Writing with a pencil

If you write with a pencil you get three different sights at it to see if the reader is getting what you want him to. First when you read it over; then when it is typed you get another chance to improve it, and again in the proof. Writing it first in pencil gives you one-third more chance to improve it. That is .333, which is a damned good average for a hitter.

Ernest Hemingway

(via The Cramped)

‘I can disagree with your opinion, it turns out, but I can’t disagree with your experience’

Krista Tippet, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

I can disagree with your opinion, it turns out, but I can’t disagree with your experience. And once I have a sense of your experience, you and I are in relationship, acknowledging the complexity in each other’s position, listening less guardedly. The difference in our opinions will probably remain intact, but it no longer defines what is possible between us.

Krista TippetBecoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

Oblique Strategy: Turn it upside down

“Turn a seeming disadvantage to your advantage. The greater the seeming disadvantage, the greater the possible advantage.” 

Robert Fripp

via Brian Eno

Philip Roth on naps

“Let me tell you about the nap,” he laughs. “It’s absolutely fantastic. When I was a kid, my father was always trying to tell me how to be a man, and he said to me, I was maybe 9, and he said to me, ‘Philip, whenever you take a nap, take your clothes off, put a blanket on you, and you’re going to sleep better.’ Well, as with everything, he was right. … Then the best part of it is that when you wake up, for the first 15 seconds, you have no idea where you are. You’re just alive. That’s all you know. And it’s bliss, it’s absolute bliss.”

Philip Roth

‘If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.’

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“If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.”

Jim Rohn

‘There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil’

There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.

Kurt VonnegutThe Sirens Of Titan

Accept advice

A prompt card from Brian Eno’s 1979 Oblique Strategies

It’s one of my theories that when people give you advice, they’re really just talking to themselves in the past. 

Steve Garguilo 

My advice is to be wary of any advice. You can also take this advice and throw it away