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    “The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” ~ Virginia Woolf
     
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    At each creative decision, ask whether you’re doing it a certain way because that’s the way you’ve seen it done before. If the answer is yes, then figure out if there’s a better way. You’ll stand apart from the rest, and we’ll love you for it.

    Adam Lisagor
     
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    Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.

    T.S. Eliot
     
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    The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

    Steve Jobs
     
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    We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.

    Steve Jobs
     
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    It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.

    Steve Jobs
     
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    I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.

    Steve Jobs
     
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    Remarkable work (is) “worthy of being remarked on.” We don’t find it remarkable when our expectations are met – only when they are exceeded, or when we are surprised by something completely unexpected.

    The 99 Percent
     
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    Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    [Freedom of speech] isn’t something somebody else gives you. That’s something you give to yourself.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled “Science Fiction” … and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    1. Find a subject you care about. 2. Do not ramble, though. 3. Keep it simple. 4. Have the guts to cut. 5. Sound like yourself. 6. Say what you mean to say. 7. Pity the readers.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    Well, I’ve worried some about, you know, why write books … why are we teaching people to write books when presidents and senators do not read them, and generals do not read them. And it’s been the university experience that taught me that there is a very good reason, that you catch people before they become generals and presidents and so forth and you poison their minds with … humanity, and however you want to poison their minds, it’s presumably to encourage them to make a better world.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    I sometimes wondered what the use of any of the arts was. The best thing I could come up with was what I call the canary in the coal mine theory of the arts. This theory says that artists are useful to society because they are so sensitive. They are super-sensitive. They keel over like canaries in poison coal mines long before more robust types realize that there is any danger whatsoever.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     

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