Quotes from Pressfield’s “The War of Art”

Here is a small collection of insights gleaned from Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art: Break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles. 


“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands resistance.”

“We don’t tell ourselves, “I’m never going to write my symphony.” Instead we say, “I am going to write my symphony; I’m just going to start tomorrow.”

“The truly free individual is free only to the extent of [their] own self-mastery. While those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them.”

“I trusted what I wanted, not what I thought would work. I did what I myself thought was interesting, and left its reception to the gods.”

“The artist and the mother are vehicles, not originators. They don’t create the new life, they only bear it.”

“Krishna instructed Arjuna: “We have a right to our labour, but not to the fruits of our labour.”


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