Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Steve Jobs
I perhaps owe becoming a painter to flowers. Claude Monet
The key ingredient I see…in creative commercial endeavors of any kind — is that the creators are building something they themselves love. That’s what you should copy. John Gruber, “Copying the Wrong Thing”
Kurt Cobain once said in an interview that long before he’d heard any actual punk rock music, he studied magazine photos of punk musicians and imagined what the music sounded like. It must have sounded to him — who knows? — something like what would later be called grunge. Tim Kreider, “In Praise of Not Knowing”
Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. Pablo Picasso
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
He was clearly talking about grad school.
How can you become what you cannot imagine? bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody, page 70
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