“The first four months of writing the book, my mental image is scratching with my hands through granite. My other image is pushing a train up the mountain, and it’s icy, and I’m in bare feet.”

-Mary Higgins Clark

Motivation’s garbage. It’s never there when you need it.

“Every human being has a five second window -might even be shorter, for you. You have about a five second window in which you can move from idea to action before your brain kicks into full gear and sabotages any change in behavior.

“‘Cause, remember, your brain is wired to stop you from doing things that are uncomfortable or uncertain or scary. It’s your job to learn how to move from those ideas that could change everything into acting on them.”

-Mel Robbins, The Secret to Self-Motivation

“If I am to succeed, the sooner I know it, the less uneasiness I shall have to go through.
“If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off…”

-Thomas Jefferson, On an Affair of the Heart, to John Page, July 15, 1763

“I have terrible periods of lack of confidence. . . I briefly did therapy, but after a while I realised it was like a farmer complaining about the weather. You can’t fix the weather – you just have to get on with it.”

-Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time