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58 Top Quotes By Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman

Famous As: Winner of 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics for His Work on the Psychology of Judgment and Decision-Making
Born On: March 5, 1934
Born In: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Age: 88 Years
Daniel Kahneman is an Israel-American psychologist who is regarded as one of the pioneers who contributed towards theories regarding decision making and judgement. Additionally, Kahneman is regarded as one of the stalwarts in the field of behavioural economics. In 2002 he shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his lifelong contribution towards behavioural economics. After graduating in psychology from He-brew University of Jerusalem in 1954, he went to the United States and did his doctoral research at University of California. Kahneman has been associated with some of the leading institutions of the world including, Centre for Advanced Study in Behavioural Sciences, University of British Columbia, University of California and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University throughout his illustrious career. Some of his notable works include the books ‘Attention and Effort’, ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ and ‘Choices, Value and Frames’ in addition to many other papers that have formed the bedrock of his work as a psychologist and economist. He is one of the most brilliant minds in the world and in fact, 'Foreign Policy' magazine and 'The Economist' has ranked him among the finest minds in the world in the past. Daniel Kahneman is one of the most distinguished living psychologists whose work, writings, thoughts and books have touched millions. We bring to you the excerpts of sayings and quotations by Daniel Kahneman from his vast treaseure of writings, research papers and speeches. 
A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.

A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.

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Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it

Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it

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Our comforting conviction that the world makes sense rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance.

Our comforting conviction that the world makes sense rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance.

Daniel Kahneman
The psychologist, Paul Rozin, an expert on disgust, observed that a single cockroach will completely wreck the appeal of a bowl of cherries, but a cherry will do nothing at all for a bowl of cockroaches.

The psychologist, Paul Rozin, an expert on disgust, observed that a single cockroach will completely wreck the appeal of a bowl of cherries, but a cherry will do nothing at all for a bowl of cockroaches.

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Money does not buy you happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery.

Money does not buy you happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery.

Daniel Kahneman
Intelligence is not only the ability to reason; it is also the ability to find relevant material in memory and to deploy attention when needed.

Intelligence is not only the ability to reason; it is also the ability to find relevant material in memory and to deploy attention when needed.

Daniel Kahneman
The idea that the future is unpredictable is undermined every day by the ease with which the past is explained.

The idea that the future is unpredictable is undermined every day by the ease with which the past is explained.

Daniel Kahneman
A reliable way of making people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.

A reliable way of making people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.

Daniel Kahneman
Odd as it may seem, I am my remembering self, and the experiencing self, who does my living, is like a stranger to me.

Odd as it may seem, I am my remembering self, and the experiencing self, who does my living, is like a stranger to me.

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This is the essence of intuitive heuristics: when faced with a difficult question, we often answer an easier one instead, usually without noticing the substitution.

This is the essence of intuitive heuristics: when faced with a difficult question, we often answer an easier one instead, usually without noticing the substitution.

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If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.

If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.

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The confidence that individuals have in their beliefs depends mostly on the quality of the story they can tell about what they see, even if they see little.

The confidence that individuals have in their beliefs depends mostly on the quality of the story they can tell about what they see, even if they see little.

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A person who has not made peace with his losses is likely to accept gambles that would be unacceptable to him otherwise.

A person who has not made peace with his losses is likely to accept gambles that would be unacceptable to him otherwise.

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We are prone to overestimate how much we understand about the world and to underestimate the role of chance in events.

We are prone to overestimate how much we understand about the world and to underestimate the role of chance in events.

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You are more likely to learn something by finding surprises in your own behavior than by hearing surprising facts about people in general.

You are more likely to learn something by finding surprises in your own behavior than by hearing surprising facts about people in general.

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Nothing in life is as important as you think it is when you are thinking about it.

Nothing in life is as important as you think it is when you are thinking about it.

Daniel Kahneman
We can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness.

We can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness.

