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25 Malcolm Gladwell Quotes From Outliers to Blink



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Malcolm Gladwell Quotes From Outliers to Blink

Out latest collection of insightful Malcolm Gladwell quotes on Everyday Power Blog!

Voted one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential people, Gladwell is a Canadian journalist based out of New York. Gladwell is known all around the world for his 5 bestselling books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009), David and Goliath (2013).


More than an author, Gladwell travels the world speaking to audiences and is an authority in his field of sociology, social psychology and psychology.


With thousands of Malcolm Gladwell quotes all over the internet it was tough for us to boil it down to 40. Enjoy!

To hear Gladwell speak, check out the video at the end of the post.

Malcolm Gladwell Quotes About Success


1.) “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Practice never, ever stops. Practice is ongoing. Being able to maintain intense practice over time is one of the small distinctions that separates the good from the great.


2.) “The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Knowing is not enough. Understanding how ‘it’ fits within the context of what you’re doing, understating how it applies – is the key. It’s great to know, but seek to understand and apply.


3.) “We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We’re a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don’t really have an explanation for.” – Malcolm Gladwell

As we spoke about above, seek to understand. When we think we know without properly understanding – we can rush to judgments, explanations and conclusions that are not appropriate. Sometimes, we don’t need an immediate explanation. Sometimes we have to wait until there is more information, of different perspectives added, to generate a better understanding for what we just heard, learned or saw.


4.) “Who we are cannot be separated from where we’re from.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Where we are from is our roots. Whether we had an outstanding childhood or the exact opposite – we can use our past, our past lessons, gained wisdom, deep scars and challenges to propel us to wherever we want to go. We are our past. But, we are not a slave to our past.


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5.) “….. it would be interesting to find out what goes on in that moment when someone looks at you and draws all sorts of conclusions.” – Malcolm Gladwell

We are making snap judgements all the time. Where do they come from? Are those judgements and conclusions really yours? Are they your family’s? Or your neighborhood’s? Or the media’s? Before we think we ‘know’ something, let’s first ask: where is this conclusion coming from?


6.) “Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Find the balance between making a well informed, strategic decision and going with your gut. I’ve been wrong many, many times. On a daily basis! 🙂 However my gut, has never steered me wrong, even when I don’t know all the facts.


7.) “Emotion is contagious.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Whether it’s with your family, in the workplace, in your school or organization – be the most enthusiastic person you know. People may not tell you, but you never know who you’re inspiring.


8.) “Achievement is talent plus preparation” – Malcolm Gladwell

No one can control how many opportunities you will have. But you can fully control how hard you work and much you practice. In order to be a winner, you must prepare to win!


9.) “Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.” – Malcolm Gladwell

In the midst of your hard work, make sure you’re working on the right things. Work hard on the tasks that give meaning, purpose and the desired results for your life or current project.


10.) “Insight is not a lightbulb that goes off inside our heads. It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Insight comes form asking, ‘why did this happen?’. As stated in Gladwell’s quote, our insight is so delicate because it’s very easy to accept events, people and information at face value. It’s easy to NOT connect the dots. It’s easy to not ask why, and believe that’s just the way it is. It’s easy to be on autopilot, and there is absolutely no insight there!

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11.) “Those three things – autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward – are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.” – Malcolm Gladwell


12.) “It is those who are successful, in other words, who are most likely to be given the kinds of special opportunities that lead to further success. It’s the rich who get the biggest tax breaks. It’s the best students who get the best teaching and most attention. And it’s the biggest nine- and ten-year-olds who get the most coaching and practice. Success is the result of what sociologists like to call “accumulative advantage.” – Malcolm Gladwell


13.) “The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.” – Malcolm Gladwell


14.) “Good writing does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head.” – Malcolm Gladwell


15.) “It’s not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether or not our work fulfills us. Being a teacher is meaningful.” – Malcolm Gladwell

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16.) “In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.” – Malcolm Gladwell


17.) “…If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.” – Malcolm Gladwell


18.) “Once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That’s it. And what’s more, the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.” – Malcolm Gladwell


19.) “The lesson here is very simple. But it is striking how often it is overlooked. We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth. We look at the young Bill Gates and marvel that our world allowed that thirteen-year-old to become a fabulously successful entrepreneur. But that’s the wrong lesson. Our world only allowed one thirteen-year-old unlimited access to a time sharing terminal in 1968. If a million teenagers had been given the same opportunity, how many more Microsofts would we have today?” – Malcolm Gladwell


20.) “In the act of tearing something apart, you lose its meaning.” – Malcolm Gladwell

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21.) “No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich.” – Malcolm Gladwell


22.) “I want to convince you that these kinds of personal explanations of success don’t work. People don’t rise from nothing….It is only by asking where they are from that we can unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn’t.” – Malcolm Gladwell


23.) “To be someone’s best friend requires a minimum investment of time. More than that, though, it takes emotional energy. Caring about someone deeply is exhausting.” – Malcolm Gladwell


24.) “our world requires that decisions be sourced and footnoted, and if we say how we feel, we must also be prepared to elaborate on why we feel that way…We need to respect the fact that it is possible to know without knowing why we know and accept that – sometimes – we’re better off that way.” – Malcolm Gladwell


25.) “Success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities.”


