He poured out his energies in a thousand ways but always, always with wit, with panache, with a sumptuously exquisite use of language, with a deep understanding that the connection between style and substance is absolute. A true thing badly expressed becomes a lie.
I’ve always wanted to open a restaurant where you get the dish that the person next to you orders.
What do you believe is true that almost nobody agrees with you on?
Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you’d like to like.
One becomes sharply aware, but without regret, of the limits of mutual understanding and consonance with other people. No doubt, such a person loses some of his innocence and unconcern; on the other hand, he is largely independent of the opinions, habits, and judgments of his fellows and avoids the temptation to build his inner equilibrium upon such insecure foundations.
Too often the people complain that they have done nothing with their lives and then they wait for somebody to tell them that this isn’t so.
You are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is.
You are as deluded as the rest of us, but that’s OK, it keeps you sane.
And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your own heart,
even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection,
even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit…
Somewhere down the way, ego became a nasty word. It’s not. When our name is on a project, our ego pushes us over the hump and drives us to better work. If ego wasn’t a key driver in the process then creative, generous work would all be anonymous. It isn’t.
But tell your ego, the best way to get something shipped is to let others take the credit. The real win; for you and your ego, is seeing something get shipped. Not in getting the credit when it does.
Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Turns out I only gargle.
— Woody Allen
Popular culture, on average, has been growing more cognitively challenging over the past thirty years, not less. Despite everything you hear about declining standards and dumbing-down, you have to do more intellectual work to make sense of today’s television or games — much less the internet — than you did a few decades ago.
PR is summed up in six words: be amazing, be everywhere, be real.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, took both simultaneously and created alternate universes.
If cigarettes are required to have pictures of sick lungs, college guides should have pictures of grads working at Starbucks.