Thinking, Fast and Slow Book Quotes

“A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.”

“Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it”

“Our comforting conviction that the world makes sense rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance.”

“The psychologist, Paul Rozin, an expert on disgust, observed that a single cockroach will completely wreck the appeal of a bowl of cherries, but a cherry will do nothing at all for a bowl of cockroaches.”

“Intelligence is not only the ability to reason; it is also the ability to find relevant material in memory and to deploy attention when needed.”

“The idea that the future is unpredictable is undermined every day by the ease with which the past is explained.”

“Odd as it may seem, I am my remembering self, and the experiencing self, who does my living, is like a stranger to me.”

“This is the essence of intuitive heuristics: when faced with a difficult question, we often answer an easier one instead, usually without noticing the substitution.”

“A reliable way of making people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.”

“We are prone to overestimate how much we understand about the world and to underestimate the role of chance in events.”

“The world makes much less sense than you think. The coherence comes mostly from the way your mind works.”

“You are more likely to learn something by finding surprises in your own behavior than by hearing surprising facts about people in general.”

“The easiest way to increase happiness is to control your use of time. Can you find more time to do the things you enjoy doing?”

“The test of learning psychology is whether your understanding of situations you encounter has changed, not whether you have learned a new fact.”

“Nothing in life is as important as you think it is when you are thinking about it.”

“Because we tend to be nice to other people when they please us and nasty when they do not, we are statistically punished for being nice and rewarded for being nasty.”

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