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The qualities that make someone a wise sage counterpoint what makes someone a modern day success. Much of the success in our materialistic world is based on getting people to like us. Part of what makes a sage wise is not caring if people like them or not—at least not letting approval-seeking change behavior. Sages steep in authentic presence, humility, and compassion. Materialistic success often relies on deception, arrogance, and greed. Deceiving ourselves and others has obvious, short-term advantages. The “success” of self-deception however has serious downsides and easily becomes a selling of our souls to the devils of materialism. It pads us in a cocoon of illusion that blinds to any kind of authentic, truly meaningful life. Changing attitudes about success may change culture, politics, religion and philosophy more than any of the external influences. A common theme in the Mahasiddha stories is one of them recognizing their teacher, a great sage, or Bodhisattva in a common or totally not “successful” person—a fisherman, a bar-tender, a homeless beggar, a latrine cleaner…

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Quotes (113)

“The receptive brings about sublime success… If the wise undertake something and try to lead, they go astray; but if they follow, they find guidance.”

Fu Xi 伏羲 c. 2852–2737 BCE via Richard Wilhelm, Hexagram 2
Emperor/shaman progenitor of civilization symbol
from I Ching

Themes: Success

40. Returning

“The vanity of success only brings to harvest a crop of calamities.”

Lao Tzu 老子 604 BCE - via Shan Dao
(Lǎozǐ)
from Tao Te Ching 道德经 Dàodéjīng

“When you succeed, be one with success. When you fail, be one with failure.

Lao Tzu 老子 604 BCE - via Shan Dao
(Lǎozǐ)
from Tao Te Ching 道德经 Dàodéjīng

23. Nothing and Not

“A person fully unified with heaven and spontaneously one with the creation of all will never be harmed, however difficult life’s situations may be.”

Yin Xi 關尹子 536 – 596 BCE
Lao Tzu’s first disciple and Taoist patriarch

Themes: Success

“I am no one's servant. With what I have gained I wander freely in all the world, without being subservient to anyone. Therefore, if you'd like, rain O sky!”

Buddha गौतम बुद्ध 563 – 483 BCE
(Siddhartha Shakyamuni Gautama)
Awakened Truth
from Dhammapada धम्मपद

Themes: Success

127. Self-Sufficiency

“Those who win success, think deeply before doing anything. Those who suffer failure, avoid contemplation and make few calculations beforehand.”

Sun Tzu 孙武 544 – 496 BCE via Shan Dao
(Sun Zi)
HIstory's supreme strategist
from Art of War 孙子兵法

“the path up and down are one and the same”

Heraclitus Ἡράκλειτος 535 – 475 BCE
(of Ephesus, the "Weeping Philosopher")
A Greek Buddha
from On Nature (Fragments)

Themes: Success

77. Stringing a Bow

“Success for the striver washes away the effort of striving.”

Pindar Πίνδαρος 522 – 443 BCE
Archetype of poetry

Themes: Success Victory

“Until he is dead, keep the word ‘happy’ in reserve. Till then, he is not happy, but only lucky.”

Herodotus Ἡρόδοτος c. 484 - 425 BCE
“The Father of History”
from Histories

“That mortal is a fool who, prospering, thinks his life has any strong foundation”

Euripides 480 – 406 BCE
Ancient humanitarian influence continuing today
from Trojan Women

Themes: Success

24. Unnecessary Baggage

“Success has a great tendency to conceal and throw a veil over the evil deeds of men.”

Demosthenes Δημοσθένης 384 – 322 BCE

Themes: Success

“Achievement is the beginning of failure. Fame is the beginning of disgrace.”

Chuang Tzu 莊周 369 – 286 BCE via Thomas Merton
(Zhuangzi)

Themes: Success Failure Fame

2. The Wordless Teachings

“The Master achieves success, yet he never does a thing… People don’t see him as a leader since he lets them find their own way”

Chuang Tzu 莊周 369 – 286 BCE
(Zhuangzi)

Themes: Success Strategy

30. No War

“Fame destroys virtue and easily becomes an evil weapon, only something to beat people down with—not anything that can bring true success.”

