Richard Ford on Sweating

“… but then I think well, you know, my wish as a writer… is to write masterpieces. Why shouldn’t I work that hard? Why should it be simple? … Why shouldn’t it take four years?… Art is heavy lifting… I don’t mind sweating.”

~ Richard Ford / Louisiana Channel

Seneca on Possessions

“At last, then, away with all these treacherous goods! They look better to those who hope for them than to those who have attained them.”

~ Seneca / Epistulae Morales AD Lucilium

Professor Green on Success

I thought success would bring me happiness – fuck me, was I wrong. Attaching your happiness to your goals is like a game of pin the tail on the donkey. You’re happy for a second, then you pin your happiness on something or, worse, someone else.

~ Professor Green / Guardian, 27th July 2019

Michael Lewis on Achievement

What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?

Finding a path through life that doesn’t violate my inner sense of self…

~ Michael Lewis / Financial Times, December 15, 2017

Richard Feynman on Other People’s Expectations

“You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.”

~ Richard Feynman

Agnes Martin on Ambition

“To live truly and effectively, the idea of achievement must be given up.”

~ Agnes Martin

Seneca on Achievement

“Non est ad astra mollis e terris via” – “There is no easy way from the earth to the stars”

~ Seneca

Seneca on Accomplishment

“Nothing is more disgraceful than that an old man should have nothing to show to prove that he has lived long, except his years.”

~ Seneca