1) What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.
2) Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.
3) How do you write like tomorrow won’t arrive? / How do you write like you need it to survive? / How do you write every second you’re alive?
(Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Non-Stop,” Hamilton)
4) Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
(Leonardo da Vinci)
5) Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.
6) ESTRAGON: [giving up again] Nothing to be done.
VLADIMIR: [advancing with short, stiff strides, legs wide apart] I’m beginning to come round to that opinion. All my life I’ve tried to put it from me, saying, Vladimir, be reasonable, you haven’t yet tried everything. And I resumed the struggle. [he broods, musing on the struggle. …]
(Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot)
7) The world will not be destroyed by evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.
8) True strength is keeping everything together when everyone expects you to fall apart.
9) But if you refuse to be beaten, you have some pleasant surprises.
(Albert Camus via Rieux, The Plague)
10) No great thing is suddenly created.