‘Tis the season for glorious life advice dispensed by cap-and-gown-clad elders to cap-and-gown-clad youngsters, emanating a halo effect of timeless wisdom the rest of us can absorb any day, at any stage of life. On May 20, 1990, Bill Watterson, creator of the beloved Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, took the podium at Kenyon College.
Chuck Close (“Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work.”),
Isabel Allende (“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”),
E. B. White (“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”),
Tchaikovsky (“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.”)