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“The nature of process, to one degree or another, involves failure. You have at it. It doesn’t work. You keep pushing. It gets better. But it’s not good. It gets worse. You go at it again. Then you desperately stab at it, believing ‘this isn’t going to work.’ And it does!”

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source: Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design by Jennifer Bass & Pat Kirkham (London: Laurence King Publishing, 2011), 386.

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“Ideas, in a sense, are overrated. Of course, you need good ones, but at this point in our supersaturated culture, precious few are so novel that nobody else has ever thought of them before. It’s really about where you take the idea, and how committed you are to solving the endless problems that come up in the execution.”

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source: “Be Wrong as Fast as You Can,” New York Times Magazine, January 4, 2013.

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via: Austin Kleon

“Next to imagination you have to have perseverance in order to create something of value. I may even say that perseverance is more important than imagination in a certain sense. A modest amount of imagination with a great ability to persevere can produce an important work. Great imagination lacking the perseverance to develop, shape, and carry it out can result in failure.”

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source: Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham (London: Laurence King Publishing, 2011), 386.

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“A career is built one paragraph at a time. I wrote six books and a blue-million articles before anything of mine hit the bestseller lists. I don’t know any shortcuts. But if you’re really a writer, that’s no problem, because you’d rather be writing than anything else.”

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source: Frequently Asked Questions on www.kingsolver.com

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“Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”

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source: Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, vol 1 (Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1871), 404.

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“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”

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source: The Crack Up (New York: New Directions, 2009) [reprint], 126.

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