“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations.” — Mark Twain See combinatorial creativity.
“The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.” Mark Twain
“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” — Mark Twain You can’t sit this one out because you’re afraid of making the wrong choice. Indecision is still a decision. No fence-sitting.
Worrying can be short-sighted and egotistical. FOMO, or fear of missing out, is a 21st-century problem driven by the use of smartphones. As David Brooks highlights in his article The Epidemic of Worry, ‘the worrier is the opposite of a lighthouse:’ “He doesn’t give out energy for the benefit of others. He absorbs energy at others’ […]
“I’ve suffered a great many catastrophes in my life. Most of them never happened.” — Mark Twain (as seen in)
Arts & Culture Creative Thoughts from Street Etiquette What do we make of all these writing and photography tools that help us create? What does it even mean to be creative in the 21st century? Street Etiquette offers some insight on Twitter. Yes. “Creative” is a new occupation held up by our generation. Where there […]
“All ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources.” — Mark Twain Plus Marcel Duchamp: “Art is either plagiarism or revolution.”
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” — Mark Twain
Fear creates indecision and thwarts action. Fear causes anxiety and kills brain cells. Fear constrains freedom and the will to fight or run away. The only way to face fear is to either accept it or face it again and again so that you become bored of it. Repetition weakens anxiety. But eradicating fear is […]
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” — Mark Twain
Everyone has a famous relative. I’m related to Mark Twain, Dad says. Some people use lineage as an excuse for work already done, living through the success of somebody else. But inherited fame is a cop-out. People are responsible for their own individual success. What matters is your own work. You can take inspiration and […]