Today’s my birthday, so as a gift to you, I’m sharing a few quotes from my collection, quotes that remind me what creative work is at its essence, and why it matters.
– “Writing is more than a vehicle for communicating ideas. It’s a tool for crystallizing ideas. Writing exposes gaps in your knowledge and logic. It pushes you to articulate assumptions and consider counterarguments. One of the best paths to sharper thinking is frequent writing.”
– Adam Grant
“If you’re feeling like things aren’t going anywhere, hang out with people from different disciplines.”
“But in the end, stories are about one person saying to another: This is the way it feels for me. Can you understand what I’m saying? Does it also feel that way for you?”
~ Kazuo Ishiguro
You owe it to all of us all get on with what you’re good at.
– W. H. Auden
“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.”
Instructions for living a life.
Tell about it.
– Mary Oliver, American poet (1935-2019), “Sometimes,” from Red Bird (2008)
Go forth and do the work!