I'm in the process of reading 25 papers by seniors in the design department at Cornish and another 48 papers by design history students. When involved in a task like this, I can easily lose heart. However, at my side I keep my trusty Samuel Johnson, and can always turn to him for a comforting thought. This one is as appropriate to design as it is to writing:
"Compositions merely pretty have the fate of other pretty things, and are quitted in time for something useful: they are flowers fragrant and fair, but of short duration; or they are blossoms to be valued only as they foretell fruits."
— Samuel Johnson: Waller (Lives of the Poets)