quotables

'We Feel Guilty, Do We Not, If Not Busy?'

Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, was a highly productive man and no stranger to great quotes. In his book Zen in the Art of Writing, Bradbury explains why we find ourselves hating work and what leads to our desire to be productive all the time.


'Presence Is A Far More Intricate And Rewarding Art Than Productivity'

We all love productivity hacks here at Lifehacker and getting stuff done, but this quote from Brain Pickings’ Maria Popova reminds us that being present and savouring our lives is an even more worthy pursuit.


'Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable'

The US Navy SEALs have a saying: “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” If you can be comfortable being uncomfortable, you’ll be prepared to handle any situation that comes along in your own life.


'Sometimes You Have To Write To Figure It Out'

Author Daniel Pink compares the writing process to life in his commencement address at Northwestern University, and explains why it’s more important for you to do less planning and just do more stuff.


'Success Isn't Like Cake'

When you’re working hard to be the best you can be at something new, you can sometimes lose patience. Nicole Antoinette of A Life Less Bullshit says: “Success isn’t like cake — there’s no such thing as someone grabbing the very last piece.”


'You Teach People How To Treat You'

If you aren’t happy with the way others treat you, it may have something to do with you. Motivational speaker Tony Gaskins says “you teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce.”


'You Are Not Your Big Toe'

This quote, from University of Washington professor Clayton Cook, is a reminder that in order to be happy and reduce stress, we have to distance ourselves from our thoughts. Confused about what this has to do with toes?


'Everything Good Proceeds From Enthusiasm'

It’s easy to get creatively stuck on things. Often our response is to try and sit back and wait for something to happen. Musician Brian Eno reminds us that doesn’t work. You need to get excited and find that inspiration.


'Work Won't Remember That Weekend You Didn't Give It. Friends Will.'

The weekend approaches, but will you end up working anyway? Entrepreneur Naomi Simson offers a nice reminder for the workaholics about striking that work-life balance and getting your priorities in order:


'You Will Be Stupid'

We like to think that we don’t make stupid mistakes or do stupid things, but as Ira Glass reminds us in his commencement speech at Goucher College in 2012, that’s not really possible. In fact, we all do stupid things constantly, so it’s good to get used to it.