First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.
Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything it is because we are dangerously near to wanting nothing.
Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.
If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.
But what’s your ultimate goal, you’ll say. That goal will become clearer, will take shape slowly and surely, as the croquis becomes a sketch and the sketch a painting, as one works more seriously, as one digs deeper into the originally vague idea, the first fugitive, passing thought, unless it becomes firm.[Mais quel est ton but définitif diras – tu; ce but devient plus défini, se dessinera lentement et sûrement, comme le croquis devient esquisse et l’esquisse tableau, au fur et à mesure qu’on travaille plus sérieusement, qu’on creuse davantage l’idée d’abord vague, la première pensée fugitive et passagère, à moins qu’elle devienne fixe.]