The best 15 words

Peo­ple want to tell ev­ery­thing in­stead of tel­ling the best 15 words. They want to learn ev­ery­thing in­stead of the best 15 words. In this thread, in­stead post the best 15-words from a book you’ve read re­cently (or any­thing else). It has to stand on its own. It’s not a sum­mary, the whole value needs to be con­tained in those words.

  • It doesn’t need to cover ev­ery­thing in the book, it’s just the best 15 words.

  • It doesn’t need to be a quote, it’s just the best 15 words.

  • It doesn’t have to be 15 words long, it’s just the best “15” words.

  • It doesn’t have to be pre­cisely true, it’s just the best 15 words.

  • It doesn’t have to be the main 15 words, it just has to be the best 15 words.

  • It doesn’t have to be the au­thor’s 15 words, it just has to be the best 15 words.

  • Edit: It shouldn’t just be a neat quote—the point of the ex­er­cise is to strug­gle to move from a book down to 15 words.

I’ll start in the com­ments be­low.

(Voted by the Schel­ling study group as the best ex­er­cise of the meet­ing.)