Steven Pressfield Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old steven pressfield quotes, steven pressfield sayings, and steven pressfield proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Fear doesn't go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.      

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The Principle of Priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what's important first.     

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Courage is inseparable from love and leads to what may arguably be the noblest of all warrior virtues: selflessness.     

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A work-in-progress generates its own energy field. You, the artist or entrepreneur, are pouring love into the work; you are suffusing it with passion and intention and hope.     

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We're never alone. As soon as we step outside the campfire glow, our Muse lights on our shoulder like a butterfly. The act of courage calls for infallibly that deeper part of ourselves that supports and sustains us.     

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The highest treason a crab can commit is to make a leap for the rim of the bucket.     

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The Gnostics believed that exile was the essential condition of man. Do you agree? I do. The artist and the addict both wrestle with this experience of exile. They share an acute, even excruciating sensitivity to the state of separation and isolation, and both actively seek a way to overcome it, to transcend it, or at least to make the pain go away. What is the pain of being human? It's the condition of being suspended between two worlds and being unable to fully enter into either.     

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Courage is inseparable from love and leads to what may arguably be the noblest of all warrior virtues: selflessness.     

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The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits. We can never free ourselves from habit. But we can replace bad habits with good ones.     

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The professional does not wait for inspiration; he acts in anticipation of it.      

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Nothing is as empowering as real-world validation, even if it's for failure.     

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Slay that dragon once, and he will never have power over you again.     

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Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt.     

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Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance.     

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Resistance by definition is self-sabotage.     

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Resistance is greatest just before the finish line.     

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Resistance is implacable, intractable, indefatigable.     

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Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work.     

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