We have these brief lives, and our only real choice is how we will fill them. Your attention is precious. Don’t squander it. Don’t throw it away. Don’t let companies and products steal it from you. Don’t let advertisers trick you into lusting after things you don’t need. Don’t let the media convince you to covet the lives of celebrities. Own your attention — it’s all you really have.
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Growth and comfort do no co-exist.
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Make God laugh, tell him your plans.
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If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
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The essentials of human happiness are simple, so simple that sophisticated people cannot bring themselves to what it is that they really lack
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The habit of looking to the future and thinking that the whole meaning of the present lies in what it will bring forth is a pernicious one. There can be no value in the whole unless there is value in the parts.
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The notion that the only way you can critically engage with a person’s ideas is to take a shot at them, is to be openly critical — this is actually nonsense. Some of the most effective ways in which you deal with someone’s idea are to treat them completely at face value, and with an enormous amount of respect. That’s actually a faster way to engage with what they’re getting at than to lob grenades in their direction…
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Criticism is a privilege that you earn — it shouldn’t be your opening move in an interaction.
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Use uncertainty to quell volatility.
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Tribes thrive when they connect and coordinate and synchronize. They work when they create a cultural connection. But they can’t thrive when they merely embrace (or deny) the reality of the world around them.
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The path of least resistance is how we encourage behavior.
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If you try to delight the undelightable, you’ve made yourself miserable for no reason.
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See me now, black, female, American and Southern,” she said in a 1990 speech to students at Centenary College in Louisiana. “See me and see yourselves. What can’t you do?
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There are two ways to have it all: earn more or want less.
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The only people we can think of as normal are those we don’t know very well yet.
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