Michael Lewis quote

"People who think they know what they are talking about when they talk about baseball include the announcers and all of the sports press - no matter how much evidence you present them to the contrary they will continue to think that what they think is right."

Michael Lewis

Born: October 15, 1960

Occupation: Author

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Thirdly-but not lastly-there was the bias toward what people saw with their own eyes, or thought they had seen. The human mind played tricks on itself when it relied exclusively on what it saw. There was...

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Some coaches believed they could judge a player's performance simply by watching it. In this they were deeply mistaken. The naked eye was an inadequate tool for learning what you needed to know to evaluate...

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There has been this - and it's reflected in the broadcasts - this moronic use of statistics. Which has suggested to everyone who is intelligent the use of statistics is moronic.

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Every form of strength is also a form of weakness,” he once wrote. “Pretty girls tend to become insufferable because, being pretty, their faults are too much tolerated. Possessions entrap men, and...

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Everything, in retrospect, is obvious. But if everything were obvious, authors of histories of financial folly would be rich . . .

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At SGI board meetings... Jim Clark's face would get red and he'd start shouting that an investor and board member had cheated him and his engineers.

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I was gonna put him on the bus...I got tired of him talking, it was time for him to go home.

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As idiotic as optimism can sometimes seem, it has a weird habit of paying off.

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Those who know don't tell and those who tell don't know.

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The pleasure of rooting for Goliath is that you can expect to win. The pleasure of rooting for David is that, while you don’t know what to expect, you stand at least a chance of being inspired.

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Managers tend to pick a strategy that is the least likely to fail, rather then to pick a strategy that is most efficient," Said Palmer. " The pain of looking bad is worse than the gain of making the best...

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There was but one question he left unasked, and it vibrated between his lines: if gross miscalculations of a person's value could occur on a baseball field, before a live audience of thirty thousand, and...

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He's a machine for competitive balance, ... Yes, the money is in New York. Yes, the money is in his hands. But he squanders money. Thank God for it.

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Everywhere you turn you see Americans sacrifice their long-term interests for a short-term reward.

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Every form of strength is also a form of weakness,

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I thought instead of a good rule for survival on Wall Street: Never agree to anything proposed on someone else's boat or you'll regret in in the morning.

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Baseball has so much history and tradition. You can respect it, or you can exploit it for profit, but it's still being made all over the place, all the time.

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If you’ve got a dozen pitchers, you need to speak 12 different languages.

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People in both fields operate with beliefs and biases. To the extent you can eliminate both and replace them with data, you gain a clear advantage.

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Warren Buffett is fond of saying that any player unaware of the fool in the market probably is the fool in the market.

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That was how a Salomon bond trader thought: He forgot whatever it was that he wanted to do for a minute and put his finger on the pulse of the market. If the market felt fidgety, if people were scared...

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The only thing history teaches us, a wise man once said, is that history doesn’t teach us anything.

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It is the nature of being the general manager of a baseball team that you have to remain on familiar terms with people you are continually trying to screw.

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One absolutely cannot tell, by watching, the difference between a .300 hitter and a .275 hitter. The difference is one hit every two weeks.

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Above all, recognize that if you have had success, you have also had luck — and with luck comes obligation. You owe a debt, and not just to your Gods. You owe a debt to the unlucky.

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Baseball is this intense subculture that actually doesn't speak very much for the larger culture.

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Book tours are almost designed to beat out of an author any affection he has for his book.

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I don't think there is a national pasttime. Watching TV is a national pasttime. Really. If there is a national pasttime, it is watching TV.

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I think that fans are always looking for someone to blame. Wouldn't it be nice if they looked in the mirror?

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If you had to point to one thing that made it less likely that the Red Sox would win the World Series, I would say it was those people that go to Fenway Park to watch the games. And then the media around...

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My judgement is not good when I am on a book tour. I am not thinking about it that much. What happens is I will go back home. I have a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old and a wife who is now taking care of them...

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The Red Sox are a curious thing because so much here is media driven. You can't go fire half your scouts here because they are all friends with the local reporters. Your life is going to hell in the papers.

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The Red Sox are the local scapegoats. It's hard enough to play baseball without being the local scapegoat too.

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The sentimentality of baseball is very deeply rooted in the American baseball fan. It is the one sport that is transmitted from fathers to sons.

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There used to be this guy called Vinny who worked on the floor of the stock exchange, said one big investor who had observed the market for a long time. After the markets closed Vinny would get into his...

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A banking system is an act of faith: it survives only for as long as people believe it will.

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People really don't like to hear success explained away as luck, especially successful people. As they age and succeed, people feel their success was somehow inevitable. They don't want to acknowledge...

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The world clings to its old mental picture of the stock market because it’s comforting; because it’s so hard to draw a picture of what has replaced it; and because the few people able to draw it for...

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Commitment, by its nature, frees us from ourselves and, while it stands us in opposition to some, it joins us with others similarly committed. Commitment moves us from the mirror trap of the self absorbed...

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The inability to envision a certain kind of person doing a certain kind of thing because you've never seen someone who looks like him do it before is not just a vice. It's a luxury. What begins as a failure...

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In Japan, mothers insist on achievement and accomplishment as a sign of love and respect. Thus to fail places children in a highly shamed situation.

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When you're trying to create a career as a writer, a little delusional thinking goes a long way.

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A tourist can't help but have a distorted opinion of a place: he meets unrepresentative people, has unrepresentative experiences, and runs around imposing upon the place the fantastic mental pictures he...

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Don't be deceived by life's outcomes. Life's outcomes, while not entirely random, have a huge amount of luck baked into them.

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What happens when we acknowledge the sovereignty and power of God without trusting in His goodness and faithfulness? A pitcher who saw God's power behind his extremely unlikely rise to the big leagues...

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That's what happens when you're thirty-seven years old: you do the things you always did but the result is somehow different.

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He was ignorant, but a lot of people mistook ignorance for stupidity, and knowingness for intelligence.

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the lesson of Buffett was: To succeed in a spectacular fashion you had to be spectacularly unusual.

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The CDO was, in effect, a credit laundering service for the residents of Lower Middle Class America. For Wall Street it was a machine that turned lead into gold.

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In Bakersfield, California, a Mexican strawberry picker with an income of $14,000 and no English was lent every penny he needed to buy a house for $724,000.

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My client loved risk. Risk, I had learned, was a commodity in itself. Risk could be canned and sold like tomatoes.

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The men on the trading floor may not have been to school, but they have Ph.D.’s in man’s ignorance.

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He was blessed with an unconventional mind, which overcame his conventional middle-class upbringing.

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