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Perfection is a…

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Kevin Smith’s Trick for Being Whatever You Want to Be

“There’s a trick to being whatever you want to be in life. It starts with the simple belief that you are what or who you say you are. It starts, like all faiths, with a belief–a belief predicated more on whimsy than reality. And you’ve gotta believe for everybody else, too–until you can show them proof. If you’re lucky, someone starts believing with you–first theoretically, then in practice. And two people believing are the start of a congregation. You build a congregation of believers and eventually set out to craft a cathedral. Sometimes it’s just a church; sometimes it turns out to be a chapel. Folks who don’t build churches will try to tell you how you’re doing it wrong, even as your steeple breaks the clouds. Never listen.”

– Kevin Smith


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Thelonius Monk on being a genius

“A genius is one who is most like himself.”

– Thelonius Monk


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“Not Even in the Lifetime of a Nestor

Aloysius: You want, then, to learn the art of composition?

Joseph: Yes.

Aloysius: But are you not aware that this study is like an immense ocean, not to be exhausted even in the lifetime of a Nestor?

— Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus Ad Parnassum


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“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”

– Agatha Christie