- The quickest way to progress from A to B is not to work the hardest.
- It’s easier to prevent pain than to squelch it (literally and figuratively).
- Where you start makes a big difference in where you end up.
- By giving something up, we gain.
- When we give more to ourselves, we can ask more from ourselves.
- The biggest waste of time is to do well something that we need not do at all.
- Never forget how easy it is to forget.
- Well begun is half-done.
- Don’t expect to be motivated by motivation.
- To keep going, we sometimes need to allow ourselves to stop.
- Self-regard isn’t selfish.
- Starting over is often harder than starting the first time.
The opposite of a profound truth is also true, and often, the search for happiness means embracing both sides of a contradiction. “Begin now” and “Wait.” “Keep an empty shelf” and “Keep a junk drawer.” “Accept myself” and “Expect more from myself.”
- It’s very hard to make things easier.
- Material desires have a spiritual aspect.
- Hell is other people. Heaven is ofver people.
- Things often get harder before they get easer.
- What we assume will be temporary often becomes permanent; what we assume is permanent often proves temporary.
- It’s easier to keep up than to catch up.
- Always say hello.
- Never let your car’s gas level fall into the “empty” zone.
- Bring a sweater.
- Just because something is fun for someone else doesn’t make it fun for you— and vice versa.
- Soap and water remove most stains.
- We’re more like other people than we suppose, and we’reless like other people than we suppose.
Most decisions don’t require extensive research
— Gretchen Rubin