August in Books — Five Books in Quotes

Nina Wieretiło
5 min readSep 3, 2022

“It’s the things we don’t do that tend to haunt us long-term — such as choosing not to take a new job, not to pursue a relationship, not to stand up for ourselves, or not to push beyond our comfort zones. We tend to remember the things in life we had the chance to do, but didn’t — an opportunity lost, a promise unfulfilled.” — Evy Poumpouras

2-year old Nina just casually reading stuff, making book recommendations.

I have recently realised that my previous book recommendation have oftentimes been too spoiler-ish and subjective. In turn, I decided to switch from providing my own subjective summaries to my (subjective) choice of authors’ best quotes. Please let me know how that works for you.

Becoming Bulletproof: Protect Yourself, Read People, Influence Situations, and Live Fearlessly, Evy Poumpouras

  • “Being fearless is bullshit. It isn’t possible to live without fear, and it shouldn’t be necessary in order for you to live a healthy, successful life. Fear is natural, useful, and it keeps us alive.”
  • “I know fear keeps us alive, but I also know that fear keeps us from living.”
  • It’s the things we don’t do that tend to haunt us long-term — such as choosing not to take a new job, not to pursue a relationship, not to stand up for ourselves, or not to push beyond our comfort zones. We tend to remember the things in life we had the chance to do, but didn’t — an opportunity lost, a promise unfulfilled.”
  • “Fear is like fire, if you extinguish it while it’s small, it won’t become an inferno.”
  • Rigid people are the most dangerous people. Because they don’t know how to adapt, they become tethered to the one narrative they have created in their minds. They become unable to pivot so when life delivers a blow, it’s almost impossible for them to recover.”
  • “I wasn’t unstoppable, but I was harder to stop.”

Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport

  • “Digital Minimalism — a philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.”
  • The cost of a thing is the amount

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