The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
Concepts profound in their simplicity
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
- 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.
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.”
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
Silver Planet Book Review Columnist