I write to discover what I know.

—Flannery O’Connor

The best art makes your head spin with questions. Perhaps this is the fundamental distinction between pure art and pure design. While great art makes you wonder, great design makes things clear.

—John Maeda

Nobody starts out original. We need copying to build a foundation of knowledge and understanding. And after that… things can get interesting.

—Kirby Ferguson

You can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.

Jim Carrey

A line is a dot that went for a walk.

—Paul Klee

Self-knowledge is like lost innocence, however unsettling you find it, it can never be unthought or unknown.

—Michael Sandel

It’s what people know about themselves inside that makes ‘em afraid.

—The Stranger

Easy reading is damn hard writing.

—Nathaniel Hawthorne

Whenever you meet a beautiful woman, just remember somewhere there’s a man who’s sick of shagging her.


Feliz a pessoa que percorre os mais diversos ambientes sem perder a si mesma.
The process of reaching an ideal state of simplicity can be truly complex, so allow me to simplify it for you. The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.

—John Maeda