Chuang Tzu 莊周 369 – 286 BCE via Burton Watson, Shan Dao
(Zhuangzi)

from Zhuangzi

Themes: Fame Success

“The sage is full of anxiety and indecision in undertaking anything, and so he is always successful.”

Chuang Tzu 莊周 369 – 286 BCE
(Zhuangzi)

from Zhuangzi

Themes: Success Openness

“Have regard for your name since it will remain for you longer than a great store of gold.”

Koheleth c. 330–180 BCE
from Ecclesiastes קֹהֶלֶת‎

Themes: Success Integrity

“Since nothing is permanent, why become so attached to success and failure?”

Lie Yukou 列圄寇/列禦寇/列子 4th C. BCE via Zhang Zhan (370 CE) / Eva Wong
(Liè Yǔkòu, Liezi)
from Liezi "True Classic of Simplicity and Perfect Emptiness”

“We believe that success is the key to happiness but in truth happiness is the key to success.”

Anonymous -800 to present
Freedom from the narrow boxes defined by personal history

Themes: Happiness Success

“After I am dead, I would rather have men ask why Cato has no monument that why he had one.”

Cato 95 – 46 BCE
(the Younger, Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis)

Themes: Success

“Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.”

Horace 65 – 8 BCE

Themes: Success Victory

44. Fame and Fortune

“Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That is why it satisfies nobody.”

Seneca ˈsɛnɪkə 4 BCE – 65 CE
(Lucius Annaeus)

Themes: Success

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”

Ashvaghosha སློབ་དཔོན་དཔའ་བོ། 80 – 150 CE
(Aśvaghoṣa)
"Bodhisattva with a Horse-Voice" (because even horses listened to his talks)

Themes: Success

“People who are favored are honored. And because they are honored, they act proud. And because they act proud, they are hated… Hence sages consider success as well as failure to be a warning.”

Wang Zhen 809 – 859 CE via Ralph D. Sawyer
from Daodejing Lunbing Yaoyishu, The Tao of War

13. Honor and Disgrace

“Sages create but do not possess what they create. They succeed but do not claim success. Because they do not lose themselves, they do not lose others.”

Wang Anshi 王安石 1021 – 1086 CE via Red Pine

2. The Wordless Teachings

“No self is the Way. Success. Failure. I don’t see how they differ.”

Lu Huiqing 1031 – 1111 CE

23. Nothing and Not

“Only those who refuse to trade themselves for something external are fit to receive the kingdom.”

Wang Pang 1044 – 1076 CE via Red Pine
from Lao-tzu-chu

Themes: Success Victory

“The tongue is very small and light but it can take you to the greatest heights and it can put you in the lowest depths.”

Al-Ghazali أبو حامد محمد بن محمد الطوسي الغزالي 1058 – 1111 CE
(Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali)
Philosopher of Sufism

Themes: Success Failure

“The best signs of success are a decreasing of self-centeredness.”

Gampopa སྒམ་པོ་པ། 1079 – 1153 CE via Herbert Guenther
(Sönam Rinchen, Dakpo Rinpoche)
from Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Themes: Success

2. The Wordless Teachings

“When you forget about merit, your position is fulfilled… transmitting is merit but having transmitted, is not your own merit.”

Hóngzhì Zhēngjué 宏智正覺 1091 – 1157 CE via Dan Leighton
(Shōgaku)
from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Themes: Success Forget

“Struggle is over; gain and loss are assimilated. I sing the song of the village woodsman, and play the tunes of the children.”

Kakuan Shien 廓庵師遠 1100 – 1200 CE
(Kuo-an Shih-yuan, Kuòān Shīyuǎn )
Most popular Ten Bulls artist/poet

from 10 Bulls

“Worthy people are neither elated by prosperity or grieved by decline.”

