Learn to appreciate as an artist things as simple as the day; sleep; walking and running–a room–an ordinary phrase; to read instinct; to drink, to gaze at oneself or speak to oneself–to see afresh, in other words, what has been seen so often–but in its place.

Paul Valéry

In every field, there comes a time when we stop paying attention to examples of technical success. With the first telephones, televisions, and personal computers, people passed through an early stage of fascination with the medium itself, rather than the information being communicated.

Galen Rowell

Learn to appreciate as an artist things as simple as the day; sleep; walking and running – a room – an ordinary phrase; to read an instinct; to drink, to gaze at oneself or speak to oneself – to see afresh, in other words, what has been seen so often – but in its place.

Paul Valéry

Do not internalize the industrial model. You are not one of the myriad of interchangeable pieces, but a unique human being, and if you’ve got something to say, say it, and think well of yourself while you’re learning to say it better.

David Mamet