the ten thousand
things and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is
like the Tao.
In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and
kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In daily life, be competent.
In action, be aware of the time and the
season.

No fight: No blame.

- Tao Te Ching



"Watch out for intellect, because it knows so much it knows nothing and leaves you hanging upside down, mouthing knowledge as your heart falls out of your mouth."
(Anne Sexton)


"I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects."
(Oscar Wilde)


"I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix."
(Arthur Conan Doyle)


"I wish I could make him understand that a loving good heart is riches enough, and that without it intellect is poverty."
(Mark Twain)


"Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)