If you want to have a more interesting life, you will make some effort. It’s about the organization of one’s life.

I am still shocked that so many people are not more creative, by which I mean more demanding of themselves.

The main question we need to ask ourselves is: Do I try to be necessary to the evolution of language?

Do I try to be original? And being original means using the tools necessary to be original, not just having the desire to be original.

Mallarmé chastised Degas for writing poems; he said, “You can’t just have an idea that you want to write poems. Poems are made out of words.”

From an interview with P. Boulez, New York Times.