“From now on, we live in a world where man has walked on the moon. It wasn’t a miracle; we just decided to go.” —Jim Lovell, NASA Astronaut, Apollo 13
“One of the surest of tests is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest.” —T.S. Eliot, 1920, The Sacred Wood /via austinkleon
“I hope there’s a golden age. This is not like the brochure: flying cars and sex machines. We’re all so compliant, ‘cause everything is what it seems.” —“Heart and I”, Robbie Williams
Eddie Izzard and I felt the same way about turning 24
- Eddie Izzard: I thought, "There's a street performers' festival in the summer and we've got to aim for that." We worked out routines and were getting laughs... and we didn't even win our own comedy section. [...] And thought, this is just not my millennia.
- Friend: On his 24th birthday, he was sort of pissed off and I thought, "What? What is it? You're 24. What's wrong?"
- Eddie: Ah well, by the time he was 24, Orson Welles had directed Citizen Kane.
- Friend: And you sit back and you're like, "Oh right, you're pissed off because you haven't directed the best movie that's probably ever been made before you're 24," and I secretly think that's an accurate portrayal.
You’ve got to believe you can be a standup before you can be a standup.
You have to believe you can act before you can act.
You have to believe you can be an astronaut before you can be an astronaut.
You’ve got to believe.” —Eddie Izzard, Believe