Steven Pressfield Quotes

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

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Anything that draws attention to ourselves through pain-free or artificial means is a manifestation of Resistance.

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We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.

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The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there is no such thing as a fearless warrior or a dread-free artist.

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Every artist has to face his own demons and evolve his own method of working.

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You don't need to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind.

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We cannot let external criticism, even if it's true, fortify our internal foe. That foe is strong enough already.

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The amateur tweets. The pro works.

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The sign of the amateur is overglorification of and preoccupation with the mystery. The professional shuts up. She doesn't talk about it. She does her work.

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On the field of The Self stand a knight and a dragon. You are the knight. Resistance is the dragon.

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The professional loves her work. She is invested in it wholeheartedly. But she does not forget that the work is not her.

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The professional will not tolerate disorder... He wants the carpet vacuumed and the threshold swept, so the Muse may enter and not soil her gown.

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The professional, though he accepts money, does his work out of love. He has to love it. Otherwise he wouldn't devote his life to it of his own free will.

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The professional arms himself with patience, not only to give the stars time to align in his career, but to keep himself from flaming out in each individual work.

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If you want to send a manuscript, send it to an agent. And send a letter first, asking permission. Launch it into the real world of cold-blooded commercial response, not into the fantasyland of wishful thinking, cowardice and surrender to Resistance.

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Ignorance and arrogance are the artist's and entrepreneur's indispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult her enterprise is going to be and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway."

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