All we’ve got are metaphors, and they’re never exactly right. You can never just Say. The. Thing.
—Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
Hobbits throw the sickest fuckin’ parties.
—Mike Meadors, on The Fellowship Of The Ring
I don’t believe in this “gifted few” concept, just in people doing things they are really interested in doing. They have a way of getting good at whatever it is.
For legendary designer Charles Eames's birthday, 15 of his most timeless aphorisms on design and life. (via explore-blog)
Always brilliant Charles.(via wheniwasnotcruel)
If our young men miscarry in their first enterprises, they lose all heart. If the young merchant fails, men say he is ruined. If the finest genius studies at one of our colleges, and is not installed in an office within one year afterwards in the cities or suburbs of Boston or New York, it seems to his friends and to himself that he is right in being disheartened, and in complaining the rest of his life. A sturdy lad from New Hampshire or Vermont, who in turn tries all the professions, who teams it, farms it, peddles, keeps a school, preaches, edits a newspaper, goes to Congress, buys a township, and so forth, in successive years, and always, like a cat, falls on his feet, is worth a hundred of these city dolls. He walks abreast with his days, and feels no shame in not ‘studying a profession,’ for he does not postpone his life, but lives already. He has not one chance, but a hundred chances.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, via Ryan Holiday (via rickyv)