It was Sir Isaac Newton that anglicized the expression “If I have seen further, it was by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
I believe that the social responsibility of the artist grows in proportion to the platform he or she stands on.
In efforts to further my reach, I study the works of those whom I feel can broaden and raise my platform.
“Good artists copy, while great artists steal” – Pablo Picasso
The following lists are of books that I have read since 2016. Above all else, my time at Yale inspired me to read more and to seek the unknown.
The Socratic paradox, “I know that I know nothing,” is an interesting and humbling notion. Having self-awareness allows for rapid development and further introspect.
Be humble, be relentless in your pursuit of knowledge, be curious across disciplines, be welcoming of the unknown, be strong-willed – for it is only through the acquisition of these traits that you will gain the courage to stand on the shoulders of giants.