Quotes from Capitalism’s toxic assumptions

“The market as a whole is run by rules that are well past their sell-by date.”

“Market capitalism depends on seven big ideas. These have served the world well in the world well in the past, but over the years they have become cancerous, and are slowly killing the system as a whole.”

“The idea of competition is fundamental to the way we think.”

“On re-examining competition, the cornerstone of capitalism,it became apparent that there is a strong mathematical case in favor of cooperation.”

“Men are biologically conditioned to respond to perceived threats by competing to win.”

“Managerialism is the belief … that generic management skills can be applied to all organizations, regardless of their type.”

“In theory but not in practice … supply and demand are independent variables.”

“Limited liability used to be rare, and the presumption was always that parties in a business partnership or corporation were liable for losses as well as for gains.”

“The ‘invisible hand’ will not deliver benevolent outcomes unaided.”

“The market over time adjusts to mirror the desires of those creating it through the sum total of their actions.”

“Apart from the fact that we can’t predict the future, there are lots of reasons why we often don’t choose to ‘maximize our utility,’ none of which fits neatly into… mathematical models.”

“No one believes that the earth is flat any more, as early scientist did. Economist, on the other hand, haven’t budged from their original world view.”

“Economics … has largely ignored the messiness of human decision making.”

The Happiness Quotes

My list of memorable quotes from the book 15 thing you should give up to be happy, an inspiring guide to discovering effortless joy

“The only salvation I ever needed was from my own toxic thoughts and from my own self”

“It’s never too late to start all over. It’s never too late to claim your right to life and to happiness.”

“Who you are underneath it all knows no limits, no fear and no limitations.”

“Whenever you choose to use all kinds of excuses for why you can’t be, do or have something, you are . . . moving away from your true power.”

“Happiness can never come from attachment to transitory things. It can only come from letting go.”

“We are creatures of habit. Most of us live our lives on autopilot, allowing our old programming, our past fears, excuses and limitations, to run, craft and shape our lives.”

“We have around 60,000 thoughts per day and . . . most of these thoughts are negative.”

“There is no peace in pointing the finger and making others responsible for how you feel and for what your life looks like.”

“Complaining, just like blaming and criticizing, sucks us dry. It … continues to feed this false idea that our lives will never get better until outside circumstances start to change.”

“The use of labels creates a veil in front of our eyes, impairing our sight and causing us to see the world as either black or white, good or bad, rich or poor, worthy or unworthy, and then treat everyone according to the values we give to each labels.”

“We cling to the past because the past gives us a sense of identity; it makes us who we are or at least that’s what we think.”

“Your past doesn’t have to equal your future, unless you want it to.”

“People grow together with love and appreciation, not blame, judgment and criticism.”