i like realistic new years resolutions and all corniness aside, i think it's important to make the effort to be a better person, i think it makes a difference. but i still love these quotes
I think--I think--it is somehow very useful, and maybe even essential, for a fine artist to have to somehow make his peace on the canvas with all the things he cannot do. That is what attracts us to serious paintings, I think: that shortfall, which we might call "personality" or maybe even "pain".
Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard
If I listen to some utterly perfect performance of an utterly perfect piece while I'm driving, I might want to close my eyes and die right then and there. But listening to the D major, I feel the limits of what humans are capable of--that a certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect. And personally, I find that encouraging.
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore