Quotes for Life

I write down quotes that I believe have lots of meaning. Hopefully you find them insightful as well. I will add to this list as I read more books and fill up my double size Moleskine journal. Note: I have lost some of the authors of these quotes while scribbling in my journal. 

“You need 3 habits in life: one to make you money, one to keep you fit, and one to keep you intelligent.” – Naval Ravikant


“Everyone is an entrepreneur. The only skills you need are the ability to fail, to have ideas, to sell those ideas, to execute on them, and to be persistent so even as you fail you learn and move onto the next adventure.” – James Altucher


“You don’t have to come up with the new, new thing. Just do the old, old thing slightly better than everyone else.” – James Altucher


“You don’t want to win an argument, you want to win.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb


“Whether you think you can or you can’t — either way you are right.” – Henry Ford


“If we truly want to learn, we never learn when we are talking. We only learn when we are listening.” – James Altucher


“We rob ourselves of joy and happiness when we stop and check in with what everyone else is thinking and saying about us.” – James Altucher


“How do you get past ‘this’? Diversification is everything. You get past ‘this’ by having lots of ‘that’s.” – James Altucher


“What? You say that full energy given to those sixteen hours will lessen the value of the business eight? Not so. On the contrary, it will assuredly increase the value of the business eight. One of the chief things which my typical man has to learn is that the mental faculties are capable of a continuous hard activity; they do not tire like an arm or a leg. All they want is change — not rest, except in sleep.”

“It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.” – Steven Pressfield

“The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we feel toward pursuing it.” – Steven Pressfield

“We will never cure our restlessness by contributing our disposable income to the bottom line of Bullshit Inc., but only by doing our work.” – Steven Pressfield

Say to others, “I’ve got my thing. I’m working on it. I’m solving a problem. You’ve got yours, fantastic. But I can’t solve the world’s problems or I become a problem.” – Naval Ravikant

“The truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self mastery. While those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them.” – Steven Pressfield

“Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have dreamed would come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: ‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.’ Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.” – W.H. Murray

“You need the kind of objectivity that makes you forget everything you’ve heard, clear the table, and do a factual study like a scientist would.” – Steve Wosniak

“If you can’t work with someone for a lifetime, don’t work with them for a day.” – Naval Ravikant

“The best system designer is one who knows how to beat any system that others design.” – David Ackoff

“The educational system has demonstrated an unlimited ability to resist responding to any of its problems.” – David Ackoff

“Most [school] courses directed at broadening the perspectives of adults, increasing their understanding, are an academic vaudeville show.” – David Ackoff

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when he grow up.”

“A pound of data equals an ounce of information. A pound of information equals an ounce of knowledge.  A pound of knowledge equals an ounce of understanding.” – David Ackoff (?)

“You are the world and the world is you.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“No book is sacred, simply because it is a product of man’s thought.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Fear is a remembrance, which is thought, and it is also time, the future.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Desire is a contract with yourself to be unhappy.” – Naval Ravikant

“Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.”

“With my family, I’m a communist. With my close friends, I’m a socialist. At the state level of politics, I’m a Democrat. At higher levels, I’m a Republican, and at the federal levels, I’m a Libertarian.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Your real resume is a catalog of all the suffering you have endured.” – Naval Ravikant

“Pick an aspirational hourly rate for yourself and throw away or delegate to others to do tasks under that hourly rate.” – Naval Ravikant

“You must never fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Richard Feynman

“If you can learn to like to read, you never need to go to school.” – Naval Ravikant

“Unhappy people are drowning; unless you are superman happy, they will pull you under.”

“All great things come out of compound interest.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you think words can hurt you, you will live an extremely miserable life.” – Naval Ravikant

“The pursuit of truth is the pursuit of the nature of man which is the pursuit of understanding yourself.” – Naval Ravikant

“You have met the enemy and have discovered it is yourself.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The pursuit of causes is endless.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“However much the self tries not to be the self it is still the effort of the self.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Where there is no confusion there is no choice.” – Naval Ravikant

“Success in modern day society is more about making and breaking addictions than going out and doing things.” – Naval Ravikant 

“You become wealthy by giving society what it wants, but does not know it wants.” – Naval Ravikant

“The direction you head is much more important than the force you apply.” – Naval Ravikant

“You die and are reborn every moment.” 

