Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on truth

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

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If it hurts to hear it, look for the truth in it. If it comforts to hear it, look for the lie in it.


The ideal school would teach health, wealth, and happiness. It‘d be free, self-paced, and available to all. It‘d show opposing ideas and students would self-verify truth. No grades, no tests, no diplomas - just learning. Actually, you’re already here. Careful who you follow.


Your worldview is your world.


The closer you are to the truth, the more silent you become inside.


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 you aren’t afraid of the truth, then you’re nowhere near it.


Individuals search for truth, groups search for consensus.


If you want the truth, take no one else’s word for it. Accept only science, reason, and direct experience. Start on solid ground. Mind each step.


The strongest intellectual foundation is built upon science, math, and philosophy, as they are the search for universal truths.


When the mind is speaking without permission, it’s lying.


On public speaking: know your subject cold, eliminate inner monologue, & speak truth. Hear your own words at the same time as the listeners.


Groups can’t admit to their members that they were wrong. That’s why when they lose in public, they fall back to conspiracy theories.


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


Knowledge is either from direct experience or from verifiable, falsifiable science. There is knowledge that is transmitted but not verifiable / falsifiable, and this knowledge is indistinguishable from that which is false.


We each have a contrarian belief that society rejects. But the more our own identity and local tribe reject it, the more real it likely is.


The ability to select our own media is making us more partisan and divided. Wait until VR lets us select our own reality.


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 winning VR company will be the one that lets people share snippets of their life, from their own point of view.


The funnier the comic, the truer the things they are saying.

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