The Almanack of Naval Ravikant
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The Almanack of Naval Ravikant is a treasure trove of wisdom, insights, and practical advice on life, business, and personal development. Written by the renowned entrepreneur, investor, and thinker Naval Ravikant, this book is a distillation of his years of experience, research, and reflection on what it takes to live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Naval Ravikant is a Silicon Valley legend and a sought-after speaker and advisor on startups, investing, and personal growth. He is the founder of AngelList, a platform that connects startups with investors, and has been an early investor in companies such as Twitter, Uber, and Yammer. But Ravikant is not your typical tech entrepreneur. He is a polymath who has studied philosophy, psychology, spirituality, and economics, and has applied this knowledge to his own life and business endeavors.
In The Almanack of Naval Ravikant, he shares his distilled wisdom in the form of short, pithy aphorisms that are both profound and practical. From the importance of habits and routines to the power of self-reflection and the value of relationships, the book covers a wide range of topics that are essential for anyone who wants to live a more fulfilling and successful life.
The Almanack is not a conventional self-help book that promises quick fixes or instant success. Rather, it is a guide to living a more meaningful and purposeful life by cultivating the right mindset, habits, and relationships. Ravikant encourages readers to embrace the power of compounding, to pursue their passions, and to develop a growth mindset that sees challenges as opportunities for learning and growth.
Whether you are an entrepreneur, investor, or just someone who wants to live a more fulfilling life, The Almanack of Naval Ravikant is a must-read. It is a book that you will keep coming back to for years to come, and that will inspire you to be the best version of yourself.
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The Almanack of Naval Ravikant is a collection of insights and advice from the mind of Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, and thinker Naval Ravikant. The book is divided into short, concise chapters covering a wide range of topics, from the importance of developing a growth mindset to the power of habits and the value of relationships. Ravikant draws on his diverse background in philosophy, psychology, spirituality, and economics to distill his wisdom into practical, actionable advice for readers. Rather than offering quick fixes or magic formulas for success, The Almanack is a guide to cultivating a mindset and habits that will lead to a more fulfilling and meaningful life. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to improve themselves and their lives.
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Books make for great friends, because the best thinkers of the last few thousand years tell you their nuggets of wisdom.
Money making is not a thing you do, it’s a skill you learn.
If you don’t know yet what you should work on, the most important thing is to figure it out.
Seek wealth, not money or status.
Ignore people playing status games.
You must own equity, a piece of a business, to gain financial freedom.
You will get rich by giving society what it wants but does not yet know how to get.
Play long-term games with long-term people.
All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest.
Pick business partners with high intelligence, energy, and above all, integrity.
Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.
Arm yourself with specific knowledge, accountability, and leverage.
Specific knowledge is found by pursuing your genuine curiosity and passion.
Building specific knowledge will feel like play to you but will look like work to others.
When specific knowledge is taught, it’s through apprenticeships, not schools.
Embrace accountability… Society will reward you with responsibility, equity, and leverage.
Business leverage comes from capital, people, and products with no marginal cost of replication. (Code and content)
Capital means money. Labor means people working for you.
Code and media are permissionless leverage.
If you can’t code, write books and blogs, record videos and podcasts.
Judgment requires experience.
Study microeconomics, game theory, psychology, persuasion, ethics, mathematics, and computers.
Reading is faster than listening. Doing is faster than watching.
You should be too busy to “do coffee.”
Work as hard as you can.
Become the best in the world at what you do.
There are no get-rich-quick schemes.
Productize yourself. Leverage specific knowledge and accountability.
Ask yourself, “Is this authentic to me?”
Money is how we transfer wealth. It is the ability to have credits and debits of other people’s time.
Wealth is assets that earn while you sleep.
The best person in the world at anything gets to do it for everyone.
Society will pay you for creating things it wants.
Figure out how to scale it.
Specific knowledge cannot be taught, but it can be learned.
No one can compete with you on being you.
Science applied is the engine of humanity.
Focus on the thing that you are really into.
Specific knowledge is found much more by pursuing your innate talents, your genuine curiosity, and your passion.
If you’re not 100 percent into it, somebody else who is 100 percent into it will outperform you.
Escape competition through authenticity.
The best jobs are… creative expressions of continuous learners in free markets.
The most important skill for getting rich is becoming a perpetual learner.
