Kathryn Schulz is the author of "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error," and writes "The Wrong Stuff," a Slate series featuring interviews with high-profile people about how they think and feel about being wrong.
Kathryn Schulz is a journalist, author, and public speaker with a credible (if not necessarily enviable) claim to being the world's leading wrongologist. Her freelance writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, TIME Magazine, the Boston Globe, the "Freakonomics" blog of The New York Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times Book Review, among other publications. She is the former editor of the online environmental magazine Grist, and a former reporter and editor for The Santiago Times, of Santiago, Chile, where she covered environmental, labor, and human rights issues. She was a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism (now the International Reporting Project), and has reported from throughout Central and South America, Japan, and, most recently, the Middle East. A graduate of Brown University and a former Ohioan, Oregonian and Brooklynite, she currently lives in New York's Hudson Valley.
“The miracle of your mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is. It’s that you can see the world as it isn’t.”
“I had drunk our great cultural Kool-Aid about regret, which is that lamenting things that occurred in the past is an absolute waste of time, that we should always look forward and not backward, and that one of the noblest and best things we can do is strive to live a life free of regrets.”
“If you Google ‘regret and tattoo,’ you will get 11.5 million hits.”
“If you want to live a life free of regret, there is an option open to you. It’s called a lobotomy.”
“If you’re sitting there stressing about large cap versus small cap, or company A versus company B, or should you buy the Subaru or the Prius, let it go. Odds are, you’re not going to care in five years.”
“No insurance covers acts of idiocy.”
“Regret doesn’t remind us that we did badly. It reminds us that we know we can do better.”
“The FDA estimates that of all the Americans who have tattoos, 17 percent of us regret getting them. That is Johnny Depp and me and our seven million friends.”
“The inability to experience regret is one of the diagnostic characteristics of sociopaths.”
“The point isn’t to live without any regrets. The point is to not hate ourselves for having them.”
“Thirty-three percent of all of our regrets pertain to decisions we made about education.”