I'm so glad I bought this book by Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist. Actually, I kindle-bought it, which is something I wonder if I'll ever get used to - I love the immediate gratification and saving-of-the-trees, but after I finish reading something it feels kind of like a cheap one night stand, with no book to sit on the shelf and pull out at a later date.
But I digress, as usual. The book is short and to the point, filled with great quotes (like the one in this posting title) and simple genius from the author. I wish I could have read this so many years ago when I was in art school. But then again, maybe facing that brick wall of "everything has been done before" is an excellent (despite frustrating) way to grow and innovate.
I liked the book so much, I immediately kindle-bought (sigh) his next book, "Show your work" , which is also a valuable read. And if you follow those links, you'll see a cute dog video promoting the book. I'm a sucker for cute dog videos.