I really wish somebody had told this to me …

Your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you …

A lot of people at that point, they quit. And the thing I would just like say to you with all my heart is that most everybody I know who does interesting creative work, they went through a phase of years where they had really good taste and they could tell what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be — they knew it fell short …

the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work — do a huge volume of work. …

it’s only by going through a volume of work that you are going to catch up and close that gap.

— Ira Glass
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Brain Pickings


From the Nothing New Under the Sun Department

Mr. Edward Rochester, “And you felt self-satisfied with the result of your ardent labours?”


Miss Jane Eyre, “Far from it. I was tormented by the contrast between my idea and my handiwork: in each case I had imagined something which I was quite powerless to realise.”


Mr. Edward Rochester, “Not quite: you have secured the shadow of your thought; but no more, probably. You had not enough of the artist’s skill and science to give it full being.”

Jane Eyre Chapter XIII
Charlotte Brontë, 1847