Quotes for Lazy Folks

I’ll keep a running list of quotes I capture from the books I read and write about. This way, you don’t have to read the whole book and will get the entire meaning just by reading 3 sentences from that book. It’s too good to be true and yet it is (or is it?).

“You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.”

The Sun Also Rises. Ernest Hemingway.

“You can tell a discipline is BS if the degree depends severely on the prestige of the school granting it. I remember when I applied to MBA programs being told that anything outside the top ten or twenty would be a waste of time.”

Skin in the Game. Nassim Taleb.

He forgot, and lived again, and, living, he saw, in clear illumination, the beast he was
making of himself not by the drink, but by the work. The drink was an effect, not a cause. It followed inevitably upon the work, as the night follows upon the day. Not by becoming a toil-beast could he win to the heights, was the message the whiskey whispered to him, and he nodded approbation. The whiskey was wise. It told secrets on itself.

Martin Eden, Jack London.

To lower our expectations is to greatly reduce our anger: if we don’t expect things to work out brilliantly, we’ll be less frustrated when they don’t.

Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine, Derren Brown

Wealth is not the same as income. If you make a good income each year and spend it all, you are not getting wealthier.

The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas J. Stanley

There should never be more than two mission-critical items to complete each day. Never.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich, Tim Ferris

The trick is to maintain a naive amazement at each instant of experience –  as Montaigne learned, one of the best techniques for doing this to write about everything.

How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts to Answer, Sarah Bakewell