The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson
More people have more access to more readers for less money than ever before in history. It means a lot of dross; but it means a lot of very talented people can find and nurture a readership in ways that were not possible twenty years ago. From a creative perspective, that is all that writing is about.
– John Hodgman
I’ve often heard people say that managing creative people is the hardest thing in the world. ‘They’re never happy, they drive up the cost of things, blah blah blah.’ I just manage people the way I always wanted to be managed. That is, to be creatively challenged, but never to be told what to do.
– John Lasseter
Why would a lazy guy become a parent of five? Then again, why would creative people who inherently don’t like change and criticism become writers, actors, or comedians? There’s something about this process. I joke about it: My kids have made me a better person, and I only need, like, 34 more of them to be a really good guy.
– Jim Gaffigan