The best from the best 2013: on creativity

A series of posts on what I learned about writing, uncertainty, sensitivity, creativity, and more this year from the smartest people who ever lived — maybe they can help you, too.

In this post, the best quotations/thoughts on:


Earlier this year I was suddenly aware of the the amount of gigabytes I was consuming from spending time online.  I never really thought about it before.  Gigabytes ain’t cheap.  What is a gigabyte?  Why do they cost so much?  Why am I spending money on gigabytes ?!?  OK, I don’t want to start ranting about gigabytes. After I calmed down, I realized I wasn’t upset about gigabytes (not completely), but it was the fact that I was consuming so many gigabytes.  No, it was the fact that I was consuming something and I didn’t even know what they were.  No, the absolute truth was I was just consuming and I didn’t want to be just a consumer.  I’m OK with consuming with a purpose, like in service of creativity.  I’d rather be a creator than a consumer.  Here’s what helped me make the transition in my mind:  —  MM


There are three types of beings — those who create culture, those who buy culture and those who don’t give a shit about culture. Move between the first two. — Karim Rashad

Whatever  you can do, or dream, you can begin it.  Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.  Begin it now.  —  Goethe

Build a good name.  Keep your name clean.  Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful — be concerned with doing good work and make the right choices and protect your work.  And if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. — William S. Burroughs

If you make something special and powerful and honest and true, you will succeed.  — Hugh MacLeod

I decide every day that I love Creativity enough to accept that Fear will always come with it. And I talk to Fear all the time, speaking to it with love and respect, saying to it: “I know that you are Fear, and that your job is to be afraid. And you do your job really well! I will never ask you to leave me alone or to be silent, because you have a right to speak your own voice, and I know that you will never leave me alone or be silent, anyhow.  But I need you to understand that    I will always choose Creativity over you. — Elizabeth Gilbert


Make good art.  — Neil Gaiman


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