1. Don’t worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually: Writer’s block is just a symptom of feeling like you have nothing to say, combined with the rather weird idea that you should feel the need to say something. Why? If you have something to say, then say it. If not, enjoy the silence while it lasts. The noise will return soon enough.
- Hugh Macloed
2. The world is changing: If you want to be able to afford groceries in five years, I’d recommend listening closely to the (people who push change) and avoiding the (people who resist change).
- Hugh Macloed
3. There is no such thing as intelligence, only interest.
- Richard Feynman
4. If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of western civilization would presumably flunk it.
- Stanley Garn (An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it.)
5. The time will come, when our successors will be surprised that we did not know such obvious things.
6. The difference between Talent and Genius is that Talent says things which he has never heard but once, and Genius thinks of things which he has never heard before.
7. Swipe from the best, then adapt.
- Tom Peters
8. If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, music, you automatically explode every morning like old faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape.
- Ray Bradbury
9. Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
- Wilson Mizner
10. Every ‘mistake’ is an opportunity in jazz.
- Stefon Harris
11. It’s not just the adage ‘write what you know,’ it’s about gathering up all of the knowledge and experience you’ve collected up to now to help you dive into the things you don’t know.
- Sarah Kay
12. There’s new possibilities for self-assembly, replication, repair in our physical structures, our buildings, machines. … Imagine if our buildings, our bridges, machines, all of our bricks could actually compute.
- Skylar Tibbits
13. Consider that we receive 10,000 times as much energy from the sun every year as we use in energy from all forms - 10,000 times. So our energy problems are not intractable. It’s a challenge to our ingenuity.
- Michael Pawlyn
14. You might notice that many gas pumps, including this one, are designed to look like ATMs. I’ve talked to engineers. That’s specifically to diffuse our anger, because supposedly we feel good about ATMs.
- Lisa Margonelli
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