29 Stillness is the Key Quotes I Ryan Holiday

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Book – Stillness is The Key (Quotes)

Author – Ryan Holiday

Genre – Self- help Book

Published in – 2019

Ryan defines Stillness this way – To be steady while the world spins around you. To act without frenzy. To hear only what needs to be heard. To possess quietude— exterior and interior—on command.

Here are 29 inspiring quotes from the book.

1. “Only those of us who take the time to explore, to question, to conclude the consequences of our desires have an opportunity to overcome them and to stop regrets before they start. Only they know that real pleasure lies in having a soul that’s true and stable, happy and secure”

2. “That space between your ears—that’s yours. You don’t just have to control what gets in, you also have to control what goes on in there. You have to protect it from yourself, from your own thoughts”

3. “Work done for a reward is much lower than work done in the Yoga of wisdom. Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward. Work not for the reward; but never cease to do thy work” — THE BHAGAVAD GITA

4. “The world is like muddy water. To see through it, we have to let things settle. We can’t be disturbed by initial appearances, and if we are patient and still, the truth will be revealed to us”

5. “Solitude allows you to reflect while others are reacting. We need solitude to refocus on prospective decision-making, rather than just reacting to problems as they arise”

6. “The greatest misfortune is to not know contentment. The word calamity is the desire to acquire. And so those who know the contentment of contentment are always content” – – The Daodejing

7. “I force my mind to concentrate, and keep it from straying to things outside itself; all outdoors may be chaos, provided that there is no disturbance within” – SENECA

8. “This is what the best journals look like. They aren’t for the reader. They are for the writer. To slow the mind down. To wage peace with oneself”

9. “To have an impulse and to resist it, to sit with it and examine it, to let it pass by like a bad smell—this is how we develop spiritual strength”

10. “Stillness is not an excuse to withdraw from the affairs of the world. Quite the opposite—it’s a tool to let you do more good for more people”

11. “Make what you can of what you have been given. Live what can be lived. That’s what excellence is. That’s what presence makes possible”

12. “To hold the mind still is an enormous discipline, one which must be faced with the greatest commitment of your life” – Garry Shandling

13. “Confidence is the freedom to set your own standards and unshackle yourself from the need to prove yourself”

14. “Knowing what not to think about. What to ignore and not to do. It’s your first and most important job” – Thich Nhat Hanh

15. “Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it” – Collin Powell

16. “The health of our spiritual ideals depends on what we do with our bodies in moments of truth”

17. “All of humanity’s problems, stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone” – Blaise Pascal

18. “If you wish to improve, be content to appear clueless or stupid in unimportant matters” – Epictetus

19. “It’s not that we need to believe that God is great, only that God is greater than us” – Nassim Taleb

20. “A person enslaved to their urges is not free—whether they are a plumber or the president”

21. “Living outside your means is not glamorous. Behind the appearances, it’s exhausting”

22. “The gentleman makes things his servants. The petty man is servant to things” – Xunzi

23. “If the mind is disciplined, the heart turns quickly from fear to love” – John Cage

24. “An envious man pains himself as though he were an enemy” – Democritus

25. “Nothing is enough for the man, to whom enough is too little” – Epicurus

26. “People who don’t read have no advantage over those who cannot read”

27. “When we know what to say no to, we can say yes to the things that matter”

28. “We must be disciplined about our discipline and moderate in our moderation”

29. “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention” —HERBERT SIMON

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27 Quotes from The Obstacle is The Way By Ryan Holiday

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Book – The Obstacle is the Way (Quotes)

Author – Ryan Holiday

Genre – Self – Help

Published – 2014

The Obstacle is the Way written by Ryan Holiday is of ruthless pragmatism and stories that illustrate relentless persistence. Author has divided an Obstacle in three parts – Perception, Action, and Will. He has explained each with engaging and inspiring anecdotes.

The book is not only full of insights, but also full of quotes and lines that will inspire and reinstate your gusto about things you are working on.

Here are 27 quotes for overcoming life’s obstacle.

1. “Setbacks or problems are always expected and never permanent. Making certain that what impedes us can empower us.

2. “The Obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our conditions”

3. “What matters most is not what these obstacles are; but how we see them, how we react to them, and whether we keep our composure”

4. “Choose not to be harmed – and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed – and you haven’t been” – Marcus Aurelius

5. “There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means. We decide what story to tell ourselves. Or whether we will tell one at all”

6. “Don’t forget, there are always people out there looking to get you. The want to intimidate you. Rattle you. Pressure you into making a decision before you’ve gotten all the facts. They want you thinking and acting on their terms, not yours”

7. “When you worry, ask yourself, ‘what am I choosing to not see right now? What important things are you missing because you chose worry over introspection, alertness or wisdom? Put it another way “Does getting upset provide you with more options?”

8. “Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant” – Victor Frankl

9. “The difference between the right and the wrong perspective is everything. Though of course we don’t control reality, our perceptions do influence it”

10. “There is good in everything, if only we look for it” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

11. “Problems are rarely as bad as we think – or rather, they are precisely as bad as we think

12. “A clearer head makes for steadier hands”

13. “Persist and Resist” Persist in your effort. Resist giving in to distraction, discouragement, or disorder” – Epictetus

14. “Your first attempts aren’t going to work. It’s going to take a lot out of you – But energy is an asset we can always find more of. It’s a renewable resource. Stop looking for an epiphany, and start looking for weak points. Stop looking for angels, and start looking for angles”

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15. ” Failure is a Feature. Failure really can be an asset if what you’re trying to do is improve, learn, or do something new”

16. ” In a world where we increasingly work for ourselves, are responsible for ourselves, it makes sense to view ourselves like a start-up – A start-up of ONE”

17″ Like any good school, learning from failure isn’t free. The tuition is paid in discomfort or loss and having to start over”

18. “Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s definition of Stoics. “Transforms fear in to prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes in to initiation and desire into undertaking”

19. “Don’t think small, but make the distinction between the critical and the extra. Think Progress, not Perfection”

20. “Don’t give in to adversity, not to trust prosperity, and always take full note of fortune’s habit of behaving just as she pleases” – SENECA

21. “What we can’t do is control the world around us – not as much as we’d like to, anyway. We might perceive things well, then act rightly, and fail anyway. Note this though. Nothing can ever prevent us from trying. Ever”

22. ” Certain things in life will cut you open like a knife. When, that happens – at that exposing moment – the world gets a glimpse of what’s truly inside of you. So what will be revealed when you’re sliced open by tension and pressure? Iron? Or air? Or bullshit?

23. “It’s much easier to control our perceptions and emotions than it is to give our desire to control other people and events”

24. “We don’t get to choose what happens to us, but we can always choose how we feel about it. And why on earth would you choose to feel anything but good?”

25. “Persistence is an action. Perseverance is a matter of will. One is energy. The other, endurance.

26. ” We don’t control the barriers or the people who put them there. But we control ourselves – and that is sufficient”

27. ” Behind mountains are more mountains” One does not overcome an obstacle to enter the land of no obstacles. – Haitian Proverb.

Hope these quotes inspired you in someway and push you to act on your dreams.

Feel free to share this post with everyone you feel will be benefited from these encouraging words.

I have also written review of this book, you may want to check out. The Obstacle is the way Review.

Do share your favorite quote in comment whether from above or any other quote you look up to in your down time. I would love to hear from you.

Wish you a great strength to handle all the obstacle you may face in your journey to greatness.