"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it."
True story: this is something I still struggle with after years of doing battle with it in high school and college. It got so bad that, for a period of time, I wouldn’t even re-read my papers before turning them in because I was so afraid I’d see they weren’t perfect. Which, yes, is totally backwards.
(Source: kadrey, via alexbracken)
"Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy."
— Dean Koontz (via amandaonwriting)