Nichiren Daishonin 1222 – 1282 CE

Themes: Success

13. Honor and Disgrace

“For us there can be no attachment to a particular manner of behavior in this life, nor has this ever been right, however successful we may have been.”

Meister Eckhart 1260 – 1328 CE
(Eckhart von Hochheim)

Themes: Success Strategy

6. The Source

“You should never play to win but so as not to lose. Think what moves will be quickest beaten, avoid making them, and make whatever move will take most time to beat. In learning any accomplishment, in controlling one's own conduct, and in governing a nation, the same rule applies.”

Yoshida Kenkō 兼好 1284 – 1350 CE via Sir George Bailey Sansom
Inspiration of self-reinvention
from Essays in Idleness

Themes: Strategy Success

“To experience constant success, it's necessary to change habits and attitudes, to recreate yourself according to the changing times.”

Machiavelli 1469 – 1527 CE via Shan Dao
(Niccolò Machiavelli)
from The Prince

“Natural means free from success and therefore free from failure… If the wise do succeed or fail,there minds are not affected.”

Chiao Hung 1540 – 1620 CE
(Jiao Hung)

Themes: Success Failure

23. Nothing and Not

“A worthy and heroic death is better than worthless and despicable triumph”

Giordano Bruno 1548 – 1600 CE

Themes: Success

“I have touched the highest point of all my greatness. And from that full meridian of my glory I haste now to my setting.”

William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616 CE
from Henry VIII

Themes: Success

“Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.”

William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616 CE
from Othello

Themes: Success

2. The Wordless Teachings

“Be more careful not to miss once than to hit a hundred times… Evil news carries farther than any applause… All the exploits of a person taken together are not enough to wipe out a single small blemish.”

Balthasar Gracian 1601 – 1658 CE via Joseph Jacobs
from Art of Worldly Wisdom

Themes: Evil Success

60. Less is More

“Most things are not obtained simply because they are not attempted.”

Balthasar Gracian 1601 – 1658 CE via Joseph Jacobs, chapter #68
from Art of Worldly Wisdom

“Never start anything new if you have doubts... decisions made with certainty often turn out badly, how much more often if you start without confidence?”

Balthasar Gracian 1601 – 1658 CE via Shan Dao, #91
from Art of Worldly Wisdom

Themes: Success Doubt

“Better to be first in something small than second in something great because the first move has a big advantage. Those who follow look like parrots.(#63)”

Balthasar Gracian 1601 – 1658 CE via Shan Dao
from Art of Worldly Wisdom

Themes: Success Ambition

“Think of the profit of all as being the real profit and the mind of the whole country as being the real mind.”

Kāngxī 康熙帝 1654 – 1722 CE
from Emperor of China, Self-Portrait of K'ang-hsi

77. Stringing a Bow

“The greatest monarch on the proudest throne is obliged to sit upon his own arse.”

Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 CE

Themes: Success

“The ultimate goal of business is not to make a profit. Profit is just the means. The goal is general welfare.”

Adam Smith 1723 – 1790 CE
''The Father of Economic Capitalism"

Themes: Business Success

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

Napoleon Bonaparte 1769 – 1821 CE

Themes: Success

“The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears… Success comes from within, not from without.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 CE
Champion of individualism

Themes: Success

65. Simplicity: the Hidden Power of Goodness

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”

Disraeli, Benjamin 1804 – 1881 CE
(Earl of Beaconsfield )
Political balance between mob rule and tyranny

Themes: Success

“Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

Anthony Trollope 1815 – 1882 CE
Novelist as teacher

Themes: Success Ambition

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

Henry David Thoreau 1817 – 1862 CE
Father of environmentalism and America's first yogi
from Walden or Life in the Woods

Themes: Success

23. Nothing and Not

“Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.”

Henry David Thoreau 1817 – 1862 CE
Father of environmentalism and America's first yogi
from Walden or Life in the Woods

Themes: Success

2. The Wordless Teachings

“It is impossible to deny that dishonest men often grow rich and famous, becoming powerful in their parish or in parliament. Their portraits simper from shop windows; and they live and die respected. This success is theirs; yet it is not the success which a noble soul will envy.”

George Henry Lewes 1817 – 1878 CE
English philosopher and soul mate to George Eliot
from The Principles of Success in Literature (1865)

Themes: Karma Success

“You are working for the whole, you are acting for the future. Seek no reward, for great is your reward on this earth: the spiritual joy.”

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky Фёдор Миха́йлович Достое́вский 1821 – 1881 CE via Constance Garnett, Shan Dao
from Brothers Karamatzov

“what is success without failure? what is a win without a loss? what is health without illness? you have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. there is always going to be suffering. it’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you.”

Mark Twain 1835 – 1910 CE
(Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
America’s most famous author

2. The Wordless Teachings

“When you get to my age, there is nothing more to look forward to. Each day brings its tribulations and each day difficulties arise.. .So I'm giving up the struggle once and for all, abandoning all hope of success.”

Claude Monet 1840 – 1926 CE
"the driving force behind Impressionism"

Themes: Old Age Success

“The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS... is our national disease.”

William James 1842 – 1910 CE
"Father of American psychology”
from Letter to H. G. Wells, 1906

Themes: Success

“Success has always been a great liar.”

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 – 1900 CE
from Beyond Good and Evil

Themes: Success

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions--as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.”

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 – 1900 CE

Themes: Success Failure

“Permanent success cannot be achieved except by incessant intellectual labor, always inspired by the ideal.”

Sarah Bernhardt 1844 – 1923 CE
“One of the finest actors of all time”

“The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.”

Thomas Edison 1847 – 1931 CE
America's greatest inventor

Themes: Success

“The line between failure and success is so fine. . . that we are often on the line and do not know it.”

Elbert Hubbard 1856 – 1915 CE

2. The Wordless Teachings

“Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.”

George Bernard Shaw 1856 – 1950 CE
UK playwright second only to Shakespeare

Themes: Success

“Success is a constant sense of discontent broken by brief periods of satisfaction from a challenging accomplishment.”

Elbert Hubbard 1856 – 1915 CE via Shan Dao
from A Thosand and One Epigrams, 1911

Themes: Success

“The road to success is always under construction”

J. D. (Jake) Sandefer 1868 – 1940 CE

Themes: Success Victory

24. Unnecessary Baggage

“Success is never so interesting as struggle.”

Willa Cather 1873 – 1948 CE
Modern day Lao Tzu

Themes: Success

2. The Wordless Teachings

“How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.”

G. K. Chesterton 1874 – 1936 CE

43. No Effort, No Trace

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill 1874 – 1965 CE

Themes: Success Failure

13. Honor and Disgrace

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill 1874 – 1965 CE

Themes: Success Failure

43. No Effort, No Trace

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Albert Schweitzer 1875 – 1965 CE

“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955 CE

Themes: Success

“No one succeeds without effort. Mind control is not your birthright. Those who succeed owe their liberation to perseverance.”

Ramana Maharshi 1879 – 1950 CE

“When a person no longer confuses a personal body with self and recognizes all people as members of their own body, neither failure or success can bother them and they become safe to guide and guard others.”

Witter Bynner 1881 – 1968 CE via Shan Dao
(Emanuel Morgan)

13. Honor and Disgrace

“Morals are the memory of success that no longer succeeds.”

William Carlos Williams 1883 – 1963 CE
from In the American Grain

Themes: Success Memory

22. Heaven's Door

“You should not ask if you will succeed or not. That isn't what matters. The only thing that matters is your struggle to carry it further.”

Nikos Kazantzakis 1883 – 1957 CE via P. A. Bien
from Report to Greco

Themes: Success

“Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things.”

T. S. Eliot 1888 – 1965 CE

Themes: Success

2. The Wordless Teachings

“Successfully (whatever that may mean) or unsuccessfully, we all overact the part of our favorite character in fiction.”

