i think maybe a useful tool for working is; whenever i start believing things are impossible, i am simply tired and need rest. i can begin again when i have the energy to believe in possibilities. i am not a negative person, i am just exhausted.
I’m always interested in what I call the ‘less good idea’, by which I mean the secondary idea. You start with one plan and then something better emerges from the periphery that would have been impossible without the first thought.
— William Kentridge
Take an ordinary thing, such as a pencil.
Allowing the mind to pursue any associated by-paths... think of the thing in question from the following view-points:
(1) The thing itself.
(2) The place from whence it came.
(3) Its purpose or use.
(4) Its associations.
(5) Its probable end.
Ramacharaka's pencil multiplies into 10,000 things in the Cantos, but the method is the same. Both ABC and Raja Yoga tell the same anecdote of the naturalist Louis Agassiz instructing a student to look closely at a single fish for weeks until the fish rotted away.
"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work."
““If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away. The more the outside world tries to reinforce an image of you, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artists have to say, ‘Bye. I have to go. I’m going crazy and I’m getting out of here.’ And they go and hibernate somewhere. Maybe later they re-emerge a little differently.””
To find a new world, maybe you have to have lost one. Maybe you have to be lost. The dance of renewal, the dance that made world, was always danced here at the edge of things, on the brink, on the foggy coast.