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About the book

An internationally bestselling fable about a spiritual journey, littered with powerful life lessons that teach us how to abandon consumerism in order to embrace destiny, live life to the full and discover joy.

This inspiring tale is based on the author’s own search for life’s true purpose, providing a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance and joy.

It tells the story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life: following a heart attack, he decides to sell all his beloved possesions and trek to India. On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he meets Himalayan gurus who offer powerful, wise and practical lessons that teach us to:
– Develop joyful thoughts
– Follow our life’s mission
– Cultivate self-discipline and act courageously
– Value time as our most important commodity
– Nourish our relationships
– Live fully, one day at a time

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Year published: 1999

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Quotes from the book

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (Robin Sharma)

  • Act with integrity.
  • Be guided by your heart.
  • Basically, I reduced my needs.
  • Never regret your past. Rather,
  • Laughing is medicine for the soul.
  • Stop making excuses and just do it!
  • I became a vegetarian and I ate less.
  • I repeat, ‘I am strong, able and calm.
  • Never overlook the power of simplicity,
  • Sow a character, you reap your destiny.
  • To breathe properly is to live properly.
  • happiness is a journey, not a destination.
  • the purpose of life is the life of purpose
  • There are no mistakes in life, just lessons.
  • Your “I CAN” is more important than your IQ.
  • As you live your days, so you live your life.
  • Persistence is the mother of personal change.
  • When you feel down or weary, play some music.
  • Nothing to extremes, everything in moderation.
  • It is the first step to lifelong enlightenment.
  • When the student is ready, the teacher appears,
  • When you are inspired by some great purpose, some
  • You are also what you say to yourself all day long.
  • As Emerson said: ‘Character is higher than intellect.
  • the words you say to yourself affect your self-image,
  • The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.
  • I stopped needing to be available to everyone all the time,
  • I knew I had to change so I decided to listen to my heart and
  • quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.
  • There is a huge difference between well-being and being well-off.
  • The mind is like any other muscle in your body. Use it or lose it.
  • Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.
  • The sun rejuvenates me. When I grow tired, it keeps my mood bright.
  • Change is hard at first,Messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.
  • The only way to improve tomorrow is to know what you did wrong today.
  • Failure is not having the courage to try, nothing more an nothing less.
  • Never forget the power of music. Spend a little time with it every day.
  • Read regularly. Reading for thirty minutes a day will do wonders for you.
  • Success on the outside means nothing unless you also have success within.
  • Everything is always created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.
  • Worry drains the mindof its power and, sooner or later, it injures the soul
  • Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.
  • The quality of your life will come down to the quality of your contribution.
  • Worry drains the mind of its power and, sooner or later, it injures the soul
  • You will always feel a little discomfort when you are installing a new habit.
  • I am more than I appear to be, all the worlds strength & power rests inside me.
  • I stopped wearing expensive clothes, I kicked my addiction to six newspapers a day,
  • Life doesn’t always give you what you ask for, but it always gives you what you need.
  • Knowledge is only potential power. For the power to be manifested, it must be applied.
  • William James said, ‘We don’t laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh.
  • While what you say to others is important, even more important is what you say to yourself.
  • Every second you spend thinking about someone else’s dreams you take time away from your own.
  • Never be a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of you future. You will never be the same.
  • I once read that people who study others are wise but those who study themselves are enlightened.
  • You want to live a more peaceful, meaningful life, you must think more peaceful, meaningful thoughts.
  • Books simply help you to see what is already within your self. That’s what enlightenment is all about.
  • So take the time to think. Discover your real reason for being here and then have the courage to act on it.
  • Words affect the mind in a pronounced way. Whether they are spoken or written, they are powerful influences.
  • Ancient Rule of Twenty-one: if you do anything for twenty-one days in a row, it will be installed as a habit.
  • Don’t pick up the phone every time it rings. It is there for your convenience, not the convenience of others.
  • Read the right books. Learn how those who have preceded you have handled the challenges you are currently facing.
