"This may only be my theory... but speaking in broad terms, there are two types of manga artists who succeed in this world. One is the type of person who draws what they want to draw. To put it in rather negative terms they’re the ones who rely on natural instinct, or in positive terms they’re the "genius" type. The other type is the type of manga artist like you, Takagi, who creates a hit through calculation. And the one who has the chance of potential of creating a smash hit is by far the non-calculating person."
(He pauses as Mashiro and Takagi react in surprise)
"Okay, sorry, let me put that in a different way. It’s basically harder to calculate a smash hit. In other words, those who can create a smash hit through calculation have an advantage. They won’t end up as a one-hit wonder. And, if we editors could calculate hits like that, we’d get big promotions! Ha ha ha."
—Akira Hattori, Bakuman。
Cutter: The trick was too good, it was too simple. The audience hardly had time to see it.
Robert Angier: He's a dreadful magician.
Cutter: No, he's a wonderful magician. He's a dreadful showman. He doesn't know how to dress it up, how to sell the trick.
"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."
— Pablo Picasso
Owain: Well, if you're going to be a hero, there's only one real option... Wait until your friends are on the brink of defeat, then show up and smite the enemy! There's nothing more heroic than a big comeback.
Cynthia: That's terrible! I can't do that!
Owain: Why not? A hero always shows up at the last minute. It's in the job description.
Cynthia: No, it's not! A real hero is there the whole time, tirelessly defending her allies!
Owain: Noooo, I'm pretty sure a hero has to show up and save everyone at the very end. ...Huh. Weird. We always agreed on this kind of stuff before.
"They say my games should be more 'interesting'. I could be more 'interesting'—and also lose."
— Tigran Petrosian, world chess champion