Words of comfort and wisdom from John Cage and Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau, French avant garde artist and all-rounder:

“Listen carefully to first criticisms of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don’t like – then cultivate it. That’s the part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping.”

John Cage, American composer and writer (and mushroom expert):

“I am going toward violence rather than tenderness, hell rather than heaven, ugly rather than beautiful, impure rather than pure – because by doing these things they become transformed, and we become transformed.”

Now don’t you feel better?