• "Play iterated games. All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest."
  • “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.”
  • “The more you know, the less you diversify.”
  • “To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.”
  • "The reason to win the game is so that you can be free of it."
  • "10,000 iterations, not 10,000 hours."
  • "Experience plus intelligence equals wisdom."
  • “What the pupil must learn, if he learns anything at all, is that the world will do most of the work for you, provided you cooperate with it by identifying how it really works and aligning with those realities. If we do not let the world teach us, it teaches us a lesson.”
  • "Lying is the foundation of all crimes and follies."
  • "The fundamental delusion — there is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever.”
  • "The source of wisdom is pain."
  • "Hope is the belief that this moment isn’t good enough."
  • "Learning to enjoy being alone is a superpower."
  • "Actions, not words, reveal our real values."
  • "Cocktail parties are more useful than classrooms."
  • "Those who have a ‘why’, can bear almost any ‘how'."
  • "The only way is through."
  • "Want a wonderful spouse, to be rich, and well-liked?  Deserve it."
  • "We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we have only one."
  • "Your first reaction is usually outdated."
  • “The imagination of the genius vastly surpasses his intellect; the intellect of the academic vastly surpasses his imagination.”
  • “You have a real life if and only if you do not compete with anyone in any of your pursuits."
  • "If you're not seeking approval, they have no power."
  • "You can’t awaken someone who is pretending to be asleep."
  • "The test of any good system is: you build a system, hand it over to your enemies to run for the next decade."
  • "Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
  • "Don’t take criticism from someone you wouldn’t take advice from."
  • "The problem is taking any one person’s advice too seriously. Ideally, asking advice should be like echolocation. Bounce ideas off of all of your surroundings, and listen to all the echoes to get the whole picture. Ultimately, only you know what to do, based on all the feedback you’ve received and all your personal nuances that no one else knows."
  • “In any situation in life, you only have three options. You always have three options. You can change it, you can accept it, or you can leave it. What is not a good option is to sit around wishing you would change it but not changing it, wishing you would leave it but not leaving it, and not accepting it. It's that struggle, that aversion, that is responsible for most of our misery. The phrase that I probably use the most to myself in my head is just one word: accept.”
  • “Every person you have ever met, every person you will pass in the street today, is going to die. Living long enough, each will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?”
  • "Never underestimate the laziness of your predecessors."
  • "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."
  • "Sacrifice is the giving of a value and expecting either nothing or something less in return."
  • "The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure."
  • “Don't fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
  • "We can't guarantee success, but we can deserve it."
  • "Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire."
  • "It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners."