Bin: Pressfield quotes from Goodreads 3

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“He who whets his steel, whets his courage”
― Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire

“You know, Hitler wanted to be an artist. At eighteen he took his inheritance, seven hundred kronen, and moved to Vienna to live and study… Ever see one of his paintings? Neither have I. Resistance beat him. Call it overstatement but I’ll say it anyway: it was easier for Hitler to start World War II than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas.”
― Steven Pressfield

“Persian envoy “our arrows will black out the sun…” Dienekes of the Spartans..”Good, then we’ll fight in the shade.”
― Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire

“The more resistance you experience, the more important your unmanifested art/project/enterprise is to you – and the more gratification you will fell when you finally do it.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“Resistance is not a peripheral opponent. Resistance arises from within. It is self-generated and self-perpetuated. resistance is the enemy within.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“I’m keenly aware of the Principle of Priority, which states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what’s important first.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
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“The best and only thing that one artist can do for another is to serve as an example and an inspiration.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.” — W. H. Murray,”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

“The amateur dreads becoming who she really is because she fears that this new person will be judged by others as “different.” The tribe will declare us “weird” or “queer” or “crazy.” The tribe will reject us. Here’s the truth: the tribe doesn’t give a shit. There is no tribe. That gang or posse that we imagine is sustaining us by the bonds we share is in fact a conglomeration of individuals who are just as fucked up as we are and just as terrified. Each individual is so caught up in his own bullshit that he doesn’t have two seconds to worry about yours or mine, or to reject or diminish us because of it. When we truly understand that the tribe doesn’t give a damn, we’re free. There is no tribe, and there never was. Our lives are entirely up to us.”
― Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro

“The paradox seems to be, as 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 finally convinced me to go ahead was simply that I was so unhappy not going ahead. I was developing symptoms. As soon as I sat down and began, I was okay.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

“…she (the artist, the writer) doesn’t wait for inspiration, she acts in the anticipation of its apparition.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“To feel ambition and to act upon it is to embrace the unique calling of our souls. Not to act upon that ambition is to turn our backs on ourselves and on the reason for our existence.”
― Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro

“Habit will be your champion. When you train the mind to think one way and one way only, when you refuse to allow it to think in another, that will produce great strength in battle.”
― Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire

“To yield to Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“In other words, any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term grown, health, or integrity. Or, expressed another way, any act that derives from our high nature instead of our lower. Any of these will elicit Resistance.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“Like a magnetized needle floating on a surface of oil, Resistance will unfailingly point to true North – meaning that calling or action it most wants to stop us from doing.

We can use this. We can use it as a compass. We can navigate by Resistance, letting it guide us to that calling or action that we must follow before all others.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“Stay stupid. Follow your unconventional, crazy heart.”
― Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

“Here’s another test. Of any activity you do, aks yourself: If I were the last person on earth, would I still do it?”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

“Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“We feed it [Resistance] with power by our fear of it. Master that fear and we conquer Resistance.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“Start before you’re ready.”
― Steven Pressfield

“You are the commanders, your men will look to you and act as you do. Let no officer keep to himself or his brother officers, but circulate daylong among his men. Let them see you and see you unafraid. Where there is work to do, turn your hand to it first; the men will follow. Some of you, I see, have erected tents. Strike them at once. We will all sleep as I do, in the open. Keep your men busy. If there is no work, make it up, for when soldiers have time to talk, their talk turns to fear. Action, on the other hand, produces the appetite for more action.”
― Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire

“Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“Never forget, Alexandros, that this flesh, this body, does not belong to us. Thank God it doesn’t. If I thought this stuff was mine, I could not advance a pace into the face of the enemy. But it is not ours, my friend. It belongs to the gods and to our children, our fathers and mothers and those of Lakedaemon a hundred, a thousand years yet unborn. It belongs to the city which gives us all we have and demands no less in requital.”
― Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire

“Resistance obstructs movement only from a lower sphere to a higher. It kicks in when we seek to pursue a calling in the arts, launch an innovative enterprise, or evolve to a high station morally, ethically, or spiritually.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“The working artist will not tolerate trouble in her life because she knows trouble prevents her from doing her work.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“Nothing is as empowering as real-world validation, even if it’s for failure.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“When we’re living as amateurs, we’re running away from our calling — meaning our work, our destiny, the obligation to become our truest and highest selves. Addiction becomes a surrogate for our calling. We enact the addiction instead of embracing the calling. Why? Because to follow a calling requires work. It’s hard. It hurts. It demands entering the pain-zone of effort, risk, and exposure.”
― Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro

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