“to create something new is to kill all earlier darlings which delivered satisfactory results. It is more than forgetting or getting over those earlier results, they really have to be totally torn down.
To create from ideas is quite evident, but an idea is in fact a prison, a superficial prison. To have an idea is already too articulated, it’s working with something which is already known. If you want to go deeper, lower, more profoundly into the unknown it’s better to be empty, blank, without any idea. Inventions happen in unknown areas or soil. So get rid of ideas, look into the gaping maw of emptiness, where some despair resigns. Then it’s going to become interesting, desperation with concentration is the sate of being in which an idea-less invention can happen.”