Creativity

 

Art by Annie Zalezsak

When we stop fearing failure, we start being artists.

Ann Voskamp

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.

Leonardo da Vinci

Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art,

Andy Warhol

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.

Seth Godin

I am going to make everything around me beautiful.

Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.

DW Winnicott

Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.

Kurt Vonnegut

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

Pablo Picasso

At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer.

Rachel Naomi Remen

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint”, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh

Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.

Pablo Picasso

If you have a passion for something, you'll create the talent.

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso

Withholding your dreams, talents and gifts to the world because of fear, is a form of arrogance. You didn't create your gifts, they were bestowed upon you. Doubting their worthiness is an insult to Creation. You are the deliverer. Your mandate is to nurture, grow and express the best in you.

Cynthia Occelli

When we neglect the artist in ourselves, there is a kind of mourning that goes on under the surface of our busy lives.

Pat Schneider

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

Henry Ward Beecher

The ability to start out upon your own impulse is fundamental to the gift of keeping going upon your own terms. … Getting started, keeping going, getting started again – in art and in life, it seems to me this is the essential rhythm.

Seamus Heaney, poet

All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.

When I say be creative, I don’t mean you should all go and become great painters and great poets. I simply mean let your life be a painting, let your life be a poem.

Osho

People who earn the label “creative” are really just people who come up with more combinations of ideas, find interesting ones faster, and are willing to try them out. The problem is that most schools and organizations train us out of those habits.

Guy Kawasaki in Reality Check

You are the only one who creates in your experience – no one else. Everything that comes to you comes by the power of your thought. If there are changes you would like to make, it will be of great value to begin telling a different story – not only about your body, but about all subjects that have been troubling to you. As you begin to positively focus, getting to feel so good about so many subjects, you will begin to feel the power that creates worlds flowing through you.

Abraham-Hicks, from the book Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Health, Wealth and Happiness

Your talents are worth your devotion. Stop saying you don’t have time or it might not make money. Your talents are another form of oxygen you need to breathe in this lifetime.

Tama Kieves on Facebook

If your dominant intent is to feel joy while you are doing the work, your triad of intentions – freedom, growth and joy – will come quickly and easily into alignment. See your “career” as one of creating a joyful life experience. You are not a creator of things or a regurgitator of what someone else has created or a gatherer of stuff. You are a creator, and the subject of your creation is your joyful life experience. That is your mission. That is your quest. That is why you are here.

Abraham-Hicks, from the book Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Health, Wealth and Happiness

To be creative, just show up at the canvas, the paper.
Pick up the paintbrush, the pencil.
Begin.

Annie Zalezsak (9 February 2012)

The biggest threat to your creativity is the fear that it’s already been done, said, created. (So why bother?)
Say it, do it, make it anyway — but tell YOUR story along the way.
The story of how you came to know what you know.
The story of what you want to know more of.
The story of why you do what you do.
The story of how you came to care.
And that’s how you create what’s never been created before.

Danielle LaPorte

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.

Seth Godin

To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.

George Kneller

You are, always and forever, in the moment of pure creation. The point of life is therefore to create.

Neale Donald Walsch

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton

The imagination needs noodling, long, inefficient happy idling, dawdling, and puttering.

Brenda Uela

All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.

Federico Fellini

And I found that when I built my own place and just shut the door, the creativity was endless.

Billy Sherwood

All you need is passion. If you have a passion for something, you’ll create the talent.

Yanni

A work of art is a confession.

Albert Camus

All art is completely subjective. I encourage viewers to see what they wish to see in my art. This ability to interpret through our own unique perspective is what makes us all artists and creators.

Annie Zalezsak, 18 January 2012

Become an artist of power; elevate and enlighten others.

Laurence H Williams

Imagination rules the world.

Napoleon Bonaparte

In one of the Upanishads it says, when the glow of a sunset holds you and you say 'Aha,' that is the recognition of the divinity. And when you say 'Aha' to an art object, that is a recognition of divinity. And what divinity is it? It is your divinity, which is the only divinity there is. We are all phenomenal manifestations of a divine will to live, and that will and the consciousness of life is one in all of us, and that is what artwork expresses.

Joseph Campbell, "Creativity," The Mythic Dimension, p154

The boundaries restricting a writer's artistic expression are entirely imagined.

Robin Hoffman

Anxiety is part of creativity, the need to get something out, the need to be rid of something or to get in touch with something within.

David Duchovny

Investing your true creativity to help others results in natural profit.

Annie Zalezsak, 8 August 2011

Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you're still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself.

Frederick Terral

The only important thing about design is how it relates to people.

Victor Papanek

Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one’s chosen form.

Stephen Nachmanovitch

You are an artist of the spirit. Find yourself and express yourself in your own particular way. Express your love openly. Life is nothing but a dream, and if you create your life with love, your dream becomes a masterpiece of art.

don Miguel Ruiz

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.

Robert Hughes, art critic

In good writing, words become one with things.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

God, the supreme artist, uses our life for the creation of art. We are the instruments through which the force of life expresses itself. We express our art in everything we say, everything we feel, and everything we do. The creation is ongoing, it is endless, it is happening in every moment.

don Miguel Ruiz

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

Vincent Van Gogh

But, if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself.

Carl Jung

Another word for creativity is courage.

George Prince

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.

Charles Mingus

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.

Frank Capra

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

Edwin Land

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Sylvia Plath

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.

Eugene Delacroix

Don't be an art critic. Paint. There lies salvation.

Paul Cezanne

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.

Mary Lou Cook

If man understood that “what I create has nothing to do with what anybody else is creating” then he wouldn’t be so afraid of what others are doing.