It’s much more important today to be able to become an expert in a brand-new field in nine to twelve months than to have studied the “right” thing a long time ago.
Knowing how to be persuasive when speaking is far more important than being an expert digital marketer or click optimizer.
You can only achieve mastery in one or two things.
Compounding in business relationships is very important.
Compound interest also happens in your reputation.
Intentions don’t matter. Actions do.
When you find the right thing to do, when you find the right people to work with, invest deeply.
99% of effort is wasted.
be very thoughtful and realize in most things (relationships, work, even in learning) what you’re trying to do is find the thing you can go all-in on to earn compound interest.
Leverage comes in labor, comes in capital, or can come through code or media.
The people who have the ability to fail in public under their own names actually gain a lot of power.
There’s not really that much to fear in terms of failure, and so people should take on a lot more accountability than they do.
If you don’t own a piece of a business, you don’t have a path towards financial freedom.
to have passive income [is] where a business is earning for you while you are on vacation.
Without ownership, your inputs are very closely tied to your outputs.
They are going to pay you the bare minimum they have to, to get you to do their job.
If you don’t own equity in a business, your odds of making money are very slim.
You have to work to the point where you can own equity in a business.
Following your genuine intellectual curiosity is a better foundation for a career than following whatever is making money right now.
If it entertains you now but will bore you someday, it’s a distraction.
I only really want to do things for their own sake.
When you do things for their own sake, you create your best work.
Follow your intellectual curiosity more than whatever is “hot” right now.
If they can replace you, then they don’t have to pay you a lot.
If they can train you to do it, then eventually they will train a computer to do it.
Think about what product or service society wants but does not yet know how to get.
You build your brand in the meantime on Twitter, on YouTube, and by giving away free work.
When it is time to move on the opportunity, you can do so with leverage – the maximum leverage possible.
Labor… is the worst form of leverage that you could possibly use.
Money is a good form of leverage. Every time you make a decision, you multiply it with money.
If you get good at managing capital, you can manage more and more capital much more easily that you can manage more and more people.
The final form of leverage: Products with no marginal cost of replication.
This includes books, media, movies, and code.
This book is a form of leverage. (As is this post)
The most interesting thing to keep in mind about new forms of leverage is they are permissionless.
They don’t require someone else’s permission for you to use them or succeed.
You’re never going to get rich renting out your time.
Whenever you can in life, optimize for independence rather than pay. If you have independence and you’re accountable on your output, as opposed to your input – that’s the dream.
A leveraged worker can out-produce a non-leveraged worker by a factor of one thousand or ten thousand. Judgment is far more important than how much time they put in or how hard they work.
What you want in life is to be in control of your time.
If you do something incredible to move the needle on the business, they have to pay you. Especially if they don’t know how you did it because it’s innate to your obsession of your skill or your innate abilities, they’re going to have to keep paying you to do it.
All you care about is the actual work itself.
Forty hour work weeks are a relic of the Industrial Age.
If you want to be part of a great tech company, then you need to be able to SELL or BUILD.
Earn with your mind, not your time.
The developer takes on more risk, more accountability, had more leverage, and needs to have more specific knowledge.
You want to work your way up to try and get higher leverage, more accountability, and specific knowledge.
You have to watch your health.
Take rationally optimistic bets with big upsides.
I want a robot, capital, or computer to do the work, but I want to be paid for my judgment.
CEOs are highly paid because of their leverage. Small differences in judgment and capability really get amplified.
We waste our time with short-term thinking and busywork.
Solve via iteration, then get paid via repetition.
It’s more about consistently creating wealth by creating businesses, creating opportunities, and creating investments.
You will never be worth more than you think you’re worth.
No one is going to value you more than you value yourself.
Always factor your time into every decision.
Fast-forward to your wealthy self and pick some intermediate hourly rate.
If you secretly despise wealth, it will elude you.
Be optimistic, be positive. It’s important. Optimists actually do better in the long run.
There are fundamentally two huge games in life that people. One is the money game… the other game is the status game.
Wealth creation is an evolutionarily recent positive-sum game. Status is an old zero-some game. Those attacking wealth creation are often just seeking status.
Status games are always going to exist.
There are basically three really big decisions you make in your early life: where you live, who you’re with, and what you do.
You have to say no to everything and free up your time so you can solve the important problems.
