Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on reading

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

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1

Listening to books instead of reading them is like drinking your vegetables instead of eating them.

2

The smarter you get, the slower you read.

3

Learn from times iterated over time spent. Craft a thousand tweets before ten blog posts before one novel. Skim a dozen books before absorbing one. Make many small investments before a few big bets. Build many small products before starting a company. Explore, then exploit.

4

If you can speed read it, it isn't worth reading.

5

A vacation is a very expensive way to schedule the time to read a book in peace.

6

Write tweets, read books.

7

Read what you love until you love to read.

8

To maximize distribution, minimize the message. • Books - blog posts • Podcasts - snippets • Blog posts - tweetstorms • Use stand-alone tweets in tweetstorms • Tweet sparingly - high signal, low noise Readers have options - respect their time.

9

Assigned reading is propaganda.

10

Compare the popularity of podcasts, tweets, YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok, to blogs and books, to see how rare genuine readers are.

11

If you are the hero in the story of your life, realize that the best books and movies aren’t the longest books and movies.

12

To write a great book, you must first become the book.

13

You know that song that you can't get out of your head? All thoughts work that way. Careful what you read.

14

If they wrote it to make money, don't read it.

15

It's not about "educated" v "un-educated." It's about "likes to read" and "doesn't like to read."

16

Study logic and math, because once you've mastered them, you won't fear any book.

17

Once an information monopoly demonstrates that it can control what people say and read, it's only a matter of time until it's nationalized.

18

Number of books completed is a vanity metric. As you know more, you leave more books unfinished. Focus on new concepts with predictive power

19

The real truths are heresies. They cannot be spoken. Only discovered, whispered, and perhaps read.

20

Any book that can be easily summarized isn't worth reading.

21

I don't actually read a lot of books. I pick up a lot of books and only get through a few, which form the foundation of my knowledge.

22

Learn to love to read, and all human knowledge is available to you right now. No need for a priest to interpret a textbook for you.

23

Reading a book isn't a race - the better the book, the slower it should be absorbed.

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