My Favorite Quotes from "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck"

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In my first post, I mentioned a few quotes from Manson's "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck." I'd like to share the rest of my favorites with you now. Comment below with your own favorites if you've read it or let me now if you're considering picking it up. If it isn't already obvious, I highly recommend it...

"This is why not giving a f*ck is so key. This is why it’s going to save the world. And it’s going to save it by accepting that the world is totally f*cked and that’s all right, because it’s always been that way, and always will be." Pg. 8

"Wanting positive experience is a negative experience; accepting a negative experience is a positive experience." Pg. 9

"You will never be happy if you continue to search for happiness. You will never live your life is you continue to search for the meaning of life." - Albert Camus Pg. 10

"Happiness is not a solvable equation." Pg. 26

"The solution of one problem is merely the creation of the next one." Pg. 30

"What are you willing to struggle for?" Pg. 36

"We get to choose what pain means to and for us." Pg. 105-106

"While it’s easy to get hung up on our cards, and feel we got screwed over, the real game lies in the choices we make with those cards, the risks we decided to take, and the consequences we choose to live with." Pg. 109

"It really is simple. It’s just not easy." Pg. 113 (on changing values and changing your ideas about what to give a f*ck about.)

"Noticing flaws of your past means you have grown." (Bottom paragraph summary, Pg. 116)
"Growth is an endlessly iterative process." Pg. 117

"Certainty is the enemy of growth." Pg. 119

"There is little that is unique or special about your problems. That’s why letting go is so liberating." Pg. 140

"Instead, measure yourself by more mundane identities: a student, a partner, a friend, a creator. The narrower and rarer the identity you choose for yourself, the more everything will seem to threaten you." Pg. 140

"Improvement at anything is based on thousands of tiny failures, and the magnitude of your success is based on how many times you’ve failed at something." Pg. 150

"Growth generates happiness." (summarized, pg. 152)

"I failed to separate what I felt from what was." Pg. 157 ("Why can’t I talk to women? Just talk to them." In summary, simple questions turning into existential riddles.)

"Life is about not knowing and then doing something anyway." Pg. 158

"Absolute freedom, by itself, means nothing." Pg. 165

"The act of choosing a value for yourself requires rejecting alternative values." Pg. 170

"We all must give a f*ck about something in order to value something." Pg. 171

"Depth is where the gold is buried." Pg. 189

"Death is the light by which the shadow of all life’s meaning is measured." Pg. 195

"A man who lives fully is prepared to die at anytime." Pg. 204

"There is nothing to be afraid of: ever." Pg. 208


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