Figure out what you’re good at, and start helping other people with it. Give it away. Pay it forward.
Don’t measure – your patience will run out if you count.
You’ll never be rich since you’re obviously smart, and someone will always offer you a job that’s just good enough.
Find work that feels like play.
I would rather be a failed entrepreneur than someone who never tried.
I’m much more interested in solving problems than I am making money.
I’m just living life as I want to. I’m literally just doing it moment to moment.
I want to be off the hedonic treadmill.
Retirement is when you stop sacrificing today for an imaginary tomorrow.
Ways to retirement:
Your passive income covers your burn rate.
You become a monk.
You know how to do it better because you love it, and no one can compete with you.
Whether in commerce, science, or politics – history remembers the artists.
Art is anything done for its own sake.
I can create a new business within three months: raise the money, assemble a team, and launch it.
It makes money almost as a side effect.
It looks like work to others, but it feels like pay to me.
That’s how I know no one can compete with me on it.
I’m just playing, for sixteen hours a day.
Lusting for money is bad for us because it is a bottomless pit.
I value freedom above everything else.
The winners of any game are the people who are so addicted they continue playing even as the marginal utility from winning declines.
If you’re not getting promoted through the ranks, it gets a lot harder to catch up later in life. It’s good to be in a smaller company early because there’s less of an infrastructure to prevent early promotion.
Think about who you will work with and what those people are going on to do.
In 1,000 parallel universes, you want to be wealthy in 999 of them.
The first kind of luck is blind luck.
There’s luck through persistence, hard work, hustle, and motion.
You [can] become very good at spotting luck.
You [can] build a unique character, a unique brand, a unique mindset, which causes luck to find you.
Ways to get lucky:
Prepare and be sensitive to chances
Become the best – luck becomes your destiny
One of the things I think is important to make money is having a reputation that makes people do deals through you.
In a long-term game, it seems that everybody is making each other rich. And in a short-term game, it seems like everybody is making themselves rich.
In a long-term game it’s positive sum.
I think business networking is a complete waste of time.
If you’re building something interesting, you will always have more people who will want to know you.
Be a maker who makes something interesting.
Show your craft, practice your craft, and the right people will eventually find you.
You cannot hide anything from yourself.
By the way, nobody changes.
Great people have great outcomes. You just have to be patient.
Apply specific knowledge with leverage and eventually, you will get what you deserve.
Everybody wants to get rich immediately, but the world is an efficient place; immediate doesn’t work.
You have to enjoy it, keep doing it, and keep doing it. Don’t keep track, and don’t keep count because if you do, you will run out of time.
Most of history was built by young people. They just got credit when they were older.
People are oddly consistent. Karma is just you, repeating your patterns, virtues, and flaws until you finally get what you deserve.
You have to do hard things anyway to create your own meaning in life.
Money buys you freedom in the material worl. It’s not going to make you happy.
Amazing how many people confuse wealth and wisdom.
Stay on the bleeding edge of trends and study technology, design, and art – become really good at something.
You get rich by saving your time to make money.
How hard you work matters a lot less in the modern economy.
Wisdom is knowing the long-term consequences of your actions. Wisdom applied to external problems is judgment.
Without hard work, you’ll develop neither judgment nor leverage.
The direction you’re heading in matters more than how fast you move, especially with leverage.
Just pick the right direction to start walking in, and start walking.
Real knowledge is intrinsic, and it’s built from the ground up.
If you can’t explain it to a child, then you don’t know it.
[Don’t] rely on definitions. I would rather understand the basics really well than memorize all kinds of complicated concepts I can’t stitch together and can’t rederive from the basics.
The “monkey mind” will always respond with this regurgitated emotional response to what it thinks the world should be.
The number one thing clouding us from being able to see reality is we have preconceived notions of the way it should be.
When you’re in pain – is a moment of truth.
To see the truth, you have to get your ego out of the way.
Suffering is the moment when we can no longer deny reality.
The problem isn’t reality.
It’s actually really important to have empty space.
It’s only after you’re bored you have the great ideas.
Very smart people tend to be weird since they insist on thinking everything through for themselves.
A contrarian reasons independently from the ground up and resists pressure to conform.
Optimistic contrarians are the rarest breed.
“Tension is who you think you should be.
Relaxation is who you are.”
It’s really important to uncondition yourself. Does [that habit] still serve me?
