Work

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“…He who is willing to work gives birth to his own father.”

-Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling 

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“A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.”
-Emerson, Self Reliance
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(via The Anxiety of Influence)