The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom - by Don Miguel Ruiz

my notes:

Be Impeccable With Your Word
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Don’t Make Assumptions
Always Do Your Best

The human is the only animal on earth that pays a thousand times for the same mistake.

95 percent of beliefs stored in our minds are lies, and we suffer because we believe them.

Your word is the power you have to create. But like a sword with two edges, your word can create the most beautiful dream or destroy everything around you.

A sin is anything you do which goes against yourself.

Gossip is black magic at its very worst because it is pure poison.

Your opinion is nothing but your point of view. It is not necessarily true. It comes from your beliefs, ego, and dreams. We create this poison and spread it to others so we can feel right about our own point of view.

It is possible because I did it, and I am no better than you.

Taking things personally is the maximum expression of selfishness because we make the assumption that everything is about “me.”

All people live in their own mind; they are in a completely different world from the one we live in.

You make something big out of something so little, because you need to be right and make everyone else wrong.

Even the opinions you have about yourself are not necessarily true;

Do not expect people to tell you the truth because they also lie to themselves.

Someone can intentionally send emotional poison, and if you don’t take it personally, it becomes worse in the sender.

It’s not important if the answer is correct; just the answer itself makes us feel safe. This is why we make assumptions.

The way to keep from making assumptions is to ask questions.

Have the courage to ask questions until you are clear as you can be, and even then do not assume you know all there is to know about a given situation.

Everybody has the right to tell you no or yes, but you always have the right to ask.

Everything is alive and changing all the time, so your best will sometimes be high quality, and other times not as good.

We don’t need to know or prove anything.

You express your own divinity by being alive and by loving yourself and others.

Everything you have ever learned, you learned through repetition.

You can choose to believe in anything, and that includes believing in yourself.

We are addicted to being the way we are.

The way you see the world depends on the emotions you are feeling.

The only reason you suffer is because you choose to suffer.