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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

“The surprise which a visitor to a museum expresses at the age of a given object is in exact proportion to his recognition of the essential modernity of that object. It is the surprise of one who sees his horizon suddenly opening out.”

Sir Leonard Woolley

“It turns out that optimists have four special behaviors, all learned through practice and repetition.
First, optimists look for the good in every situation.
Second, optimists always seek the valuable lesson in every setback or difficulty.
Third, optimists always look for the solution to every problem.
Fourth, optimists think and talk continually about their goals.”

Brian Tracy Eat That Frog!

“Any time you stop striving to get better, you’re bound to get worse.”

Pat Riley Eat That Frog!

“As to methods, there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

Harrington Emerson

“The reason why rivers and seas receive the homage of a hundred mountain streams is that they keep below them. Thus they are able to reign over all the mountain streams. So the sage, wishing to be above men, putteth himself below them; wishing to be before them, he putteth himself behind them. Thus, though his place be above men, they do not feel his weight; though his place be before them, they do not count it an injury.”

Lao-tse How to Win Friends and Influence People

Random Entries

“The surprise which a visitor to a museum expresses at the age of a given object is in exact proportion to his recognition of the essential modernity of that object. It is the surprise of one who sees his horizon suddenly opening out.”

Sir Leonard Woolley

“What? You say that full energy given to those sixteen hours will lessen the value of the business eight? Not so. On the contrary, it will assuredly increase the value of the business eight. One of the chief things which my typical man has to learn is that the mental faculties are capable of a continuous hard activity; they do not tire like an arm or a leg. All they want is change – not rest, except in sleep.”

Arnold Bennett How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

“Only boring people get bored.”

Grandma

“Those who know, do not speak. Those who speak, do not know.”

Lao Tsu Tao Teh Ching

“A commitment to deep work is not a moral stance and it’s not a philosophical statement – it is instead a pragmatic recognition that the ability to concentrate is a skill that gets valuable things done.”

Cal Newport Deep Work