I have a document on my computer where I collect my favorite quotes. I try to attribute them to their correct sources, but I don’t always get it right.

As I was sorting through them to make this post I realized I do a LOT more collecting than re-reading, and I’m glad I gave myself the excuse to sift through what I have, because great knowledge is always worth revisiting.

This list is incomplete, and it will never be complete. It’s a living document, and it will get better with time; what you see now is only its most recent form.

I tried to put the quotes in an order that made some sense, but I think it’s best to treat them as individual nuggets of wisdom, and to pick and choose what applies to you.

If you have any great quotes and want to share them, please comment below. I hope you find something you like.

Success is never owned; it is rented, and the rent is due every day.

Rory Vaden

The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.


Repetition is persuasive.

David Senra

The trouble is, you think you have time.

Jack Kornfield

The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.


Stick to the schedule, reduce the scope.

James Clear, Atomic Habits

Success is a habit, not an outcome.

James Clear, Atomic Habits

The best risk-takers are the best risk-takers because risk-taking is their craft, and not simply a means to an end.

Unknown Poker Player

Underconfidence bounds your ceiling, overconfidence unbounds your floor.

Unknown Poker Player

And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.

John Steinbeck, East of Eden

To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.

Leonard Bernstein

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

Annie Dillard

The person you are the most afraid to contradict is yourself.

Nassim Taleb

A year from now you will wish you had started today.

Karen Lamb

That which we persist in doing becomes easier—not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain

Never argue with stupid people; they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

Mark Twain

It’s not a question if we’re going to fall off track. It’s only a question of how quickly we’re going to recover.

Adam Gilbert

If you have technique, then your technique will give your ears ideas.

Gwilym Simcock

When one teaches, two learn.


Just because something doesn’t happen immediately doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen.

Bill James

Art-Specific Quotes

The purpose of art is washing away the dust of daily life off our souls.

Pablo Picasso

Art is getting away with it.

Andy Warhol

The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.

Paul Cézanne

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

Francis Bacon

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