"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
"Half of your job in this studio is doing your work, the other half of your job is communicating that it’s been done. Because if you do it, and I don’t hear about it, how do I know what’s going on? I’m not trying to control everything, but in an intimate work environment, where we’re really trying to develop something complex, a nod, saying, ‘I got it,’ helps moves things along."
— Tom Sachs
"One of the ways of understanding the word bricolage, historically, is to ‘putter about.’ There’s something about puttering about, and half working on something and getting lost in the subconscious. I’m very disciplined, but when I allow my mind to wander in those places, I sometimes solve problems that I was stuck on. I think it’s very important to think calmly. Every idea equals a certain number of man-hours. You’ve got to really take your time before you choose red duct tape instead of silver."
— Tom Sachs
"I thank the Lord every day that he allows me to work."
— James Brown (via Tom Sachs)
"I’m a full-time believer in writing habits, pedestrian as it all may sound. You may be able to do without them if you have genius but most of us only have talent and this is simply something that has to be assisted all the time by physical or mental habits or it dries up and blows away. I see it happen all the time. Of course you have to make your habits in this conform to what you can do. I write only about two hours every day because that’s all the energy I have, but I don’t let anything interfere with those two hours, at the same time and the same place. This doesn’t mean I produce much out of the two hours. Sometimes I work for months and have to throw everything away, but I don’t think any of that was time wasted. Something goes on that makes it easier when it does come well. And the fact is if you don’t sit there every day, the day it would come well, you won’t be sitting there."
— Flannery O’Connor, in a letter to Cecil Dawkins on Sept. 22, 1957 via Brooke
"To be, in a word, unborable…. It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish"
— David Foster Wallace
"Don’t kiss anyone’s ass. Don’t do it. For the rest of your life, everyone will always tell you, ‘Pick your battles. Kiss a little bit of ass. Then you get to stop kissing ass later.’ It’s a lie. They all just want their ass kissed. They think that if they tell you that they’re gonna get to kiss less ass too. It’s all garbage. It’s all bullshit. You have to just do everything yourself."
— Dan Harmon’s Dad’s advice to young people (via eltigrechico)
"It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any."
— Hugh Laurie (via lackapathy)
(Source: silkandmarble, via clayandbros)
"My dream is to have people working on useless projects. These have the germ of new concepts."
— Charles Eames