U zadnje 3 godine pročitao sam 115 knjiga koje sam iscrtao, ispunio bilješkama i podcrtavao rečenice.
Nisu sve knjige bile tako dobre, ali one koje jesu, bile su fenomenalne.
Nikada nisam podijelio najbolje rečenice iz tih knjiga, a nedavno sam to vidio kod prijatelja koji ih je isprintao na papir i stavio na vidljivo mjesto. Pomislio sam da je to dobra ideja i odlučio napisati 100 citata iz 15 najboljih pročitanih knjiga.
WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR – PAUL KALANITHI
Knjiga o mladom neurokirurgu kojem se napokon zvijezde poslože u životu– dobra obitelj, super žena, mjesto glavnog kirurga u bolnici. A onda se jednog dana razboli i dijagnosticiraju mu četvrti stadij raka pluća u 35. godini života kao nepušaču.
Čitava knjiga su njegove misle, interpretacije, borbe i ratovi s bolesti, smislom životom, te na kraju s djetetom kojeg svjesno dovodi u svijet bez njega. Plakao sam dosta čitajući ovu knjigu, a naredni citati iz knjige ti barem mogu donijeti mrvicu emocija koje se kriju u toj knjizi.
- Indeed, this is how 99 percent of people select their jobs: pay, work environment, hours. But that’s the point. Putting lifestyle first is how you find a job—not a calling.)
- Our patients’ lives and identities may be in our hands, yet death always wins. Even if you are perfect, the world isn’t. The secret is to know that the deck is stacked, that you will lose, that your hands or judgment will slip, and yet still struggle to win for your patients. You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.
- Like my own patients, I had to face my mortality and try to understand what made my life worth living—and I needed Emma’s help to do so. Torn between being a doctor and being a patient, delving into medical science and turning back to literature for answers, I struggled, while facing my own death, to rebuild my old life—or perhaps find a new one.
- When you come to one of the many moments in life where you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.
- What happened to Paul was tragic, but he was not a tragedy.
7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE – STEPHEN COVEY
Klasik i to s razlogom. Ova knjiga ima sve što jedna “self-help” knjiga treba imati i preskače sve gluposti koje self-help knjige inače imaju. Nije važno jesi li dobio prvo dijete ili nisi oženjen, jesi li aktivan u nevladinom sektoru ili nezaposlen, jesi li menadžer ili radiš na traci, svaka stranica ove knjige krije barem jednu rečenicu zlata vrijednu.
- Many people with secondary greatness — that is, social recognition for their talents — lack primary greatness or goodness in their character.
- Many people experience a similar fundamental shift in thinking when they face a life-threatening crisis and suddenly see their priorities in a different light, or when they suddenly step into a new role, such as that of husband or wife, parent or grandparent, manager or leader.
- Interdependence is a choice only independent people can make. Dependent people cannot choose to become interdependent. They don’t have the character to do it; they don’t own enough of themselves.
- Ironically, you’ll find that as you care less about what others think of you; you will care more about what others think of themselves and their worlds, including their relationship with you. You’ll no longer build your emotional life on other people’s weaknesses. In addition, you’ll find it easier and more desirable to change because there is something — some core deep within — that is essentially changeless.
- By making and keeping promises to ourselves and others, little by little, our honor becomes greater than our moods.
- Principles don’t react to anything. They won’t divorce us or run away with our best friend. They aren’t out to get us. They can’t pave our way with shortcuts and quick fixes. They don’t depend on the behavior of others, the environment, or the current fad for their validity. Principles don’t die. They aren’t here one day and gone the next. They can’t be destroyed by fire, earthquake, or theft.
- Effective interdependence can only be built on a foundation of true independence. Private Victory precedes Public Victory. Algebra comes before calculus.
- As one successful parent said about raising children, “Treat them all the same by treating them differently.”
- There is intrinsic security that comes from service, from helping other people in a meaningful way. One important source is your work, when you see yourself in a contributive and creative mode, really making a difference. Another source is anonymous service — no one knows it and no one necessarily ever will. And that’s not the concern; the concern is blessing the lives of other people. Influence, not recognition, becomes the motive.
- Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.
SAPIENS – YUVAL NOAH HARARI
Knjiga o povijesti čovječanstva i o tome kako se razvijala ljudska rasa od vremena sakupljača pa do današnjeg tehnokratskog svijeta. Ova knjiga će te naljutiti na puno mjesta jer autor dolazi do itekako zanimljivih i kontroverznih zaključaka, a u drugima trenucima će ti otvoriti oči i promijeniti percepciju svijeta.
- No one was lying when, in 2011, the UN demanded that the Libyan government respect the human rights of its citizens, even though the UN, Libya and human rights are all figments of our fertile imaginations.
- In forager societies, political dominance generally resides with the person possessing the best social skills rather than the most developed musculature. In organised crime, the big boss is not necessarily the strongest man. He is often an older man who very rarely uses his own fists; he gets younger and fitter men to do the dirty jobs for him. A guy who thinks that the way to take over the syndicate is to beat up the don is unlikely to live long enough to learn from his mistake.
- Myths and fictions accustomed people, nearly from the moment of birth, to think in certain ways, to behave in accordance with certain standards, to want certain things, and to observe certain rules. They thereby created artificial instincts that enabled millions of strangers to cooperate effectively. This network of artificial instincts is called ‘culture’.
- In the language of the Dinka people of the Sudan, ‘Dinka’ simply means ‘people’. People who are not Dinka are not people. The Dinka’s bitter enemies are the Nuer. What does the word Nuer mean in Nuer language? It means ‘original people’. Thousands of miles from the Sudan deserts, in the frozen ice-lands of Alaska and north-eastern Siberia, live the Yupiks. What does Yupik mean in Yupik language? It means ‘real people’.
- The real test of ‘knowledge’ is not whether it is true, but whether it empowers us. Scientists usually assume that no theory is 100 per cent correct. Consequently, truth is a poor test for knowledge. The real test is utility. A theory that enables us to do new things constitutes knowledge.
A idući tjedan idemo u citate ove tri knjige:
THE TRUTH: AN UNCOMFORTABLE BOOK ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS – NEIL STRAUSS
THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY – RYAN HOLIDAY
NEVER SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE – CHRIS VOSS