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Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Nothing in life is quite as important as you think it is while you’re thinking about it.”

Nothing in life is quite as important as you think it is while you’re thinking about it.

— Daniel Kahneman



Daniel Kahneman Quote: “We can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness.”

We can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Money does not buy you happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery.”

Money does not buy you happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “The confidence people have in their beliefs is not a measure of the quality of evidence but of the coherence of the story the mind has managed to construct.”

The confidence people have in their beliefs is not a measure of the quality of evidence but of the coherence of the story the mind has managed to construct.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Our comforting conviction that the world makes sense rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance.”

Our comforting conviction that the world makes sense rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “True intuitive expertise is learned from prolonged experience with good feedback on mistakes.”

True intuitive expertise is learned from prolonged experience with good feedback on mistakes.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Hindsight bias makes surprises vanish.”

Hindsight bias makes surprises vanish.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Courage is willingness to take the risk once you know the odds. Optimistic overconfidence means you are taking the risk because you don’t know the odds. It’s a big difference.”

Courage is willingness to take the risk once you know the odds. Optimistic overconfidence means you are taking the risk because you don’t know the odds. It’s a big difference.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Odd as it may seem, I am my remembering self, and the experiencing self, who does my living, is like a stranger to me.”

Odd as it may seem, I am my remembering self, and the experiencing self, who does my living, is like a stranger to me.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “The most effortful forms of slow thinking are those that require you to think fast.”

The most effortful forms of slow thinking are those that require you to think fast.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “The planning fallacy is that you make a plan, which is usually a best-case scenario. Then you assume that the outcome will follow your plan, even when you should know better.”

The planning fallacy is that you make a plan, which is usually a best-case scenario. Then you assume that the outcome will follow your plan, even when you should know better.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “The dominance of conclusions over arguments is most pronounced where emotions are involved.”

The dominance of conclusions over arguments is most pronounced where emotions are involved.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Endlessly amused by people’s minds.”

Endlessly amused by people’s minds.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “One of the major biases in risky decision making is optimism. Optimism is a source of high-risk thinking.”

One of the major biases in risky decision making is optimism. Optimism is a source of high-risk thinking.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “There are domains in which expertise is not possible. Stock picking is a good example. And in long-term political strategic forecasting, it’s been shown that experts are just not better than a dice-throwing monkey.”

There are domains in which expertise is not possible. Stock picking is a good example. And in long-term political strategic forecasting, it’s been shown that experts are just not better than a dice-throwing monkey.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Mind is a machine for jumping to conclusions.”

Mind is a machine for jumping to conclusions.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “The psychologist, Paul Rozin, an expert on disgust, observed that a single cockroach will completely wreck the appeal of a bowl of cherries, but a cherry will do nothing at all for a bowl of cockroaches.”

The psychologist, Paul Rozin, an expert on disgust, observed that a single cockroach will completely wreck the appeal of a bowl of cherries, but a cherry will do nothing at all for a bowl of cockroaches.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “It’s a wonderful thing to be optimistic. It keeps you healthy and it keeps you resilient.”

It’s a wonderful thing to be optimistic. It keeps you healthy and it keeps you resilient.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “It doesn’t take many observations to think you’ve spotted a trend, and it’s probably not a trend at all.”

It doesn’t take many observations to think you’ve spotted a trend, and it’s probably not a trend at all.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “The concept of loss aversion is certainly the most significant contribution of psychology to behavioral economics.”

The concept of loss aversion is certainly the most significant contribution of psychology to behavioral economics.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “We don’t choose between experiences, we choose between memories of experiences. Even when we think about the future, we don’t think of our future normally as experiences. We think of our future as anticipated memories.”

We don’t choose between experiences, we choose between memories of experiences. Even when we think about the future, we don’t think of our future normally as experiences. We think of our future as anticipated memories.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Acquisition of skills requires a regular environment, an adequate opportunity to practice, and rapid and unequivocal feedback about the correctness of thoughts and actions.”

Acquisition of skills requires a regular environment, an adequate opportunity to practice, and rapid and unequivocal feedback about the correctness of thoughts and actions.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “If there is time to reflect, slowing down is likely to be a good idea.”

If there is time to reflect, slowing down is likely to be a good idea.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Establish a closing ritual. Know when to stop working. Try to end each work day the same way, too. Straighten up your desk. Back up your computer. Make a list of what you need to do tomorrow.”

Establish a closing ritual. Know when to stop working. Try to end each work day the same way, too. Straighten up your desk. Back up your computer. Make a list of what you need to do tomorrow.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “We can’t live in a state of perpetual doubt, so we make up the best story possible and we live as if the story were true.”

We can’t live in a state of perpetual doubt, so we make up the best story possible and we live as if the story were true.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “The idea that the future is unpredictable is undermined every day by the ease with which the past is explained.”

The idea that the future is unpredictable is undermined every day by the ease with which the past is explained.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “It’s nonsense to say money doesn’t buy happiness, but people exaggerate the extent to which more money can buy more happiness.”

