Welcome to TANQ.

The Art of Living‘s library of Thoughts, Anecdotes, Notes and Quotes.

TANQ is a growing central library of thoughts, anecdotes, notes and quotes that I come across during my life and learning. It was originally inspired by Ryan Holiday’s excellent article on “How and Why to Keep a Commonplace Book“.

As time goes by I’ll be developing TANQ to make it easier to explore, filter and share its contents right here on The Art of Living.

For now, here’s a snapshot from the inside:

Latest Entries

“Most bullies have themselves been bullied, and they despise kids who remind them of their own vulnerability.”

— Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps The Score

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”

— Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps The Score

“You can be fully in charge of your life only if you can acknowledge the reality of your body, in all its visceral dimensions.”

— Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps The Score

“You will not improve as a reader if all you read are books that are well within your capacity. You must tackle books that are beyond you, or, as we have said, books that are over your head.”

— Mortimer J. Adler, Charles van Doren, How to Read a Book

“One of the most remarkable things about the great philosophical books is that they ask the same sort of profound questions that children ask.”

— Mortimer J. Adler, Charles van Doren, How to Read a Book

Random Entries

There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Even before we received our first praise of blame for our first report card, we were loved or ignored for how well we performed our very first actions. From this pattern, one basic message came across loud, clear and often: you are a good person and worthy of respect only if you do things successfully.”

— W. Timothy Gallwey, The Inner Game of Tennis

“Write out exactly what your project is supposed to be and to do in …
One sentence.
One paragraph.
One page.
This is a ___ that does ___. This helps people ___.”

— Ryan Holiday, Perennial Seller

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming genuinely interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

— Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

“Between stimulus and response, man has the freedom to choose.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People