""Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough." ~Ernest Hemingway"
"I like to make my own notebooks. I’ll make a half dozen at a time, and they’re generally small and thin, just 30 pages, so they fit nicely in my back pocket. I just can’t bring myself to spend loads of money on things like Moleskine notebooks. I like the idea that my notebook costs basically nothing, so there’s no pressure to create anything really good in it. It helps my creative process knowing that there’s nothing at stake, nothing to lose. Making mistakes freely is essential. I have a drawer full of these little books now, and I flip through them when I need some ideas."
"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."
"Chew gum. Yes, this sounds weird, but research shows that chewing gum increases the oxygen flow to the parts of your brain responsible for attention. It also improves your long term memory and injects a bit of insulin into your blood which may help give your brain that added energy boost."
"Some people think that a place can save them. Like if they could just be somewhere else, their lives would be totally different. They could finally be the people they always wanted to be. But to me, a place is just a place. If you really want things to change, you can make them change no matter where you are."
"The world’s not going to change for any of us. We can’t blame the shortfalls in our lives on the people around us. The outside world is just a reflection of who we are inside. How you react to the events in your life will be the biggest determinant of who you are."
"The news’s obsession with the deviant makes us less trusting of people and the government. Its obsession with the minutiae of the day-to-day makes us less reflective. It spoonfeeds us opinions, inhibiting creativity."