Process Quotes

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Alan W. Watts
“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.”
Alan Watts

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.”
Chuck Close

Idowu Koyenikan
“If you quit on the process, you are quitting on the result.”
Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

Alan W. Watts
“We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples." Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.”
Alan Wilson Watts

C.S. Lewis
“I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, hoever, turns out to be not a state but a process.”
C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Charles Baudelaire
“Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man's physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.”
Charles Baudelaire, The Painter Of Modern Life And Other Essays

Brian Greene
“Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding...”
Brian Greene

Anatole France
“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.”
Anatole France

R. Buckminster Fuller
“I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top. I think that we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday’s fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem.”
Richard Buckminster Fuller

Winston Churchill
“Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.”
Winston Churchill

Yvon Chouinard
“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.”
Yvon Chouinard, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

Benjamin Hoff
“The Christmas presents once opened are Not So Much Fun as they were while we were in the process of examining, lifting, shaking, thinking about, and opening them. Three hundred sixty-five days later, we try again and find that the same thing has happened. Each time the goal is reached, it becomes Not So Much Fun, and we're off to reach the next one, then the next one, then the next.

That doesn't mean that the goals we have don't count. They do, mostly because they cause us to go through the process and it's the process that makes us wise, happy, or whatever. If we do things in the wrong sort of way, it makes us miserable, angry, confused, and things like that. The goal has to be right for us, and it has to be beneficial, in order to ensure a beneficial process. But aside from that, it's really the process that's important.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

Heraclitus
“The unlike is joined together, and from differences results the most beautiful harmony.”
Heraclitus

Paul Rand
“The artist is a collector of things imaginary or real. He accumulates things with the same enthusiasm that a little boy stuffs his pockets. The scrap heap and the museum are embraced with equal curiosity. He takes snapshots, makes notes and records impressions on tablecloths or newspapers, on backs of envelopes or matchbooks. Why one thing and not another is part of the mystery, but he is omnivorous.”
Paul Rand, Paul Rand: A Designer's Art

“Happiness is not an unexpected jackpot nor a monolithic cluster but a forbearing casting and a daily discovery process. ("Why has shé got stars in the sky?")”
Erik Pevernagie

Howard Zinn
“Politics is pointless if it does nothing to enhance the beauty of our lives.”
Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

Aaron Swartz
“Growing up, I slowly had this process of realizing that all the things around me that people had told me were just the natural way things were, the way things always would be, they weren’t natural at all. They were things that could be changed, and they were things that, more importantly, were wrong and should change, and once I realized that, there was really no going back.”
Aaron Swartz

Yvon Chouinard
“The goal of climbing big, dangerous mountains should be to attain some sort of spiritual and personal growth, but this won’t happen if you compromise away the entire process.”
Yvon Chouinard, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

Prem Jagyasi
“Our progress, the realization of our dreams, and the quality of our life depend directly on the level of our commitment to the process.”
Dr Prem Jagyasi

Criss Jami
“As for those who spite you, and seemingly just because, it's only evident that they're learning from you. Maybe you taste bad - kind of like medicine, kind of like truth - and to them, you're thought unsafe. There is flattery in being chewed out and spit up. Humans have always had a hard time digesting foreign things.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Noam Shpancer
“The process is important, regardless of the outcome, just ask Schacter.

(...)mental health... is not a destination but a process. It's about how you drive, not where you're going. The therapist is like a driving instuctor, not a chauffeur.”
Noam Shpancer, The Good Psychologist

Toba Beta
“There's no such thing as emotion.
It's only body chemistry in action.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Bruce Mau
“I'm interested in the moment when two objects collide and generate a third. The third object is where the interesting work is.”
Bruce Mau

“You came here because we do this better than you and part of that is letting our creatives be unproductive until they are.”
Don Draper

Natalie Goldberg
“We are searching for the core of our lives; our culture intuits that writing, that ancient activity, might be the pathway...Awakening does not feed ego's needs and desires; it pulverizes the self. Our society couldn't knowingly bear such reduction, so we've tricked ourselves into the same path but call it writing.”
Natalie Goldberg

“Everything is an experiment.”
Tibor Kalman

William Least Heat-Moon
“All of those things - rock and men and river - resisted change, resisted the coming as they did the going. Hood warmed and rose slowly, breaking open the plain, and cooled slowly over the plain it buried. The nature of things is resistance to change, while the nature of process is resistance to stasis, yet things and process are one, and the line from inorganic to organic and back is uninterrupted and unbroken.”
William Least Heat Moon

Harvard Business Review
“It’s tough when markets change and your people within the company don’t.”
Harvard Business Review

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