Roman Krznaric Quotes

Who is Roman Krznaric?

Roman Krznaric is an Australian philosopher who co-founded The School of Life in London along with Alain de Botton. He is best known for his books 'Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It', 'How to Find Fulfilling Work' and 'The Good Ancestor: A Radical Prescription for Long-Term Thinking'.

Krznaric is married to the British economist Kate Raworth.

Born December 21, 1970

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Best 21 Quotes by Roman Krznaric

“Spitz’s shocking research revealed that human affection may be even more critical to survival than food and shelter or was at least of equal importance in our hierarchy of needs.”

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Empathy Quotes

“A first step is to humanize our imaginations by developing an awareness of all those individuals hidden behind the surface of our daily lives, on whom we might depend in some way.”

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Empathy

“Curiosity expands our empathy when we talk to people outside our usual social circle, encountering lives and worldviews very different from our own.”

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Empathy

“Empathy is a constant awareness of the fact that your concerns are not everyone’s concerns and that your needs are not everyone’s needs.”

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Empathy

“Empathy is the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions.”

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Empathy

“Highly empathic people are engaged in a constant search for what they share with other people, even when those people appear alien to them.”

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Empathy

“It is not so much the kind of person a man is as the kind of situation in which he finds himself that determines how he will act.”

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Empathy

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“What all stereotyping has in common, whether it is a product of politics, religion, nationalism, or other forces, is an effort to dehumanize, to erase individuality, to prevent us from looking someone in the eye and learning their name. The consequence is to create a culture of indifference that empathy finds difficult to penetrate.”

Roman Krznaric
Empathy

How to Find Fulfilling Work Quotes

“A vocation is a career that not only gives you fulfillment
– meaning, flow, freedom – but that also has a definitive goal or a clear purpose to strive for attached to it, which drives your life and motivates you to get up in the morning,”

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How to Find Fulfilling Work

“According to official Myers–Briggs documents, the test can give you an insight into what kinds of work you might enjoy and be successful doing.”

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How to Find Fulfilling Work

“Although people occasionally have those explosive epiphanies, more commonly a vocation crystallizes slowly, almost without us realizing it.”

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How to Find Fulfilling Work

“He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.”

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How to Find Fulfilling Work

“If the diver always thought of the shark, he would never lay hands on the pearl,’ said Sa’di, a Persian poet from the thirteenth century.”

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How to Find Fulfilling Work

“In a culture obsessed with hard work and career success, it can be difficult to wean ourselves off the work ethic. And we may not want to if we are engrossed in a career that is making us feel fully alive. But if we do seek the advantages of a four-day week, and the space to nurture other parts of who we are, then we might be wise to put our hopes in the virtues of simple living.”

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How to Find Fulfilling Work

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“In a world where no one is compelled to work more than four hours a day, every person possessed of scientific curiosity will be able to indulge it, and every painter will be able to paint without starving, however excellent his pictures may be. There will be happiness and joy of life, instead of frayed nerves, weariness and dyspepsia.”

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How to Find Fulfilling Work

“Simply by devoting ourselves to work that gives us deep fulfilment through meaning, flow and freedom, over time, a tangible and inspiring goal may quietly germinate, grow larger, and eventually flower into life.”

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How to Find Fulfilling Work

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“Because we tend to be nice to other people when they please us and nasty when they do not, we are statistically punished for being nice and rewarded for being nasty.”

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“The consequence is that we often become psychologically paralysed, like a rabbit caught in the headlights. We get so worried about regretting making a bad choice that we may end up making no decision at all, and remain frozen in our current unfulfilling career.”

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How to Find Fulfilling Work

“The most emotionally corrosive form of regret occurs when we fail to take action on something that matters deeply to us.”

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How to Find Fulfilling Work

“What is your current work doing to you as a person – to your mind, character and relationships?”

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How to Find Fulfilling Work

The Good Ancestor Quotes

“In an incredibly short period of time we have endangered a world that took billions of years to evolve. We are just a tiny link in the great chain of living organisms, so who are we to put it all in jeopardy with our ecological blindness and deadly technologies? Don’t we have an obligation, a responsibility, to our planetary future and the generations of humans and other species to come?”

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The Good Ancestor

“t this moment in history the dominant force is clear: we live in an age of pathological short-termism. Politicians can barely see beyond the next election or the latest opinion poll or tweet. Businesses are slaves to the next quarterly report and the constant demand to ratchet up shareholder value.”

Roman Krznaric
The Good Ancestor