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“Are you a writer who doesn't write, a painter who doesn't paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.”
You know, Hitler wanted to be an artist. At eighteen he took his inheritance, seven hundred kronen, and moved to Vienna to live and study. He applied to the Academy of Fine Arts and later to the School of Architecture. Ever see one of his paintings? Neither have I. Resistance beat him. Call it overstatement but I'll say it anyway: it was easier for Hitler to start World War II than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas. ‎- Victory through semantics
We don't tell ourselves, “I'm never going to write my symphony.” Instead we say, “I am going to write my symphony; I'm just going to start tomorrow.” ‎- Victory through semantics
What finally convinced me to go ahead was simply that I was so unhappy not going ahead. I was developing symptoms. ‎- Victory through semantics
If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death. ‎- Victory through semantics
Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. ‎- Victory through semantics
If you didn't love the project that is terrifying you, you wouldn't feel anything. The opposite of love isn't hate; it's indifference. ‎- Victory through semantics
It's one thing to lie to ourselves. It's another thing to believe it. ‎- Victory through semantics
^^++ ‎- romanovskis
Прессфилд прям вообще-вообще. Хоть всю книгу цитируй :) Вижу себя, что называется, наяву. Эх. С другой стороны, хорошо. ‎- Victory through semantics
You don't hear [the amateur] bitching, "This fucking trilogy is killing me!" Instead, he doesn't write his trilogy at all. ‎- Victory through semantics
To the gods the supreme sin is not rape or murder, but pride. To think of yourself as a mercenary, a gun for hire, implants the proper humility. It purges pride and preciousness. ‎- Victory through semantics
The professional cannot allow the actions of others to define his reality. Tomorrow morning the critic will be gone, but the writer will still be there facing the blank page. Nothing matters but that he keep working. ‎- Victory through semantics
All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have dreamed would come his way. ‎- Victory through semantics
Faced with our imminent extinction, Tom Laughlin believes, all assumptions are called into question. What does our life mean? Have we lived it right? Are there vital acts we've left unperformed, crucial words unspoken? Is it too late? ‎- Victory through semantics
We know that if we embrace our ideals, we must prove worthy of them. And that scares the hell out of us. ‎- Victory through semantics
A territory doesn't give, it gives back. ‎- Victory through semantics
Instead let's ask ourselves like that new mother: What do I feel growing inside me? Let me bring that forth, if I can, for its own sake and not for what it can do for me or how it can advance my standing. ‎- Victory through semantics