Archive of February 2014

Feb 26, 2014

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly;
it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
— Thomas Paine, 1776

Feb 24, 2014

In other words, the best way to attain something approaching authenticity is by not striving for it. It's like happiness that way. Directly pursued, it tends to lead you astray. Pursuing something worth your while, it might surprise you.

Feb 22, 2014

The more amazing things get, the less it takes to make you dissatisfied. [...] The more perfect things get for you in general, the more intensely you'll feel it when something isn't.

Feb 19, 2014

My overarching goal right now, wherever possible, is to give myself more time to simply be.
Put yourself, and your work, out there every day, and you'll start meeting some amazing people.

Feb 18, 2014

Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points. If you always do just this, said his grandfather, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be okay.
Give up on yourself. Begin taking action now, while being neurotic or imperfect, or a procrastinator or unhealthy or lazy or any other label by which you inaccurately describe yourself. Go ahead and be the best imperfect person you can be and get started on those things you want to accomplish before you die.
Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail. There's only make.
— Rule 6, Immaculate Heart College Art Department Rules (via Make Your Side Projects Wildly Successful: Treat Them Like Experiments - 99U)

Feb 14, 2014

For a work to be truly creative, it has to depart from the status quo at some point. That departure makes many people uncomfortable.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him. The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
— George Bernard Shaw
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