29 Quotes from Everything is F*cked book by Mark Manson



Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson.

Everything is F*cked has been described by Ryan Holiday as a call to arms for a better life and better world that could not be more needed right now.

Chapter 1-3 Quotes

Bravery is common. Resilience is common. But heroism has a philosophical component to it. There's some great "Why?" that heroes bring to the table - some incredible cause or belief that goes unshaken, no matter what. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 1

We are a culture in need not of peace or prosperity or new hood ornaments for our electric cars. We have all that. We are a culture in need of something far more precarious. We are a culture and a people in need of hope. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 1

One day, you and everyone you love will die. And beyond a small group of people for an extremely brief period of time, little of what you say or do will ever matter. This is the Uncomfortable Truth of life. [...] We are inconsequential cosmic dust, bumping and milling about on a tiny blue speck. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 1

Our psyche needs hope to survive the way a fish needs water. Hope is the fuel for our mental engine. It's the butter on our biscuit. It's a lot of really cheesy metaphors. Without hope, your whole mental apparatus will stall out or starve. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 1

We live in an interesting time in that, materially, things are arguably better than they have ever been before, yet we all seem to be losing our minds thinking the world is one giant toilet bowl about to be flushed. An irrational sense of hopelessness is spreading across the rich, developed world. It's a paradox of progress: the better things get, the more anxious and desperate we all seem to feel. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 1

This is the real work of anything that even resembles psychological healing: getting our values straight with ourselves so that we can get our values straight with the world. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 2

People are liars, all of us. We lie constantly and habitually. We lie about important things and trifling things. And we usually don't lie out of malice - rather, we lie to others because we're in such a habit of lying to ourselves - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 3

Let's be real: People suck, and life is exceedingly difficult and unpredictable. Most of us are winging it as we go, if not completely lost. And if we didn't have some false belief in our own superiority (or inferiority), a deluded belief that we're extraordinary at something, we'd line up to swan-dive off the nearest bridge. Without a little bit of that narcissistic delusion, without that perpetual lie we tell ourselves about our specialness, we'd likely give up hope. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 3

Our narratives are sticky, clinging to our minds and hanging onto our identities like tight, wet clothes. We carry them around with us and define ourselves by them. We trade narratives with others, looking for people whose narratives match our own. We call these people friends, allies, good people. And those who carry narratives that contradict our own? We call them evil. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 3

The values we pick up throughout our lives crystallize and form a sediment on top of our personality. The only way to change our values is to have experiences contrary to our values. And any attempt to break free from those values through new or contrary experiences will inevitably be met with pain and discomfort. This is why there is no such thing as change without pain, no growth without discomfort. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 3

All peoples are more the same than they are different. We all mostly want the same things out of life. But those slight differences generate emotion, and emotion generates a sense of importance. Therefore, we come to perceive our differences as disproportionately more important than our similarities. And this is the true tragedy of man. That we are doomed to perpetual conflict over the slight difference. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 3

Chapter 4-6 Quotes

Sports are a form of religion. They are arbitrary value systems designed to give people hope. Hit the ball here, and you're a hero! Kick the ball there, and you're a loser! Sports deify some individuals and demonize others. [...] Yet, there is an even grander example of interpersonal religion than sports: politics. Across the world, we come together under a similar set of values and decide to bestow authority, leadership, and virtue onto a small number of people. Like the lines on a football field, political systems are entirely made up, the positions of power exist due only to the faith of the population. And whether it's a democracy or a dictatorship, the result is the same: a small group of leaders is idolized and exalted (or demonized) in the social consciousness. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 4

We need rituals because rituals make our values tangible. You can't think your way toward valuing something. You have to live it. You have to experience it. And one way of making it easier for others to live and experience a value is to make up cute outfits for them to wear and important-sounding words for them to say - in short, to give them rituals. Rituals are visual and experiential representations of what we deem important. That's why every good religion has them. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 4

Let me be the one to break the bad news to you: human pain is like a game of Whac-A-Mole. Every time you knock down one kind of pain, another one pops up. And the faster you whack them, the faster they come back. The pain may get better, it may change shape, it may be less catastrophic each time. But it will always be there. It's part of us. It is us. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 4

Leaders need their followers to be perpetually dissatisfied; it's good for the leadership business. If everything were perfect and great, there'd be no reason to follow anybody. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 4

It's all fucked. Everything is fucked. It always has been and always will be. There are no solutions, only stopgap measures, only incremental improvements, only slightly better forms of fuckedness than others. And it's time we stop running from that and, instead, embrace it. This is our fucked-up world. And we’re the fucked-up ones in it. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 4

Science is arguably the most effective religion because it is the first religion that is able to evolve and improve upon itself. It is open to anybody and everybody. It is not moored to a single book or creed. It is not beholden to some ancient land or people. It is not tethered to a supernatural spirit whose existence cannot be proven or disproven. It is an ongoing, ever-changing body of evidence-based beliefs, one that is free to mutate, grow, and shift as the evidence dictates. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 5

