Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. ~ Margaret Young
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. ~ Seneca
Take your life into your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. ~ Erica Jong
Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything. ~Eugène Delacroix
Did you ever observe to whom the accidents happen? Chance favors only the prepared mind. ~Louis Pasteur
We are always doing something, talking, reading, listening to the radio, planning what next. The mind is kept naggingly busy on some easy, unimportant external thing all day long. ~Brenda Ueland
Figure out who you are. Dare to try things and allow yourself to do them, even if they're not perfect. Keep an open mind, and put aside the daily distractions. You may just find some creative inspiration in the process.