Dan Woodward

Howling Storms

I watched 20,000 Days On Earth the other night. Nick Cave has a superb quote towards the end about ideas. It reminded me of a quote by David Lynch on the same subject.

Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful. - David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

All of our days are numbered, we cannot afford to be idle. To act on a bad idea is better than to not act at all. Because the worth of an idea never becomes apparent until you do it. Sometimes this idea can be the smallest thing in the world, a little flame that you hunch over and cup with your hand and pray that it will not be extinguished by all the storm that howls about. If you could hold onto that flame, great things can be constructed around it. They are massive, and powerful and world changing. All held up by the tiniest of ideas. - Nick Cave, 20,000 Days On Earth