He [Vic Reeves] keeps a notebook by his bedside. ‘It’s for fresh ideas that have been fermenting at night’, he says. ‘I write them down and I go and make everyone’s breakfast.’
Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.
Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.
If you want to develop new ideas, get yourself at the heart of the action. Think of Athens in the fifth century BC, Vienna in the 19th century, or Silicon Valley since the 1950s: ideas breed ideas.
Reuf [David Ruef, a writer on innovation] discovered that the most creative individuals consistently had broad social networks that extended outside their organization and involved people from various fields of expertise.
… many enlightenment era thinkers kept what they called a “commonplace” book in which to transcribe favourite quotations and ideas. Some of the books were laboriously indexed to allow different concepts to bleed into each other.
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
Discovering a major new advance in knowledge is like searching for a needle in a haystack and finding the farmer’s daughter.
Show me a novel that’s not comic and I’ll show you a novel that’s not doing its job.
All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible) but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.