Welcome to TANQ.

FASTER TO MASTER‘s library of Thoughts, Anecdotes, Notes and Quotes.

TANQ is a growing central library of thoughts, anecdotes, notes and quotes that I come across during my life and learning. It was originally inspired by Ryan Holiday’s excellent article on “How and Why to Keep a Commonplace Book“.

As time goes by I’ll be developing TANQ to make it easier to explore, filter and share its contents right here on FASTER TO MASTER.

For now, here’s a snapshot from the inside:

Latest Entries

“The absence of understanding does not indicate an absence of explanation”

— Arthur @ WWH

“My favourite definition of a careful writer comes from Joe DiMaggio, though he didn’t know that’s what he was defining… A reporter once asked him how he managed to play so well so consistently, and he said ‘I always thought that there was at least one person in the stands who had never seen me play, and I didn’t want to let him down.'”

— William Zinsser, On Writing Well

“Writing well means believing in your writing and believing in yourself, taking risks, daring to be different, pushing yourself to excel. You will write only as well as you make yourself write.”

— William Zinsser, On Writing Well

“If you would like to write better than everybody else, you have to want to write better than everybody else. You must take an obsessive pride in the smallest details of your craft.”

— William Zinsser, On Writing Well

“Quality is its own reward.”

— William Zinsser, On Writing Well

Random Entries

“Possunt, quia posse videntur – they can because they think they can”

— Virgil

“The problem for the racial scientist is his yearning to generalize. It would seem that the notion of race is so deeply embedded within the human psyche that there is a collective blind spot when it comes to its use and meaning. We automatically put people of dark skin in a box marked ‘black’, and assume that any trait shared by some (even a tiny minority) is shared by all.”

— Matthew Syed, Bounce

“A habit cannot be eradicated – it must, instead, be replaced.”

— Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit

“You are writing primarily to please yourself, and if you go about it with enjoyment you will also entertain the readers who are worth writing for.”

— William Zinsser, On Writing Well

“And herein lies the secret of true power. Learn, by constant practice, how to husband your resources, and concentrate them at any given moment, upon a given point.”

— James Allen, Eat That Frog!