This past week, I have been thinking a lot about originality. What it means to be original, and whether or not we can truly ever be original.
My answer is yes, we can be original. But I would follow that up by saying we are all completely composed of unoriginal things. What makes us all unique is the unique combination of things we are each composed of.
For example, my brand is a unique combination of playfulness, sophistication, modern, traditional, color, patterns, etc. As an individual, I consider myself a combination of my personal interests, language, experiences, etc.
This week, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite quotes. I have a slight obsession with finding good quotes, and it’s been this way for as long as I can remember. I have a very minimalistic approach to language, and have come to terms with the fact that I am much more of a visual communicator than verbal. I like to borrow quotes that I pick up and use them in my own personal vernacular.
Here is a list of some of my favorites: (I know the source of some, but not a lot)
“Creation is an act of selflessness.” “What you say is important, but how you say it is more important.” “You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.” “You do not have a soul, you are a soul. You have a body.” -C.S. Lewis “You have to have the least stake in the past and the greatest stake in the future.” “A life lived well gets messy.” -Every Exquisite Thing “Start living the life of the person you want to be.” “It is never too late or too soon. It is when it is supposed to be.” “Eat the fruit before it goes bad.” “It isn’t an act of creativity, it is an act of discovery. The method is constantly investigating.” -George Lois “Man will live better when you show him what he is like.” “Yes is more.” “More is more.” “Because as soon as you have a frame, you just want to start breaking out of it.” “I never was a reader because I never wanted to escape anything. I wanted my real life to be interesting.”
And my personal favorite: “I am sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.” -J.D. Salinger Frannie & Zooey