“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” -Mark Twain

18 Quotes for 2018

Happy New Year! As we kick off 2018 here at bnbNomad, we thought we’d share a collection of 18 beloved quotes that always provide a boost of motivation when we need it most. Many of these quotes come from our well-worn copy of Tim Ferriss’ iconic book, The 4-Hour Workweek. The others were plucked out of Jonathan Fields’ inspiring bucket-based book How to Live a Good Life, Stephen Covey’s classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and our current read, Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding. Any of these books would be the perfect way to kick off the new year. Enjoy!

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” -Richard Feynman
“Love of bustle is not industry.” -Seneca
“Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.” -Ralph Charell
“A schedule defends from chaos and whim.” -Annie Dillard
“None of the other stuff is going to work if the animal that you live in is just a broke-down mess.” -Elizabeth Gilbert
“People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think this is what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.” -Joseph Campbell
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure.” -Thomas J. Watson
“Are you inventing things to do to avoid the important?” -Tim Ferriss
“Only those who are asleep make no mistakes.” -Ingvar Kamprad
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” -George Bernard Shaw
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” -Henry David Thoreau
“The simple willingness to improvise is more vital, in the long run, than research.” -Rolf Potts
“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” -Albert Einstein
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” -Mahatma Gandhi
“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.” -Henry David Thoreau

The Books Behind the Quotes

We discovered all of the quotes above while reading these four life-altering books. We’d love to hear about your favorite motivational books too! Share your recommendations in the comments below. Here’s to a fantastic year ahead!

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