“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers,” Charles W. Eliot.

Books encapsulate infinite powers. The power to persuade you to believe in the art of living, the power to educate you about the moral and immoral and the power to influence you to voice your ideas boldly. Books are windows that lead to an imaginative world and beautifully intertwines the fictitious with the non-fictitious realms. They allow you to understand the intricacies of fantasy and reality and develops a strong emotional connection between the readers with the writer.

We believe in what Zappa said, “So many books, so little time,” and hence have compiled a list of 12 great lines from bestseller books, suggested by the World Economic Forum Book Club. These excerpts will not only inspire you to think out-of-the-box and challenge the ordinary but will also set aside your preconceived notions about societal values, politics, religion, economy and life in general, making your lives much richer and full of meaning.

1. That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) about Working Together by Joanne Lipman

“It doesn’t matter how much companies talk about equality and inclusiveness. What matters are the incentives it creates for employees. Those incentives speak louder than any speeches by the CEO, or bias training workshops, or posters on a wall.”

That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) about Working Together by Joanne Lipman

2. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress by Steven Pinker

“Most people agree that life is better than death. Health is better than sickness. Sustenance is better than hunger. Abundance is better than poverty. Peace is better than war. Safety is better than danger. Freedom is better than tyranny. Equal rights are better than bigotry and discrimination. Literacy is better than illiteracy. Knowledge is better than ignorance. Intelligence is better than dull-wittedness. Happiness is better than misery. Opportunities to enjoy family, friends, culture, and nature are better than drudgery and monotony. All these things can be measured. If they have”

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress by Steven Pinker

3. A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming

“By the end of 2014, UNHCR would record close to 60 million forcibly displaced people, 8 million more than in the previous year. Half of those were children. Every day that year, on average, 42,500 people became refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced, a fourfold increase in just four years.”

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming

4. Fifty Million Rising: The New Generation of Working Women Transforming the Muslim World by Saadia Zahidi

“This fifteen- to twenty-nine-year-old Muslim cohort is also the most educated generation ever seen in these countries.”

Fifty Million Rising: The New Generation of Working Women Transforming the Muslim World by Saadia Zahidi

5. Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

“Whether in the name of God or science, there was no satisfaction for the ego quite like the satisfaction of converting someone to your side.”
6. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling,

“Forming your worldview by relying on the media would be like forming your view about me by looking only at a picture of my foot.”

7. The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy by Mariana Mazzucato

“Some heterodox economists today argue that growth will fall if finance becomes too big relative to the rest of the economy (industry) because real profits come from the production of new goods and services rather than from simple transfers of money earned from those goods and services.40 To ‘rebalance’ the economy, the argument runs, we must allow genuine profits from production to win over rents–which, as we can see here, is exactly the argument Ricardo made 200 years ago, and John Maynard Keynes was to make 100 years later.41”

8. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

“Morality doesn’t mean ‘following divine commands’. It means ‘reducing suffering’. Hence in order to act morally, you don’t need to believe in any myth or story. You just need to develop a deep appreciation of suffering.”

9. New Power: How It’s Changing The 21st Century – And Why You Need To Know by Jeremy Heimans

“People actually begin changing behavior when [an] idea gets validated by their community, rarely when it has not.”
10. Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

“Vision without execution is hallucination. .. Skill without imagination is barren. Leonardo [da Vinci] knew how to marry observation and imagination, which made him history’s consummate innovator.”

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

11. The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict and Culture in the 21st Century by Parag Khanna

“Billions of Asians growing up in the past two decades have experienced geopolitical stability, rapidly expanding prosperity, and surging national pride. The world they know is one not of Western dominance but of Asian ascendance.”
12. Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change by Beth Comstock

“Developing a habit of self-permission will instill in you the belief that you are in control of your career and your life, regardless of what is going on around you.”

Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change by Beth Comstock

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