“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
“We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.”
-Jane Austen, in a letter to Cassandra (24 December, 1798)
“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”
“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
We are never, ever our stories. We are what we chose to become after those stories happened to us.
Cristian Mihai, Perfect Love
To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.
You know what makes a real writer? Rejections, that’s what. That’s what separates the talkers from the doers — guys who staple rejections to their chest and wade into the fray with those very same rejections as their armor, well, they’re the ones fighting the battles to win the war. Everybody else is just pretending.
-Chuck Wendig (terribleminds)
“Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing.”