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Improvement makes straight, straight roads, but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.
William Blake

He knows himself greatly who never opposes his genius.
William Blake

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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.
T.S. Eliot

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

A professional writer is just one who didn't give up.
Steven King

“When the enemy [lyrics, music] is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Art is theft.
Pablo Picasso

"Be courteous to all [lyrics, music], but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence."
- George Washington

"Friendship [lyrics, music], is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."
- George Washington

[after Clark Griswold fails at lighting the Christmas lights and daughter Audrey says "He worked really hard"]

"So do washing machines." - Art

"If / When you stumble make it part of the dance". The author is unknown, the meaning is great! If you stumble make it part of your song. I actually had some songs where I've made a mistake i.e. played different chords/notes from what I've intended but liked them more than my original ideas. I also find this quote inspiring as nothing is perfect. Perfection often stops us from creating/posting and someone can perfect up to the end of their life.
Anyway, I thought I'd share this quote here.
Nadia

The only art I'll ever study is stuff I can steal from.
David Bowie

A good traveler [songwriter] has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving [finishing].
- Lao Tzu

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
William Ralph Inge

"If I have seen so far, it is because I lopped the heads off the pygmies who were obstructing my view"
Flying Tadpole

(The quote actually had a wide internet circulation last century, believe it or not.)

“Misquotation is an occupational hazard of quotation,”
- Ralph Keyes

~therefore~

"...and so we have lyricists" Crazy
- ustaknow

"You cannot believe everything you read on the internet." - Abraham Lincoln

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.
Jim Jarmusch

"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose."
- Jean-Luc Picard

[It's meaning for me: There are no bad songs, only bad "'timing'".]
- ustaknow

Since most of my lyrics were arrived at by fitting words mosaically into music already composed, any resemblance to actual poetry, living or dead is highly improbable
Ira Gershwin

"Wait! I haven’t tried toadying, kowtowing and butt-kissing yet! I’m still begging here!"
- Daffy Duck

[Post A&R, pre-Indie movement Crazy ]

LMAO @johnstaples But this made me think of my own quote John, "Sometimes, the greatest truth can be an outrageous lie."

"Anything that's not positive, I don't have the energy to focus on it. Anything that's not going in the right direction, I don't have the time or the energy."
-DMX

I don't believe in art. I believe in artists.
Marchel Duchamp

It is better to take what doesn't belong to you than to let it lie around neglected.
Mark Twain

You start out as a phony and become real.
Glenn O'Brien

We are all born mad. Some remain so.
Samuel Beckett

An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
Samuel Beckett

Whatever you are, be a good one. - Abraham Lincoln

Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy, you will find yourself.
Yohji Yamamoto

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

Love is so short, and forgetting is so long.
Pablo Neruda

My interest in making music has been to create something that does not exist that I would like to listen to. I wanted to hear music that had not yet happened, by putting together things that suggested a new thing which did not yet exist.
Brian Eno

The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.
Jessica Hische

"I don't use drugs. I am drugs." ~ Salvador Dali.

It's a quote I try to live by.

You can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards.
Steve Jobs

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
Howard Aiken

It isn't necessary that you leave home. Sit at your desk and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't wait, be still and alone. The whole world will offer itself to you.
Franz Kafka

"My mother never knew the silence of revision."

--TS Garp

Distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has changed, and that changes everything.
Jonah Lehrer

Complain about the way other people make software by making software.
Andre Torrez

Modern art = I could do that + Yeah, but you didn't.
Craig Damrauer

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
Gustave Flaubert

Do or do not. There is no try. -Yoda

I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry.
John Cage

Both speech and silence transgress.
Zen saying

We join spokes together in a wheel, but is the center hole that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house, but is the inner space that makes it livable.
We work with being, but non-being is what we use.
Lao Tzu

She rescued me. I’d be playing in a steak house right now if it wasn’t for her. I wouldn’t even be playing in a steak house. I’d be cooking in a steak house. She’s the egret in the family. I’m the mule.
Tom Waits, speaking about his wife and collaborator, Kathleen Brennan

Telling yourself you have all the time in the world, all the money in the world, all the colors in the palette, anything you want — that just kills creativity.
Jack White

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