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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

“If we believe that attaining excellence hinges on talent, we are likely to give up if we show insufficient promise.”

— Matthew Syed, Bounce

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

— Confucius, The Analects

“Whenever you find yourself avoiding something you know you should be doing, then the only thing to ask yourself is, “What’s in it for me?” Be a little greedy. It’s the best cure for laziness.”

— Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad

“You must have a good time meeting people if you expect them to have a good time meeting you.”

— Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

“It’s not that I don’t know what to do, it’s that I don’t do what I know!”

— W. Timothy Gallwey, The Inner Game of Tennis