Sunday, March 17, 2013

Outliers: Quotes .

As promised! Here are the quotes I found absolutely incredible from this book. Enjoy! Let me know what you think!

1. Those three thing - autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It's whether our work fulfills us.

2. Work that fulfills those three criteria is meaningful.

3. Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.

4. Success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities...

5. matters where you're from, not just in terms of where you grew up or where your parents grew up, but in terms of where your great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents grew up and even where your great-great-great-grandparents grew up.

6. No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich.

7. By the age of fie, in other words, American children are already a year behind their Asian counterparts in the most fundamental of math skills.

8. A belief in work ought to be a thing of beauty.

9. Working really hard is what successful people do....

10. We sometimes think being good at mathematics as an innate ability... it's not so much ability as attitude. You master mathematics if you're willing to try.

11. ...success follows a predictable course. It is not the brightest who succeed.

12. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities - and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.

13. To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages that today determine success - the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history - with a society that provides opportunities for all.

14. The world could be so much richer than the world we have settled for.

15. Marita just needed a chance. And look at the chance she was given! Someone brought a little bit of the rice paddy to the South Bronx and explained to her the miracle of meaningful work.

So naturally, some of these quotes are taken out of context. But I hope that it inspires you to go get this book asap! One of the best reads I've had in my life, hands down.


  1. I read this book for school. I don't remember any of those quotes. Must have to read it again!

  2. Great quotes indeed my friend. Great quotes indeed. Hope you had a good St. Paddy's Day mate.


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