Brighter corners

“No ones life should be rooted in fear. We are born for wonder, for joy, for hope, for love, to marvel at the mystery of existence, to be ravished by the beauty of the world, to seek truth and meaning, to acquire wisdom, and by our treatment of others to brighten the corner where we are.”
— Dean Koontz

Pay attention

You will always feel like your work isn’t good enough. As a salve, or simply as a way to stay sane, be in the world. Ride the train. Listen to strangers. Occasionally, if you’re brave, speak to them. Walk in the city you live. Pay attention. Don’t bother with taking notes, or buying fancy notepads. Try to remember as much as you can. Have just enough confidence in yourself to not be an asshole. Then, get up and go to work and try again.
— Stuart Nedler, author of Wise Men

Read all the things

If you are going to learn from other writers don’t only read the great ones, because if you do that you’ll get so filled with despair and the fear that you’ll never be able to do anywhere near as well as they did that you’ll stop writing. I recommend that you read a lot of bad stuff, too. It’s very encouraging. “Hey, I can do so much better than this.” Read the greatest stuff but read the stuff that isn’t so great, too. Great stuff is very discouraging.
— Edward Albee

Creation

Because it is possible to create … one has anxiety. One would have no anxiety if there were no possibility whatever creating, actualising one’s possibilities … always involves destroying the status quo, destroying old patterns within oneself. Progressively destroying what one has clung to from childhood on, and creating new and original forms and ways of living. If one does not do this, one is refusing to grow, refusing to avail himself of his possibilties; one is shirking his responsibility to himself.
— Søren Kierkegaard

Happiness

When I was five years old my mother always told me happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
— John Lennon