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1. Work on one thing at a time until finished.
2. Start no more new books, add no more new material to “Black Spring”.
3. Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.
4. Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!
5. When you can’t create you can work.
6. Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers.
7. Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.
8. Don’t be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.
9. Discard the Program when you feel like it—but go back to it next day. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.
10. Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.
11. Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.

Henry Miller’s Eleven Commandments

Once you decide on your occupation… you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success… and is the key to being regarded honorably.

Jiro Ono

The right hand does the right hand’s work, the left hand does the left hand’s work.

Kenya Hara

A whale is harpooned only when it spouts.

Henry Hillman

In order to bend or break the rules, you have to master the rules.

Bjarke Ingels

Stay focused, avoid fashion, and don’t pay too much attention to what anyone else is doing.

Ivan Chermayeff

Always remember: no one cares.

Gervais (via kateoplis)

Why would you design something, if it didn’t improve the human condition?

Niels Diffrient

The first draft of anything is shit.

Ernest Hemingway

(via nevver)

It is important to use your hands. This is what distinguishes you from a cow or a computer operator.

Paul Rand

The nature of process, to one degree or another, involves failure. You have at it. It doesn’t work. You keep pushing. It gets better. But it’s not good. It gets worse. You got at it again. Then you desperately stab at it, believing “this isn’t going to work.” And it does!

Saul Bass

(via kateoplis)

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