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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Concepts profound in their simplicity

Table of Contents

Quotes

Let me share some great quotes from the book:

  • You can measure the impeccability of your word by your level of
    self-love. How much you love yourself and how you feel about yourself
    are directly proportionate to the quality and integrity of your word.
    When you are impeccable with your word, you feel good; you feel happy
    and at peace.
  • It is very interesting how the human mind
    works. We have the need to justify everything, to explain and
    understand everything, in order to feel safe. We have millions of
    questions that need answers because there are so many things that the
    reasoning mind cannot explain. It is not important if the answer is
    correct; just the answer itself makes us feel safe. This is why we make
    assumptions. We make all sorts of assumptions because we don’t have the
    courage to ask questions.
  • Doing your best, you are going
    to live your life intensely. You are going to be productive, you are
    going to be good to yourself, because you will be giving yourself to
    your family, to your community, to everything. But it is the action
    that is going to make you feel intensely happy. When you always do your
    best, you take action. Doing your best is taking the action because you
    love it, not because you’re expecting a reward. Most people do exactly
    the opposite: they only take action when they expect a reward, and they
    don’t enjoy the action. And that’s the reason why they don’t do their
    best.
  • Very young children are not afraid to express what
    they feel. They are so loving that if they perceive love, they melt
    into love. They are not afraid to love at all. That is the description
    of a normal human being. As children we are not afraid of the future or
    ashamed of the past. Our normal human tendency is to enjoy life, to
    play, to explore, to be happy, and to love. You don’t need to blame
    your parents for teaching you to be like them. They had no control over
    the programming they received, so they couldn’t have behaved any
    differently. The real you is still a little child who never grew up.
  • The freedom we are looking for is the freedom to be ourselves. For
    every thousand people, nine hundred and ninety-nine are completely
    domesticated. The first step toward personal freedom is awareness.

Whatever
your faith, there are valuable lessons to be learned in this book. We
are all far more similar than dissimilar, and people are people
wherever you go. As Aristotle said, “It is the mark of an educated mind
to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

Keep
an open mind like an open net when you read this book and you may be
surprised what falls into it. Someone once told me to remember that the
mind is like a parachute: it only works when it’s open.


Published January 9, 2009

Kevin Knebl
Silver Planet Book Review Columnist

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