Just do your work. And if the world needs your work it will come and get you. And if it doesn’t, do your work anyway. You can have fantasies about having control over the world, but I know I can barely control my kitchen sink. That is the grace I’m given. Because when one can control things, one is limited to one’s own vision.

—Kiki Smith (via hnnhmcgrth)

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Don’t waste your time on jealousy. The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself

—Baz Luhrmann  (via hastea)

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When you start off, you have to deal with the problems of failure. You need to be thickskinned, to learn that not every project will survive. A freelance life, a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it, and put something in a bottle that will wash its way back to you: appreciation, or a commission, or money, or love. And you have to accept that you may put out a hundred things for every bottle that winds up coming back.

Neil Gaiman in his 2012 commencement speech at The University of Arts

I wrote about ten of my favorite commencement speeches on Lady Clever this week.

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