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Welcome to TANQ.

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

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

“My favourite definition of a careful writer comes from Joe DiMaggio, though he didn’t know that’s what he was defining… A reporter once asked him how he managed to play so well so consistently, and he said ‘I always thought that there was at least one person in the stands who had never seen me play, and I didn’t want to let him down.'”

William Zinsser On Writing Well

“Writing well means believing in your writing and believing in yourself, taking risks, daring to be different, pushing yourself to excel. You will write only as well as you make yourself write.”

William Zinsser On Writing Well

“If you would like to write better than everybody else, you have to want to write better than everybody else. You must take an obsessive pride in the smallest details of your craft.”

William Zinsser On Writing Well

“Quality is its own reward.”

William Zinsser On Writing Well

“No writing decision is too small to be worth a large expenditure of time.”

William Zinsser On Writing Well

Random Entries

“A movement starts because of the social habits of friendship and the strong ties between close acquaintances.
It grows because of the habits of a community, and the weak ties that hold neighbourhoods and clans together.
And it endures because a movement’s leaders give participants new habits that create a fresh sense of identity and a feeling of ownership.”

Charles Duhigg The Power of Habit

Named your fear must be before banish it you can.

Yoda Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Self-disicipline: “The ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not”

Elbert Hubbard

Moral Licensing: “The subconscious phenomenon whereby increased confidence and security in one’s self-image or self-concept tends to make that individual worry less about the consequences of subsequent immoral behavior and, therefore, more likely to make immoral choices and act immorally.”

“Clear thinking becomes clear writing; one can’t exist without the other.”

William Zinsser On Writing Well