The War of Art by Steven Pressfield


“Most of us have two lives. The Life we live and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”

“Henry Fonda was still throwing up before each stage performance, even when he was seventy-five. In other words, fear doesn’t go away.”

“Resistance has no strength of its own. Every ounce of juice it possesses comes from within us. We feed it with power by our fear of it.”

“The best and only thing one artist can do for another is to be an example and inspiration.”

“The paradox seems to be, as Socrates demonstrated long ago, that the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his self-mastery.”

“The amateur believes that first he must overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows fear can never be overcome.”

The Bhagavad-Gita tells us we have a right to labour, not to the fruits of our labour.”

“The professional learns to recognise envy driven criticism and to take it for what it is; the supreme compliment.”


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