You have to finish things - that's what you learn from, you learn by finishing things.
Do not plan for ventures before finishing what's at hand.
The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.
All's well that ends well.
The pride in finishing a marathon is much greater than all the pain endured during the marathon.
Finishing races is important, but racing is more important.
Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.
I enjoyed in every way my 12 years of playing Archie, and I wasn't personally sad about finishing a long job.
Each thing leapfrogs. I do a Genesis project - like now, we're just finishing off an album - and then by the time the album is doing its thing, I could do nothing or I could do a film.
I was never confident about finishing a book, but friends encouraged me. When I finished my first book, it was accepted by a publisher right away and became an instant bestseller. One male critic called it the most shocking book he ever read.
The difficult part was to tell the world that I was finishing.
Surely it is time for Jews, worried over the huge growth of Arabs in Israel, to consider finishing the exchange of populations that began 35 years ago.
We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.
When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it - a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand - as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash between the two, it's bad art.
Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend.
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
I'm never finished with my paintings; the further I get, the more I seek the impossible and the more powerless I feel.
To put it as simply as possible - and this is a simple answer, not a total answer - I know when a painting's finished when I understand why I wanted to do it in the first place.
I say that whoever claims to have finished a canvas is terribly arrogant.
If you've worked over all of your drawing, it should finish itself - often when you least expect it.
While adding the finishing touches to a painting might appear insignificant, it is much harder to do than one might suppose.
It is difficult to stop in time because one gets carried away. But I have that strength; it is the only strength I have.
I must for myself insist that when finished, that is when all the parts are in place and are working, that now it has become an object and will therefore have its boundaries as definite as the prow, the stern, the sides, and bottom bound as a boat.
Perhaps I might be satisfied, momentarily, with a work finished at one sitting, but I would soon get bored looking at it; therefore, I prefer to continue working on it so that later I may recognize it as a work of my mind.
I favor a picture which arrives at its destination without the evidence of a trying journey rather than one which shows the marks of battle.
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