“Anger is a hot coal that you hold in your hand while waiting to throw it at someone else.” – Buddha

“The worst thing to do in relationships is to pretend who you are not.” – Naval Ravikant

“It is easy to macro bullshit than to micro bullshit.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb (?)

“Figure out your childhood or teenage obsession (which you may not even know) and apply, apply, apply to business as specific knowledge.” – Naval Ravikant

“Money removes obstacles to happiness, but it does not become happiness.” – Naval Ravikant 

“Populism is what we call democracy when we don’t like its outcomes.” – Naval Ravikant 

“The biggest problem is thinking that tomorrow will be better than today because you throw away today.” – Naval Ravikant

“The way to not be effected by insults is to avoid taking compliments.” – Naval Ravikant

“Retirement is when you stop sacrificing today for tomorrow.” – Naval Ravikant

“Passion is in high supply but actual work is scarce.”  – Naval Ravikant

“Being able to convey yourself simply is far more important than having a huge vocabulary.” – Naval Ravikant

“Schools replace curiosity with compliance.” – Naval Ravikant

“Nature is what we are put in this world to rise above.” – Naval Ravikant

“Technology is everything that doesn’t work yet.” – Naval Ravikant

“When you make a mistake, you can finally attach theories to facts.” – Naval Ravikant

“When you voluntarily face fear and suffering, you inoculate yourself to involuntary fear.” – Tim Ferriss

“Money is not about luck. It is about becoming the type of person who makes money in all possible universes.” – Naval Ravikant

“Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.” – Naval Ravikant

“Escape competition through authenticity.” – Naval Ravikant

“Play long term games with long term people.” – Naval Ravikant

“Self-esteem is the reputation you have for yourself.” – Naval Ravikant

“The object of oratory alone is not truth but persuasion.”

“If you don’t believe what you are saying, there is no point in saying it.” 

“Business failures are not nearly are dangerous as integrity failures.” – Naval Ravikant

“Say like them, act like you.” – Clément Mihailescu

“Avoid people who got rich quickly. They are just giving away lottery ticket numbers.” – Naval Ravikant

“Productize yourself with specific knowledge, accountability, authenticity, and scalability.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you want to become a philosopher-king, first become a king and then become a philosopher.” – Naval Ravikant

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

“If you want it done, then go. If not, then send.” – Napoleon

“Signaling is the study of what people do despite what they say.” – Naval Ravikant

“As an employee, the more you think like a CEO, the more you will advance and succeed.” – Naval Ravikant

“The biggest problems are the oldest ones: how to become happy, healthy, and wealthy.” – Naval Ravikant

“What one monkey can be taught, another can.” – Naval Ravikant

“A healthy man wants a thousand things, a sick man only wants one.” – Confucius

“The closer you are to truth, the more silent you become inside.” – Naval Ravikant

“Education is a small amount of learning and a large dose of compliance, babysitting, socialization, and keeping young troublemakers off the street.” – Naval Ravikant 

“Guilt is when society programs you to beat yourself up if you don’t follow it.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you want to sort out the world, first sort out yourself.” – Jordan Peterson

“To gain wisdom and peace, you must be able to find causal chains in your past.” –Jordan Peterson

“If you have shallow values, you will be destroyed by storms.” – Jordan Peterson

“Justice will catch up on fabricators of falsehoods and those who bear witness to them.” – Heraclitus

“The best choose one thing in place of all other things — ever-flowing glory among mortals. The majority, however, glut themselves like cattle.” – Heraclitus

“The wise thing is a single thing — knowing the plan, which steers all things through all things.” – Heraclitus

“Thinking is an instance of the sacred disease and sight is deceptive.” – Heraclitus

“One man is the equivalent of ten thousand, provided he be very good.” – Heraclitus

“Whatsoever things are objects of sight, hearing, and experience — those things I hold in higher esteem.” – Heraclitus

“A road up and down is one and the same.” – Heraclitus

“They are separated from that with which they are in the most continuous contact.” – Heraclitus

“Weariness is toiling for the same people and being ruled by them.” – Heraclitus

“A stupid person tends to become all worked up over every statement he hears.” – Heraclitus

“Many hierarchies are not about power, but are of competence.” – Jordan Peterson

“We are taught all the methods, but when we get stuck we, by definition, cannot use those methods.” – Richard Feynman

“What are today’s witches? What crazy things might we be doing?” – Richard Feynman

“When you know the name of something in every language, you know nothing.” – Richard Feynman

[Note to self: I stopped at journal entry #1041]

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