Steven Pressfield Quotes

Steven Pressfield (born September 1943) is an American author, of historical fiction and non-fiction, and screenplays.

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In my experience, depth of work consists of two components. The first is recklessness; the second is discipline. Dionysian; Apollonian. Passion;reason.

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When we turn pro we stop running from our fears. We turn around and face them.

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The professional does not wait for inspiration; he acts in anticipation of it.

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The best and only thing that one artist can do for another is to serve as an example and an inspiration.

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...she (the artist, the writer) doesn't wait for inspiration, she acts in the anticipation of its apparition.

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Evolution has programmed us to feel rejection in our guts. This is how the tribe inforced obedience, by wielding the threat of expulsion. Fear of rejection isn't just psychological; it's biological. It's in our cells.

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The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation.

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The opposite of fear," Dienekes said, "is love.

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Slay that dragon once, and he will never have power over you again.

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Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.

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The song we're composing already exists in potential. Our work is to find it.

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We need to ascend beyond our own petty Resistance, our own negative self-judgment and self-sabotage, our own "I'm not worthy" mind-set.

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Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance.

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It's better to be in the arena, getting stomped by the bull, than to be up in the stands or out in the parking lot.

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Courage is inseparable from love and leads to what may arguably be the noblest of all warrior virtues: selflessness.

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