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The Subtle Art of not Giving a Fuck – Mark Manson

  • Either you are or you are not. And if you’re dreaming of something all the time, then you’re reinforcing the same unconscious reality over and over that you are not that.
  • That is why not giving the fuck 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 fucked up and that’s all right, because it’s always been that way and always will be.
  • The desire or more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.
  • The more you desperately want to be happy and loved , the lonelier and more afraid you become, regardless of those who surround you. The more you want tobe spiritually enlightened, the more self-centered and shallow you become in trying to get there.
  • If pursuing the positive is negative, then pursuing the negative generates the positive.
  • They give a fuck about what everyone thinks of their ideas, so they hide behind sarcasm and self-righteoussnark
  • We realize how little attention people pay to the superficial details about us, and we choose not to obsess so much over them.
  • After all the only way to overcome pain is to first learn how to bear it.
  • Sure making a lot of money makes you feel good, but it won’t makes your kid love you.
  • What you consider friendship is really just your constant attempts to impress people.
  • We suffer for the simple reason that suffering is biologically useful.
  • True happiness occurs only when you finds the problems you enjoy having and solving them.
  • Decision making based on emotional intuition without the aid of reason to keep it in line, pretty much always suck.
  • Whatever makes you happy today will no longer makes us happy tomorrow because our biology always needs something more. A fixation happiness inevitably amounts to a never-ending pursuit of something else.
  • When you feel them, it’s because you’re supposed to do something. Positive emotions on the other hand are rewards for taking the proper action.
  • With great responsibility comes great power.
  • The more we choose to accept responsibility in our lives, the more power we will exercise in our lives.
  • You will have a growing appreciation for life’s basic experiences: the pleasures of simple friendships, creating something, helping a person in need, reading a good book, laughing with someone you care about.
    Sounds boring, doesn’t it? That’s because the things are ordinary. But maybe they’re ordinary for a reason because they are what actually matters.
  • The more freedom we’re given to express ourselves, the more we want to be free of having to deal with anyone who may disagree with us or upset us.
  • Either they’re on top of the world or the world is top of them, depending on the day of the week, or how well they’re doing with their particular addiction at that moment.