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Book recommendations

There are so many great books available - here are a few I have recently read (or re-read) and some particularly relevant quotes.


Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention by Johann Hari

“We live in a culture that is constantly amping us up with stress and stimulation.”


“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”


Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It by Oliver Burkeman


“Arguably, time management is all life is. Yet the modern discipline known as time management — like its hipper cousin, productivity — is a depressingly narrow-minded affair, focused on how to crank through as many work tasks as possible, or on devising the perfect morning routine, or on cooking all your dinners for the week in one big batch on Sundays.”


“Mortality makes it impossible to ignore the absurdity of living solely for the future.”


“We've been granted the mental capacities to make almost infinitely ambitious plans, yet practically no time at all to put them into action.”


Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear


“Habits are mental shortcuts learned from experience. As habits are created, the level of activity in the brain decreases. You learn to lock in on the cues that predict success and tune out everything else.”


“What separates winners from losers is the system of continuous small improvements that the winners implement which help them to achieve their goal.”


The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday, Stephen Hanselman, et al.


"Control your perceptions. Direct your actions properly. Willingly accept what's outside your control."


Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker


“Oftentimes, our dreams aren't really one thing we saw, heard, or smelt; it is your brain's way of making art from the pieces you gave it.”


“An all-round reduction in quality of life is the result of sleep deprivation.”


Straight Jacket: Overcoming Society's Legacy of Gay Shame by Matthew Todd


“The gay appeal of certain artists isn't because we know they had difficult lives. It's because we sense in them the vulnerability and strength that we have too.”


“Love is fundamentally pivotal to the survival of all human beings.”


A Mindfulness Guide for Survival Paperback by Ruby Wax


“The breath is always there for you to bring you back to a sense of peace and presence.”


“My definition of mindfulness is noticing your thoughts and feelings without kicking your own ass while you're doing it.”

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