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Posts tagged "idleness"
Nov 27, 2013
RIP Saul Leiter
Wonderful color photographs made by a photographer who shunned the spotlight:
“In order to build a career and to be successful, one has to be determined…. One has to be ambitious. I much prefer to drink coffee, listen to music and to paint when I feel like it.”
Here’s a great quote from the documentary about him, In No Great Hurry:
"I’m a person who likes to postpone things. I see no reason for being in a rush. When you consider many of the things that people treat very seriously, you realize that they don’t deserve to be treated that seriously. And that many of the things people worry about aren’t worth worrying about.
Seeing is a neglected enterprise.
More of his photos→
Apr 08, 2013
Let me tell you about the nap. It’s absolutely fantastic. When I was a kid, my father was always trying to tell me how to be a man. And he said - I was maybe nine - he said, Philip, whenever you take a nap, take your clothes off and put a blanket over you and you’re going to sleep better. Well, as with everything, he was right. And so I now do that and I come back from the swimming pool I go to and I have my lunch and I read the paper and I take this glorious thing called a nap. And then the best part of it is that when you wake up, for the first 15 seconds you have no idea where you are. You’re just alive. That’s all you know and it’s bliss. It’s absolute bliss.
Jul 25, 2012
One of the things that the comedian mindset requires is laziness.
Jul 02, 2012
More and more people in this country no longer make or do anything tangible; if your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary. I can’t help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn’t a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn’t matter.
Jul 01, 2012
I am the laziest ambitious person I know.
Mar 10, 2012
Creativity is the residue of time wasted.
Feb 23, 2012
My big ambition was to do nothing. But, of course, the matter of supporting myself did intrude.
Jan 06, 2012
Nov 02, 2011
Boredom is your window… Once this window opens, don’t try to shut it; on the contrary, throw it wide open.
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