James Clear

James Clear quotes on quality over quantity

Author of the #1 NYT bestseller Atomic Habits. I write about building better habits.

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As best I can tell, to achieve exceptional results you need 4 things: (1) Quantity: You take lots of shots. (2) Quality: You take thoughtful shots. (3) Consistency: You keep shooting for a long time. (4) Luck: You get a few favorable bounces.


There are two ways to live a longer life: 1) Biologically. Extend the timeline between your birth and your death. 2) Psychologically. Fit more lives into whatever time you are given. Make each decade a rich life and you can live a handful of them before you are done.


There will always be room for high quality work. Excellence is perpetually scarce.


Conversation is usually a first draft of your thoughts. If true, we should be more gracious with people in conversation. In writing, we actively encourage people to ignore quality and explore ideas in the first draft. In conversation, if people make one misstep, we blast them.


Truly great work ages well. Hype erodes with time. Quality persists.


Think about self-control less as the quality of a person and more as the quality of a place. There are some places and situations that tend toward lower self-control and others that lean toward higher self-control. Self-control is about your context as much as your character.

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