These are the best quotes and highlights from the book Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
The book Thinking Fast and Slow will change how you think about thinking. Kahneman takes us on a revolutionary tour of the mind in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, and explains the two systems that drive human thinking. System 1 is quick, intuitive, and emotive, whereas System 2 is slower, deliberate, and rational. Kahneman demonstrates rapid thinking’s remarkable capabilities as well as its flaws and biases and the persistent effect of gut perceptions on our ideas and actions.
Quotes from Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it.
If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.
The idea that the future is unpredictable is undermined every day by the ease with which the past is explained.
We can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness.
A reliable way of making people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.
The illusion that we understand the past fosters overconfidence in our ability to predict the future.
Higher-income is associated with a reduced ability to enjoy the small pleasures of life.
Remember this rule: intuition cannot be trusted in the absence of stable regularities in the environment.
We are far too willing to reject the belief that much of what we see in life is random.
The most effortful forms of slow thinking are those that require you to think fast.
If you were allowed one wish for your child, seriously consider wishing him or her optimism.
In essence, the optimistic style involves taking credit for successes but little blame for failures.
A divorce is like a symphony with a screeching sound at the end—the fact that it ended badly does not mean it was all bad.
The nervous system consumes more glucose than most other parts of the body, and effortful mental activity appears to be especially expensive in the currency of glucose.
Bad emotions, bad parents, and bad feedback have more impact than good ones, and bad information is processed more thoroughly than good.
Declarations of high confidence mainly tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
A compelling narrative fosters an illusion of inevitability.
Maintaining one’s vigilance against biases is a chore—but the chance to avoid a costly mistake is sometimes worth the effort.
Intuition cannot be trusted in the absence of stable regularities in the environment.
A recurrent theme of this book is that luck plays a large role in every story of success.
A story is about significant events and memorable moments, not about time passing.
I am my remembering self, and the experiencing self, who does my living, is like a stranger to me.
To think clearly about the future, we need to clean up the language that we use in labeling the beliefs we had in the past.
A stupid decision that works out well becomes a brilliant decision in hindsight.
Conflict between an automatic reaction and an intention to control it is common in our lives.