A book to start an inner revolution. Big magic, if you will. Consider this a public service announcement. Go read it!
Some favorite moments:
"One of the oldest and most generous tricks that the universe plays on human beings is to bury strange jewels within us all, and then stand back to see if we can ever find them."
"An abiding stereotype of creativity is that in turns people crazy. I disagree: Not expressing creativity turns people crazy. ('If you bring forth what is within you what you bring forth will save you. If you don't bring forth what is within you, what you don't bring forth will destroy you.' -Gospel of Thomas.)"
"Your ego is a wonderful servant but a terrible master-because the only thing your ego ever wants is reward reward reward. Always remember this: you are not only an ego. You are also a soul."
"Forgive yourself if you tried to create something and it didn't work out. Remember that you're nothing but a beginner-even if you've been working on your craft for years. We're all just beginners here, and we shall all die beginners."
"Basically, your fear is like a mall cop who thinks he's a Navy SEAL: He hasn't slept in days, he's all hopped up on Red Bull, and he's liable to shoot at his own shadow in an absurd effort to keep everyone 'safe'."
"Passion can seem intimidatingly out of reach at times-a distant tower of flame. Accessible only to geniuses and to those who are specially touched by god. But curiosity is available to everyone."
" 'What's your favorite flavor of shit sandwich?' What Manson means is that every single pursuit-no matter how wonderful and exciting and glamorous it may initially seem-comes with it's own brand of shit sandwich, its own lousy side effects. As Manson writes with profound wisdom: 'Everything sucks, some of the time.' You just have to decide what sort of suckage you're willing to deal with. So the question is not as much 'What are you passionate about?' The question is 'What are you passionate enough about that you can endure the most disagreeable aspects of the work?' Manson explains it this way: 'If you want to be a professional artist, but you aren't willing to see your work rejected hundreds, if not thousands, of times, then you're done before you start. If you want to be a hotshot court lawyer, but you can't stand the eighty-hour workweeks, then I've got bad news for you.' Because if you love and want something enough-whatever it is-then you don't really mind eating the shit sandwich that comes with it.' "
"Because when it all comes together, it's amazing. When it all comes together, the only thing you can do is bow down in gratitude, as if you have been granted an audience with the divine. Because you have."