A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.

— A.A. Milne

Perfection is the enemy of good.

— Voltaire

All Truly Great Thoughts Are Conceived While Walking

— Friedrich Nietzsche

The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is boredom.

— Tim Ferriss

What you choose to read is a vote towards who you want to become

— Mark Manson

Whenever I get bad luck I like to remind myself that I was born in America and I wouldn't trade my good luck in for another dice roll. So I'll take the bad luck as a low price for what good luck has brought me.

— Alex Hormozi

Many people assume they are bad at writing because it is hard. This is like assuming you are bad at weightlifting because the weight is heavy. Writing is useful because it is hard. It's the effort that goes into writing a clear sentence that leads to better thinking.

— James Clear

Somewhere in the future, your older self is watching you through memories. Whether it's with regret or nostaliga depends on what you do now.

— Gurwinder Bhogal

If you only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.

— Montesquieu

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

— Robert A. Heinlein

No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.

— Warren Buffett

Writing is good, thinking is better. Being smart is good, being patient is better

— Siddhartha

Men Wanted: For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.

— Ernest Shackleton

"Everyone gives what he has. The warrior gives strength, the merchant gives merchandise, the teacher teachings, the farmer rice, the fisher fish." "Yes indeed. And what is it now what you've got to give? What is it that you've learned, what you're able to do?" "I can think. I can wait. I can fast." "That's everything?" "I believe that's everything!" "And what's the use of that? For example, the fasting—what is it good for?" "It is very good, sir. When a person has nothing to eat, fasting is the smartest thing he could do. When, for example, Siddhartha hadn't learned to fast, he would have to accept any kind of service before that day is up, whether it may be with you or wherever, because hunger would force him to do so. But like this, Siddhartha can wait calmly, he knows no impatience, he knows no emergency, for a long time he can allow hunger to besiege him and can laugh about it. This, sir, is what fasting is good for."

— Siddhartha

If more information was the answer, we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs.

— Derek Sivers

If you're at a much higher level than someone you can always seem mystical because you're doing things which are outside of their conceptual scheme. The way that operates in the martial arts is if you think about it through the lens of frames, if you and I are looking at a position and in your mind, there's this position, this position, and this position so there are three positions. In my mind if I'm constantly training at the transitions between these positions, these actually expand into these transitional frames and become positions to me. So if I'm seeing 100 positions when you're seeing two, then I can play in your blind spots and I can seem mystical to you because you haven't trained there.

— Josh Waitzkin

The impediment to action advances action, what stands in the way becomes the way.

— Marcus Aurelius

If you know the way broadly, you will see it in everything.

— Miyamoto Musashi

An hour passes. I’m warmer now, the pace has got my blood going. The years have taught me one skill: how to be miserable. I know how to shut up and keep humping. This is a great asset because it’s human, the proper role for a mortal. It does not offend the gods, but elicits their intercession. My bitching self is receding now. The instincts are taking over.

— Robert Pressfield

Struggle is the architect of the soul.

— James Cook

Let me fall if I must fall. The one I am becoming will catch me.

— Baal Shem Tov

WE’RE ALL PROS ALREADY All of us are pros in one area: our jobs. We get a paycheck. We work for money. We are professionals. Now: Are there principles we can take from what we’re already successfully doing in our workaday lives and apply to our artistic aspirations? What exactly are the qualities that define us as professionals? 1) We show up every day. We might do it only because we have to, to keep from getting fired. But we do it. We show up every day. 2) We show up no matter what. In sickness and in health, come hell or high water, we stagger in to the factory. We might do it only so as not to let down our co-workers, or for other, less noble reasons. But we do it. We show up no matter what. 3) We stay on the job all day. Our minds may wander, but our bodies remain at the wheel. We pick up the phone when it rings, we assist the customer when he seeks our help. We don’t go home till the whistle blows. 4) We are committed over the long haul. Next year we may go to another job, another company, another country. But we’ll still be working. Until we hit the lottery, we are part of the labor force. 5) The stakes for us are high and real. This is about survival, feeding our families, educating our children. It’s about eating. 6) We accept remuneration for our labor. We’re not here for fun. We work for money. 7) We do not overidentify with our jobs. We may take pride in our work, we may stay late and come in on weekends, but we recognize that we are not our job descriptions. The amateur, on the other hand, overidentifies with his avocation, his artistic aspiration. He defines himself by it. He is a musician, a painter, a playwright. Resistance loves this. Resistance knows that the amateur composer will never write his symphony because he is overly invested in its success and overterrified of its failure. The amateur takes it so seriously it paralyzes him. 8) We master the technique of our jobs. 9) We have a sense of humor about our jobs. 10) We receive praise or blame in the real world

— Robert Pressfield

A man with one watch always knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.

— Segal's Law

If you trust the source then you don’t need to hear the arguments

— Derek Sivers

You should “just be yourself” not because it will make you more likeable (it won’t) but because it's only by being yourself that you'll find people who like you for who you really are rather than for someone you're pretending to be.

— Gurwinder Bhoga

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

— Walt Whitman

I spent so much of my life terrified of what I was going to become and whether I was going to be right here right now. God, how much time did I waste afraid I wasn’t going to be right here right now? If I could change, the only thing I’d change about my whole life would be fearing less that I wouldn’t get right here - the place I was going anyway. I wouldn’t change all the mistakes and mishaps, I needed those. But all the constantly worry that I wasn’t going to make it, that took me out of enjoying the moment. It took me out of enjoying these experiences, smiling or eating my lunch or doing whatever I was doing. Know your mission, have faith you’re going to get there. Wherever you go, it’s going to be alright. Just find ways to get out of your head.

— Aubrey Marcus

he who has a why can bear any how

— Friedrich Nietzsche

I've lost my mind doing this. Like Vincent van Gogh. He dedicated his life to his art and lost his mind in the process. That's happened to me.

— Conor McGregor

The formula of my happiness: a Yes, a No, a straight line, a goal.

— Nietzsche