To be honest, speak without identity.
There are no permanent solutions in a dynamic system.
For important decisions, discard memory and identity, and focus on the problem.
Radical honesty just means I want to be free.
The moment you tell somebody something dishonest, you’ve lied to yourself.
I think “this is what it is” or “this is what it isn’t.”
If you have to praise somebody, then always try and find the person who is the best example of what you’re praising and praise the person, specifically. Then people’s egos and identities, which we all have, don’t work against you. They work for you.
Charisma is the ability to project confidence and love at the same time.
If I manage $1 billion and I’m right 10 percent more often than somebody else, my decision-making creates $100 million worth of value on a judgment call.
The more you know, the less you diversify.
I use [tweets] as maxims that help compress my own learnings and recall them.
Mental models are really just compact ways for you to recall your own knowledge.
Being successful is just about no making mistakes.
Microeconomics and game theory are fundamental.
You optimize for yourself rather than for the principal’s assets.
The more closely you can tie someone’s compensation to the exact value they’re creating, the more you turn them into a principal.
You want arithmetic, probability, and statistics.
If you can’t decide the answer is no.
You’re biologically not built to realize how many choices there are.
Run Uphill – If you’re evenly split on a difficult decision, take the path more painful in the short term.
With the law of compound interest, long-term gain is what you want to go toward.
Most of the gains in life come from suffering in the short term so you can get paid in the long term.
Read a lot – just read.
Read what you love until you love to read.
The better the book, the more slowly it should be absorbed.
The number of books completed is a vanity metric. Focus on new concepts with predictive power.
Explain what you learned to someone else. Teaching forces learning.
Learn how to learn and read the books.
Read Darwin first.
Don’t read the current interpretation someone is feeding you about how things should be done and run.
There is ancient wisdom in books.
The older the problem, the older the solution.
Any book that survived for two thousand years has been filtered through many people.
A calm mind, a fit body, and a house full of love.
These things cannot be bought.
They must be earned.
The three big ones in life are wealth, health, and happiness. We pursue them in that order, but their importance is reverse.
Don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re just a monkey with a plan.
Whatever happiness means to me, it means something different to you.
Happiness is there when you remove the sense of something missing in your life.
When nothing is missing, your mind shuts down and stops running into the past of future to regret something or to plan something.
Every positive thought even has a seed of a negative thought within it and vice versa, which is why a lot of greatness in life comes out of suffering.
The fewer desires I can have, the more I can accept the current state of things, the less my mind is moving, because the mind really exists in motion towards the future or the past.
Nature has no concept of happiness or unhappiness.
Reality has no judgments.
You’re born, you have a whole set of sensory experiences and stimulations, and then you die. How you choose to interpret them is up to you – you have that choice.
Happiness is a choice. If you believe it’s a choice, you can start working on it.
There are no external forces affecting your emotions – as much as it may feel that way.
Life is just the way it is. When you accept that, you have no cause to be happy or unhappy.
Every second you have on this planet is very precious, and it’s your responsibility to make sure you’re happy and interpreting everything in the best possible way.
I don’t care about things that don’t really matter.
I really value my time on this earth.
Happiness, love, and passion… aren’t things you find – they’re choices you make.
Happiness is a choice you make and a skill you develop.
Memory and identity are burdens from the past preventing us from living freely in the present.
Anticipation for our vices pulls us into the future.
Enlightenment is the space between your thoughts.
What if this is the paradise we were promised, and we’re just squandering it?
Happiness is more about peace than it is about joy.
As long as I have my thoughts, I can’t have my peace.
The most common mistake for humanity is believing you’re going to be made happy because of some external circumstance.
You’re meant to do something.
You should self actualize.
You should do what you are meant to do.
The fundamental delusion: There is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever.
Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.
I try not to have more than one big desire in my life at any given time.
Younger people are less happy but more healthy. Older people are more happy but less healthy.
By the time people realize they have enough money, they’ve lost their time and their health.
Confucius says you have two lives, and the second begins when you realize you only have one.
All real success is internal and has very little to do with external circumstances.
To me, the real winners are the ones who step out of the game.
Winning or losing does not matter to them.
Peace is not a guarantee. It’s always flowing. It’s always changing.
You can get almost anything you want out of life, as long as it’s one thing and you want it far more than anything else.
