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Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson
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“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 face, and instead of punching back, we decided we deserved it.”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“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.”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“Freedom itself demands discomfort.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“You must love someone without expecting anything in return; otherwise it’s not truly love. You must respect someone without expecting anything in return; otherwise you don’t truly respect him. You must speak honestly without expecting a pat on the back or a high-five or a gold star next to your name; otherwise you aren’t truly being honest.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“Hopelessness is the root of anxiety, mental illness, and depression. It is the source of all misery and the cause of all addiction.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“They forgot that the world doesn’t run on information. People don’t make decisions based on truth or facts. They don’t spend their money based on data. They don’t connect with each other because of some higher philosophical truth. The world runs on feelings.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“So, instead of looking for hope, try this:
Don't hope.
Don't despair, either.
In fact, don't deign to believe you know anything. It's that assumption of knowing with such blind, fervent, emotional certainty that gets us into these kinds of pickles in the first place.
Don't hope for better. Just be better.
Be something better. Be more compassionate, more resilient, more humble, more disciplined. [...]
Be a better human.”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“No, the opposite of happiness is hopelessness, an endless gray horizon of resignation and indifference.3 It’s the belief that everything is fucked, so why do anything at all?”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“by experiencing our hopes, we lose them. We see that our beautiful visions for a perfect future are not so perfect, that our dreams and aspirations are themselves riddled with unexpected flaws and unforeseen sacrifices. Because the only thing that can ever truly destroy a dream is to have it come true.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“The pursuit of happiness is a toxic value that has long defined our culture.<...> Living well does not mean avoiding suffering; it means suffering for the right reasons.”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“Ultimately, we are moved to action only by emotion. That's because action is emotion.”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“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.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“Self-control is an illusion. It’s an illusion that occurs when both brains are aligned and pursuing the same course of action.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“People now had a ton of free time to sit and think and worry about all sorts of existential shit that they had never considered before.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“The only true meaning in existence is the ability to form meaning”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“Why don't we do things we know we should do? Because we don't feel like it. Every problem of self-control is not a problem of information or discipline or reason, but, rather, of emotion. Self-control is an emotional problem. Laziness is an emotional problem. Procrastination is an emotional problem. Underachievement is an emotional problem. Impulsiveness is an emotional problem. This sucks, because emotional problems are much harder to deal with than logical ones.”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“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.”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“I have tried to live my life such that in the hour of my death I would feel joy rather than fear.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“fact, things were so bad in the old days that the only way to keep everyone sane was by promising them hope in an afterlife.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“Don’t hope for better. Just be better. Be something better. Be more compassionate, more resilient, more humble, more disciplined.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“If you feel okay only when life is happy and easy-breezy-beautiful Cover-Girl, then guess what? You are not free. <...> You are the prisoner of your own indulgences, enslaved by your own intolerance, crippled by your own emotional weakness. You will constantly feel a need for some external comfort or validation that may or may not ever come”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“Moral gaps are where our values are born.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“Science is arguably the most effective religion because it is the first religion that is able to evolve and improve upon itself.”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“Today’s tyranny is achieved by flooding people with so much diversion, so much bullshit information and frivolous distraction, that they are unable to make smart commitments.”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“The most dangerous extremists know how to dress up their childish values in the language of transaction or universal principle. A right-wing extremist will claim she desires "freedom" above all else...But what she really means is that she wants freedom from having to deal with any values that do not map unto her own...A leftie extremist will say that he wants "equality" for all, but what he really means is that he never wants anyone to feel pain, to feel harmed, or to feel inferior. He doesn't want anyone to have to face moral gaps, ever. And he's willing to cause pain and adversity to others in the name of eliminating these moral gaps.”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“This is the fundamental problem of hope—not an educated Thinking Brain, but an uneducated Feeling Brain, a Feeling Brain that has adopted and accepted poor value judgments about itself and the world.”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“Our crises of hope often start with a basic sense that we do not have control over ourselves or our destiny.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“Now think of it this way: You exist. You didn’t do anything to deserve existing. You don’t even know why you started existing; you just did. Boom—you have a life. And you have no idea where it came from or why. If you believe God gave it to you, then, holy shit! Do you owe Him big time! But even if you don’t believe in God—damn, you’re blessed with life! What did you ever do to deserve that? How can you live in such a way as to make your life worthwhile? This is the constant, yet unanswerable question of the human condition, and why the inherent guilt of consciousness is the cornerstone of almost every spiritual religion.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“Freedom itself demands discomfort. It demands dissatisfaction. Because the freer a society becomes, the more each person will be forced to reckon and compromise with views and lifestyles and ideas that conflict with their own. The lower our tolerance for pain, the more we indulge in fake freedoms, the less we will be able to uphold the virtues necessary to allow a free, democratic society to function.”
Mark Manson, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
“If you’ve made it this far in starting your own religion it means you’ve assembled a nice group of hopeless people desperately avoiding the Uncomfortable Truth by studying a bunch of bullshit you’ve made up, ignoring their friends, and telling their families to fuck off. Now it’s time to get serious. The beauty of a religion is that the more you promise your followers salvation, enlightenment, world peace, perfect happiness, or whatever, the more they will fail to live up to that promise. And the more they fail to live up to that promise, the more they’ll blame themselves and feel guilty. And the more they blame themselves and feel guilty, the more they’ll do whatever you tell them to do to make up for it. Some people might call this the cycle of psychological abuse. But let’s not allow such terms to ruin our fun.”
Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope

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