These are the 21 best quotes form the book 21 Lessons for the 21st century by Yuval Noah Harari.
The book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century focuses on significant current concerns. Yuval Noah Harari is a thinker who thinks in a very different way than the average person. If you like his previous two works, “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus,” you will undoubtedly enjoy this one as well.
Yuval Noah Harari covers a wide range of themes in this book, including robots and their influence on human existence, fake news and its repercussions, religion, and much more. If you’re interested in these issues, this book is a must-read.
Quotes from 21 Lessons for the 21st century
One potential remedy for human stupidity is a dose of humility.
Question you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question
If you are really in love with someone, you never worry about the meaning of life.
Humans were always far better at inventing tools than using them wisely.
Philosophers are very patient people, but engineers are far less patient, and investors are the least patient of all.
If you want reliable information pay good money for it. If you want news for free, you might well be the products.
Humans have this remarkable ability to know and not to know at the same time.
For every dollar and every minute we invest in improving artificial intelligence, it would be wise to invest a dollar and a minute in advancing human consciousness.
Intelligence is the ability to solve problems. Consciousness is the ability to feel things such as pain, joy, love, and anger.
The greatest crimes in modern history resulted not just from hatred and greed, but even more so from ignorance and indifference.
One of the greatest fictions of all is to deny the complexity of the world and think in absolute terms.
In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity’s power.
Not only rationality, but individuality too is a myth.
Human happiness depends less on objective conditions and more on our own expectations.
But just as Big Data algorithms might extinguish liberty, they might simultaneously create the most unequal societies that ever existed. All wealth and power might be concentrated in the hands of a tiny elite, while most people will suffer not from exploitation, but from something far worse – irrelevance.
Silence isn’t neutrality; it is supporting the status quo.
It takes a lot of courage to fight biases and oppressive regimes, but it takes even greater courage to admit ignorance and venture into the unknown.
If you cannot afford to waste time, you will never find the truth.
The first thing you need to know about yourself is that you are not a story.
Unless you are happy to entrust the future of life to the mercy of quarterly revenue reports, you need a clear idea of what life is all about.
I believe liberal democracy is uniquely problematic, but rather because I think it is the most successful and most versatile political model humans have so far developed for dealing with the challenges of the modern world.