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Friday March 6, 2015
We conclude #ThreeQuotes week with our most exciting theme: chess.
I failed to make the chess team because of my height.
- Woody Allen
Youth has triumphed.
- 84-year-old Jacques Mieses upon defeating 86-year-old Dirk van Foreest
I really do have a profound respect for chess. It’s a mental game and filled with endless metaphors for life. However, it’s nice to have some fun with it, as these quotes (and my title/blog description) do.
The big finish
Sir, the slowness of genius is hard to bear, but the slowness of mediocrity is insufferable.
- Henry Thomas Buckle
When I hear the term “the slowness of genius” I think of chess and baseball. And studying anything important, I suppose. Yet ironically even fast-paced mediocrity is far worse and far harder to endure. That’s why our quick fix, fast food culture is so destructive.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He is also a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.