‘The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck’ by Mark Manson [Mini Book Review + Quotes]

I don’t know where to start in explaining how much I loved this book and how much I resonated with the theories… but Mark Manson himself describes this book as “a guide to suffering and how to do it better, more meaningfully, with more compassion and more humility” and I think it’s spot on. I found this book quotable, meaningful, thought-provoking and it tells it exactly how it is – no sugar coating.

From discussing how to embrace pain, to taking responsibility for your life, to accepting our death in order to truly live our lives, there is so much valuable insight amongst these pages, and it really got me questioning my own thought process and the way I live my life – because we all have progress to make, much of which is hidden in our subconscious.


I’d like to share a few of my favourite quotes from the book that really got me thinking and that might provide some interesting thinking time or discussions for you too:

“The more you pursue feeling better all the time, the less satisfied you become, as pursuing something only reinforces the fact that you lack it in the first place.”

“We shouldn’t always trust our emotions… we should make a habit of questioning them.”

“As a rule, people who are terrified of what others think about them are actually terrified of all the shitty things they think about themselves being reflected back at them.”

“We don’t always control what happens to us. But we always control how we interpret what happens to us, as well as how we respond.”

“The only way to solve our problems is to first admit that our actions and beliefs up to this point have been wrong and are not working. This openness to being wrong must exist for any real change or growth to take place.”

“If it feels like it’s you versus the world, chances are it’s really just you versus yourself.”

“We can be truly successful only at something we’re willing to fail at. If we’re unwilling to fail, then we’re unwilling to succeed.”

“Our proudest achievements come in the face of the greatest adversity.”

“Life is about not knowing and then doing something anyway. All of life is like this.”

“Don’t just sit there. Do something. The answers will follow.”


I will definitely be re-reading this book whenever I feel stuck in life, whenever I feel I need a helping hand making a change, whenever I feel like I’m falling or losing my sense of direction. And I’d recommend it for anyone in this situation too.

Self development is more than just being positive; it’s taking responsibility and learning to handle adversity with acceptance and strength. And I believe we all have the potential to do that – this book is definitely a start in reminding us that we can, every single one of us, and it acts as a brutally honest but supportive helping hand.

Have you read this book? Or did a particular quote from above speak to you?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.


4 thoughts on “‘The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck’ by Mark Manson [Mini Book Review + Quotes]

  1. I read this a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it! Definitely a breath of fresh air when it comes to self-help although I can’t say I’ve mastered the art yet personally 🤣

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  2. Stuff is going to go wrong in our life. People are going to say and do things we don’t agree with, sometimes accidentally and sometimes on purpose. These things come with information and emotion. Some of the information can be really useful, and we can take it in. A lot of the emotion – whether positive or negative – is unhelpful to improving the way we do something. i.e. team-mates telling you you’ve made a mistake in sport quite angrily in intense moments. The information might help improve the way you play, the emotion might just make you angry or disappointed in yourself.

    Separating the information from the emotion is easy to say, but as I’m sure we all know from personal experience, can be so very difficult to do!

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    • So true! It’s all about learning how to channel the information without letting our reactions dominate and affect the way we experience things in the world. If we can accept the emotions for what they are, we can definitely gather more control.
      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! It’s a very interesting discussion point.

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