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Malcolm Gladwell

Canadian journalist and science writer
If you make a great number of predictions, the ones that were wrong will soon be forgotten, and the ones that turn out to be true will make you famous.

Malcolm Timothy Gladwell (born September 3, 1963) is an English-born Canadian journalist, bestselling author, and speaker. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996.


  • It's those who lie outside ordinary experience who have the most to teach us.
    • Malcolm Gladwell (2008). Outliers: The Story of Success. p. 198
  • What do we tell our children? Haste makes waste. Look before you leap. Stop and think. Don't judge a book by its cover. We believe that we are always better off gathering as much information as possible and spending as much time as possible in deliberation.
    • Malcolm Gladwell, in Cheryl Glenn, et al Harbrace Essentials, Cengage Learning, 1 January 2011, p. 165
  • “Outlier” is a scientific term to describe things or phenomena that lie outside normal experience. In the summer, in Paris, we expect most days to be somewhere between warm and very hot. But imagine if you had a day in the middle of August where the temperature fell below freezing. That day would be outlier. And while we have a very good understanding of why summer days in Paris are warm or hot, we know a good deal less about why a summer day in Paris might be freezing cold. In this book I’m interested in people who are outliers—in men and women who, for one reason or another, are so accomplished and so extraordinary and so outside of ordinary experience that they are as puzzling to the rest of us as a cold day in August.
    • Malcolm Gladwell (2010) in: "Q and A with Malcolm," at, quoted in: Kate Vitasek (2011). The Vested Outsourcing Manual, p. 364
  • The most influential thinker, in my life, has been the psychologist Richard Nisbett. He basically gave me my view of the world.
    • Malcolm Gladwell in: Pamela Paul (2014), By the Book: : Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review. p. 238

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