Keep Going

Keep Going

Title: Keep Going

Author: Austin Kleon

Read: 3h

Score: 8/10

Samenvatting:  Easy read. Dit lijkt een klein boekje, maar er zit veel wijsheid in. Boordevol referenties naar andere auteurs & kunstenaars. Zo neemt Kleon je mee op een trip naar een plaats waar het rustiger is, waar ‘likes’ er niet zoveel toe doen, waar je beseft dat overgave de enige optie is, en waar schoonheid te ontdekken valt in het alledaagse. Aangevuld met fijne tekeningen en kunstwerkjes zoals we van Kleon mogen verwachten. Een ideaal geschenk om mee te nemen als reislectuur.

 

Bits of wisdom:

  • To have hope, you must acknowledge that you don’t know everything and you don’t know what’s going to happen. That is the only way to keep going.

  • We have so little control over our lives. The only thing we can really control is what we spend our days on. What we work on and how we work on it.

  • If you want to change your life, change what you pay attention to.

  • A life is made out of paying attention to what we pay attention to.

  • Art requires the full use of our senses. Its job is to awaken us to our senses. Our screens, on the other hand, have made us lose our senses and our sense.

  • If you’re bummed out and hating your work, pick somebody special in your life and make something for them.

  • Disconnect to the world so that we can connect with ourselves.

  • René Magritte said his goal with art was to ‘breathe new life into the way we look at the ordinary things around us’.

  • Play is the work of the child.

  • Really great artists are able to find magic in the mundane.

  • Seneca said that if you read old books, you get to add all the years the author lived onto you own life.

  • New ideas are formed by interesting juxtapositions, and interesting juxtapositions happen when things are out of place.

  • Your attention is one of the most valuable things you possess, which is why everyone wants to steal it from you. First you must protect it, and then you must point it in the right direction.

  • Art requires the full use of our senses. Its job is to awaken us to our senses. Our screens, on the other hand, have made us lose our senses and our sense.

  • Suckcess is success on somebody else’s terms.

  • Airplane mode is not just a setting on your phone: It can be a whole way of life.

  • A daily routine will get you through the day and help you make the most of it.
  • Our culture mostly celebrates early successes, the people who bloom fast.  I don’t want to know how a thirty-year-old became rich and famous. I want to hear how an eighty-year-old spent her life in obscurity, kept making art and lived a happy life.

  • I don’t know for sure what kinds of flowers I’m planting with my days on this planet, but I intend to find out, and so should you.

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