Here is New York...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I've been reading the most inspirational quotes about creativity and New York, and wanted to share them with you...

The prerequisite for doing exciting work is to be excited about it yourself, reaching to do or make something that you haven’t done or made before and which seems at least a little scary, just beyond your comfort zone.” -- Kurt Andersen in the forward to Spark: How Creativity Works

“On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy. It is this largess that accounts for the presence within the city’s walls of a considerable section of the population; for the residents of Manhattan are to a large extent strangers who have pulled up stakes somewhere and come to town, seeking sanctuary or fulfillment or some greater or lesser grail. The capacity to make such dubious gifts is a mysterious quality of New York. It can destroy an individual, or it can fulfill him, depending a good deal on luck. No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky.” -- E.B. White, Here is New York

The essay that E.B. White wrote about New York was written in the 1940s.  But those words still ring true to me today.  Every day, I count myself extraordinarily lucky to be living here, with such a beautiful set of friends, a creative career path and of course, the support of a wonderful husband.  Here we are on the eve of his big high school reunion in the Boston area over Thanksgiving break.


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