Archive for ‘interviews’



I think I’m greedy, but I’m not greedy for money – I think that can be a burden – I’m greedy for an exciting life. I want it to be exciting all the time, and I get it, actually. On the other hand, I can find excitement, I admit, in raindrops falling on a puddle and a lot of people wouldn’t. I intend to have it exciting until the day I fall over.

David Hockney in A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney (2011)


walking and talking adult

Thirty was so strange for me. There is no turning back. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that now I am a walking and talking adult.

Matt Dillon, interview with People Magazine  (1996)



My advice is to abandon the passion mindset which asks “What does this job offer me? Am I happy with this job? Is it giving me everything I want?” Shift from that mindset to Steve Martin’s mindset, which is “What am I offering the world? How valuable am I? Am I really not that valuable? If I’m not that valuable, then I shouldn’t expect things in my working life. How can I get better?”

Cal Newport, interview with Eric Barker (2013)



In the family of punctuation marks these days…the apostrophe is the abused victim.     

John Humphrys, interview with The Guardian (2008)


a dignity

I believe very deeply in the human spirit and I have a sense of awe about it because I don’t know how people carry on…I’ve known people that the world has thrown everything at to discourage them, to kill them, to break their spirit. And yet something about them retains a dignity. They face life and they don’t ask quarters.

Horton Foote, interview with The New York Times Magazine (1986)


work ethic

Your ambition has very little to do with your work ethic. You can still sit down and get everything done in the day without having a panic attack.

Roger Hobbs, interview with Wall Street Journal: “How a Twentysomething Debut Author Pulled Off a Crime Bestseller” (2013)


step back / take in

When you’re in your 20s and have that leadership gene, the bad thing is that you don’t know when to shut up. You think you know all the answers, but you don’t. What you learn later is when to just listen to everybody else…Creativity cannot explode if you do not have the ability to step back, take in what everybody else says and then fuse it with your own ideas.

Francesca Zambello, interview with the New York Times (2013)



You know, failure hurts. Any kind of failure stings. If you live in the sting, you will—undoubtedly—fail. My way of getting past the sting is to say no, I’m just not going to let this get me down.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, interview on “All Things Considered,” NPR (2013)



When we’re children, we think we can do anything. Especially in terms of creativity, we don’t think about our skill set as being limited. Why does that stop at a certain age?

Jocelyn K. Glei, Talent Isn’t Fixed and Other Mindsets That Lead to Greatness (2013)



[Writing] is like wrestling; you are wrestling with ideas and with the story. There is a lot of energy required. At the same time, it is exciting. So it is both difficult and easy. What you must accept is that your life is not going to be the same while you are writing. I have said in the kind of exaggerated manner of writers and prophets that writing, for me, is like receiving a term of imprisonment — you know that’s what you’re in for, for whatever time it takes.

Chinua Achebe, “The Art of Fiction, No. 139” The Paris Review (1994)


start sculpting

Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.

Chris Hadfield, interview on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything (2013)


a perfect example of irony (i think)

This American system of ours…call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you like, gives to each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.

Al Capone, in an interview with Claud Cockburn, quoted in “Mr. Capone, Philosopher,” Cockburn Sums Up (1981)


your face

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.

Lauren Bacall, in the Daily Telegraph (London) (1988)


the secret

Q: What are the key emotional and psychological drivers for an entrepreneur?
A: [Sir Richard Branson] It’s a combination of passion, vision, creativity and a sense of adventure.

Richard Branson, interview with Thought Economics (2013)

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