Inspiration and genius – one and the same.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward upon the miseries and credulities of mankind.
The question I ask myself like almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?’ … Unless I feel like I’m working on the most important problem that I can help with, then I’m not going to feel good about how I’m spending my time.
Everybody has a calling. And your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and to begin to honor that in the best way possible for yourself.