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"You know how much of this shit you’ll be doing in ten years? None of it. Remember: everything dies. Enjoy it."

— Mike Monteiro (via brightbrightgreat)

(Source: brightbrightgreatlr)

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"I’m blessed with the ability to work and I do it as much as I can…There is no time to waste. If I’m not working or eating or fucking, I am sleeping. There is nothing else."

— Tom Sachs

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"Good taste and frugality are the enemies of creativity"

— Pablo Picasso

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"He doesn’t go out. They don’t, like, go to their friends’ houses. They used to. All of my dad’s friends just come to him. So, if the restaurant’s not there, it’s not like he’s lost his job or his business, it’s like he’s lost his life."

— Charlie Shopsin (via fairtradegothic)

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"…As he sees it, he doesn’t have a career at all, just interesting endeavors that keep him engaged and occupied."

NYT piece on James Truman

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"Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT"

Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse via outerstace

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"Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool…And stop worrying about big, deep things such as “to decide on a purpose and way of life, a consistant [sic] approach to even some impossible end or even an imagined end” You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!"

Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse via outerstace

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"We endeavor to maintain our office as an open, collaborative environment with exceptionally smart, talented people. Their ideas and conversations fuel the work and are part of a critical working dialogue. I cannot imagine working without that. And regardless of its direct correlation to criticism or philosophy or theory, I would argue that the work is an intelligent result of those conversations.
The conversations are generally based on continuing fascination with the essential issues within each project. We find enough in the realities and unrealities and materials of the projects, and life situations in general, to fuel the work."

— Mack Scogin

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"Time is the raw material of creation. Wipe away the magic and myth of creating and all that remains is work: the work of becoming expert through study and practice, the work of finding solutions to problems and problems with those solutions, the work of trial and error, the work of thinking and perfecting, the work of creating. Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when we feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation. The common thread that links creators is how they spend their time. No matter what you read, no matter what they claim, nearly all creators spend nearly all their time on the work of creation. There are few overnight successes and many up-all-night successes."

Kevin Ashton via Keith Weaver

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"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

— Ray Kroc