In Everything Is F*cked, Manson turns his gaze from the inevitable flaws within each individual self to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he dissects religion and politics and the uncomfortable ways they have come to resemble one another. He looks at our relationships with money, entertainment and the internet, and how too much of a good thing can psychologically eat us alive. He openly defies our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom—and even of hope itself. Keep scrolling to read 30 Deep Quotes from Everything Is F*cked by Mark Manson.
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30 Quotes from Everything Is F*cked by Mark Manson
The problem isn’t that we don’t know how not to get punched in the face. The problem is that, at some point, likely a long time ago, we got punched in the face, and instead of punching back, we decided we deserved it.
Because pain is the universal constant of life, the opportunities to grow from that pain are constant in life. All that is required is that we don’t numb it, that we don’t look away. All that is required is that we engage it and find the value and meaning in it.
The opposite of happiness is hopelessness, an endless gray horizon of resignation and indifference. It’s the belief that everything is fucked, so why do anything at all?
Hopelessness is the root of anxiety, mental illness, and depression. It is the source of all misery and the cause of all addiction.
Freedom itself demands discomfort.
The world doesn’t run on information. The world runs on feelings.
You must love someone without expecting anything in return; otherwise, it’s not truly love.
Don’t hope for the better. Just be better.
The only true form of freedom, the only ethical form of freedom, is through self-limitation. It is not the privilege of choosing everything you want in your life, but rather, choosing what you will give up in your life.
The only true meaning in existence is the ability to form meaning.
Living well does not mean avoiding suffering; it means suffering for the right reasons.
People now have a ton of free time to sit and think and worry about all sorts of existential shit that they had never considered before.
Ultimately, we are moved to action only by emotion. That’s because action is emotion.
When we deny ourselves the ability to feel pain for a purpose, we deny ourselves the ability to feel any purpose in our life at all.
Moral gaps are where our values are born.
I have tried to live my life such that in the hour of my death I would feel joy rather than fear.
We can be truly successful only at things we are willing to fail at.
Don’t hope for better. Just be better. Be something better. Be more compassionate, more resilient, more humble, more disciplined.
Leaders need their followers to be perpetually dissatisfied; it’s good for the leadership business. If everything were perfect and great, there’d be no reason to follow anybody.
Our psyche needs hope to survive the way a fish needs water. Hope is the fuel for our mental engine.
The only thing that can ever truly destroy a dream is to have it come true.
No matter how sunny our skies get, our mind will always imagine just enough clouds to be slightly disappointed.
Life is one never-ending stream of pain, and to grow is not to find a way to avoid that stream but, rather, to dive into it and successfully navigate its depths.
The better things get, the more we perceive threats where there are none and the more upset we become. And it is at the heart of the paradox of progress.
Becoming an adult is developing the ability to do what is right for the simple reason that it is right.
What matters are a person’s intentions.
The only way to change our values is to have experiences contrary to our values.
Evidence and science are based on past experience. Hope is based on future experience.
We are the safest and most prosperous humans in the history of the world, yet we are feeling more hopeless than ever before.
Fake freedom puts us on the treadmill toward chasing more, whereas real freedom is the conscious decision to live with less.
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