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12 Dan Harris Quotes from Books

Hello. I am Deepak Kundu, an avid book reader and quotes collector. Here is a list of 12 Dan Harris quotes that I liked and saved from various books. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Dan Harris Quotes

When you have one foot in the future and the other in the past, you piss on the present.

from 10% Happier book by Dan Harris

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Our inner chatter isn’t all bad, of course. Sometimes it’s creative, generous, or funny. But if we don’t pay close attention – which very few of us are taught how to do – it can be a malevolent puppeteer.

from 10% Happier book by Dan Harris

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Meditation is simply exercise for your brain. It’s a proven technique for preventing the voice in your head from leading you around by the nose.

from 10% Happier book by Dan Harris

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When I opened my eyes, I had an entirely different attitude about meditation. I didn’t like it, per se, but I now respected it. This was not just some hippie time-passing technique, like Ultimate Frisbee or making God’s Eyes. It was a rigorous brain exercise: rep after rep of trying to tame the runaway train of the mind. The repeated attempt to bring the compulsive thought machine to heel was like holding a live fish in your hands. Wrestling your mind to the ground, repeatedly hauling your attention back to the breath in the face of the inner onslaught required genuine grit. This was a badass endeavor.

from 10% Happier book by Dan Harris

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The net effect of meditation, plus trying to stay present during my daily life, was striking. It was like anchoring myself to an underground aquifer of calm. It became a way to steel myself as I moved through the world.

from 10% Happier book by Dan Harris

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The great blessing of being a journalist is that you get to witness world events – to interface with the players, to experience the smells and tastes of it all.

from 10% Happier book by Dan Harris

Nothing lasts – including us. We and everyone we love will die. Fame fizzles, beauty fades, continents shift. Pharaohs are swallowed by emperors, who fall to sultans, kings, kaisers, and presidents – and it all plays out against the backdrop of an infinite universe in which our bodies are made up of atoms from the very first exploding stars. We may know this intellectually, but on an emotional level we seem to be hardwired for denial.

from 10% Happier book by Dan Harris

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The best way to engineer an epiphany was to work hard, focus, research, and think about a problem – and then let go. Do something else.

from 10% Happier book by Dan Harris

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Striving is fine, as long as it’s tempered by the realization that, in an entropic universe, the final outcome is out of your control. If you don’t waste your energy on variables you cannot influence, you can focus much more effectively on those you can.

from 10% Happier book by Dan Harris

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When you don’t dig in your heels and let your ego get into entrenched positions from which you mount vigorous, often irrational defenses, you can navigate tricky situations in a much more agile way.

from 10% Happier book by Dan Harris

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All successful people fail. If you can create an inner environment where your mistakes are forgiven and flaws are candidly confronted, your resilience expands exponentially.

from 10% Happier book by Dan Harris

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Broadcast news is a tricky beast, though. Aside from the high-minded stuff about holding powerful interests accountable and using the power of the medium for good, there is also something deeply and irrationally affirming about getting your mug on TV. Watch how excited people get at baseball games when their faces flash on the JumboTron. Now imagine doing that for a living.

from 10% Happier book by Dan Harris