Art is theft

This quote by Pablo Picasso is brought up in Book - Steal like an artist.. 10 things nobody told you about being creativeBook - Steal like an artist.. 10 things nobody told you about being creative


author: Austin Kleon
title: Steal like an artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative

. The entire book tackles the preconception that art needs to be fully original and that borrowing ideas is frowned upon.

“The only art I’ll ever study is stuff that I can steal from.” —David Bowie

Jonathan Lethem states that when people call something "original", 9/10 times they just don't know the original source.

In our limited space of human creativity, we have to face the fact that basically everything has been done in one form or the other.

French writer André Gide puts it: “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”

Twitter just says it over an over again: There are no unique messages, only unique messengers. (This, however, feels like a cheap excuse to recycle content. But a lot of our current trends and thoughts can be traced back to ancient times, so maybe that is true after all?)

We can compare this to startup culture, where products (ideas) are seldom the innovative part, but rather the introduction of that product via a new distribution part (messenger) is what innovated and causes success link the traction paper here

Similar startup notion: If it has not been done before, that likely means that it is a bad idea (This needs to become its own zettel)

In more favorable terms, this concept could be referred to as Creativity has always been a group effortCreativity has always been a group effort

The idea of the lone wolf locking themselves away and working on their magnum opus is highly romanticized and does not reflect reality.
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