pjthompson: quotes (quotei)

Random quote of the day:

“One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.”

—John W. Gardner, “The Ever-Renewing Society,” Saturday Review, No. 46, 1963

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Lucy and Ethel, Justin Bieber, or the Kardashian Klan. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

Ambition

Apr. 14th, 2017 09:45 am
pjthompson: quotes (quotei)

Random quote of the day:

“Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.”

—Oscar Wilde, “Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young,” The Chameleon, December 1894

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Lucy and Ethel, Justin Bieber, or the Kardashian Klan. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

 

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

Judgey

Jul. 1st, 2016 09:17 am
pjthompson: quotes (quotei)

Random quote of the day:

“Half the fear of failure is of the judgement of false friends we feel compelled to impress but don’t like.”

—Alain de Botton, Twitter, 9/13/11”

failure4WP@@@ 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

 

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

Judgey

Jul. 1st, 2016 09:17 am
pjthompson: quotes (quotei)

Random quote of the day:

“Half the fear of failure is of the judgement of false friends we feel compelled to impress but don’t like.”

—Alain de Botton, Twitter, 9/13/11”

failure4WP@@@ 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

 

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

pjthompson: quotes (quotei)

Random quote of the day:

“Many times people get tied to the disappointment of what failed rather than focusing on the success that awaits them in the next opportunity.”

—Scott Hamilton, The Great Eight

disappointment4WP@@@ 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

 

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

pjthompson: quotes (quotei)

Random quote of the day:

“Many times people get tied to the disappointment of what failed rather than focusing on the success that awaits them in the next opportunity.”

—Scott Hamilton, The Great Eight

disappointment4WP@@@ 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

 

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

pjthompson: quotes (quotei)

Random quote of the day:

“We should accomplish nothing in this world if we were not guided by wrong ideas.”

—Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle, as quoted by Albert Camus, The Notebooks, 1942-1951 (tr. Justin O’Brien)

ideas4WP@@@

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

pjthompson: quotes (quotei)

Random quote of the day:

“We should accomplish nothing in this world if we were not guided by wrong ideas.”

—Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle, as quoted by Albert Camus, The Notebooks, 1942-1951 (tr. Justin O’Brien)

ideas4WP@@@

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

pjthompson: quotes (quotei)

Random quote of the day:

“To divide men into the successful and the unsuccessful is to look at human nature from a narrow, preconceived point of view….One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.”

—Anton Chekhov, letter to A. S. Suvorin, November 1888
(tr. Constance Garnett)

 invert4WP@@@

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

pjthompson: quotes (quotei)

Random quote of the day:

“To divide men into the successful and the unsuccessful is to look at human nature from a narrow, preconceived point of view….One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.”

—Anton Chekhov, letter to A. S. Suvorin, November 1888
(tr. Constance Garnett)

 invert4WP@@@

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

Fail

Sep. 30th, 2011 09:13 am
pjthompson: quotes (quotei)

Random quote of the day:

 

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”

—J. K. Rowling, 2008 Harvard commencement speech

 

Disclaimer:  The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

Fail

Sep. 30th, 2011 09:13 am
pjthompson: quotes (quotei)

Random quote of the day:

 

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”

—J. K. Rowling, 2008 Harvard commencement speech

 

Disclaimer:  The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

pjthompson: quotes (quotei)
Random quote of the day:



"Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure."

—George Edward Woodberry, Wendell Phillips: The Faith of an American



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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.
pjthompson: quotes (quotei)

Random quote of the day:

 

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”

—George Edward Woodberry, Wendell Phillips: The Faith of an American

 

Disclaimer:  The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

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Random quote of the day:


“Nothing clarifies the mind like beer and failure—except perhaps hunger."

—Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations: Hong Kong













Illustrated version. )


Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.
pjthompson: lascaux (art)
Random quote of the day:

"Fucking up, if you aspire to be an artist, may be the great creative principle: getting broken, broken wide open, and then delving into the shards. Moving on. Painting, writing—these are always, first and foremost, struggles for authenticity."

—Breyten Breytenbach, in Lawrence Weschler's "A Horrible Face, but One's Own," Calamities of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas

Illustrated version. )

The Delving Part

I edited the above quote so I could fit it more easily with the graphic (and because it gets posted in a public place at work, I had to fiddle the "fucking" part), but I think the full quote is worth sharing:

“Self-knowledge is not self-abasement or self-rejection. I was, I am, a flawed human being. But that’s more interesting than being an iron cast. And there’s something to be said for fucking up. In fact, fucking up, if you aspire to be an artist, may be the great creative principle: getting broken, broken wide open, and then delving among the shards. Moving on. Painting, writing—these are always, first and foremost, struggles for authenticity.”

I have to constantly remind myself of this: that doing art is not just about success, but about failure. Failure—trying stuff that doesn't work, learning from it, moving on—is how the creative process works. It's about pushing yourself and examining yourself and constant reevaluation and doubt and insecurity and fear and, every once in a while, something really splendid, something that makes you know it's all worthwhile. Being an artist is not at all a comfortable thing, though there's a lot of romantic notions about the process. Anyone who is seriously doing art knows how uncomfortable it can be to want to do something right and not quite make it. There's a fine line between a nutter and an artist. As Jung pointed out, sometimes an artist is a nutter who has learned to channel their neurosis successfully. He stated it more politely than that.

I am not saying that you have to suffer for your art, just that if you're serious about it, that's probably going to happen anyway, inside, in that place where you doubt and fear and live and die. I am not saying artists are better than anyone else on the planet, or a special class of people, or need to be worshiped as truthgivers or any of that other junk that's so often hung around their necks. I am saying that through a convoluted combination of nature and nurture artists are people who move through the world with an overwhelming need to create that goes against all common sense, all practical considerations, all naysaying. It's an integral part of who they are and without it they feel lost. They may give it up, but the hole inside never closes, and often turns sour.

Much is made about succeeding in the publishing game or the gallery game or the dance hall—wherever the money and acclaim part of the equation sits. And that's all good stuff, really good stuff. But for an artist, I think, success and failure is more than that. It's about those incremental moments of trying to do better, pushing yourself, discovering yourself, rediscovering yourself, getting sick of yourself—and starting the whole thing over again. We all quit the business sometimes when it gets to be overwhelming, but we usually start back up again once the latest crisis passes. The only true failure is giving up completely, and finally. Because it is about the art at the end of the day. It's about assembling the broken bits in new ways, of stumbling your way through the world, trying to see things from a fresh perspective, about being true to yourself. It's about a life raft on a vast, wine dark sea that nature/nurture threw you into when you were too young to have a say in things.

Ability

Aug. 8th, 2008 10:15 am
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Random quote of the day:


"It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs."

—Confucius, The Analects, 14.29






Illustrated version. )
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[Poll #1227099]

*Thanks to Samuel Beckett, Vice President Dan Quayle, J. K. Rowling, Michael Jordan, Corita Kent, Elbert Hubbard.

Success

Apr. 3rd, 2008 10:23 am
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Random quote of the day:


"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."

—Bill Cosby




Illustrated version. )



Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] matociquala for the quote.
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...if the world would just stop spinning so fast.

In the meantime, here's a quote.

And for those of you who enjoy your stimulants in the visual realm, here's an interesting place:

http://insights.betterphoto.com/

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