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    “The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” ~ Virginia Woolf
     
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    A lake is something limited. Water is inexhaustible. A lake can contain only a definite amount of the infinite quantity of water; this is its peculiarity. In human life too the individual achieves significance through discrimination and the setting of limits. Therefore what concerns us here is the problem of clearly defining these discriminations, which are, so to speak, the backbone of morality. Unlimited possibilities are not suited to man; if they existed, his life would only dissolve in the boundless. To become strong, a man’s life needs the limitations ordained by duty and voluntarily accepted. The individual attains significance as a free spirit only by surrounding himself with these limitations and by determining for himself what his duty is. ~ The I Ching
     
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    Baseball players say they don’t have to look to see if they hit a home run, they can feel it.

    ~ Aaron Sorkin

     
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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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    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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    I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.

    Henry Ford
     
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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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    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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    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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