Category Archives: quotes

Figure Out What the Impediments Are and Remove Them

From Creativity, Inc., a book about Pixar:

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(Via Holly Brockwell.)

Bill Murray’s Relationship Advice

Bill Murray, as Bill Murray is wont to do, crashed a South Carolina bachelor party over the Memorial Day Weekend and dropped the following sage advice on the cackling dude bros in attendance:

If you have someone that you think is The One, don’t just sort of think in your ordinary mind, “Okay, let’s pick a date. Let’s plan this and make a party and get married.” Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.

That’s how I’m gonna do it.

(Hat tip.)

Whip yourself up, unwind, get depressed, repeat

“To write it you have to whip yourself up tight and unwind for four pages; then depression for a month, then whip yourself up and unwind. Repeat. Repeat. And all this makes it sound as if it might really be good, but really you know it isn’t so good. A lot of it is a lot of crap.”

—C. Wright Mills

(Via Corey Robin.)

Salubrious

“If in all the broad domain of the United States there is any region pre-eminent for its combined advantages of admirable territorial position, salubrious climate, the number and size of its water-courses, fertility of soil, and sunny beauty of undulating scenery, surely it must be the noble State of Iowa.”

—Frederick B. Goddard, Where to Emigrate and Why (1869)

(Via UI Special Collections.)

Demons Hate Fresh Air

“My father was a very disciplined and punctual man; it was a prerequisite for his creativity…. No matter what time you get out of bed, go for a walk and then work, he’d say, because the demons hate it when you get out of bed, demons hate fresh air.”

—Linn Ullmann, in an interview with Vogue, on her father Ingmar Bergman

(Via.)

California

From Louis Simpson’s Air with Armed Men:

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(Via.)

Charm

“Most men hold charm in vague suspicion: few cultivate it; still fewer respond to it; hardly any know whether they have it; and almost none can even identify it.”

—Benjamin Schwarz, “The Rise and Fall of Charm in American Men”