Abraham-Hicks, from a workshop in El Paso, Texas, USA November 14, 1998

We rely upon artists to articulate what most of us can only feel in joy and sorrow. Whenever I feel my courage wavering I rush to them. They will give me the wisdom of acceptance, the will and resilience to push on.

Helen Hayes

You are the only one who creates in your experience – no one else. Everything that comes to you comes by the power of your thought. If there are changes you would like to make, it will be of great value to begin telling a different story – not only about your body, but about all subjects that have been troubling to you. As you begin to positively focus, getting to feel so good about so many subjects, you will begin to feel the power that creates worlds flowing through you.

Abraham-Hicks, from Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness

He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

St Francis of Assisi

Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.

Dee Hock

Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?

Pablo Picasso

You are a gifted and talented person. All successful people focus on what they are good at. Do not try and be a jack of all trades or a good all-rounder. If you go to a music concert you will not see the musicians selling t-shirts or flipping burgers. You will see them playing music and that is all they will do. If you go to the theatre, you will not find the actors selling tickets. They are in the dressing room getting ready for their performance.

Steve Nobel

You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution.

Robert Kennedy

Use the talents you possess – for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best.

Henry Van Dyke

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

Joseph Chilton Pierce

It’s so important to unclutter the mind. For me, creativity is greatly impeded just by the chatter and visual clutter of life. It’s really important to have a space that is really clear for whatever is emerging to come.

Alice Walker

The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.

Jackson Pollock

All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.

MC Richards

We are all saying the same thing in different words.

from There is a Place Where You Are Not Alone, by Hugh Prather

The artist is not a special kind of man, but every man is a special kind of artist.

Meister Eckhart

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, the ant. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.

Pablo Picasso

There is no such thing as talent, only awareness.

Chogyam Trungpa

Writing this book was a little like being pregnant. I could feel something forming and growing inside of me and I knew that I was creating even though nothing seemed to be happening externally. The baby would emerge when it was fully formed and ready.

from Living in the Light, by Shakti Gawain

The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.

Piet Mondrian

True creative expression, seen as a series of consecutive art movements, is like the trail of a star as it shoots across the sky. It is meaningful creation written in light, evidence of something luminous and largely aware, moving across time. Creativity brings into form inspired, new reality. Perceived from a retrospective vantage point, art history is simply an evolving series of divinely inspired whispers arranged neatly in a row. Intuition of the language of the stars is given to anyone fearlessly willing to let go of the past and to open themselves to the emerging forces of the divine.

from The Inspired Heart, p 135-136, by Jerry Wennstrom

I learned to just show up at the page and write down what I heard. Writing became more like eavesdropping and less like inventing a nuclear bomb.

from The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron

We, as spiritual beings, created the physical world as a place to learn. It’s our school, our playground, our artist’s studio. I beleive that we’re here to master the process of creation – to learn how to consciously channel the creative energy of spirit into physical form.

from Living in the Light, by Shakti Gawain

To create, sometimes you must rebel.

Isabelle Duschenay, figure skater, in the film Fire and Ice

What a Beethoven, Shakespeare or Picasso has done is not create something, so much as they have accessed that place within themselves from which they could express that which has been created by God.

from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson

Discovery consists in seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi 1893-1986

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American author and philosopher

The tiny act of drawing on the found envelope was the beginning of creation’s return flight into my life, sanctified. I was doing what I wanted to do in a new way. Since art was what I knew best, I brought it with me as a gift when I went somewhere to work with people, or when I stayed in someone’s home. The offering of this aspect of my life was not any sort of barter, a word people often use in trying to explain my life. Instead, it was a spontaneous act with no strings attached, done out of love. When I created art for someone, it was the natural, immediate response to the calling of a larger harmony. Response of this type and nonattachment seem to be prerequisites for the sacredness and magic of any real offering to God or human.

from The Inspired Heart, p135-136, by Jerry Wennstrom

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.

Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) American psychologist

In the end it all comes down to enthusiasm. Your creativity is basically your expression of God-force. There is nothing more marvelous than doing something you love to do and getting paid for it. It ceases to become work, money, and effort; and it becomes fun, your expression of the joy of life.

from The Trick to Money Is Having Some! by Stuart Wilde

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein

The creativity that comes from ambition often has the taint of ego in it, no matter how majestic or laudable the production. Its contribution usually serves the general thrust of competition in the world. It titillates the movements of ego and often fosters jealousy and resentment

The creativity that comes from silence, from a quiet heart, feels different from that of ambition to both the creator and the observer. When the artist or the worker is out of the way, both the creator and the observer experience the art as simply a gift, an expression of the impersonal intelligence shared by all. The creator has no need to take credit for it, the observer no need to possess it.

from Passionate Presence, p21-22, by Catherine Ingram

Imagination rules the world.

Never tell people how to do things.  Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

General George S Patton

A painter paints pictures on canvas but musicians paint their pictures on silence.

Leopold Stokowski

The great end of art is to strike the imagination with the power of a soul that refuses to admit defeat even in the midst of a collapsing world.

Friedrich Nietzsche

When you give in to creative passion, it will bring you to the ultimate thresholds of transfiguration and renewal. This growth causes pain but it is a sacred pain. It would be much more tragic to have cautiously avoided these depths and remained marooned on the shiny surfaces of the banal.

from Anam Cara, Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World (p45), by John O’Donohue

Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

Arthur Koestler

Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful: yourself.

Alan Alda

And I found that when I built my own place and just shut the door, the creativity was endless.

Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.

George Kneller

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