We all need a little inspiration now and then: when we’re bored, when we’re stuck, when we have too much on our plate or too little. To give you the boost you need, we’ve gathered up some of the best advice and tips from our idols — not reality TV stars or 15-minute celebrities, but those timeless, amazing people who continue to be the muses behind fashion trends, scientific research, or art.
according to Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an extremely well-respected and highly regarded scientist and pop culture figure who has popped up everywhere from the remake of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos to comic books. He’s known both for his brilliance in science and philosophy and his quick wit, and if taking a page from his reading list will get us a little closer to a mind like that, we’ll take it.
by Edgar Allan Poe
Sure, Poe had his faults — notorious rivalries with critics of his age, chronic, deep depression and personal troubles that followed him throughout his lifetime. And he’s definitely a product of his age: his writing is fairly misogynistic and not known for its progressive themes. But there’s no denying the man knew how to write a compelling (sometimes macabre, sometimes downright chilling) story, and for this reason, taking a look at his tips and tricks can’t hurt anyone with an interest in creative writing.
Stephen Hawking has undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and incredible minds witnessed in our lifetime, and he has overcome terrible struggles to become the public figure he is today. In an interview with ABC, Hawking shared three pieces of life advice he has given to his children, and they’re applicable to all of us.
Let’s face it: Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of grace, classic, timeless style, and absolute beauty. We could all learn a thing or two from following her example — and the best part is, these lessons never expire. Audrey Hepburn all but invented the staple wardrobe piece, and her work with Givenchy is both infamous and dazzling. Next time you’re feeling frumpy, remember that grace and kindness, as Hepburn famously demonstrated, are gorgeous in any outfit.
by David Bowie
A letter written to a concert organizer in 1969 reveals Bowie’s tips for how to throw a proper public event, everything from what leaflets should look like to how to time the thing. It’s a fascinating read as well as a store of insight for how to throw a party like David Bowie — or at least, how he suggests doing so.