I found this quote while looking for something to do with hiking, since that’s what I’m off to do today. Going to hike near Mt. St. Helens, Washington. It’s supposed to be near 100* this afternoon. That’s got me running for the hills. I know when I’ve found a good quote, because it slaps me in the face, makes me read it a second and third time and then sinks in. This one did that. Enjoy.
I have never found anywhere, in the domain of art, that you don’t have to walk to. (There is quite an array of jets, buses and hacks which you can ride to Success; but that is a different destination.) It is a pretty wild country. There are, of course, roads. Great artists make the roads; good teachers and good companions can point them out. But there ain’t no free rides, baby. No hitchhiking. And if you want to strike out in any new direction, you go alone. With a machete in your hand and the fear of God in your heart. – Ursula K. Le Guin