Beautiful thoughts for a rainy day

Nothing explicitly design-related within this post, except of course that every artist should be able to find resonance somewhere within this beautiful Yeats poem.

My sister is an expert on Yeats- I don't know that much about him beyond the basics (he had some sort of late in life fascination with mysticism?!), but his strong, rhythmic language has always made an impression on me.

To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing

Now all the truth is out,
Be secret and take defeat
From any brazen throat,
For how can you compete,
Being honor bred, with one
Who were it proved he lies
Were neither shamed in his own
Nor in his neighbors' eyes;
Bred to a harder thing
Than Triumph, turn away
And like a laughing string
Whereon mad fingers play
Amid a place of stone,
Be secret and exult,
Because of all things known
That is most difficult.

This poem originally appeared in the May 1914 issue of Poetry magazine

Bonus serendipity that came to me in an email from Good this week. Looking forward to more from this blog!


Four years of university, living on three continents, and countless stories later, I think I’ve finally learnt a useful thing or two:

  1. If you’re bothered by every rub how do you expect to be polished?
  2. You are not an unmotivated person, there are only unmotivational contexts—work through them.
  3. A point is always more effectively made when you don’t need to yell simply so that others cannot be heard.
  4. Know what type of people you attract. 
  5. People are going to talk about you. people are going to look at you. People are going to overanalyze you. No one is going to do this more to you than yourself.
  6. Things do not always get better or easier. You get better.
  7. Do not judge your present self against your past self’s standards. 
  8. If you never hear dissenting opinions you need to find them and listen.