Welcome to TANQ.

WhyWhatHow‘s library of Thoughts, Anecdotes, Notes and Quotations.

TANQ is a growing central library of thoughts, anecdotes, notes and quotes that I come across during my life and learning. It was originally inspired by Ryan Holiday’s excellent article on “How and Why to Keep a Commonplace Book“.

As time goes by I’ll be developing TANQ to make it easier to explore, filter and share its contents right here on WhyWhatHow.

For now, here’s a snapshot from the inside:

Latest Entries

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”


“Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”


“Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.”


“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”


“The whole is more than the sum of its parts.”


Random Entries

Delusion of Reprieve: “The condemned man, immediately before his execution, gets the illusion that he might be reprieved at the very last minute.

Viktor Frankl Man’s Search for Meaning

“Do external things distract you? Then make time for yourself to learn something worthwhile; stop letting yourself be pulled in all directions.”

Marcus Aurelius Meditations

Many a false step was made by standing still.

Fortune Cookie

“Take life sincerely, not seriously.”


“Change of scenes shifts the mind’s burden to the other shoulder and banishes the old, shop-worn weariness from mind and body both.”

Mark Twain The Mysterious Stranger