Start-ups are a creative endeavor by definition. Yet our current classrooms, geared toward tests on narrowly defined academic subjects, stifle creativity… If a young person happens to retain enough creative spirit to start a business upon graduation, she does so in spite of her schooling, not because of it.

Michael Ellsberg, author of ‘The Education of Millionaires: It’s Not What You Think and It’s Not Too Late’, writing this month in The New York Times on, ‘Will Drop-Outs Save America?’

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Stephen Covey (1932 – ), leadership guru and author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, writing here on the importance of staying focused.

I have no idea where it came from. It just came all of a sudden. One minute it wasn’t there and the next the whole line was there. It was one of the shocking moments in my songwriting career. At the time I remember thinking, ‘This is really considerably better than what I usually write’.

Paul Simon (1941 – ), singer-songwriter, in a BBC documentary this week, recalling the moment that the melody for the song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, came to him.

If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.

Michelangelo (1475 – 1564), Italian Rennaissance painter, sculptor, architect and more