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The sky is too big for two birds to clash.

 

 

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I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I am not afraid of falling into my inkpot.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The future is assured. It’s just the past that keeps changing ~ Russian joke.

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Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests and mines and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Plato; Or, The Philosopher”

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“Every artist was first an amateur.”

 

 

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.” 
― Chuck Close

I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That’s what sitting on your ass does to your face.

– Leonard Cohen

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“Man Thinking must not be subdued by his instruments. Books are for the scholar’s idle times. When he can read God directly, the hour is too precious to be wasted in other men’s transcripts of their readings.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson