"Art affirms all that is best in man – hope, faith, love, beauty, prayer…what he dreams of and what he hopes for."
— Andrei Tarkovsky
"One lesson I’ve learned is that if the job I do were easy, I wouldn’t derive so much satisfaction from it. The thrill of winning is in direct proportion to the effort I put in before. I also know, from long experience, that if you make an effort in training when you don’t especially feel like making it, the payoff is that you will win games when you are not feeling your best. That is how you win championships, that is what separates the great player from the merely good player. The difference lies in how well you’ve prepared."
— Rafael Nadal
"Many people don’t listen. If you listen carefully, people explain to you what it is that they need. I’ll spend time with an artist and listen very carefully to what they tell me and get them to talk about their true goals, their highest, highest goals. We’ll go back to the heart of why they started doing what they are doing in the first place."
— Rick Rubin
"In literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original; whereas if you simply try to tell the truth you will nine times out of ten become original without ever having noticed it."
— C.S. Lewis