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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

“Happiness is a mental habit, a mental attitude, and if it is not learned and practiced in the present it is never experienced. It cannot be made contingent upon solving some external problem. When one problem is solved, another appears to take its place. Life is a series of problems. If you are to be happy at all, you must be happy – period! Not happy “because of”.”

— Maxwell Maltz, Psycho-Cybernetics

“Our present state of self-confidence and poise is the result of what we have “experienced” rather than what we have learned intellectually.”

— Maxwell Maltz, Psycho-Cybernetics

“The “Success-type” personality is composed of: S-ense of direction U—nderstanding C-ourage C-harity E-steem S-elf-Confidence S-elf-Acceptance.”

— Maxwell Maltz, Psycho-Cybernetics

“He must have a burning desire to solve the problem. But after he has defined the problem sees in his imagination the desired end result secured all the information and facts that he can then additional struggling fretting and worrying over it does not help but seems to hinder the solution.”

— Maxwell Maltz, Psycho-Cybernetics

“Adopt the motto—”It doesn’t matter who’s right, but what’s right.”

— Maxwell Maltz, Psycho-Cybernetics

Random Entries

“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”

— Alan Turing

“Believe that you can and you’re halfway there.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

“There are two major obstacles to making and closing any sale. They are both mental. They are the fear of failure and the fear of rejection.”

— Brian Tracy, The Psychology of Selling

“Love doesn’t keep a score of wrongs. Love doesn’t bring up past failures. None of us is perfect. In marriage we do not always do the right thing. We have sometimes done and said hurtful things to our spouses. We cannot erase the past. We can only confess it and agree that it was wrong. We can ask for forgiveness and try to act differently in the future. Having confessed my failure and asked forgiveness, I can do nothing more to mitigate the hurt it may have caused my spouse. When I have been wronged by my spouse and she has painfully confessed it and requested forgiveness, I have the option of justice or forgiveness. If I choose justice and seek to pay her back or make her pay for her wrongdoing, I am making myself the judge and her the felon. Intimacy becomes impossible. If, however, I choose to forgive, intimacy can be restored. Forgiveness is the way of love.”

— Gary Chapman, The 5 Love Languages

“Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbour’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.”

— Confucious, How to Win Friends and Influence People