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Jim Jarmusch’s Rule #5 in MovieMaker Magazine:

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.”

Marianne Power on a moment of kindness for Conversations On Love:

“A few Christmases ago I was in the middle of a period of depression and on my way back from a trip to Ireland where my best friend had been looking after me. I landed back in London Kings Cross to a city in the middle of its office party. Everyone was excited and delighted and I felt like I was falling off the edge of the world. I got in a taxi home and when the driver asked me how I was, instead of pretending I was fine, I found myself saying: 'I feel like I'm losing my mind.' For the next hour he listened to me as I poured out a matted jumble of thoughts and feelings. He listened like he understood every word I said. He told me about his own breakdown. He told me that I would come back together again but I had to go easy on myself. 'Watch Paddington,' he said. 'And have a cry whenever you need to. I used to cry all the time, even in the cab, I'd cry behind dark glasses.' That advice has always stayed in my head: 'Watch Paddington and cry when you need to.' I don't even know his name but he was my Christmas angel.”

On the end of the year, from Laura Olin’s newsletter:

“A thought that came to me while watching a bunch of impressive speakers at a conference this fall, feeling sad I hadn't accomplished as much this year as they had: "Maybe surviving this year was enough." It was a rough year for a lot of people, and if that was true for you too, I invite you to give yourself a break about not doing all you may have hoped at the beginning of the year. If you're still here, you've come out ahead in the biggest way that matters. Here's to survival+ next year.”