The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

by Mark Manson

Number of pages: 224

Publisher: Harper

BBB Library: Booklets

ISBN: 978-0062457714

About the Author

Mark Manson (born March 9, 1984) is an American self-help author and blogger. As of 2022 he has authored or co-authored four books, three of which, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, Everything Is Fucked: A Book About Hope, and Will, were The New York Times bestsellers.


Editorial Review

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. F**k positivity, Mark Manson says. Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it. In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Book Reviews

This book is so much more than humour. It is a real life-changer. In a world that asks us to avoid negative emotions and put on a cheery face,The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuckdelivers a real wake-up call.

At its core,The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckis a book about finding what's truly important to you and letting go of everything else. In the same way that he encourages limiting exposure to mindless distractions such as social media, television and technology, he encourages limiting concern over things that have little to no meaning or value in your life.

Mansonis somehow able todestroy in a matter of few pages, years of self-proclaimed self-help gurus, and gets us all back to one important point:our life is what we decide to do of it.

This book, full of counterintuitive suggestions that often make great sense, is a pleasure to read and worthy of rereading. A good yardstick by which self-improvement books should be measured.

The book helps the reader to find out the limitation of their lives by showing the shitty things. The first limitation is that we have a limited amount of fucks to give. When we know this limit, we can correctly choose what we should and shouldn't care about.

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Wisdom to Share

“Who you are is defined by what you’re willing to struggle for.”

“You and everyone you know are going to be dead soon. And in the short amount of time between here and there, you have a limited amount of fucks to give. Very few, in fact. And if you go around giving a fuck about everything and everyone without conscious thought or choice—well, then you’re going to get fucked.”

“The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience. ”

“Unhealthy love is based on two people trying to escape their problems through their emotions for each other—in other words, they’re using each other as an escape. Healthy love is based on two people acknowledging and addressing their own problems with each other’s support.”

“Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of another.”

“To be happy we need something to solve. Happiness is therefore a form of action;”

“This is the most simple and basic component of life: our struggles determine our successes.”

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

“Maturity is what happens when one learns to only give a fuck about what’s truly fuckworthy. ”