“Human beings dream of life everlasting, that’s the reason! But most of them want it on earth and not in heaven.” – Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
“[The play grew] from above all, perhaps, the image of a need greater than hunger or sex or thirst, a need to leave a thumbprint somewhere on the world. A need for immortality, and by admitting it, the knowing that one has carefully inscribed one’s name on a cake of ice on a hot July day.” -Arthur Miller on writing Death Of A Salesman in his Introduction to Collected Plays
“People claim to want to do something that matters, yet they measure themselves against things that don’t, and track their progress not in years but in microseconds. They want to make something timeless, but they focus instead on immediate payoffs and instant gratification.” -Ryan Holiday, The Art Of Making And Marketing Work That Lasts
“When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” -Steve Jobs
Need a little inspiration today? Want to get back in touch with why you became an artist in the first place?
Go spend time with a classic. It will never let you down. It always delivers and feels as fresh today as it was when it was first created. That’s the power of its resonance.
Go try to make a classic of your own.