Improvement

Author and writing teacher Julia Cameron on what it takes to improve:

“It is impossible to get better and look good at the same time.

Give yourself permission to be a beginner. By being willing to be a bad artist, you have a chance to be an artist, and perhaps, over time, a very good one.”

Source: The Artist’s Way

Open mind

Writer Jeanette Winterson on the connection between art and an open mind:

“Most of us spend a lot of time censoring everything that we see and hear. Does it fit with our world picture? And if it doesn’t, how can we shut it out, how can we ignore it, how can we challenge it? We are continually threatened in life, it’s true. But once you are alone with a book, and it’s also true with a picture or with music, all those defenses drop and you can enter into a quite different space where you will learn to think differently about yourself.”

Source: Women at Work Vol II: Interviews from the Paris Review

The Mountains

“People are always asking me if I’ll ever get tired of shooting the mountains, I don’t think I have an answer to that. The things that are around you every day are always the easiest to take for granted.

Awesome. Beautiful. Majestic. Sublime. All the big cliché words fall a little bit short.

There’s a loneliness that always surprises me. It reminds you how small you are. How small your worries and problems are. I think we all need to be reminded that from time to time.” – Peter McKinnon

Happy

I have a lot of proof that the world is conspiring to make me happy.” – Matthew McConaughey, Greenlights

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