Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time… The myth of the overnight success is just that: a myth.
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Ideas are society’s fuel. I drill a lot of wells; most of them are dry. Sometimes they produce. Sometimes the well catches fire.
One study recently suggested that some noise, such as the background buzz of a coffee shop, may be preferable to silence, in terms of creativity; moreover, physical mess may be as beneficial for some people as an impeccably tidy workspace is for others.
Decide what you want or ought to do with the day, then always do it at exactly the same moment every day, and passion will give you no trouble.
Besides being the greatest creative aphrodisiac, sleep also affects our every waking moment… Be as religious and disciplined about your sleep as you are about your work.
Build pockets of stillness into your life. Meditate. Go for walks. Ride your bike going nowhere in particular. There is a creative purpose to daydreaming, even to boredom.
To achieve great things two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.
The mind is newly cleansed, but it’s also befuddled… I found that I wrote differently then.