In Daily Rituals, How Artists Work, Mason Currey shares his research about how some of history’s most creative people structured their daily routines to maximize their creativity and how they thought about their work product.
Some of my favorite quotes I collected for my reading journal:
- “Work is still the best way of escaping from life.” – Gustave Flaubert
- “I have been working all the time and it’s like a flood going through the landscape of your soul. It’s good because it takes away a lot. It’s cleansing. If I hadn’t been at work all the time, I would have been a lunatic.” – Ingmar Bergman
- “The great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute” – V.S. Pritchett
- “You know that all I desire and demand of life is to feel an urge to work!” – Gustav Mahler
- On creating habits: “The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind.” – Haruki Murakami
I recently finished reading Daymond John’s Rise and Grind, and I love the chapter about Tyler, The Creator. Tyler is “old school.” He writes stuff down! “Tyler keeps his notes in a book, which he carries with him at all times – and it’s like a lifeline, to hear him tell it.”
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