Be the Worst You Can Be

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Publisher: ABRAMS

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Language: English | Number of Pages: 160 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 1419703730 | Isbn-13: 9781419703737 | Publish date: 

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Book Description
Charles Saatchi founded the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency in 1970, which grew to become the largest of its kind in the world. At the same time he started collecting art and, later, opened his first gallery in London. He championed young British artists, such as Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst, and became a major figure on the international art scene. For someone so influential, he's surprisingly quiet. Charles Saatchi almost never gives interviews. However, he's a man with a view on everything - from movies to morals, superstition to suicide - and in this fascinating new book he answers nearly 300 questions from readers and journalists. What is the most valuable life lesson you can offer? Are you a believer that good is the enemy of great? What is more powerful - money or knowledge? How would you describe yourself if you did not have art in your life? How many of the seven deadly sins are you guilty of? This is the definitive read for those in search of answers.
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    A book which won't be remembered

    I was quite disappointed by the book, which is essentially a collection of aphorisms, some interesting and quirky, but most neither.

    Here are the bits I think are worth.

    "Unlock yourself from the neuro ...continue

    I was quite disappointed by the book, which is essentially a collection of aphorisms, some interesting and quirky, but most neither.

    Here are the bits I think are worth.

    "Unlock yourself from the neurotic need to please. It erodes the soul"

    "Life is more pleasant without asking too many questions of yourself, or seeking a higher purpose"

    "Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted"

    "Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm"

    "Tenacity and staying resolute are simply being obstinate in a way we approve of"

    "War doesn't determine who's right, war determines who's left"

    Q: You seem to represent all I find unpleasant about the modern world. People like me, who don't court personal validation, believe in putting other people first. Today everything is about gratification of the self, and choosing our own happiness over anyone else's. Whatever happened to the values I adhere to, like duty, morality, righteousness, and the belief that goodness is its own reward?
    A: You may sound like a very good person, but in fact you just suffer from the disease to please. And what's more you seem to want to be congratulated for it. Apparently, goodness is not its own reward.

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