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Thoughts, Anecdotes, Notes, and Quotes | The Art of Living

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

“Surrealist painter Salvador Dali like Thomas Edison, also used a nap and the clatter of an object falling from his hand to tap into his diffuse-mode creative perspectives.”

— Barbara Oakley, A Mind For Numbers

“If you don’t know what you are doing wrong, you can never know what you are doing right.”

— Chen Xinhua, Bounce

“If you tell me how you get your feeling of importance, I’ll tell you what you are. That determines your character.”

— Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

“The deepest urge in human nature is ‘the desire to be important.'”

— John Dewey, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Moral Licensing: “The subconscious phenomenon whereby increased confidence and security in one’s self-image or self-concept tends to make that individual worry less about the consequences of subsequent immoral behavior and, therefore, more likely to make immoral choices and act immorally.”

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