The best way to do it is to do it. - Amelia Earhart
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“Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.” -Chuck Close

“It is a danger to wait around for an idea to occur to you. You have to find the idea.” -Gerhard Richter

“I don’t believe the muse visits you. I believe that you visit the muse.” -Michael Lewis

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.” -Pablo Picasso

“Overall, though, I have a healthy appetite for solitude. If you don’t, you have no business being a writer.” -Will Self

“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.” -Isabel Allende

“When you work regularly, inspiration strikes regularly.” -Gretchen Rubin

“I began this whole writing enterprise with the idea that you go to work in the morning like a banker, then the work gets done…This was an important idea for me—that an artist was someone who worked, not some special being exempt from the claims of ordinary life.” -Tobias Wolff

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Of course, as soon as a thing has happened it isn’t fantastic any longer, it’s inevitable. The inevitable is what you’re doing or have done. The fantastic is simply what you didn’t do. That goes for everybody.” -Jean Rhys, Voyage in The Dark

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

“It’s useful being top banana in the shock department.” -Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

“To cook for the pleasure of it, to devote a portion of our leisure to it, is to declare our independence from the corporations seeking to organize our every waking moment into yet another occasion for consumption.” -Michael Pollan

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anaïs Nin

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” -Oscar Wilde

“Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.” Joseph Campbell

“Everyone has 200,000 bad drawings in them. The sooner you get them out the better.” Chuck Johnson

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.” -Oscar Wilde

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” Joseph Campbell

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things;one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

“I am only responsible for my own heart, you offered yours up for the smashing my darling. Only a fool would give out such a vital organ.” -Anaïs Nin

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” -Mark Twain

“Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.” Ann Landers

“Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many, and not on your past misfortunes, of which every man has some.” Charles Dickens

“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” -Anaïs Nin

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain

“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.” -Anaïs Nin

“If you want to save face, keep the lower half shut.” -Ann Landers

“The countries we long for occupy a far larger place in our actual life, at any given moment, than the country in which we happen to be.” -Marcel Proust

“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.” – Anaïs Nin

“Men know life too early. Women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women.” -Oscar Wilde, “A Woman of No Importance”

“Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.” -e.e. cummings

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” -Oscar Wilde

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” -Anaïs Nin

“All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.” -Marcel Proust

“But my dreams/They aren’t as empty/As my conscience seems to be.” -The Who

“I don’t want people to very agreeable as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.” -Jane Austen

“Love ceases to be a demon when it ceases to be a god.” -Denis de Rougement (but to be honest, I read it in C.S. Lewis)

“Love is a reciprocal torture.” -Marcel Proust

“Look who’s laughing now/That you’ve wasted/How many years/And you’ve barely even tasted/Anything remotely close to/Everything you’ve boasted about/Look who’s crying now” -Jack Johnson, “F-Stop Blues”

“A woman must live her life or live to regret not having lived it.” D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover

“I’m done with elephants and clowns/I want to run away and join the office.” Mike Doughty, “American Car”

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” -Marcel Proust

“Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.” -Marcel Proust

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