29 Life Changing James Altucher Quotes

Yesterday, I spotted James Altucher’s book, ‘The Power of No‘ in my local bookstore, and started flicking through the pages…

On one of the pages, it said that the most searched term people reach James’ blog through, is “I want to die”. How sad is that?

Being the amazing person that James is, many of the people who have read his story through that article, feel a lot better afterwards.

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies, and his words have helped change many people’s lives.

Here are 29 of the best James Altucher quotes:


29 Life Changing James Altucher Quotes

1. “Always say to yourself, I’d rather be healthy than right. Because the infection of someone so wounded will spread to you if you engage.” – James Altucher

2. “Being grateful is the bridge between the world of nightmares and the world where we are free to say no. It’s the bridge between the world of delusions and the world of creativity.” – James Altucher

3. “But business is just a vehicle for transforming the ideas in your head into something real, something tangible, that actually improves the lives of others.” – James Altucher

4. “Excuses are easy lies we tell ourselves to cover up our failures.” – James Altucher

5. “Excuses are leaks in a boat. When you cover one, another pops up, and it’s even bigger. It’s hard to keep the boat repaired and get safely to shore if you have an excuse mind-set.” – James Altucher

6. “Forget purpose. It’s okay to be happy without one. The quest for a single purpose has ruined many lives.” – James Altucher

7. “He took a survey of personal finance authors who recommend that people keep budgets, and he found that none of them actually kept budgets themselves.” – James Altucher

8. “I have lots of ideas. How do I pick the right one? Execute on as many as possible. The right idea will pick you.” – James Altucher

9. “If coming up with ten ideas sounds too hard, then come up with twenty.” – James Altucher


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10. “If we truly want to learn, we never learn when we are talking. We only learn when we are listening.” – James Altucher


11. “Luck is created by the prepared.” – James Altucher

12. “No matter who you are, no matter what you do, no matter who your audience is: 30 percent will love it, 30 percent will hate it, and 30 percent won’t care.” – James Altucher

13. “Nobody wakes up in the morning and says, ‘I can’t wait to clean out some shit today.” – James Altucher

14. “Only free time, imagination, creativity, and an ability to disappear will help you deliver value that nobody ever delivered before in the history of humankind.” – James Altucher

15. “Only think about the people you enjoy, and only read the books you enjoy, that make you happy to be human. Only go to the events that actually make you laugh or fall in love.” – James Altucher

16. “Only worry about your own happiness, which doesn’t have to be limited by anyone else’s stupidity unless you allow it to be.” – James Altucher

17. “Perfectionism is the enemy of the idea muscle. Perfectionism is your brain trying to protect you from harm—from coming up with an idea that is embarrassing and stupid and could cause you to suffer pain.” – James Altucher

18. “Someone who is reinventing always has spare time. Part of reinvention is collecting little bits and pieces of time and carving them the way you want them to be.” – James Altucher


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19. “Stick with the people who love you and don’t spend a single second on the rest. Life will be better that way.” – James Altucher


20. “The best way I have ever found to fill that hole is not to seek external motivations to fill the emptiness, but to ignite the internal fire that will never go out. To light up my own inner sky.” – James Altucher

21. “The only things that really matter in this world are the relationships you have with the people you love, and the meaningful things that you do.” – James Altucher

22. “The only truly safe thing you can do is to try over and over again. To go for it, to get rejected, to repeat, to strive, to wish. Without rejection there is no frontier, there is no passion, and there is no magic.” – James Altucher

23. “There is nobody you need to impress. There is nobody who is judging you. And there will be nobody who can stop you.” – James Altucher

24. “This is about a new phase in history where art, science, business, and spirit will join together, both externally and internally, in the pursuit of true wealth. It’s a phase where ideas are more important than people.” – James Altucher

25. “We all want to de-clutter. To throw things out. But a minimalist lifestyle is bullshit unless you can do it across every sheath in the daily practice: not just physical, but also emotional, mental, and spiritual.” – James Altucher

26. “What you need to do is build the house you will live in. You build that house by laying a solid foundation: by building physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.” – James Altucher


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27. “When you get in the mud with a pig, you get dirty and the pig gets happy.” – James Altucher


28. “When you give up searching for frontiers, inevitably you end up stuck in a swamp, sinking deeper into the mud the more you struggle to get out.” – James Altucher

29. “When you rush to get to a mythical there, one day you will arrive and realize you missed all of the pleasures and mysteries along the way.” – James Altucher



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