The world is changed not by the self-regarding, but by men and women prepared to make fools of themselves.
Much of our lives involves the word ‘no.’ In school we are mostly told, ‘Don’t do it this way. Do it that way.’ But art is the big yes. In art, you get a chance to make something where there was nothing.
Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world.
What magical trick makes us intelligent? The trick is that there is no trick. The power of intelligence stems from our vast diversity, not from any single, perfect principle.
The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a revolt.
It is often forgotten that [dictionaries] are artificial repositories, put together well after the languages they define. The roots of language are irrational and of a magical nature.
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.