I just came across a phrase I like even more - it is "imagine immensities".
I came to it via Maria Popova, curator of one of my favourite sites, brainpickings.org
Popova describes herself as an "interestingness hunter-gatherer obsessed with combinatorial creativity". In essence, she has a knack of picking out greatly fascinating things to spread around the world.
Recently she mentioned the work of Debbie Millman, a graphic designer and author of a beguiling book called Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design. It's hardly new, launched in 2009, but is still a beautiful thing. The illustration here is from its hand-drawn pages.
Millman is herself in great demand as a brand consultant and speaker and gave a cracking good address to the graduating class at San Jose State University just a few weeks ago.
It's worth a listen. If you don't have time, here's a passage from it: "I recommend the following course of action for those who are just beginning their careers, or for those like me, who may be reconfiguring midway through: heed the words of Robert Frost. "Start with a big, fat lump in your throat, start with a profound sense of wrong, a deep homesickness, or a crazy love sickness, and run with it.
"If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve.
"Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love.
"Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time.
"In order to strive for a remarkable life you have to decide that you want one. Start now. Not in 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now."