The Iconoclast's Beautitudes

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Sep 23 2001 - 18:30:54 MDT

1. Blessed are the perfectionists, for their failures shall outshine
others' successes.

2. Blessed are those who hold themselves to high standards, for they
shall not disappoint others.

3. Blessed are the unsatisfied, for they shall find the better way.

4. Blessed are the nervous, for they shall be prepared.

5. Blessed are those who distrust their instincts, for they shall be
worthy of trust.

6. Blessed are those who esteem themselves accurately, whether low or

7. Blessed are they who nitpick their work, for they shall make fewer
mistakes to begin with.

8. Blessed are they who plan for failure and success.

9. Blessed are they that defy both criticism and praise.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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