Where there is music, there can be no evil.
Some days you're the windshield, some days you're the bug.
"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
- Some guy
EDIT: Just kidding, it's Albert Einstein.
All my life I've looked at words as though i were seeing them for the first time.
"Eeek...get it off me...GET IT OFF ME!"
Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.
One day I will find the right words and they will be simple.
Art is theft.
If you eat the worm, you'll see visions.
-- Some guy, it wasn't Einstein
One of the surest tests [of the superiority or inferiority of a poet] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest.
The only stuff I'll ever study is stuff I can steal from.
And now, a few words from Mr. Brian Eno;
"I'm fascinated by musicians who don't completely understand their territory; that's when you do your best work."
"Honor thy error as a hidden intention."
"Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach."
"I set up situations that involve abandoning control and finding out what happens."
No matter where you go, there you are
Most famously from Buckaroo Bonzai
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.
It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected.
Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find your self.
You start off as a phony and become real.
We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can't steal. You will take what we give you and you will put it in your own voice and that's how you will find your voice. And that's how you begin. And then one day someone will steal from you.
Francis Ford Coppola