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Steven Pressfield

Datum narození: 1. září 1943

Steven Pressfield je světově proslulý americký romanopisec a scenárista, známý zejména pro své filmy a romány s vojenskou tematikou z období starověku. Ve svých filmech a historických románech se snaží maximálně držet reality a známých fakt, nicméně doplňuje je o spoustu smyšlených postav a detailů, které mají dokreslit atmosféru doby a vysvětlit sebechápání tehdejších lidí - popsat jejich život a pojetí cti a povinnosti. Své knihy obvykle píše z úhlu pohledu jedné postavy - často jako její vyprávění nebo popis situace.


„Kůň musí být trochu blázen, má-li být v kavalerii, a jeho jezdec musí být blázen úplný.“

„Válka je něco odtažitého jen na mapě. Na konkrétním bojišti je plná emocí.“


„If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.“ The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

„Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.“ The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

„Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.“ The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

„A cavalryman's horse should be smarter than he is. But the horse must never be alowed to know this.“ The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

„We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.“ The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

„The Principle of Priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what’s important first.“ The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles


„The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.“ The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

„The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation.“ The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

„Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don't do it.

It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don't do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself,. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

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 us of your contribution. Give us what you've got.“
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

„This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.“ The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles


„A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.“ Do the Work

„A horse must be a bit mad to be a good cavalry mount, and its rider must be completely so.“ The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

„This man has conquered the world! What have you done?"
The philosopher replied without an instant's hesitation, "I have conquered the need to conquer the world.“
The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

„We fear discovering that we are more than we think we are. More than our parents/children/teachers think we are. We fear that we actually possess the talent that our still, small voice tells us. That we actually have the guts, the perseverance, the capacity. We fear that we truly can steer our ship, plant our flag, reach our Promised Land. We fear this because, if it’s true, then we become estranged from all we know. We pass through a membrane. We become monsters and monstrous.“ The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

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