Aldous Huxley 1894 – 1963 CE

Themes: Success Illusion

57. Wu Wei

“Success—'the bitch-goddess, Success' in William James's phrase—demands strange sacrifices from those who worship her.”

Aldous Huxley 1894 – 1963 CE
from Proper Studies

Themes: Success Ambition

“You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.”

Thomas Wolfe 1900 – 1938 CE
(Thomas Clayton Wolfe)
Father of autobiographical fiction

Themes: Success

“Despite the success cult, men are most deeply moved not by the reaching of the goal but by the grandness of the effort involved in getting there - or failing to get there.”

Max Lerner 1902 – 1992 CE
(Maxwell Alan)

“effort in our practice should be directed from achievement to non-achievement”

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi 1904 – 1971 CE

Themes: Success

30. No War

“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue… you have to let it happen by not caring about it—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it”

Viktor Frankl 1905 – 1997 CE
Brave and insightful concentration camp survivor

Themes: Success

“Lifelong dissent has more than acclimated me cheerfully to defeat. It has made me suspicious of victory. I feel uneasy at the very idea of a Movement. I see every insight degenerating into a dogma, and fresh thoughts freezing into lifeless party line. (1969)”

I. F. Stone 1907 – 1989 CE
One of the greatest 20th century reporters
from I.F. Stone's Weekly

“[The Tintin success] is like a flowing stream, but what is its nature?… That’s something I am still asking myself without finding an answer.”

Hergé 1907 – 1983 CE
(Georges Prosper Remi )
Intrepid reporter of world culture

Themes: Success

“One may conquer millions in battle, but he who conquers himself—only one—is the greatest of conquerors.”

Walpola Rahula Thero 1907 – 1997 CE
“Supreme Master of Buddhist Scriptures”

from What the Buddha Taught, 1959

Themes: Success Victory

“You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.”

Albert Camus 1913 – 1960 CE

Themes: Success Strategy

“There is no one so great as the one who does not try to accomplish anything more”

Masanobu Fukuoka 福岡 正信 1913 – 2008 CE via Larry Korn
from One Straw Revolution

Themes: Success Victory

9. Know When to Stop

“The greatest achievements in the science of this [twentieth] century are themselves the sources of more puzzlement than human beings have ever experienced. Indeed, it is likely that the twentieth century will be looked back at as the time when science provided the first close glimpse of the profundity of human ignorance. We have not reached solutions; we have only begun to discover how to ask questions.”

Lewis Thomas 1913 – 1993 CE via On Science and Certainty
Gestaltist of science and art
from Discover Magazine (1980)

Themes: Success

“A lot of success stories in our country are based on a core belief that says, I'm nothing. I'm incapable. So, I'll spend my life proving I'm capable.' That can be a very outwardly successful yet lifeless way to live.”

Charlotte Joko Beck 1917 – 2011 CE
Authentic, pioneering Western Zen master

from Ordinary Wonder

Themes: Success

“there is very evidently one rather terrible hallmark common to all persons who look for God, and apparently with enormous success, in the queerest imaginable places—e.g.investigating loaded ashtrays with an index finger—he very frequently behaves like a fool, even an imbecile.”

J. D. Salinger 1919 – 2010 CE
from Raise High the Roof Beams, Seymour an Introduction

“Success and failure are both humiliating.”

Jack Kerouac 1922 – 1969 CE
from Some of the Dharma

Themes: Success Failure

“My reward is the perfect blue sky at dawn in the desert in a bird-resounding riverbottom grove”

Jack Kerouac 1922 – 1969 CE
from Some of the Dharma

“When you do things, then obstacles will come and you can go through them. Obstacles are a sign of success.”

Karmapa XVI ཀརྨ་བཀའ་བརྒྱུད། 1924 – 1981 CE
(Rangjung Rigpe Dorje)
from Rangjung Rigpe Dorje

Themes: Success Obstacles

13. Honor and Disgrace

“Emotional intelligence, more than any other factor, more than I.Q. or expertise, accounts for 85% to 90% of success at work… I.Q. is a threshold competence. You need it, but it doesn’t make you a star. Emotional intelligence can.”

