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August 11, 2010

30 Quotes to Inspire Creativity


I rely on these quotations when I'm making, writing, hacking or dreaming.  Maybe you can use them too.

I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution.  Wernher von Braun   

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.  Eden Phillpotts

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough.  You must want it with an exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.  Sheila Graham

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.  Joseph Campbell

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.  To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.  Helen Keller

The work of art which I do not make, none other will ever make.  Simone Weil

I think I should have no other mortal wants if I could always have plenty of music.  It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain.  Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.  George Eliot

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  Anais Nin

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what, next or how…The artist never entirely knows.  We guess.  We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.  Agnes de Mille

The notes I handle no better than many pianists.  But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides.   Artur Schnabel

When you perform…you are out of yourself – larger and more potent, more beautiful.  You are for minutes heroic.  This is power.  This is glory on earth.  Agnes de Mille

The real leaders are the ones who say, "I don't know. Let's find out."  Betty Cohen

No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.  Napolean Hill

I am always doing that which I can not do in order that I may learn how to do it.  Pablo Picasso

Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.  Nolan Bushnell

We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.  Samuel Johnson

The power and resources of our intuition, imagination and unconscious are greater
than the rational mind can imagine.  Robert Burns

Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.  Henry Miller

Commitment is never an act of moderation!  Kenneth G. Mills

It’s never too late to be who you might have been.  George Eliot

Only God creates.  The artist reveals.  George Balanchine

Everything you can imagine is real.  Pablo Picasso

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.  James Russell Lowell

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.   Henry B. Adams

What is now proved was once only imagined.  William Blake

One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.   Goethe

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.   John F. Kennedy

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.   Edgar Allen Poe

Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.  Tom Robbins

Ideas won't keep; something must be done about them.   Alfred North Whitehead

And if I can just add one more:  Just because you’ve never done something before doesn’t mean you don’t know how to do it.



And thanks to Irene for sending in this bonus quotation:

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." Proust


I like the Pablo Picasso.

I am always doing that which I can not do in order that I may learn how to do it.

You can never imagine what you can accomplish with a Rotary Hammer until you have one.

Stuart Hickox

Thanks for sharing these, Mag,

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