These are the best quotes from the book Everything Is Fucked by Mark Manson.

In Everything Is Fucked, Mark Manson shifts his focus away from the inevitability of imperfections within each individual self, and onto the never-ending tragedies that occur in the world around us. In this book, Mark Manson examines our connections with money, entertainment, and the internet. Manson even debates on how having too much of a good thing may kill us mentally. He openly challenges our understandings of faith, happiness, freedom, and even hope.

Quotes from Everything Is Fucked by Mark Manson

Freedom itself demands discomfort.

Hopelessness is the root of anxiety, mental illness, and depression. It is the source of all misery and the cause of all addiction.

Everything is Fucked by Mark Manson

Ultimately, we are moved to action only by emotion. That’s because the action is emotion.

Self-control is an illusion. It’s an illusion that occurs when both brains are aligned and pursuing the same course of action.

People now had a ton of free time to sit and think and worry about all sorts of existential shit that they had never considered before.

Everything is Fucked by Mark Manson

Don’t hope for better. Just be better. Be something better. Be more compassionate, more resilient, more humble, more disciplined

Science is arguably the most effective religion because it is the first religion that is able to evolve and improve upon itself.

Our crises of hope often start with a basic sense that we do not have control over ourselves or our destiny.

Everything is Fucked by Mark Manson

The only true form of freedom, the only ethical form of freedom, is through self-limitation.

Remember if you ever happen to turn your attention to externals, for the pleasure of anyone, be assured that you have ruined your scheme of life.


Like a surgeon’s scalpel, hope can save a life, and hope can take a life.

His Formula of Humanity states that treating any human being (or any consciousness) as a means to some other end is the basis of all wrong behavior.

The human brain loves a challenge, but only if it is within an optimal zone of difficulty.

Everything is Fucked by Mark Manson

Without variety, we get bored. And boredom is perhaps the greatest villain on the quest for self-improvement.

At some point it comes down to who can handle the boredom of training every day, doing the same lifts over and over and over.

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To numb ourselves to our pain is to numb ourselves to anything that matters in the world.

Like the lines on a football field, political systems are entirely made up, the positions of power exist due only to the faith of the population.

To generate hope in our lives, we must first feel as though we have control over our lives. We must feel as though we’re following through on what we know is good and right; that we’re chasing after something better.

The invention of marketing brought a modern-day gold rush to satiate people’s pursuit of happiness.

We cling to this narrative about self-control because the belief that we’re in complete control of ourselves is a major source of hope.

This leads to the simplest and most obvious answer to the timeless question, why don’t we do things we know we should do? Because we don’t feel like it.

And it’s not because we don’t know better; it’s because we don’t feel better.

True freedom doesn’t really exist because we all must sacrifice some autonomy for stability.

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He was the first to argue that one must build character through various forms of self-denial, rather than through self-indulgence.

Fake freedom puts us on the treadmill toward chasing more, whereas real freedom is the conscious decision to live with less.

Start easy. Remember, the Feeling Brain is highly sensitive and completely unreasonable.

An adult will love freely without expecting anything in return because an adult understands that that is the only thing that can make love real.

So, we’ve got it backward: everything being fucked doesn’t require hope; hope requires everything being fucked.

The only way to change our values is to have experiences contrary to our values.

Hope doesn’t even have to enter into the equation. Don’t hope for a better life. Simply be a better life.

Life is one never-ending stream of pain, and to grow is not to find a way to avoid that stream but, rather, to dive into it and successfully navigate its depths.

Young adulthood is a period when many people struggle with values, control, and community.

I have tried to live my life such that in the hour of my death I would feel joy rather than fear.

Because hope requires that something is broken. Hope requires that we renounce a part of ourselves and/or a part of the world. It requires us to be anti-something.

Pain is the universal constant of the human condition.

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