There is no blank slate upon which works of true originality are composed, no void out of which total novelty is created. Nothing is original because everything is an influence; everything is original because no influence makes its way into our art untransmuted by our imagination.*
Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original ad creative our time will become.**
Open the space of your originality,
Be as open as open as possible
to as many and as much
for as long as possible.
May you find the relationship with all that is,
So that you will be both changed
*From Maria Popova’s The Marginalian blog: Nick Cave on Creativity, the Myth of Originality, and How to Find Your Voice;
**From John O’Donohue’s Benedictus.