Bite-sized Wisdom: Diderot

From the man who introduced the concept of the “fourth wall,” allowing generation after generation to go ahead and break through it:

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“To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!

– Denis Diderot 

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Bite-Sized Wisdom: Musset

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Cocteau

Don’t be afraid of the grey territory between reality and dreams. What may appear to be hazy terrain may actually be the birthplace of creativity.

“Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.”

– Jean Cocteau

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Deavere Smith

Words aren’t always easy to come by; the next time you find yourself without them, realize that you might be showing off the most beautiful side of yourself.

“I think we can learn a lot about a person in the very moment that language fails them. In the very moment they they have to be more creative than they would have imagined in order to communicate. It’s the very moment that they have to dig deeper than the surface to find words, and at the same time, it’s a moment when they want to communicate very badly. They’re digging deep and projecting out at the same time.”

― Anna Deavere Smith

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Brecht

Never discount a new idea – terrifying as it may be. But do your best to find viewpoints that inspire and move you – no matter how antiquated or novel.

“Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.”

– Bertolt Brecht

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Musset

Because the term ‘perfection’ is normative anyway – most of life’s journey is about showing up and doing what little bit you can each day.

“Perfection does not exist. To understand this is the triumph of human intelligence; to expect to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness.”

– Alfred de Musset

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