Thursday, July 2, 2020

Quote of the Day (Eric Idle, on Why ‘Hard Work is the Only Recipe for Success’)

“Hard work is the only recipe for success. My Cambridge comedy club, The Footlights, had a motto: Ars est Celare artem, the art is in concealing the art—whilst the RAF motto was Per ardua ad astrem: through hard work to the stars. I think of writing as like fishing: if you’re not at the riverbank first thing in the morning you’re not going to catch a fish. What size of fish you haul out is a different matter. The river of the unconscious is a wonderful and devious companion.”— Monty Python member Eric Idle quoted in Alex Bleth, “Eric Idle on Not Taking Yourself Seriously,” part of story “Sane Advice for Crazy Times,” Esquire, October 2018

(Photo of Eric Idle was taken at a meet-and-greet after his show at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland, Vermont, Oct. 3, 2003, by VTscapes - Tom E. Canavan.)

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