On Tension

‘Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.’
— William Blake
‘How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have hope of making some progress.’
— Niels Bohr
‘Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.’
— Erich Fromm
‘It is the pull of opposite poles that stretches souls. And only stretched souls make music.’
— Eric Hoffer
‘The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.’
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
‘There is perhaps no better way of measuring the natural endowment of a soul than by its ability to transmute dissatisfaction into a creative impulse.’
— Eric Hoffer
‘Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.’
— Chuck Jones
‘It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.’
— Thomas Macauley
‘It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.’
— Henry Moore
‘Nearly 100% of innovation—from business to politics—is inspired not by “market analysis” but by people who are supremely pissed off by the way things are.’
— Tom Peters
‘The true genius shudders at incompleteness.’
— Edgar Allen Poe
‘The life of the most creative man is led, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.’
— Saul Steinberg

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