30 Quotes From Top Selling Psychology Books

1. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

  • “The Golden Rule of Habit Change: You can’t extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it.”
  • “The habits that matter most are the ones that, when they start to shift, dislodge and remake other patterns.”
  • “The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.”

2. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

  • “We can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness.”
  • “Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it.”
  • “A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.”

3. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

  • “Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.”
  • “Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.”
  • “Grit grows as we figure out our life philosophy, learn to dust ourselves off after rejection and disappointment, and learn to tell the difference between low-level goals that should be abandoned quickly and higher-level goals that demand more tenacity.”

4. The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

  • “The more we shelter children from every disappointment, the more devastating future disappointments will be.”
  • “The human mind is like an elephant with a rider. The rider is our conscious reasoning, and the elephant is everything else. The rider evolved to serve the elephant, not to master it.”
  • “The best way to prepare students for the rest of their lives is to teach them how to engage civilly with people who hold different beliefs, and to stand up for what they believe in without trying to silence others.”

5. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

  • “You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”
  • “Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.”
  • “Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”

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6. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

  • “The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.”
  • “Becoming is better than being.”
  • “No matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.”

7. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

  • “Trauma results in a fundamental reorganization of the way mind and body manage perceptions. It changes not only how we think and what we think about, but also our very capacity to think.”
  • “Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”
  • “In order to change, people need to become aware of their sensations and the way that their bodies interact with the world around them. Physical self-awareness is the first step in releasing the tyranny of the past.”

8. The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life by Shawn Achor

  • “Happiness is not something that happens to you. Happiness is something you can cultivate.”
  • “The more you believe in your own ability to succeed, the more likely it is that you will.”
  • “The most successful people, in work and in life, are those who have what psychologists call an “optimistic explanatory style”—a way of explaining adversity that is hopeful and empowering.”

9. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

  • “There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.”
  • “The only permanent solution to your problems is to go inside and let go of the part of you that seems to have so many problems with reality.”
  • “The highest spiritual path is life itself. If you know how to live daily life, it all becomes a liberating experience.”

10. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

  • “There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”
  • “Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe.”
  • “Everyone shines, given the right lighting.”