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#793 Only because of accidental encounters

#793 Only because of accidental encounters
Many battles took place only because of accidental encounters, and sometimes not even with the enemy. During World War I, for example, the British submarine HMS G9 stumbled upon the British destroyer HMS Pasley, and the two exchanged fire until the G9 split in half and sank, leaving only one survivor to inform the Pasley’s captain of their mistake.

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244/365 I will make it work for me

244/365 I will make it work for me
“I shall always be depressed,” Beckett concluded, “but what comforts me is the realization that I can now accept this dark side as the commanding side of my personality. In accepting it, I will make it work for me.”

From "Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work"
by Mason Currey

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243/365 It follows me and dogs me

243/365 It follows me and dogs me
Like Anthony Trollope, James started a new book the instant the old one was finished. Asked once when he found the time to form the design of a new book, James rolled his eyes, patted the questioner on the knee, and said, “It’s all about, it’s about—it’s in the air—it, so to speak, follows me and dogs me.”

From "Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work"
by Mason Currey

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242/365 I don’t believe in draining the reservoir

242/365 I don’t believe in draining the reservoir
“I don’t believe in draining the reservoir, do you see? I believe in getting up from the typewriter, away from it, while I still have things to say.” Two or three hours in the morning were enough for him, although he stressed the importance of keeping regular hours in order to cultivate a daily creative rhythm. “I know that to sustain these true moments of insight one has to be highly disciplined, lead a disciplined life,” Henry Miller said.

From "Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work"
by Mason Currey

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241/365 A certain amount of distraction

241/365 A certain amount of distraction
“My finest hours were Watergate, Iran-Contra, the impeachment,” Chuck Close says. The constant chatter can be distracting, he admits, but he claims that this is actually a good thing: “I like a certain amount of distraction. It keeps me from being anxious. It keeps things at a little bit more of an arm’s length.”

From "Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work"
by Mason Currey

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240/365 On autopilot

240/365 On autopilot
Put part of your life on autopilot; by forming good habits, William James said, we can “free our minds to advance to really interesting fields of action.”

From "Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work"
by Mason Currey

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