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The illusion that we understand the past fosters overconfidence in our ability to predict the future.

The illusion that we understand the past fosters overconfidence in our ability to predict the future.

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Familiarity breeds liking.

Familiarity breeds liking.

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The test of learning psychology is whether your understanding of situations you encounter has changed, not whether you have learned a new fact.

The test of learning psychology is whether your understanding of situations you encounter has changed, not whether you have learned a new fact.

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Acquisition of skills requires a regular environment, an adequate opportunity to practice, and rapid and unequivocal feedback about the correctness of thoughts and actions.

Acquisition of skills requires a regular environment, an adequate opportunity to practice, and rapid and unequivocal feedback about the correctness of thoughts and actions.

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Nothing in life is as important as you think it is when you are thinking of it.

Nothing in life is as important as you think it is when you are thinking of it.

Daniel Kahneman
The world makes much less sense than you think. The coherence comes mostly from the way your mind works.

The world makes much less sense than you think. The coherence comes mostly from the way your mind works.

Daniel Kahneman
Because we tend to be nice to other people when they please us and nasty when they do not, we are statistically punished for being nice and rewarded for being nasty.

Because we tend to be nice to other people when they please us and nasty when they do not, we are statistically punished for being nice and rewarded for being nasty.

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We are prone to blame decision makers for good decisions that worked out badly and to give them too little credit for successful moves that appear obvious only after the fact.

We are prone to blame decision makers for good decisions that worked out badly and to give them too little credit for successful moves that appear obvious only after the fact.

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The premise of this book is that it is easier to recognize other people’s mistakes than our own.

The premise of this book is that it is easier to recognize other people’s mistakes than our own.

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Jonathan Haidt said in another context, “The emotional tail wags the rational dog.

Jonathan Haidt said in another context, “The emotional tail wags the rational dog.

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To derive the most useful information from multiple sources of evidence, you should always try to make these sources independent of each other.

To derive the most useful information from multiple sources of evidence, you should always try to make these sources independent of each other.

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Mood evidently affects the operation of System 1: when we are uncomfortable and unhappy, we lose touch with our intuition.

Mood evidently affects the operation of System 1: when we are uncomfortable and unhappy, we lose touch with our intuition.

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Jumping to conclusions is a safer sport in the world of our imagination than it is in reality.

Jumping to conclusions is a safer sport in the world of our imagination than it is in reality.

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The most effortful forms of slow thinking are those that require you to think fast.

The most effortful forms of slow thinking are those that require you to think fast.

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You have no compelling moral intuitions to guide you in solving that problem. Your moral feelings are attached to frames, to descriptions of reality rather than to reality itself.

You have no compelling moral intuitions to guide you in solving that problem. Your moral feelings are attached to frames, to descriptions of reality rather than to reality itself.

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In a state of flow, however, maintaining focused attention on these absorbing activities requires no exertion of self-control, thereby freeing resources to be directed to the task at hand.

In a state of flow, however, maintaining focused attention on these absorbing activities requires no exertion of self-control, thereby freeing resources to be directed to the task at hand.

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As cognitive scientists have emphasized in recent years, cognition is embodied; you think with your body, not only with your brain.

As cognitive scientists have emphasized in recent years, cognition is embodied; you think with your body, not only with your brain.

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Remember this rule: intuition cannot be trusted in the absence of stable regularities in the environment.

Remember this rule: intuition cannot be trusted in the absence of stable regularities in the environment.

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The easiest way to increase happiness is to control your use of time. Can you find more time to do the things you enjoy doing?

The easiest way to increase happiness is to control your use of time. Can you find more time to do the things you enjoy doing?

Daniel Kahneman
To be useful, your beliefs should be constrained by the logic of probability.

To be useful, your beliefs should be constrained by the logic of probability.

