The value of philosophy is, in fact, to be sought largely in its very uncertainty. The man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without the co-operation or consent of his deliberate reason. To such a man the world tends to become definite, finite, obvious; common objects rouse no questions, and unfamiliar possibilities are contemptuously rejected. As soon as we begin to philosophize, on the contrary, we find, as we saw in our opening chapters, that even the most everyday things lead to problems to which only very incomplete answers can be given. Philosophy, though unable to tell us with certainty what is the true answer to the doubts which it raises, is able to suggest many possibilities which enlarge our thoughts and free them from the tyranny of custom. Thus, while diminishing our feeling of certainty as to what things are, it greatly increases our knowledge as to what they may be; it removes the somewhat arrogant dogmatism of those who have never travelled into the region of liberating doubt, and it keeps alive our sense of wonder by showing familiar things in an unfamiliar aspect.
Bertrand Russell, "The Value of Philosophy"
Perfectionism is anathema to creativity and yet it’s from a place of seeking perfection that so many people start projects. Song a day is messy—intentionally so. Sometimes I’m tired. Sometimes I’m uninspired. Sometimes I have food poisoning. The songs vary widely in quality. What I hope is that … the next time you sit down to make something, you’ll think about the mess I’ve created with song a day, and not think about that perfect piece of art that you’re about to set out to create. There’s a weird perfection in the process—but you have to be constantly generating material to get to it. Don’t be afraid of the mess.
We’re in this interesting time. With technology, everyone knows everything now. So information has been commoditized, and what’s important now is knowledge. And the difference between information and knowledge is that knowledge is about having a point of view based on what we know.

Jeremy Zimmer, the co-founder and CEO of United Talent Agency, in an interview with Adam Bryant.

I think this is a great way to frame the difference between information and knowledge.

(via parislemon)