Best 224 Quotes & Tweets on Reading

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5 good minutes of: -pushups is a solid workout -sprints will leave you winded -writing can deliver 1 good page -reading can finish an insightful article -meditation can reset your mood You don’t need more time—just a little focused action.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

2

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

The smarter you get, the slower you read.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

4

The person who learns the most in any classroom is the teacher. Lesson: If you really want to learn a topic, then “teach” it. Write a book. Teach a class. Build a product. Start a company. The act of making something will force you to learn more deeply than reading ever will.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

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.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Be “selectively ignorant.” Ignore topics that drain your attention. Unfollow people that drain your energy. Abandon projects that drain your time. Do not keep up with it all. The more selectively ignorant you become, the more broadly knowledgable you can be.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

8

Read books that are relevant to what you want to achieve and reading will never seem boring.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

9

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

Write tweets, read books.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

11

Read what you love until you love to read.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

12

Actual habits of successful people: • Wake up when their body tells them to • Read stuff that interests them • Exercise when it best fits into their schedule • Drink coffee if they like coffee • Sometimes eat unhealthy food • Tell the people they love that they love them

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

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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.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

14

Reading is like fresh food for the mind. The consumption fills you with wisdom. Writing is like exercise for the mind. The effort leads to stronger ideas. Meditation is like fasting for the mind. The practice clears your mental digestive tract.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

15

The 3 meta-habits: Sleep - being well-rested improves performance on all other habits. Reading - you can learn how to improve any habit by reading. Questions - asking good questions continually provokes new insights for tweaking your habits.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

16

What is the real goal? The real goal is not to “beat the market.” The goal is to build wealth. The real goal is not to read more books. The goal is to understand what you read. Don’t let a proxy become the target. Don’t optimize for the wrong outcome.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

17

Assigned reading is propaganda.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

18

Everyone who writes well reads a lot.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

19

Anytime you think your idea is unique, you just haven't read widely enough.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

20

Books for mindset. Quiet time to think for strategy. Conversations with successful peers for tactics.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

21

Books are more likely to change minds than conversations. There is too much happening internally during conversation: - Did that sound stupid? - What do they think of me? - Will I lose the friendship over this opinion? Books can let you chew on an idea without social risk.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

22

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

23

People keep reading self-help and revisiting the same ideas because that’s precisely what we need: to be reminded. The problem is not that information is unhelpful, but that attention is fleeting. Nobody focuses on one idea every minute of the day. Good books refocus the mind.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

24

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.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

25

The fastest way to iterate is to learn from others. - Read good books - Talk to people who have done it before - Soak up the lessons of the past Learn from the experiments history has already run and you can start the race halfway finished.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The work of reading: 1. Read a book while highlighting heavily. 2. Distill highlights into core insights, written in your own words. 3. Put into a searchable format. 4. Review regularly.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Before you ask for readers, write the article you wish you could read. Before you ask for the sale, create the product you wish you had. Before you need support, be the supportive friend. Before you need love, be the loving partner. Always give value before you ask for value.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

28

When reading books or listening to podcasts or taking advice, remember that everyone is biased to their personal history. The world is complex and there is no single path to a success. Look for patterns that are repeated across many successful people, not single stories.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

29

Reading can teach you the best of what others already know. Reflection can teach you the best of what only you can know.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

30

If you don’t like reading, you’re reading the wrong books.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

31

Books let you download somebody’s brain for the price of a sandwich

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

32

Innovators are T-shaped. They are experts in a narrow field. But they also have a big intellectual toolbox, which offers new entry points and lines of attack for solving problems. Read widely. As the saying goes, "Know something about everything and everything about something."

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

33

You can't buy wisdom. You have to earn it. A conversation, tweet, or book isn't going to make you smarter. What makes you smarter is the lonely work of chewing on it, digesting it, and making it yours.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

34

Overrated goals: -Get a high-status job -Build a big social media following -Hit the bestseller list one week -Raise lots of money from investors Underrated goals: -Get a flexible job -Build a big email list -Write a book that sells every week -Earn lots of profit from customers

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

35

Reading is the inhale, writing is the exhale. Breathe.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

36

One learns to write by writing, not by reading. One learns to paint by painting, not by watching. One learns to build by building, not by analyzing.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

37

Sources of new ideas: - Extended conversations with others - Reading broadly (new fields) - Detailed (in the weeds) knowledge - Time away from the computer - Things that divide people - Talking with relatively new people to a craft - Traveling - Old ideas/books

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

38

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

39

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

40

Every discipline has a book that everybody references, but nobody reads: Physics: The Feynman Lectures Philosophy: Godel, Escher, Bach Sociology: Das Kapital English: Infinite Jest Media: Understanding Media Investing: The Intelligent Investor Economics: The Wealth of Nations

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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A sure sign you haven’t done enough reading is if you find yourself agreeing with whatever book you read last. At first, it’s easy to be swayed by any reasonable argument. Once you’ve read a lot, you can see that even the best arguments have limitations.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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One of the most incredible things about reading: A good book can give you a new way to interpret your past experiences. Whenever you learn a new mental model or idea, it's like the "software" in your brain gets updated. Suddenly, you can learn new lessons from old moments.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

43

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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People think that if they consume enough information, they'll eventually know enough to write well, but nobody has ever eaten their way to becoming a Michelin Star chef. You have to actually cook.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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When an online course tells you how to make money in real estate remember they are making money by selling online courses. When a conference covers how to build an online business remember they are building an event business. Learn from what people do as much as what they say.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

46

Knowledge comes from reading, listening, watching. Wisdom comes from applying this knowledge: writing, making, building.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Read less. Watch less. Talk less. Think more.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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A simple formula for writing hooks: "Get 3 yes's in 30 seconds". Readers should nod their head yes to the headline, subheading, and first sentence. If they've made it to the third sentence, they're ready for an interesting and compelling story.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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The 3-Step Cycle of Developing an Extraordinary Mind 1) Explore widely. Follow many people, listen to tons of podcasts, read more books. 2) Clean up your information feed. Subscribe to fewer newsletters, follow fewer people, re-read great books. All signal, no noise. 3) Repeat

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. However, if you’re the dumbest person in the room, you’re also in the wrong room. Do the reading, hone your skills, and prepare diligently. Earn the right to be in the room.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear