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Quote for April 2021 - Conan O'Brien

It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique.

Cited in Kleon, Austin: "Steal like an Artist". Workman Publishing Company, Inc., New York, 2012. ISBN 978-0-7611-6925-3

In this book, Austin Kleon talks about getting inspired by our (art) heroes, not to copy them in the way of imitation and plagiarism, but to discover the thinking behind their style, to internalise their way of looking at the world, to let them infuse your world, then move on from there and create something unique.