Daniel Kahneman
Because it is much easier, as well as far more enjoyable, to identify and label the mistakes of others than to recognize our own. Questioning what we believe and want is difficult at the

Because it is much easier, as well as far more enjoyable, to identify and label the mistakes of others than to recognize our own. Questioning what we believe and want is difficult at the

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There's a lot of randomness in the decisions that people make.

There's a lot of randomness in the decisions that people make.

Daniel Kahneman
A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.

A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.

Daniel Kahneman
In essence, the optimistic style involves taking credit for successes but little blame for failures.

In essence, the optimistic style involves taking credit for successes but little blame for failures.

Daniel Kahneman
If you have had to force yourself to do something, you are less willing or less able to exert self-control when the next challenge comes around. The phenomenon has been named ego depletion.

If you have had to force yourself to do something, you are less willing or less able to exert self-control when the next challenge comes around. The phenomenon has been named ego depletion.

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Indeed, there is evidence that people are more likely to be influenced by empty persuasive messages, such as commercials, when they are tired and depleted.

Indeed, there is evidence that people are more likely to be influenced by empty persuasive messages, such as commercials, when they are tired and depleted.

Daniel Kahneman
It is much easier to strive for perfection when you are never bored.

It is much easier to strive for perfection when you are never bored.

Daniel Kahneman
When people believe a conclusion is true, they are also very likely to believe arguments that appear to support it, even when these arguments are unsound.

When people believe a conclusion is true, they are also very likely to believe arguments that appear to support it, even when these arguments are unsound.

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Conflict between an automatic reaction and an intention to control it is common in our lives.

Conflict between an automatic reaction and an intention to control it is common in our lives.

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Do we still remember the question we are trying to answer? Or have we substituted an easier one?

Do we still remember the question we are trying to answer? Or have we substituted an easier one?

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System 1 is radically insensitive to both the quality and the quantity of the information that gives rise to impressions and intuitions.

System 1 is radically insensitive to both the quality and the quantity of the information that gives rise to impressions and intuitions.

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The prominence of causal intuitions is a recurrent theme in this book because people are prone to apply causal thinking inappropriately, to situations that require statistical reasoning.

The prominence of causal intuitions is a recurrent theme in this book because people are prone to apply causal thinking inappropriately, to situations that require statistical reasoning.

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Much of the discussion in this book is about biases of intuition. However, the focus on error does not denigrate human intelligence, any more than the attention to diseases in medical texts denies good health.

Much of the discussion in this book is about biases of intuition. However, the focus on error does not denigrate human intelligence, any more than the attention to diseases in medical texts denies good health.

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People who are cognitively busy are also more likely to make selfish choices, use sexist language, and make superficial judgments in social situations.

People who are cognitively busy are also more likely to make selfish choices, use sexist language, and make superficial judgments in social situations.

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The goal of venture capitalists is to call the extreme cases correctly, even at the cost of overestimating the prospects of many other ventures.

The goal of venture capitalists is to call the extreme cases correctly, even at the cost of overestimating the prospects of many other ventures.

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One of the significant discoveries of cognitive psychologists in recent decades is that switching from one task to another is effortful, especially under time pressure.

One of the significant discoveries of cognitive psychologists in recent decades is that switching from one task to another is effortful, especially under time pressure.

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You can do several things at once, but only if they are easy and undemanding.

You can do several things at once, but only if they are easy and undemanding.

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You know you have made a theoretical advance when you can no longer reconstruct why you failed for so long to see the obvious.

You know you have made a theoretical advance when you can no longer reconstruct why you failed for so long to see the obvious.

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An inability to be guided by a “healthy fear” of bad consequences is a disastrous flaw.

An inability to be guided by a “healthy fear” of bad consequences is a disastrous flaw.

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The worse the consequence, the greater the hindsight bias.

The worse the consequence, the greater the hindsight bias.

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I am my remembering self, and the experiencing self, who does my living, is like a stranger to me.

I am my remembering self, and the experiencing self, who does my living, is like a stranger to me.

Daniel Kahneman