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

“The Deep Work Hypothesis: The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”

— Cal Newport, Deep Work

“Nothing will work in all cases – and nothing will work with all people. If you are satisfied with the results you are now getting, why change? If you are not satisfied, why not experiment?”

— Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

“Fixed schedule productivity is a meta-habit that’s simple to adopt but broad in its impact. If you have to choose just one behaviour that reorients your focus toward the deep, this one should be high on your list of opportunities.”

— Cal Newport, Deep Work

“Never ask advice of someone with whom you wouldn’t want to trade places.”

— Darren Hardy, The Compound Effect

[ To understand where a task fits on the shallow-to-deep scale ask a simple question: ] “How long would it take (in months) to train a smart, recent college graduate with no specialised training in my field to complete this task?”

— Cal Newport, Deep Work