Posts tagged ‘habit’



It is better, I think, to grab at the stars than to sit flustered because you know you cannot reach them.

R.A. Salvatore, Sojourn (1991)



How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.

Anne Dillard, The Writing Life (1989)



It’s not about passion. Passion is something that we tend to overemphasize, that we certainly place too much importance on. Passion ebbs and flows. To me, it’s about desire. If you have constant, unwavering desire to be a cook, then you’ll be a great cook. If it’s only about passion, sometimes you’ll be good and sometimes you won’t. You’ve got to come in every day with a strong desire. With passion, if you see the first asparagus of the springtime and you become passionate about it, so much the better, but three weeks later, when you’ve seen that asparagus every day now, passions have subsided. What’s going to make you treat the asparagus the same? It’s the desire.

Thomas Keller, Interview with Mark Wilson, as quoted by Wilson on his blog (2013)

Note: November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), one of my favorite things (write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days!). So I’ll be doing that…I’ve selected a bunch of quotes for this month that I think will be encourage me in my attempt (quotes about writing, perseverance, perspective for uphill journeys, etc 🙂 Any submissions you have along these lines are particularly welcomed this month!



To a man of genius they were interesting adventures; but to the dull perceptions of an ordinary individual they would have been stale, everyday occurrences.

Arthur Schopenhauer, The Wisdom of Life (1897)

Note: Today is Quotiddly’s 1st birthday! One year 🙂 Thanks for all the support and suggestions!



All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they dream their dreams with open eyes, and make them come true.

T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1922)


keep on

I keep on making what I can’t do yet in order to learn to be able to do it.

Vincent van Gogh, letter to Theo (1885)



…writing is essentially a matter of saying things in the right order. It certainly has little to do with the creative urge per se.

Clive James, Unreliable Memoirs (1980)



The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time.

Joe Girard, handwritten note, quoted on Mashable (2013)



What the world needs more of is not new ideas and daring dreams, but commitment. A willingness to do the hard work that matters… It’s time to commit. To a job, a relationship, a path. Something. Anything. We don’t need your restlessness or your excitement. We have enough Peter Pans, thank you very much. What we need is a little more conviction in our difference-makers. We need your focus, your pluck, your courage. We need you to commit.

Jeff Goins, “The Three Levels of Commitment” (2013)


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)



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)



Love is not something you feel. It’s something you do.

David Augsburger, “Man, Am I Uptight!” (1970)



…the exquisite art of idleness, one of the most important things that any University can teach.

Oscar Wilde, “Primavera,” Pall Mall Gazette (1890)


happily ever after

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.

Margaret Bonnano, A Certain Slant of Light (1979)

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