Bin: Pressfield quotes from Goodreads 5

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“Fear conquers fear. This is how we Spartans do it, counterpoising to fear of death a greater fear: that of dishonor. Of exclusion from the pack.”
― Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire

“Turning pro is like kicking a drug habit or stopping drinking. It’s a decision, a decision to which we must re-commit every day.”
― Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro

“We’re wrong if we think we’re the only ones struggling with Resistance. Everyone who has a body experiences Resistance.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“The professional cannot take rejection personally because to do so reinforces Resistance. Editors are not the enemy; critics are not the enemy. Resistance is the enemy. The battle is inside our own heads. We cannot let external criticism, even if it’s true, fortify our internal foe. That foe is strong enough already.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

“No matter how great a writer, artist, or entrepreneur, he is a mortal, he is fallible. He is not proof against Resistance. He will drop the ball; he will crash. That’s why they call it rewriting.”
― Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

“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.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“The enemy is Resistance.”
― Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

“My wish for you, Kallistos, is that you survive as many battles in the flesh as you have already fought in your imagination. Perhaps then you will acquire the humility of a man and bear yourself no longer as the demigod you presume yourself to be.”
― Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire

“Resistance gets us to plunge into a project with an overambitious and unrealistic timetable for its completion.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“Don’t think. Act. We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act.”
― Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

“The drawing is also a reminder that there’s an artist within each of us, and we must encourage that artist to do the work, to make something that matters, regardless of anything else that is going on.”
― Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

“When a warrior fights not for himself, but for his brothers, when his most passionately sought goal is neither glory nor his own life’s preservation, but to spend his substance for them, his comrades, not to abandon them, not to prove unworthy of them, then his heart truly has achieved contempt for death, and with that he transcends himself and his actions touch the sublime.”
― Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire

“Better to be in the arena getting stomped by the bulls, than to be up in the stands or out in the parking lot.”
― Steven Pressfield

“In my younger days dodging the draft, I somehow wound up in the Marine Corps. There’s a myth that Marine training turns baby-faced recruits into bloodthirsty killers. Trust me, the Marine Corps is not that efficient. What it does teach, however, is a lot more useful.

The Marine Corps teaches you how to be miserable.
This is invaluable for an artist.

Marines love to be miserable. Marines derive a perverse satisfaction in having colder chow, crappier equipment, and higher casualty rates than any outfit of dogfaces, swab jockeys, or flyboys, all of whom they despise. Why? Because these candy-asses don’t know how to be miserable.

The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation.

The artist must be like that Marine. He has to know how to be miserable. He has to love being miserable. He has to take pride in being more miserable than any soldier or swabbie or jet jockey. Because this is war, baby. And war is hell.”
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― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others. If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement. Watch yourself. Of all the manifestations of Resistance, most only harm ourselves. Criticism and cruelty harm others as well.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War Of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

“In the hierarchy, the artist faces outward. Meeting someone new he asks himself, What can this person do for me? How can this person advance my standing? In the hierarchy, the artist looks up and looks down. The one place he can’t look is that place he must: within.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“In their minds it is the mark of an ill-prepared and amateur army to rely in the moments before battle on what they call pseudoandreia, false courage, meaning the artificially inflated martial frenzy produced by a general’s eleventh-hour harangue or some peak of bronze-banging bravado built to by shouting, shield-pounding and the like[…] It made no difference. None was a match for the warriors of Lakedaemon, and all knew it.”
― Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire

“Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It will perjure, fabricate, falsify; seduce, bully, cajole. Resistance is protean. It will assume any form, if that’s what it takes to deceive you. It will reason with you like a lawyer or jam a nine-millimeter in your face like a stickup man. Resistance has no conscience. It will pledge anything to get a deal, then double-cross you as soon as your back is turned. If you take Resistance at its word, you deserve everything you get. Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War Of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

“The hardest thing in the world is to be ourselves. Who are we? Our family tells us, society tells us, laws and customs tell us. But what do we say? How do we get to that place of self-knowledge and conviction where we are able to state without doubt, fear or anger, “This is who I am, this is what I believe, this is how I intend to live my life”?”
― Steven Pressfield, The Warrior Ethos

“How many pages have I produced? I don’t care. Are they any good? I don’t even think about it. All that matters is I’ve put in my time and hit it with all I’ve got. All that counts is that, for this day, for this session, I have overcome Resistance.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

“Late at night have you experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you could accomplish, the realized being you were mean to be? Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t pain, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“Socrates demonstrated long ago, that the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. While those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

“What’s the difference between a Spartan king and a mid-ranker? One man will lob this query to his mate as they prepare to bed down in the open in a cold driving rain. His friend considers mock-theatrically for a moment. .’The king sleeps in that shithole over there’ he replies. ‘We sleep in this shithole over here.”
― Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire

“The awakening an artist must be ruthless, not only with herself but with others.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“Warfare is theatre, I have said, and the essence of theatre is aritifce. What we show, we will not do. What we don’t show, we will do.”
― Steven Pressfield, The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

“The amateur allows his worth and identity to be defined by others. The amateur craves third-party validation. The amateur is tyrannized by his imagined conception of what is expected of him. He is imprisoned by what he believes he ought to think, how he ought to look, what he ought to do, and who he ought to be.”
― Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro

“Fame Imperishable and glory that will never die — that is what we march for!”
― Steven Pressfield, The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

“If you find yourself criticizing other people, you’re probably doing it out of Resistance. When we see others beginning to live their authentic selves, it drives us crazy if we have not lived out our own.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

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