Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on perspective

Indian-American entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of AngelList.

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“Artists” calling for censorship don’t know what art is. “Scientists” citing consensus don’t know what science is. “Teachers” indoctrinating students don’t know what teaching is. “Journalists” parroting propaganda don’t know what reporting is. Programming us all day long.


The quality of your mind is the quality of your life.


The modern mind is overstimulated and the modern body is understimulated and overfed. Meditation, exercise, and fasting restore an ancient balance.


All social media oligopolists, not just TikTok, should open their recommendation algorithms to scrutiny. They are programming our minds and our societies.


The great viruses of our time spread through minds, not through bodies.


If your opinions line up neatly with those of your friends and colleagues, they’re not your opinions.


Your worldview is your world.


Science requires skepticism. Religion requires belief.


Reality is neutral. Our reactions reflect back and create our world. Judge, and feel separate and lonely. Anger, and lose peace of mind. Cling, and live in anxiety. Fantasize, and miss the present. Desire, and suffer until you have it. Heaven and hell are right here, right now.


If Twitter did ever end up representing the real world, the world would end.


Unresolved thoughts, prematurely pushed out of the mind, pile up in an internal landfill - which eventually pokes out of the subconscious and manifests as chronic, nonspecific anxiety.


Objectively, the world is improving. To the elites, it’s falling apart as their long-lived institutions are flattened by the Internet.


When it comes to healing the mind, placebo effects are completely valid.


If you save your favorite video and audio for workouts only, you’ll look forward to exercise.


Creativity arises behind the conscious mind.


You can have the mind or you can have the moment.


We think of ourselves as fixed and the world as malleable, but it's really we who are malleable and the world is largely fixed.


A lion is prized for its strength and a bird for its flight, their uniquely expressed attributes. Similarly, humans are prized for their reason, and not their trappings - physical, material or social.


Religion, science, and spirituality help us make sense of the world. Life without at least one of them is a lonely and confusing place.


You can approximate how independent of a thinker you are by noticing how neatly your political beliefs line up with those of your party.


The current environment programs the brain but the clever brain can choose its upcoming environment.


What we wish to be true clouds our perception of what is true. Suffering is that moment when we can no longer deny reality.


The problem with any lecture is that if you're in the audience, and above the average targeted, you won't get enough out of it.

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