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Quote of the day | Advice from Dr. Neil Gaiman: ‘Make good art’

“Remember, whatever discipline you’re in, whether you’re a musician or a photographer, a fine artist or a cartoonist, a writer, a dancer, a singer, a designer — whatever you do, you have one thing that’s unique: You have the ability to make art. And for me, and for so many of the people I’ve known, that’s been a lifesaver, the ultimate lifesaver. It gets you through good times, and it gets you through … the other ones. Sometimes life is hard. Things go wrong — in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.”

Neil Gaiman, in his commencement address to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he was bestowed with an honorary doctorate in fine arts (watch the full speech below)

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6 Comments

Thank you!great speech.it applies on all other levels too.must share!

The dopey looking people sitting behind him kept making me think the last words of the speech would be “LIVE FROM NEW YORK IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!”

Jake Earlewine

May 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Sounds like he gave the perfect speech to that audience.

Neil is looking a lot like Harpo Marx, isn’t he? Someone should give him a Harpo wig and a hand-held horn to squeeze.

All hail Hubbard!

Sell It Like It Is

May 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm

@Jake

LOL – great one

Jake, I honestly thought he looked like a Marx brother (I was thinking Chico, though) in that get-up, but I thought it was just me. Thanks for validating my insanity. :)

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