It’s nonsense to say money doesn’t buy happiness, but people exaggerate the extent to which more money can buy more happiness.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Clearly, the decision-making that we rely on in society is fallible. It’s highly fallible, and we should know that.”

Clearly, the decision-making that we rely on in society is fallible. It’s highly fallible, and we should know that.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “I don’t try to be clever at all. The idea that I could see what no one else can is an illusion.”

I don’t try to be clever at all. The idea that I could see what no one else can is an illusion.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “By their very nature, heuristic shortcuts will produce biases, and that is true for both humans and artificial intelligence, but the heuristics of AI are not necessarily the human ones.”

By their very nature, heuristic shortcuts will produce biases, and that is true for both humans and artificial intelligence, but the heuristics of AI are not necessarily the human ones.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “This is the essence of intuitive heuristics: when faced with a difficult question, we often answer an easier one instead, usually without noticing the substitution.”

This is the essence of intuitive heuristics: when faced with a difficult question, we often answer an easier one instead, usually without noticing the substitution.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Laziness is built deep into our nature.”

Laziness is built deep into our nature.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.”

A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “If owning stocks is a long-term project for you, following their changes constantly is a very, very bad idea. It’s the worst possible thing you can do, because people are so sensitive to short-term losses. If you count your money every day, you’ll be miserable.”

If owning stocks is a long-term project for you, following their changes constantly is a very, very bad idea. It’s the worst possible thing you can do, because people are so sensitive to short-term losses. If you count your money every day, you’ll be miserable.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “We have no reason to expect the quality of intuition to improve with the importance of the problem. Perhaps the contrary: high-stake problems are likely to involve powerful emotions and strong impulses to action.”

We have no reason to expect the quality of intuition to improve with the importance of the problem. Perhaps the contrary: high-stake problems are likely to involve powerful emotions and strong impulses to action.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “When you look at the books about well-being, you see one word – it’s happiness. People do not distinguish.”

When you look at the books about well-being, you see one word – it’s happiness. People do not distinguish.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “It is the consistency of the information that matters for a good story, not its completeness. Indeed, you will often find that knowing little makes it easier to fit everything you know into a coherent pattern.”

It is the consistency of the information that matters for a good story, not its completeness. Indeed, you will often find that knowing little makes it easier to fit everything you know into a coherent pattern.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “We are far too willing to reject the belief that much of what we see in life is random.”

We are far too willing to reject the belief that much of what we see in life is random.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “The ‘Instagram Generation’ now experiences the present as an anticipated memory.”

The ‘Instagram Generation’ now experiences the present as an anticipated memory.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “The illusion that we understand the past fosters overconfidence in our ability to predict the future.”

The illusion that we understand the past fosters overconfidence in our ability to predict the future.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Optimism is normal, but some fortunate people are more optimistic than the rest of us. If you are genetically endowed with an optimistic bias, you hardly need to be told that you are a lucky person – you already feel fortunate.”

Optimism is normal, but some fortunate people are more optimistic than the rest of us. If you are genetically endowed with an optimistic bias, you hardly need to be told that you are a lucky person – you already feel fortunate.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Facts that challenge basic assumptions-and thereby threaten people’s livelihood and self-esteem-are simply not absorbed. The mind does not digest them.”

Facts that challenge basic assumptions-and thereby threaten people’s livelihood and self-esteem-are simply not absorbed. The mind does not digest them.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Poverty is clearly one source of emotional suffering, but there are others, like loneliness. A policy to reduce the loneliness of the elderly would certainly reduce suffering.”

Poverty is clearly one source of emotional suffering, but there are others, like loneliness. A policy to reduce the loneliness of the elderly would certainly reduce suffering.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “The confidence that individuals have in their beliefs depends mostly on the quality of the story they can tell about what they see, even if they see little.”

The confidence that individuals have in their beliefs depends mostly on the quality of the story they can tell about what they see, even if they see little.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “The conclusion is straightforward : self-control requires attention and effort.”

The conclusion is straightforward : self-control requires attention and effort.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “When people believe a conclusion is true, they are also very likely to believe arguments that appear to support it, even when these arguments are unsound.”

When people believe a conclusion is true, they are also very likely to believe arguments that appear to support it, even when these arguments are unsound.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Slow thinking has the feeling of something you do. It’s deliberate.”

Slow thinking has the feeling of something you do. It’s deliberate.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “If you can’t take the time for a vacation right now, or even a night out with friends, put something on the calendar – even if it’s a month or a year down the road. Then whenever you need a boost of happiness, remind yourself about it.”

If you can’t take the time for a vacation right now, or even a night out with friends, put something on the calendar – even if it’s a month or a year down the road. Then whenever you need a boost of happiness, remind yourself about it.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “All of us would be better investors if we just made fewer decisions.”

All of us would be better investors if we just made fewer decisions.

— Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman Quote: “Most people are highly optimistic most of the time.”

Most people are highly optimistic most of the time.

— Daniel Kahneman

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