I love quotes. I keep a growing collection of good quotes in my bullet journal.
Often I’ll include an appropriate quote on a painting or in my art journal. They also inspire my blog posts and my own personal meditations. Sometimes a good quote helps me see things in a different perspective or gives me a laugh, like this one from Robin Williams.
Quotes offer bite-size wisdom and sparks of genius. My favorite quotes are always changing but the list below contains ones I come back to over and over as well as a few new quotes I came across recently in my creative reading.
My Latest Favourite Quotes
Art doesn’t reflect what we see; it makes us see. Paul Klee
Instruction for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Mary Oliver
An artist must have enough solitude and enough connection. Julia Cameron
The essential ingredients for creativity remain exactly the same for everybody: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust — and those elements are universally accessible. Elizabeth Gilbert
Creative people are curious, flexible and independant with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play. Henri Matisse
The work of art is above all a process of creation. Paul Klee
Don’t tell people your dreams. Show them. Unknown
Your work is your own private megaphone to show the world what you believe. Simon Sinek
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou
Logic will get your from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein
Every morning I ask myself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” Steve Jobs
If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up. Unknown
The best and only thing one artist can do for another is to serve as an example and an inspiration. Steven Pressfield
The surest means to expertise is honoring our passions instead of stifling them. Margaret Lobenstine
That painter that has no doubts will achieve little. Leonardo da Vinci
The best way to get started is to stop talking and being doing. Walt DisneyCreativity is the greatest rebellion in existence. Osho #quote Click To Tweet
The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. Julia Cameron
Thinking “Here goes nothing” could be the start of everything. Drew Wagner
One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist.Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist. Stephen Hawking
There you have it…
A collection of quotes to get help you let go of ‘stuck’, throw out perfection and get your creative mojo humming again. If you’ve got a favourite quote or two, why not share them in the comments so they can inspire all of us.
As Steven Pressfield said, inspiring the rest of us is the best thing you can do! Why not join use in the Creative Fire Cafe, A Facebook group focused on the creative process, inspiration and the occasional cup of coffee. Click below and ask to join.