Imitate the Greats

Free, interactive lessons from the greatest minds of all time

Interactive lessons in philosophy, literature, and life

Crone provides free, interactive lessons on writing, philosophy, and literature. It's a fun and effective method to learn from the greatest minds of all time. Studies show that ten minutes of active reading and writing is more effective than than an hour of passive consumption.

Deep reading

The titans of every field mentored themselves through rigorous reading and reflection. They read to understand reality, shape their lives, and to remove what held them back.

"You must live the questions. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."

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Deep writing

Writing for yourself builds clarity and eloquence. Writing for others invites serendipity into your life.

As you write, you give people, opportunities, and luck a better chance to find you. Perhaps best of all, you join The Great Conversation that has taken place since the dawn of civilization. You respond to what's come before you and you add yourself to the story.

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Deep living

The key to success is clear thinking. The key to clear thinking is abundant reading, writing, and reflection. Crone gathers the best of these ingredients into 8-minute meditative reading and writing sessions.

If you’re thinking without writing, you only think you’re thinking... Writing about something, even something you know well, usually shows you that you didn't know it as well as you thought.
Paul Graham
The world's most valuable skill is clarity of thought.
Romeen Sheth
If you do interesting things then write about them publicly with an authentic voice, like-minded people want to meet the person behind that voice. Writing is a bat signal for your people.
Julian Shapiro
I insist on a lot of time being spent thinking.
Warren Buffet
Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
Edmund Burke
I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
Joan Didion
I truly believe clear writing is the single most important skill in business.
Nathan Barry
Writing is the process by which you realize what you think and what you understand are two different things.
Shane Parrish
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
Isaac Asimov
Writing is thinking on paper.
William Zinsser
Copy others' writing by hand. Simple as that — and doing so gives people a sense for a writer's flow, voice, and rhythm.
Sam Parr
Writing is the painting of the voice; the closer the resemblance, the better it is.
Journaling is like whispering to one's self and listening at the same time.
Mina Murray (Dracula)
Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow
Lawrence Clark Powell
The best way to teach people critical thinking is to teach them to write. There is no difference between writing and thinking... If you can think and write you are absolutely deadly. Nothing can get in your way.
Jordan Peterson
To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard.
David McCullough
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
Marcus Aurelius
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
John Locke
You write to discover what you know.
Flannery O'Connor
People spend too much time doing and not enough time thinking about what they should be doing... Your success in life depends on your ability to make good decisions.
Naval Ravikant
And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
Rainer Maria Rilke
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
Rene Descartes
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Mortimer J. Adler
Writing is the ultimate tool to sharpen thinking. When you write, you expose the gaps that exist in your logic and thinking.
Sahil Bloom
The habit of writing for my own eye only is good practice. It loosens the ligaments.
Virginia Woolf
The mind which really thinks is bound to chronicle its thoughts, and chronicle them daily.
Thomas Edison
Journal writing is a voyage to the interior
Christina Baldwin
Too much binge-reading. Not enough deep reading. Why read more authors when you can spend more time with your favorite ones? Why read more books when you can dive deeper into the greatest ones of all-time?
David Perell
Clear writing is a mirror of clear thinking.
Maurice Chandler
The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.
David Hare
In the journal, I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself.
Susan Sontag
Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.
Benjamin Franklin
I've written every single day for 500 days. Since then, I can point *every* good thing that's happened in my life back to this daily habit.
Dickie Bush
A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts... As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.
James Allen
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