Quotes From The War of Art: Pt. 3

In this final segment of theWarofArt take a look at what Steven Pressfield has to say about…


“The amateur plays for fun. The professional plays for keeps.”

“…the amateur does not love the game enough. If he did, he would not pursue it as a sideline, distinct from his “real” vocation. The professional loves it so much he dedicates his life to it. He commits full-time.”

“[The professional] is on a mission. He will not tolerate disorder. He eliminates chaos from his world in order to banish it from his mind.”

“The professional cannot allow the actions of others to define his reality. Tomorrow morning the critic will be gone, but the writer will still be there facing the blank page.”

“[The professional] knows that any job, whether it’s a novel or a kitchen remodel, takes twice as long as he thinks and costs twice as much. He accepts that.”

On Failure:

“That was when I realized I had become a pro. I had not yet had a success. But I had had a real failure.”

A Reality of Success:

“Yeah, we lose friends. But we find friends too, in places we never thought to look. And they’re better friends, truer friends. And we’re better and truer to them.”

2 Final Thoughts

“There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny.”

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat use of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”

So that brings an end to quotes from theWarofArt. If you missed parts 1 & 2, you should check them out.

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