Warren Bennis 1925 – 2014 CE
Authentic Leadership pioneering thought leader

Themes: Success Wisdom

“Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time… but it isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.”

Warren Bennis 1925 – 2014 CE
Authentic Leadership pioneering thought leader

Themes: Success

“Success and failure are greatly overrated. But failure gives you a whole lot more to talk about.

Hildegard Knef 1925 – 2002 CE

Themes: Failure Success

2. The Wordless Teachings

“If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.”

Malcolm X الحاجّ مالك الشباز‎‎ 1925 – 1965 CE

Themes: Success

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 CE

“Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you're exactly the same.”

Audrey Hepburn 1929 – 1993 CE

Themes: Success Ambition

2. The Wordless Teachings

“In many if not most cases, the more success, the less integrity. The cost of most success is our integrity.”

Shan Dao 山道 1933 CE –

Themes: Success Integrity

“80 percent of success is showing up — my biggest life lesson that has worked. All others have failed me.”

Woody Allen 1935 CE –

“As long as our orientation is toward perfection or success, we will never learn about unconditional friendship with ourselves, nor will we find compassion.”

Pema Chödrön 1936 CE –
(Deirdre Blomfield-Brown)
First American Vajrayana nun

Themes: Success

2. The Wordless Teachings

“He feels the joy and sorrow of love in everything he does. He feels hot and cold, sweet and sour, simultaneously. Whether things go well or things go badly, whether there is success or failure, he feels sad and delighted at once.”

Chögyam Trungpa 1939 – 1987 CE
from Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

24. Unnecessary Baggage

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”

Bob Dylan 1941 CE –

Themes: Success Strategy

“There’s no success like failure, and failure’s no success at all.”

Bob Dylan 1941 CE – via Love Minus Zero
from Bringing it all Back Home

Themes: Success Failure

2. The Wordless Teachings

“The fastest way to become successful is to make lots of mistakes.”

Paulo Lugari 1944 CE – via Alan Weisman

Themes: Success Mistakes

43. No Effort, No Trace

“Nobody's going to win all the time. On the highway of life you can't always be in the fast lane.”

Haruki Murakami 1949 CE –
from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

“Nobody's going to win all the time. On the highway of life you can't always be in the fast lane.”

Haruki Murakami 1949 CE –
from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

“Our ideas about success are based on unexamined assumptions. Fixation on these subverts our best efforts leading either to counterfeit success or true frustration.”

B. Alan Wallace 1950 CE –
(Bruce Alan Wallace)
from Buddhism with an Attitude

Themes: Success Progress

“Success isn't about how much money you make, it's about the difference you make in people's lives”

Michelle Obama 1964 CE –

Themes: Success Money

“If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice... it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change.”

J.K. Rowling 1965 CE –
from Harvard Commencement address, 2008

Themes: Success

“So winners are the real losers because they learn nothing?… If losers can exploit what their adversaries teach them, yes, losers can become winners in the long term.”

David Mitchell 1969 CE –
from Bone Clocks

Themes: Success

2. The Wordless Teachings

“People who have invested a sincere effort in exploring their inner wealth naturally tend to develop a certain kind of fame, respect, and credibility... Their success in the world has nothing to do with personal ambition... It stems, rather, from a spacious and relaxed state of well-being, which allows them to see people and situations more clearly, but also to maintain a basic sense of happiness regardless of their personal circumstances.”

Mingyur Rinpoche 1975 CE –
Modern-day Mahasiddha

from Joy of Living (2007)

Themes: Success Fame

“a dramatic increase in the collective power and ostensible success of our species went hand in hand with much individual suffering... This discrepancy between evolutionary success and individual suffering is perhaps the most important lesson we can draw from the Agricultural Revolution.”

Yuval Harari יובל נח הררי‎ 1976 CE –
Israeli historian, professor, and philosopher

from Sapiens

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