Malcolm Gladwell Quotes

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Malcolm Gladwell Quotes

People dont rise from nothing. We do owe something to parentage and patronage. The people who stand before kings may look like they did it all by themselves. But in fact they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot.
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As a writer, the best mindset is to be unafraid.

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I wrote my first book when I was in my late thirties.

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The older I get, the more I understand that the only way to say valuable things is to lose your fear of being correct.

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If I was President of the United States, I'd rather be right than interesting. If I was CEO of a company, I'd rather be right than interesting. But I'm a journalist - what journalist would rather be right than interesting?

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I remember as a kid watching one of the Olympic games, and I was cheering for a big track athlete. He was the favorite to win, and he lost. I realized in that moment the pain he felt was so much greater than the pain that those who never thought they were going to win would have felt had they lost.

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When people in authority want the rest of us to behave, it matters-first and foremost-how they behave.

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It is not possible to staff a large company without short people. There simply aren't enough tall people to go around.

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The principle elements of a puzzle all require the application of energy and persistence, which are the virtues of youth. Mysteries demand experience and insight.

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People are ruined by challenged economic lives. But they are ruined by wealth as well because they lose their ambition and they lose their pride and they lose their sense of self-worth

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That made the unfamiliar familiar.

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In the past generation, the American educational system has decided not to seek the very best teachers, give them lots of kids to teach, and pay them more-which would help children the most. It has decided to hire every teacher it can get its hands on and pay them less.

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Good writing does not fail or succeed on the strength of its ability to persuade. Not the kind of writing that you'll find in this book, anyway. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else's head
even if in the end you conclude someone else's head is not a place you'd really like to be.
from intro to What The Dog Saw

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Wolf and Bruhn had to convince the medical establishment to think about health and heart attacks in an entirely new way: they had to get them to realize that they wouldn't be able to understand why someone was

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In 52 percent of crashes, the pilot at the time of the accident has been awake for twelve hours or more, meaning that he is tired and not thinking sharply.

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The power of positive thinking will overcome so many things

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The iPod is clearly a tipping point (and I'm not quite sure it is a wholly positive development), because it is a revolution in the way that we consume creative property, which I would call art. It has radically changed the relationship between the artist and the audience, how money changes hands, and how much money changes hands. Music was the first, and books are coming next. The Kindle or some form of electronic book is clearly inevitable, and it will massively reshape how books are sold, who pays for them, and how they're consumed. It is going to be really fascinating.

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What a gifted child is, in many ways, is a gifted learner. And what a gifted adult is, is a gifted doer. And those are quite separate domains of achievement.

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We have the kind of self-made-man myth, which says that super-successful people did it themselves.

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Choking is about thinking too much. Panic is about thinking too little. Choking is about loss of instinct. Panic is reversion to instinct. They may look the same, but they are worlds apart.

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I should point out that I have a picture of Asbel Kiprop as the screensaver on my phone. Is that embarrassing?

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I became convinced that knowing lots of people was kind of skill, something that the diligent can overcome.

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It's just strange to think that so much of our enjoyment from sports comes from the elevation of arbitrary differences.

— Malcolm Gladwell

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