Gordon Livingston Quotes

Who the Heck is 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.

Born December 17, 1953

Books by Gordon Livingston


Best 20 Quotes by Gordon Livingston

“Money cannot buy happiness; it can, however, rent it.”

Gordon Livingston

“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

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

Gordon Livingston

“We need to learn the art of letting go: of the past, of unresolved grievances, of our younger selves. Nobody gets out of here alive.”

Gordon Livingston

Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart Quotes

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

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“Everything we are afraid to try, all our unfulfilled dreams, constitute a limitation on what we are and could become.”

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

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

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“It is difficult to remove by logic an idea not placed there by logic in the first place.”

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“It is our determination to overcome fear and discouragement that constitutes the only effective antidote to the sense of powerlessness over unwanted feelings.”

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“Life consists of an effort to get the maps in our heads to conform to the ground on which we walk.”

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“Life's two most important questions are 'Why?' and 'Why not?' The trick is knowing which one to ask.”

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“Most of the heartbreak that life contains is a result of ignoring the reality that past behavior is the most reliable predictor of future behavior.”

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“Our common future will be determined by the struggle between the killers and the peacemakers.”

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“Our greatest strengths are our greatest weaknesses.”

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“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.”

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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.”

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“We are all prone to the myth of the perfect stranger.”

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“We are not what we think, or what we say, or how we feel. We are what we do.”

Gordon Livingston
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

“We are responsible for most of what happens to us.”

Gordon Livingston
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart