“What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?”
“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best-” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.
– A.A. Milne
“There are so many stories,
more beautiful than answers.”
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein
There is no experience you have had that you are not the absolute center of. The world as you experience it is there in front of YOU or behind YOU, to the left or right of YOU, on YOUR TV or YOUR monitor. And so on. Other people’s thoughts and feelings have to be communicated to you somehow, but your own are so immediate, urgent, real.
– David Foster Wallace
When you are not practicing, someone else is and when you meet him, he will win.
Leave out parts that readers tend to skip.
– Elmore Leonard
Wisdom is the tolerance of cognitive dissonance.
Any constraint is part of the skeleton that you build the composition on—including your own incompetence.
The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
– Marcus Aurelius
No man is a prophet in his own land.
People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.
– Joseph Campbell
Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.
– Chuck Close
The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.
-Bishop Desmond Tutu
Favorite Movie lines
Tom Grunnick: What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?
Aaron Altman: Keep it to yourself.
Broadcast News (1987) – Writer, James L. Brooks
Jeff Bebe: Let me just say what nobody else wants to say!
Russell Hammond: What!
Jeff Bebe: Your looks have become a problem!
Almost Famous (2000) – Writer, Cameron Crowe
Grover: I like that you drink. I like a bartender that drinks, otherwise I feel like I’m being poisoned.
Kicking and Screaming (1995) – Writer, Noah Baumbach
I have large gaps in my knowledge but I don’t know where they are at until I fall into them.
If you come from somewhere, you can go anywhere.
Parenthood… the only thing in life that lives up to the hype.