If creativity is a habit, then the best creativity is the result of good work habits. They are the nuts and bolts of dreaming.

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Without minute neatness of execution, the sublime cannot exist! Grandeur of ideas is founded on precision of ideas.

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Industry in art is a necessity – not a virtue – and any evidence of the same, in the production, is a blemish, not a quality; a proof, not of achievement, but of absolutely insufficient work, for work alone will efface the footsteps of work.

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Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.”

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Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental. No! They are very demanding. If you are going to be compassionate, be prepared for action.

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We find our freedom along the guiding lines of discipline.

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I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.

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Fall down seven times, get up eight.

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Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

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Distraction is the greatest thief of time.

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Nothing will work unless you do.

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Loving a child doesn’t mean giving in to all their whims; to love them is to bring out the best in them, to teach them how to love what is difficult.

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You must never confuse the faith that you will prevail in the end…with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they may be.

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You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.

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The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes.

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Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work. Every great idea I’ve ever had grew out of the work itself.

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Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple of years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase - they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it's normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work... It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

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"Hands on" lets you know whether you can get your mind and abilities around your dreams. We think more inventively and originally when we're up to our elbows in the muck of our passion.

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When you can’t create you can work.

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"Learning to focus and pay attention, if only for a short time, has been identified as a primary key to the development of human effectiveness."

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Whatever it is you are pursuing, whatever it is you are seeking, whatever it is you are creating, be careful not to quit too soon.”

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In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.

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You learn your limitations and then you try to work within them.

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Creative people have to be fundamentally egoistic – to build something where there is nothing requires deep concentration.

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One day work is hard, and another day it is easy; but if I had waited for inspiration I am afraid I should have done nothing. The miner does not sit at the top of the shaft waiting for the coal to come bubbling up to the surface. One must go deep down, and work out every vein carefully.”

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A wall protects but it also imprisons. Every fortress is also a jail.

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Persistence gets you farther than brilliance.

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