Today I want to experiment with something a little different, and a little shorter. Below are four quotes from creators — three relatively straightforward and (I think) inspiring. And a fourth that is unusual, and thought-provoking. I like to share lines that make me think, or feel, or inspire or challenge me, or just pique my interest.
I’d like two things from you:
First, tell me what the last quote makes you think about. You can use the comments, or, if you got this in an email, just hit reply. (If you didn’t get this in an email, you can subscribe here.)
Second, let me know if you like this quote-sharing edition of the newsletter; I’m thinking of making it a regular feature.
…To the quotes:
Three Inspiring Creator Quotes…
-Filmmaker Ethan Coen — who with his brother wrote and directed films like Fargo and No Country for Old Men — talking about why he stepped away from movies and embraced the challenge of writing a play.
-That’s Anne Tyler, Pulitzer Prize winner and one of the most-well regarded novelists of a generation. According to The Times, “Tyler regards herself as something of an accidental novelist — she began her first when she was stuck at home without a job.”
-Charles Darwin, telling a colleague why he put an unfertilized female flower under a bell jar, at a distance from pollen from a male flower, just to see if anything would happen. (As far as I know, courtship did not occur.)
…And One Odd Creator Quote
Let me know if any of those quotes sparked a thought; I'm looking forward to continuing the conversation.
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Until next time…
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