Favourite Quotes

These are some of my favourite quotes (/sentences that I can repeat to others to make myself sound wise) about human behaviour, creativity, innovation, personal development, and writing.

People can maintain a belief, however absurd, if surrounded by a group of like-minded thinkers 

Daniel Kahneman

– Anything that’s in the world when you were born is normal and is just a natural part of the way the world works

– Anything that’s invented between when you’re 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it

– Anything that’s invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of the world

douglas adams

People don’t think how they feel, they don’t say what they think and they don’t do what they say

David Ogilvy

We don’t see people as they are. We see people as we are.

Anaïs Nin

Misconceptions disappear only if there is some equally simple but more relevant way of thinking to replace them

Hans Rosling

There are three diseases in life: Seriousness, Certainty, and Self-Importance

John Grinder

What we must remember above all in the education of our children is that their love of life should never weaken

Natalie Ginzberg

You are free to do whatever you want. You need only face the consequences

Sheldon Kopp

The trick to having good ideas is not to sit around in glorious isolation and try to think big thoughts. The trick is to get more parts on the table

Steven Johnson

We don’t know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we do not get them from our laptops

John Cleese

To be creative in one part of your life, you need every other part of your life to be stable

Robert Colvile

Chance favors the connected mind

Steven Johnson

The purpose of looking to the future is to disturb the present. It is only by being disturbed that we stand a better chance of shaping the future rather than being its victims

Gaston Berger

If you’re not looking forward five years and wondering how you’ll remain competitive, you’re looking backwards

ERIC schmidt

I very frequently get the question: ‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’ I almost never get the question: ‘What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?’ And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two.

Jeff Bezos

We study history not to know the future but to widen our horizons, to understand that our present situation is neither natural nor inevitable, and that we consequently have many more possibility before us than we imagine

Yuval Noah Harari

Pave the Cowpaths

Dan Lockton

Everybody is just winging it

Oliver Burkeman

Nothing in life is as important as you think it is when you’re thinking about it 

Daniel Kahneman

Only assign yourself to a position when you can equally argue the opposite view

Dan Dennett

Anything worth doing takes time

Mos Def

Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.

Angela Duckworth

You will be the same person in five years as you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read

Charlie Jones

We are the sum of all people we have ever met; you change the tribe and the tribe changes you


To be interesting, be interested

Dale Carnegie

Be there where you are


Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity

simone weil

Being busy isn’t cool

tyler ward

If you’ve got a totally scheduled life, then there’s not much time to think about other people

sally phillips

That stuff that gets in the way of living your life? That’s your life


You can commute through life, believing everyone is getting in your way, or cruise through life, appreciating everything that’s in your immediacy

Rob walker

Where you focus your attention defines who you are

Ruby Wax

‘The defining characteristic that sets the massively successful apart is simply the belief that they are capable of achieving what they want.’

Craig Shapiro

The map is not the territory

Alfred Korzybski

Begin with the end in mind

Stephen Covey

It’s amazing what can be achieved when no-one minds who gets the credit

Howard Wilkinson

Humans dominate the planet not because the individual human is far smarter and more nimble-fingered that the individual chimp, but because it is the only species on Earth capable of co-operating flexibly in large numbers

Yuval Noah Harari

It’s better to be a launchpad than a retirement home

David Hieatt

Writing stories boils down to two things – paying attention to how real people around you behave, and then telling the truth about what you see

Stephen King

The scariest moment is always just before you start

Stephen King

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