10 Books That Everyone Should Read

Since I write about the most important ideas from the books I read, I figured I would do a list of the top 10 books I think everyone needs to read.

This list is ordered based on how many times I’ve re-read the book from most to least:

1. Civilization and It’s Discontents by Sigmund Freud

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“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened by responsibility.”

2. Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – And Keep – Love by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

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“If you want to take the road to independence and happiness, find the right person to depend on and travel down it with that person.”

3. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

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“If you know the enemy and you know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. If you know yourself, but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

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“Winners are not afraid of losing. But loser are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”

5. Born To Run by Christopher McDougall

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“Suffering is humbling. It pays to know how to get your butt kicked.”

6. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by George Cialdini

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“A well-known principle of human behavior says that when we ask someone to do us a favor we will be more successful if we provide a reason. People simply like to have reasons for what they do.”

7. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

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“Survival machines (humans) that can simulate the future are one jump ahead of survival machines that can only learn on the basis of overt trial and error. The trouble with overt trial is that it takes time and energy. The trouble with overt error is that it is often fatal. Simulation is both safer and faster.”

8. Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

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“Some people believe in fate, others don’t. I do, and I don’t. It may seem at times as if invisible fingers move use about like puppets on strings. But for sure, we are not born to be dragged along. We can grab the strings ourselves and adjust our course at every crossroad, or take off at any little trail into the unknown.”

9. The Story of The Human Body by Daniel Lieberman

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“No organism is primarily adapted to be healthy, long-lived, happy, or to achieve many other goals for which people strive.”

10. On The Shortness of Life by Seneca

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“Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury  and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it.”

What books have you read that you would recommend to someone else?

Here are some other posts you also might enjoy:)

Why Working Toward Your Goals Makes You Happier Than Actually Reaching Them

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Love: The Science of Adult Attachment: Are You Anxious, Avoidant or Secure?

 

 

 

 

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