Kurt Vonnegut: “A way to make your soul grow”

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“If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding.
The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” 
— Kurt Vonnegut

Neil Gaiman: “They don’t teach you anything worth knowing”

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“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school.

They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying.

They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.”

— Neil Gaiman [from “The Sandman”, volume 9]

Douglas Adams: “Anything that thinks it’s art”

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“I get very worried about this idea of art. Having been an English literary graduate, I’ve been trying to avoid the idea of doing art ever since. I think the idea of art kills creativity. … [I]f somebody wants to come along and say, “Oh, it’s art,” that’s as may be. I don’t really mind that much. But I think that’s for other people to decide after the fact. It isn’t what you should be aiming to do.

There’s nothing worse than sitting down to write a novel and saying, “Well, okay, I’m going to do something of high artistic worth.” … I think you get most of the most interesting work done in fields where people don’t think they’re doing art, but merely practicing a craft, and working as good craftsmen. … I tend to get very suspicious of anything that thinks it’s art while it’s being created.”

— Douglas Adams

Roald Dahl: “A person is a fool to become a writer”

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“The life of a writer is absolute hell compared to the life of a businessman. The writer has to force himself to work. He has to make his own hours and if he doesn’t go to his desk at all there is nobody to scold him…

 

A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.”

— Roald Dahl