Rodney Mullen quotes

  • The biggest obstacle to creativity is breaking through the barrier of disbelief.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #Creativity #Obstacles #Disbelief

  • Don't let anything poison your individuality. Break away & look in, not outward.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #Individuality #Poison #Looks

  • I fell in love with skateboarding because it was individual; there were no teams, there were no captains, there was nothing to perfect. No style that had to be measured. It was completely opposite of what I saw in so many sports. It was creative. And to this day, that's what I love, that's always kept me back to it because it's endless creation.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #Sports #Team #Opposites

  • Do what you love and try not to look at what other people occupy themselves with.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #People #Trying #Looks

  • Skateboarding is as much, or more, an art of mode of expression than it is a sport. What skateboarding has given me is precisely that: a form of expression that drew me to it, and, in so doing, I was able to express and be who I wanted to be through it, in a sense.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #Sports #Art #Expression

  • Who are you? What is your distinct contribution? That is so valuable whether it gets you anything or not. Trophies? Doesn't matter. If you know you did it, that's what keeps you going, you know? Success is illusive.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #Matter #Trophies #Valuable

  • The degree to which we connect to a community is in proportion to our individuality.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #Community #Individuality #Degrees

  • It puts a ceiling on your progress. You're blocked by your pride. To get good, you have to throw your board around and fall.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #Fall #Pride #Progress

  • I can't wait to wake up and try something new. I can't sleep at night because I want to try something new.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #Sleep #Night #Waiting

  • Beethoven’s music always struck me. Always. He had this fire you know. I remember reading this story of him going deaf and pushing himself into self-isolation and that’s where he became himself. And to me that was, wow. Don’t let anything poison your individuality. Be away, break away and look in not outward.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #Reading #Fire #Self

  • You build something but you cant live in the house because you sit around guarding it.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #House #Guarding #Cant

  • What it is is that there's an intrinsic value in creating something for the sake of creating it, and better than that ... there is this beauty in dropping it into a community of your own making, and seeing it dispersed, and seeing younger, more talented, just different talent, take it to levels you can never imagine, because that lives on.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #Creating #Community #Sake

  • Everyone expects me to do certain things.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #Certain

  • Any eyes on me - a late-night street sweeper, some dude texting in his parked car, the homeless guy talking to himself - make me feel uncomfortable when I skate. Everyone expects me to do certain things.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #Eye #Night #Talking

  • Vert skating was the kind of skating that was done in pools, where you could get airborne and be weightless. The other style, which is what I did, was called free style, which was tricks you could do on flat ground.
    -- Rodney Mullen

    #Style #Skating #Done

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