Gordon Livingston quotes

Why should I know Gordon Livingston?

Gordon Livingston is a psychiatrist who bundled his life experience, and that of his clients into several books. "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now", "The Thing You Think You Cannot Do: Thirty Truths about Fear and Courage" and "And Never Stop Dancing: Thirty More True Things You Need to Know Now" are just a few of his life changing books.

Gordon Livingston books

Gordon Livingston quotes

“Any relationship is under the control of the person who cares the least.”

Gordon Livingston Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“If the map doesn't agree with the ground the map is wrong.”

Gordon Livingston Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“Only bad things happen quickly... Virtually all the happiness-producing processes in our lives take time, usually a long time: learning new things, changing old behaviors, building satisfying relationships, raising children. This is why patience and determination are among life’s primary virtues.”

Gordon Livingston

“The perfect is the enemy of the good.”

Gordon Livingston Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“The three components of happiness are something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.”

Gordon Livingston Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“This is the map we wish to construct in our heads: a reliable guide that allows us to avoid those who are not worthy of our time and trust and to embrace those who are. The best indications that our always-tentative maps are faulty include feelings of sadness, anger, betrayal, surprise, and disorientation.”

Gordon Livingston Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“To be happy is to take the risk of losing that happiness.”

Gordon Livingston