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30 Inspirational Best Friend Quotes To Show How Much You Care



Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

While we have a lot of people in our lives, including our spouses, family members, and children among others, there is nothing quite as unique as the relationship we have with our best friend. There is an unspoken bond with the person who knows us better than anyone in the world.

The one you call on the phone at 3AM during a crisis; someone who knows what we are thinking before we say it; the only person who really, truly, ‘gets’ us. Best friends hold a special place in our hearts. Thus, they should be celebrated.

So with that in mind, here is a list of wonderful best friend quotes that does just that.


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes and Sayings

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis


“A true friend is someone who is there for you when they would rather be someplace else.” – Len Wein

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes


“A true friend sees the good in everything, and brings out the best in the worst of things.” – Sasha Azevedo


“Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say.” – Anon

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes


“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” – William Shakespeare


“Friends are angels who lift our feet when our own wings have trouble remembering how to fly.” – Author Unknown

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes


Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” – Bill Watterson


“Friends are the bacon bits in the salad bowl of life.” – Anon

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes


“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” – Helen Keller


“I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.” – Robert Brault


Famous Best Friend Quotes To Warm Your Heart

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“Everyone has a ‘best friend’ during each stage of life, but only a precious few have the same one.” – Anonymous


True love is finding your soul mate in your best friend.” – Faye Hall


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me.” – Author Unknown


“A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.” – Anonymous


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“That was what a best friend did: hold up a mirror and show you your heart.” – Kristin Hannah


“The road to a friend’s house is never long.” – Danish Proverb


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“When it hurts to look back, and you’re scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there.” – Anonymous


“Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.” – Ed Cunningham


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.” – Elie Wiesel


“No friendship is an accident.” – O. Henry, ‘Heart of the West’


More Heartwarming Best Friend Quotes

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“A friend is someone who knows all about you, and loves you just the same.” – Elbert Hubbard


“A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults.” – Charles Kingsley


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford


“The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.” – Barbara Kingsolver


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give.” – Unknown


“A friend is someone who will bail you out of jail. A best friend is the one sitting next to you saying ‘boy was that fun.’” – Kate Angell


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” – Donna Roberts


“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.” – Henry David Thoreau


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.” – Jennie Jerome Churchill


“Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends.” – It’s a Wonderful Life


To whom will you share these best friend quotes with?

I hope these best friend quotes warmed your heart and reminded you of your own best friend. If they did, please share this with those friends you hold dearest to you. Let them know you were thinking of them.

A best friend is a special gift. If we are lucky enough to have just one person like that in our life, we are wealthy beyond words.


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30 Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness To Guide You Through Life



Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness

No matter what your personal belief, no one seems to touch a chord so consistently with people as much as Buddha. There is something about the messages, the tone, and the inspiration of Buddha’s words, which rings true with people.

Everyone seems to have their favorite quotes – and there are so many I could not possibly list them all here. They have a tone that is encouraging in nature. That is what I want to gather here, in hopes that you have a list at your disposal to motivate you when the need arises.

So, please enjoy some of my favorite inspirational Buddha quotes below:


The Best Buddha Quotes On Being Present

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha


“I teach one thing and one only: that is, suffering and the end of suffering.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha


“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.” – Buddha


“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” – Buddha


“When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.” – Buddha


Buddha Quotes On Happiness and Health

Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” – Buddha


“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha


“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.” – Buddha


“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” – Buddha


Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha


More Inspirational Buddha Quotes about Life

Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.” – Buddha


“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“Hate is never conquered by hate; hate is only conquered by love.” – Buddha


Nothing is permanent.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.” – Buddha


“There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” – Buddha


“A jug fills drop by drop.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha


Which of these Buddha quotes struck you the most, and why?

Hopefully, you enjoyed reading some of the common, but also lesser known Buddha quotes. Hang them on your mirror, keep them on your fridge, hide them in your desk drawer, or keep them in your planner. Anywhere they might come in handy.

There is just something about Buddha that has a way of saying something in a way that resonates. I hope that something here did that for you.

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