If you make art, people will talk about

If you make art, people will talk about it. Some of the things they say will be nice, some won?t. You?ll already have made that art, and when they?re talking about the last thing you did, you should already be making the next thing.

If bad reviews (of whatever kind) upset you, just don?t read them. It?s not like you?ve signed an agreement with the person buying the book to exchange your book for their opinion.

Do whatever you have to do to keep making art. I know people who love bad reviews, because it means they?ve made something happen and made people talk; I know people who have never read any of their reviews. It?s their call. You get on with making art.
— Neil Gaiman

Anybody with leisure can do that who is

Anybody with leisure can do that who is willing to begin where everything ought to be begun–that is, at the beginning. Nothing worth calling good can or ever will be started full grown. The essential of any good is life, and the very body of created life, and essential to it, being its self operant, is growth. The larger start you make, the less room you leave for life to extend itself. You fill with the dead matter of your construction the places where assimilation ought to have its perfect work, building by a life-process, self-extending, and subserving the whole. Small beginnings with slow growings have time to root themselves thoroughly–I do not mean in place nor yet in social regard, but in wisdom. Such even prosper by failures, for their failures are not too great to be rectified without injury to the original idea.
— George MacDonald, Weighed and Wanting

Healing is comparable to a garden. It needs

Healing is comparable to a garden. It needs tended to on a consistent basis. For weeds to be pulled out. The garden needs water and sunshine in effort to grow. Like a lotus flower, you will sprout through the soil, reaching up through the dark water towards the sunlight, stretching to the surface where you will beautifully bloom.
— Dana Arcuri, Soul Cry: Releasing & Healing the Wounds of Trauma

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