For a few years now I’ve been documenting what I call “flashes of insight” in my notes app. Re-reading them just now made me think I should share them. So.. I present you with my a list of insights and quotes from 2020.
Some of these are self-explanatory, while others may confuse you out of context. I’ve notated the source where possible, and the dates reflect the day I recorded the insight.
There is no past and no future; no one has ever entered those two imaginary kingdoms. There is only the present.Tolestoy
The most courageous decision that you can make each day is to be in a good mood.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.Voltaire and Rilke, respectively
And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.― Kurt Vonnegut From A Man Without a Country
Give up the WarSam Harris
Poker face. Accept. Be.
Get rid of shit you don’t need.
Let go. completely.
This egolessness, which is the key to being authentic is a battle.Garry Shandling
You can’t teach tenacitySam Hollander
There are two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. And the other is as if everything is a miracle.Einstein – Neri Oxman’s favorite quote – from Abstract on Netflix
A well-flowing life is when we wish for what is going to happen not what we want to happenEpictetus
The Straightforward and good person should be like a smelly goat — you know when they are in the room with youMarcus Aurelius
While pain is inevitable, suffering is a choice – everything is fucked.Mark Manson
That being so, so whatJerry Colonna – Reboot
What makes all of life complicated, and not just hard, is this unwillingness to do the work that’s ours to do her unwillingness to live the examined life.Jerry Colonna – Reboot
What if being lost is part of the path? RebootJerry Colonna – Reboot
Don’t mistake motion for meaningJerry Colonna – Reboot
Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.Anne Lamott
Three pillars of happiness: regular exercise, mediation, and constant pursuit of purpose.Bob Weir – GQ article
Life ultimately means taking responsibility to find the right answers to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for the individualViktor Frankl – Man’s search for Meaning.
There is only one thing i dread: not to be worthy of my sufferingsDostoevski
Comparison is deathLiz Gilbert Magic Lessons Podcast
It just doesn’t matterTripper from Meatballs (Bill Murray)
The vitality in life is staying a verbMark Rohn? Poet on magic lessons podcast – unsure
If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.William Feather
Any talent you do not use becomes a burdenLiz Gilbert