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Top 11 Enlightening Quotes From the Most Mind-Opening book:Sapiens – The History of Mankind.

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I discovered Yuval Harari’s book: Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind, in one of my favorite Youtube channels: Alux.com. Alux’s wonderful description of the book in, 15 Books You Should Read This Summer, made me purchase it. I read the book, and I don’t regret buying it.

Sapiens is the best book I have read in 2018. The book narrates how man evolved, and makes you understand where our belief systems came from. It also provides mind-opening information about religion, political structures, and the importance of knowledge. From the book, I also learned the secrets of the most powerful nations and the main factors that enabled them to conquer the world.

The most powerful lesson I learned from the book is ‘KNOWLEDGE IS POWER,’ because knowledge was what enabled the Europeans to colonize the whole world.

I gathered the following insightful quotes from the book.

  1. “Buddha spent six years meditating on the essence, causes, and cures for human anguish. In the end, he came to the realization that suffering is not caused by ill fortune, by social injustice, or by divine whims. Rather, suffering is caused by the behavior patterns of one’s minds.” – Yuval Noah Harari.

 

  1. “As Nietzsche put it, if you have a WHY to live, you can bear almost any ‘HOW.’ A meaningful life can be extremely satisfying even in the midst of hardship whereas a meaningless life is a terrible ordeal no matter how comfortable it is.” – Yuval Noah Harari.

 

  1. “In the Middle Ages, the rich spent their money carelessly on extravagant luxuries, whereas peasants lived frugally minding every penny. Today, the tables have turned. The rich take great care managing their assets and investments while the less well go into debt buying cars and televisions they don’t really need.” – Yuval Noah Harari.

 

  1. “If you experience sadness without craving the sadness to go away, you continue to feel sadness but you don’t suffer from it. There can actually be richness in the sadness. If you experience joy without craving that the joy lingers and intensifies, you continue to feel joy without losing your peace of mind” – Yuval Noah Harari.

 

  1. “Both scientist and conqueror began by admitting ignorance – they both said, I don’t know what’s out there. They both felt to go out and make new discoveries. And they both hoped the new knowledge thus acquired would make them masters of the world.” – Yuval Noah Harari.

 

  1. “The supreme commandment of the rich is ‘Invest! The supreme commandment of the rest of us is Buy! – Yuval Noah Harari.

 

  1. “In the previous eras, the standard of beauty was set by the handful of people who lived next door to you. Today the media and the fashion industry expose us to a totally unrealistic standard of beauty. They search out the most gorgeous people on the planet and then parade them constantly before our eyes. No wonder we are far less happy with the way we look.’ – Yuval Noah Harari.

 

 

  1. “The findings demonstrate that happiness is not the surplus of pleasant over unpleasant moments. Rather happiness consists in seeing one’s life in its entirety as meaningful and worthwhile.” – Yuval Noah Harari.

 

 

  1. “If God knew in advance that a particular person would use her free will to choose evil, and that as a result she would be punished for this by eternal tortures in hell. Why did God create her?” – Yuval Noah Harari.

 

  1. Monotheism explains order but is mystified by evil. Dualism explains evil but is puzzled by order. There is one logical way of solving the riddle: to argue that there is a single Omnipotent God who created the entire universe – and he’s evil. But nobody in history has had the stomach for such a belief.” – Yuval Noah Harari.

 

 

  1. “The most cherished desires of the present-day are shaped by romantic, nationalist, capitalist and humanist myths that have been around for centuries. Friends giving advice often tell each other, ‘Follow your heart.’ But the heart is a double agent that usually takes its instructions from dominant myths of the day, and the very recommendation to ‘follow your heart’ was implanted in our minds by a combination of nineteenth-century Romantic myths and twentieth-century consumerist myths.” – Yuval Noah Harari.

Which do you think is the most enlightening quote?

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17 Powerful Quotes from Benjamin’s Franklin Essay: The Way to Wealth

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Benjamin Franklin was a successful inventor, author, scientist, publisher, and statesman, whose works played a crucial role in founding America. In 1758, he wrote an essay: The Way to Wealth, where he shared powerful proverbs that advice on how to succeed in life. I have read the essay several times because I love its harsh realities. Here are my favorite 17 quotes from the essay.

  1. We are taxed twice by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times by our folly and the government can’t free us from these taxes.’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

  1. ‘Beware of little expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship.’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

 

  1. ‘If we are hard working we will never starve because, at the hardworking man’s house, hunger looks in but dares not enter.’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

  1. ‘Wise men learn from other people’s mistakes, while fools learn from their own.’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

 

  1. ‘Do all your best today because you never know how much you may be hindered tomorrow.’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

  1. ‘If you love life don’t squander time because life is made of time.’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

 

  1. ‘We waste so much time sleeping forgetting that there will be sleeping enough in the grave.’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

  1. ‘Laziness makes things difficult, hard work makes things easy.’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

 

  1. ‘He that lives with hope will die fasting.’- Benjamin Franklin

 

  1. ‘Be up before sunrise, don’t let the sun look down and say, inglorious here he lies.’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

 

  1. ‘Stick to your work steadily and you will see great effects, for constant droppings, wears away stones, and by diligence and patience the mouse ate into the cable, and little strokes fail great oaks.’- Benjamin Franklin

 

  1. Add frugality to hard work if you want to make your hard work more successful.’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

 

  1. ‘Buy what you don’t need, and you will sell what you need.’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

  1. ‘God gives all things to hard work.’ -Benjamin Franklin

 

 

  1. ‘Learning is to the studious, and riches to the careful, as well as power to the bold, and heaven to the virtuous.’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

  1. ‘What use is this pride of appearance, of which so much is risked, and so much is suffered. It cannot promote hate or ease pain.’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

 

  1. ‘Think what you do when you run in debt, you give to another power over your liberty. If you cannot pay on time, you will be ashamed to see your creditor, and you will be in fear when you speak to him.’ – Benjamin Franklin

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16 Great Mind-Opening Quotes By Jalal ad-Din Rumi

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Jalal ad-Din Rumi was an ancient Muslim poet and Sufi mystic who taught about pain, positivity and following our purpose. He also taught about the importance of realizing the greatness within us. Here are some of his greatest mind-opening quotes.

  1. ‘Sorrow prepares you for joy.’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

  1. ‘This universe is not outside of you, look inside yourself, everything you want, you are already that.’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

  1. ‘Don’t grieve, anything you lose comes round in another form.’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

  1. Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you.’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

  1. ‘There is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

 

  1. ‘You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck.’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

  1. You were born with wings you were not meant for crawling, so don’t you have wings, learn to use them and fly.’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

 

  1. ‘Everyone is made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

  1. ‘Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.’- Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

 

  1. ‘Yesterday I was clever, I wanted to change the world. Today, I am wise, I want to change myself.’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

  1. ‘The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear (the wisdom of the soul).’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi.

 

 

  1. ‘There is a voice that doesn’t use words; listen.’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

  1. ‘Maybe you are searching on the branches for what appears in the roots (Don’t look for answers outside of you because all your answers are within you).’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

  1. ‘The wound is where the light enters.’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

  1. ‘When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in a perfect position to pray.’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

  1. ‘There is a force within that gives you life, seek that.’ – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

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