  • Yogi Raman preached: ‘Every second you spend thinking about someone else’s dreams, you take time away from your own.
  • Happiness comes through good judgment, good judgment comes through experience and experience comes through bad judgment
  • Our vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart. who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside awakens
  • One must not allow the clock and the calender to blind him to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle –and mystery
  • Happiness comes through good judgment, good judgment comes through experience, and experience comes through bad judgment.’ But
  • When I need to feel motivated, I might repeat, ‘I am inspired, disciplined and energized’ out loud two or three hundred times.
  • Dare to dream that you are more than the sum of your current circumstances. Expect the best. You will be astonished at the results.
  • Laughter opens your heart and soothes your soul. No one should ever take life so seriously that they forget to laugh at themselves.
  • The ten-minute period before you sleep and the ten-minute period after you wake up are profoundly influential on your subconscious mind.
  • the thoughts you think and the actions you take in the first ten minutes after you wake up have a very marked effect on the rest of your day.
  • He who serves the most, reaps the most, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. This is the way to inner peace and outer fulfillment.
  • It’s not what you will get out of the books that is so enriching – it is what the books will get out of you that will ultimately change your life
  • You sow a thought, you reap an action. Reap an action, you sow a habit. Sow a habit, you reap a character. Sow a character, you reap your destiny.
  • The beautiful thing is that you can change your self-image, just like you can change everything else in your life if it is not serving to enhance it.
  • Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. it will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.
  • There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength.
  • Give a prayer of thanks for all you have. Work on your gratitude list. Listen to some great music. Watch the sun come up, or perhaps go for a quick walk in natural surroundings if you feel up to it.
  • I’ve learned that everything happens for a reason, the yogi Krishnan told him. Every event has a why and all adversity teaches us a lesson… Never regret your past. Accept it as the teacher that it is.
  • The moment I stopped spending so much time chasing the big pleasure of life. I began to enjoy the little ones, like watching the stars dancing in moonlit sky or soaking in the sunbeams of a glorious summer morning.
  • The ten-minute period before you sleep and the ten-minute period after you wake up are profoundly influential on your subconscious mind. Only the most inspiring and serene thoughts should be programmed into your mind at those times.
  • There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher.
  • If you care for your mind, if you nurture it and if you cultivate it just like a fertile, rich garden, it will blossom far beyond your expectations. But if you let the weeds take root, lasting peace of mind and deep inner harmony will always elude you.
  • Push yourself to do more and to experience more. Harness your energy to start expanding your dreams. Yes, expand your dreams. Don’t accept a life of mediocrity when you hold such infinite potential within the fortress of your mind. Dare to tap into your greatness.
  • it is only when you have mastered the art of loving yourself that you can truly love others. it’s only when you have opened your own heart that you can touch the hearts of others. when you feel centered and alive, you are in much better position to be a better person.
  • No matter what happens to you in your life, you alone have the capacity to choose your response to it. When you form the habit of searching for the positive in every circumstance, your life will move into its highest dimensions. This is one of the greatest of all the natural laws.’
  • Every event has a purpose and every setback its lesson. I have realized that failure, whether of personal, professional or even spiritual kind, is essential to personal expansion. It brings inner growth and a whole host of psychic rewards. Never regret your past. Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is.
  • I thought that, ultimately, life is all about choices. One’s destiny unfolds according to the choices one makes, and I felt certain that the choice I had made was the right one. I knew my life would never be the same and that something marvellous, maybe even miraculous, was about to happen to me. It was an amazing awakening.
  • It doesn’t matter what other people say about you. What is important is what you say to yourself. Do not be concerned with the judgement of others as long as you know what you are doing is according to conscience and you heart. Never be ashamed of doing that which is right; decide on what you think is good and then stick to it.
  • you will never be able to hit a target that you cannot see. People spend their whole lives dreaming of becoming happier, living with more vitality and having an abundance of passion. Yet they do not see the importance of taking even ten minutes a month to write out their goals and to think deeply about the meaning of their lives, their Dharma