One of the most important things I believe is to get the very best work that people are doing so you do not make the mistake … of printing 2nd rate stuff by 1st rate writers. … [Paying writers] is the absolute secret of getting the first rate stuff. Hemingway on how to run a first-rate publication – timeless wisdom circa 1925, timely amidst a discussion of why you shouldn’t write for free today.
Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates the strength of Resistance. Therefore, the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. Steven Pressfield
Making things that are beautiful is real fun. Lou Reed, 2012
A lot of times maturing as an artist is starting to do the things you like to do. — John Currin during the 2013 Walter Annenberg Lecture on October 29, 2013
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