Peace is happiness at rest, and happiness is peace in motion.
We are such social creatures, we’re externally programmed and driven.
The reality is life is a single-player game. You’re born alone. You’re going to die alone. All of your interpretations are alone. All your memories are alone.
Jealousy faded away because I don’t want to be anybody else.
Peace and happiness are skills.
A lot of it is conditioning from your environment, but you can un-condition and recondition yourself.
When working, surround yourself with people more successful than you.
It’s all trial and error. Did that work for you?
You literally have to try all of these things until you find something that works for you.
You can build good habits.
You have to go through your life replacing your thoughtless bad habits with good ones.
You are a combination of your habits and the people who you spend the most time with.
Don’t hang around people who constantly engage in conflict.
When we get something, we assume the world owes it to us.
Happiness is a skill you develop and a choice you make.
You decide it’s important to you.
Just being very aware in every moment.
I always look for the positive side.
Happiness Habits: I try to get more sunlight on my skin.
Happiness Habits: Catching desire
Is this so important to me I’ll be unhappy unless this goes my way?
Happiness Habits: Dropping caffeine
Happiness Habits: Working out every day
The world reflects your own feelings back at you.
Use meditation, music, and exercise to reset your mood.
All screen activities are linked to less happiness.
How much of [your] day is spent doing things out of obligation rather than out of interest?
It’s the news’ job to make you anxious and angry.
Positive sum games create positive people.
Sunlight, exercise, positive thinking, and tryptophan increase serotonin.
First you know it.
Then, you understand it.
Then, you can explain it.
Then, you can feel it.
Finally, you are it.
Three choices in life:
You can change it
You can accept it
You can leave it
To be okay whatever the outcome is.
To step back and see the grander scheme of things
The sooner you can accept it as reality, the sooner you can adapt to it.
Looking at previous bits of suffering.
What is the positive of this situation?
The universe is going to teach me something now.
One big hack: embracing death
When you look at your death and you acknowledge it, rather than running away from it, it’ll bring great meaning to your life.
There is no legacy. There’s nothing to leave.
Your life is a firefly blink in the night.
You’re going to die one day, and none of this is going to matter. So enjoy yourself.
Project some love. Appreciate the moment. And do your work.
Ultimately, you have to take responsibility. Save yourself.
All you should do is what you want to do.
No one in the world is going to beat you at being you.
Listen and absorb, but don’t try to emulate.
Find the people, business, project, or art that needs you the most.
To make an original contribution, you have to be irrationally obsessed with something.
My number one priority in life, above my happiness, above my family, above my work, is my own health.
We’re meant to have some cold exposure. It kickstarts your immune system.
We’re not meant to check our phone every five minutes.
We evolved for scarcity but live in abundance.
When everyone is sick, we no longer consider it a disease.
If bacteria won’t eat it, should you?
When it comes to medicine and nutrition, subtract before you add.
The more processed the food, the less one should consume.
The daily morning workout [has] made me feel healthier, younger. It’s madef me not go out late.
“I don’t have time” is just another way of saying “It’s not a priority.”
To stay flexible is to stay young.
The best workout for you is one you’re excited enough to do every day.
Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.
If you make the easy choices right now, your overall life will be a lot harder.
Your breath is one of the few places where your autonomic nervous system meets your voluntary nervous system.
Relaxed breathing tells your body you’re safe. It can reroute resources to the rest of your body.
We’re constantly clothed, fed, and warm. Our bodies have lost touch with the cold. The cold is important because it can activate the immune system.
Most of our suffering comes from avoidance.
Meditation is intermittent fasting for the mind.
What I find is 90 percent of thoughts I have are fear-based. THe other 10 percent may be desire-based.
Just sit there and close your eyes for at least one hour a day.
What happens in meditation is you’re sitting there ant not resisting your mind.
Now you’re an adult with some distance, time, and space from previous events, and you can just resolve them. You can be much more objective.
If you can get a free hour of bliss every morning just by sitting and closing your eyes, that is worth its weight in gold.
Meditation isn’t hard. All you have to do is sit there and do nothing. Just sit down.
If thoughts come, thoughts come.
The attraction of drugs is spiritual.
The advantage of meditation is recognizing just how out of control your mind is.
Why am I fantasy-future planning?
Do I really need to solve this problem right now?
