Posts tagged ‘work ethic’



Hurry ruins saints as well as artists.

Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation (1972)


like it or not

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.

Thomas Henry Huxley, “Technical Education” (1877)




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!



Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer.

Dan Brown, Digital Fortress (2007)



Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.

Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus (1990)



All happiness depends on courage and work.

Honoré de Balzac, letter to M. Laurent-Jan (1849)



…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)

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