“The earlier you get in the game the faster you can get out.
“Design like we’ll die if we don’t.
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
“Making stuff is the most joyful occupation in which we ever engage. It’s the closest we come to God.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
“And his wife told his kids he was crazy,
And his friends said he’d fail if he tried,
But with a will to work hard,
And a library card,
He took a homemade, fan-blade, one-man submarine ride.
Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967 — John Mayer
“Happiness is that moment before you need more happiness.
“If we have goals and dreams and we want to do our best, and if we love people and we don’t want to hurt them or lose them, we should feel pain when things go wrong. The point isn’t to live without any regrets, the point is to not hate ourselves for having them… We need to learn to love the flawed, imperfect things that we create, and to forgive ourselves for creating them. Regret doesn’t remind us that we did badly — it reminds us that we know we can do better.
“It’s more interesting to have just a picture of a small detail - then you can imagine all the rest around it. Because when you see the whole thing, what is there to imagine?
Dries Van Noten
“You can lose something that you have but you can never lose something that you are.