When a particular problem arises, I’ll immerse myself in it.
The ability to singularly focus is related to the ability to lose youself and be present, happy, and more effective.
I am more than the monkey mind.
You’re a level of awareness.
Modern humans, we don’t live enough in our bodies. We don’t live enough in our awareness. We live too much in this internal monologue of our heads.
We should control our own moods. Why don’t we study how to control our moods?
Meditation is turning society off and listening to yourself.
The greatest superpower is the ability to change yourself.
When you’re thirty, what advice would you give your twenty-year-old self?
Anger and emotions are a huge, completely unnecessary consequence.
To have peace of mind, you have to have peace of body first.
At any given time, I’m either trying to pick up a good habit or discard a previous bad habit. It takes time.
You should always be internally ready for a complete change.
If you really desire something, you just go do it.
I say I want to do this, but I don’t really because if I really wanted to do it, I would just do it.
When you really want to change, you just change.
At least recognize it, be aware of it, and give yourself a smaller change that you can actually carry out.
Impatience with action, patience with results.
Anything you have to do, just get it done.
Set up systems, not goals. Use your judgment to figure out what kinds of environments you can thrive in, and then create an environment around you so you’re statistically likely to succeed.
The clever brain can choose its upcoming environment.
I just stay on the basics.
I read concepts for fun.
I have to stick to what I enjoy.
Science, to me, is the study of truth and mathematics is the language of science and nature.
The returns in life are being out of the herd.
Social approval is inside the herd.
Everyone is motivated at something. It just depends on the thing.
Motivation is relative, so you just have to find the thing you’re into.
Read everything you can.
Develop a love for it.
There’s no such thing as junk.
Eventually, you’ll guide yourself to the things that you should and want to be reading.
Persuasion is an actual skill. So you can learn it, and it’s not that hard to do so.
Mathematics is a foundational language of nature.
Nature speaks in mathematics.
Be aware there are no “adults.” Everyone makes it up as they go along.
Now, the freedom I’m looking for is internal freedom. It’s “freedom from.”
If you hurt other people because they have expectations of you, that’s their problem. If they have an agreement with you, it’s your problem.
Courage is not caring what other people think.
Value your time. It is all you have.
As long as you’re doing what you want, it’s not a waste of your time.
Don’t spend your time making other people happy.
You are not responsible for making other people happy.
Anger is a way to signal as strongly as you can to the other party you’re capable of violence.
Anger is a contract you make with yourself to be in physical and mental and emotional turmoil until reality changes.
Anger is it’s own punishment.
People who live far below their means enjoy a freedom that people busy upgrading their lifestyles can’t fathom.
To me, the mind should be a servant and a tool, not a master. My monkey mind should not control and drive me 24/7.
I want to break the habit of uncontrolled thining.
A busy mind accelerates the passage of subjective time.
The modern struggle: Lone individuals, up against armies of scientists
What is the meaning and purpose of life?
It’s personal… find your own meaning.
There is no meaning.
You have to create your own meaning.
Before you were born, you didn’t care… After death, you just don’t care either.
in physics, the arrow of time comes from entropy.
disorder in the universe only goes up.
Humans locally reverse entropy because we have action.
Therefore, we’re all one thing. We’re essentially indistinguishable.
Honesty is a core value. I want to be able to just be me.
Before you can lie to another, you must first lie to yourself.
All benefits in life come from compound interest.
I only want to work on things I know have long-term payout.
I don’t believe in anger anymore.
If their values lined up, the little things wouldn’t matter.
To find a worthy mate, be worthy of a worthy mate.
The moment you have a child… it answers the meaning of life.
You values inherently become a lot less selfish.
The older the question, the older the answers.
I have to reject all the pieces I can’t verify for myself.
Make yourself happier, better off, more present and in control of your emotions – being a better human being.
Try everything, test it for yourself, be skeptical, keep what’s useful, and discard what’s not.
Wisdom is the discarding of vices and the return to virtue, by way of knowledge.
Wisdom: Understanding the long-term consequences of your actions.
There is actually nothing but this moment.
Literally the only thing that exists is this exact point where you are in space at the exact time you happen to be here.
Any moment is perfectly unique.
You’re dying and being reborn at every moment. It’s up to you whether to forget or remember that.
Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now, and we will never be here again.
Homer, The Iliad
The best book is the one you’ll devour.