"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don't bother concealing your thievery--celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: 'It's not where to take things from--it's where you take them to.'" Jim Jarmusch, an American independent film director.
Said, 'Pray, which leg goes after which?'
That worked her mind to such a pitch,
She lay distracted in a ditch, considering how to run."
Mrs. Edward Craster (1871)
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
T.S. Eliot (From Little Gidding, the last of his Four Quartets )
in a world which is doing its best, night and day,
to make you everybody else--
means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight;
and never stop fighting."