Top 21 Quotes from my 2019 Reading List

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This year, I’ve had the pleasure of listening and reading over 50 books. Here are some of the best quotes without any particular order.

Surround yourself with people who remind you more of your future than your past. 

— Dan Sullivan

Over the years, I’ve learned that a confident person doesn’t concentrate or focus on their weaknesses — they maximize their strengths

 — Joyce Meyer

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action 

— Benjamin Disraeli

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.


For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.

— Tim Ferris

Success isn’t that difficult; it merely involves taking twenty steps in a singular direction. Most people take one step in twenty directions.

― Benjamin Hardy

Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.

― Greg Mckeown, Essentialism

There should be no shame in admitting to a mistake; after all, we really are only admitting that we are now wiser than we once were.”

― Greg McKeown, Essentialism

Today, technology has lowered the barrier for others to share their opinion about what we should be focusing on. It is not just information overload; it is opinion overload. ― Greg McKeown

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. 

— Doug Firebaugh

No is a complete sentence.

 — Anne Lamott

You have two lives. The second one begins when you realize you only have one. 

― Confucius

A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts, so he loses touch with reality and lives in a world of illusions. 

— Alan Watts

When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win 

— Bill Bradley

Show the readers everything, tell them nothing.”

― Ernest Hemingway

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

― Anton Chekhov

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.

— Steve Jobs

Instead of trying to build a brick wall, lay a brick every day. Eventually, you’ll look up and you’ll have a brick wall.

 — Nipsey Hussle

People who live far below their means enjoy a freedom that people busy upgrading their lifestyles can’t fathom.

— Naval Ravikant

The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.

— Henry Ford

Today is brutal, tomorrow is more brutal, but the day after tomorrow is beautiful. However, the majority of people will die tomorrow night.

— Jack Ma