• "The modern devil is cheap dopamine."
  • "The things you own end up owning you."
  • “We are hunters; we are only truly alive in those moments when we improvise; no schedule, just small surprises and stimuli from the environment.”
  • "It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?"
  • "Home is the place where there is no friction."
  • "Beware of the tyranny of the trivial."
  • "We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions."
  • "You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results."
  • "Habits begin as cobwebs and end up as chains."
  • "You’re spending time to save money when you should be spending money to save time."
  • "Go slow to go fast."
  • "Less is more."
  • “All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.​”
  • "Abundant time trumps abundant goods."
  • "You don't habituate to the things you love."
  • "Silence is a great canvas for your thoughts. That vacuum helps turn all of your inputs into output. That lack of interruption helps you flow."
  • "The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."
  • "Stay hungry, stay foolish."
  • "Part of waking up is that you live your life as you see fit. And understand: That is not selfish. The selfish thing is to demand that someone else live their life as YOU see fit. That’s selfish."
  • “If it costs you your peace, it’s too expensive.”
  • "Spend your money where you spend your time."
  • “These walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That's institutionalized.”
  • "For everything, use boredom in place of a clock, as a biological wristwatch, though under constraints of politeness."
  • "The only person you need to be better than is the person you were yesterday."
  • "It's easier to change yourself than to change the world."
  • "All the best, happiest, and most creatively productive times in my life have something in common: being disconnected. No internet. No TV. No phone. No people. Long uninterrupted solitude."
  • "(T)he two things I can’t do without for long are solitude and silence."
  • "Highs that don’t lead to subsequent lows: meditation, gratitude, prayer, journaling, unconditional love; yoga, exercise, play, nature walks; creating art, reading for fun, singing, poetry; practicing a craft, pursuing curiosity, work done for its own sake, flow."
  • "The price of productivity is creativity."
  • "Social media is a force multiplier for mass hysteria and mass greed."
  • "A heuristic on whether you have control of your life: can you take naps?"
  • "If you know, in the morning, what your day looks like with any precision, you are a little bit dead – the more precision, the more dead you are."
  • "For a classicist, a competitive athlete is painful to look at; trying hard to become an animal rather than a man, he will never be as fast as a cheetah or as strong as an ox."
  • "No one wants the burden of being the answer to your dissatisfaction."
  • "Many things seem great in theory, but are not in practice."
  • "Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor."
  • "We are born knowing that life is a magical adventure and it takes them decades to train us to believe otherwise."