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No muscles without strength,
friendship without trust,
opinion without consequence,
change without aesthetics,
age without values,
life without effort,
water without thirst,
food without nourishment,
love without sacrifice,
power without fairness,
facts without rigor,
statistics without logic,
mathematics without proof,
teaching without experience,
politeness without warmth,
values without embodiment,
degrees without erudition,
militarism without fortitude,
progress without civilization,
friendship without investment,
virtue without risk,
probability without ergodicity,
wealth without exposure,
complication without depth,
fluency without content,
decision without asymmetry,
science without skepticism,
religion without tolerance,

and, most of all:
nothing without skin in the game.
  –From the Epilogue to Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Skin in the Game

Skin in the Game is the 5th instalment in Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Incerto series. The above set of maxims are the culmination of Skin in the Game and in many ways the entire Incerto series.