On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from.
Better is really good.
—Barack Obama, on The Wilderness podcast
Our former president was, of course, referring to the slow and difficult improvement of our democracy. But I like this quote from an editing perspective: With each draft, I aim for better. It's not always explosive or even visible, but it's there, a little stronger than it was before.