Like a surgeon's scalpel, hope can save a life, and hope can take a life. It can uplift us, and it can destroy us. Just as there are healthy and damaging forms of confidence, and healthy and damaging forms of love, there are also healthy and damaging forms of hope. And the difference between the two is not always clear. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 5

Worshipping some supernatural God, some abstract principle, some bottomless desire, when pursued long enough, will always result in giving up your own humanity or the humanity of others in order to achieve the aims of that worship. And what was supposed to save you from suffering then plunges you back into suffering. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 6

Throughout the rich and developed world, we are not living through a crisis of wealth or material, but a crisis of character, a crisis of virtue, a crisis of means and ends. The fundamental political schism in the twenty-first century is no longer right versus left, but the impulsive childish values of the right and left versus the compromising adolescent/adult values of both the right and left. It's no longer a debate of communism versus capitalism or freedom versus equality but, rather, of maturity versus immaturity, of means versus ends. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 6

Our emotional reactions to our problems are not determined by the size of the problem. Rather, our minds simply amplify (or minimize) our problems to fit the degree of stress we expect to experience. Material progress and security do not necessarily relax us or make it easier to hope for the future. On the contrary, it appears that perhaps by removing healthy adversity and challenge, people struggle even more. They become more selfish and more childish. They fail to develop and mature out of adolescence. They remain further removed from any virtue. They see mountains where there are molehills. And they scream at each other as though the world were one endless stream of spilled milk. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 7

Chapter 7-9 Quotes

Pain is the experience of life itself. Positive emotions are the temporary removal of pain; negative emotions the temporary augmentation of it. To numb one's pain is to numb all feeling, all emotion. It is to quietly remove oneself from living. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 7

The pursuit of happiness is a toxic value that has long defined our culture. It is self-defeating and misleading. Living well does not mean avoiding suffering; it means suffering for the right reasons. Because if we're going to be forced to suffer by simply existing, we might as well learn how to suffer well. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 7

Most people avoid meditation the same way a kid avoids doing homework. It's because they know what meditation really is: it's confronting your pain, it's observing the interiors of your mind and heart, in all their horror and glory. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 7

Life is one never-ending stream of pain, and to grow is not to find a way to avoid that stream but, rather, to dive into it and successfully navigate its depths. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 7

The world runs on one thing: feelings. This is because people spend money on things that make them feel good. And where the money flows, power flows. So, the more you're able to influence the emotions of people in the world, the more money and power you'll accumulate. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 8

There's nothing necessarily wrong with diversions; we all need them from time to time. The problem is when they begin to dominate our lives and wrest control away from our will. Many diversions trip certain circuits in our brain, making them addictive. The more you numb pain, the worse that pain becomes, thus impelling you to numb it further. At a certain point, the icky ball of pain grows to such great proportions that your avoidance of that pain becomes compulsive. You lose control of yourself - your Feeling Brain has locked your Thinking Brain in the trunk and isn't letting it out until it gets its next hit of whatever. And the downward spiral ensues. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 8

Life is fundamentally built on algorithms. We just happen to be the most sophisticated and complex algorithms nature has yet produced, the zenith of about one billion years' worth of evolutionary forces. And now we are on the cusp of producing algorithms that are exponentially better than we are. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 9

I dare to hope for a post-hope world, where people are never treated merely as means but always as ends, where no consciousness is sacrificed for some greater religious aim, where no identity is harmed out of malice or greed or negligence, where the ability to reason and act is held in the highest regard by all, and where this is reflected not only in our hearts but also in our social institutions and business models. - Everything is F*cked, Chapter 9

Cited Quotes

I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. - Tom Waits, as quoted in Everything is F*cked, Chapter 2

My time has not come yet, some men are born posthumously. - Friedrich Nietzsche, as quoted in Everything is F*cked, Chapter 5

Just as a stream flows smoothly as long as it encounters no obstruction, so the nature of man and animal is such that we never really notice or become conscious of what is agreeable to our will; if we are to notice something, our will has to have been thwarted, has to have experienced a shock of some kind. On the other hand, all that opposes, frustrates and resists our will, that is to say all that is unpleasant and painful, impresses itself upon us instantly, directly and with great clarity. Just as we are conscious not of the healthiness of our whole body but only the little place where the shoe pinches, so we think not of the totality of our successful activities but of some insignificant trifle or other which continues to vex us. - Arthur Schopenhauer, as quoted in Everything is F*cked, Chapter 7

Extreme freedom can't be expected to lead to anything but a change to extreme slavery. - Plato, as quoted in Everything is F*cked, Chapter 8

Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others. - Winston Churchill, Everything is F*cked, Chapter 8



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