50 Quotes that Will Replenish Your Creative Reserves

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Today I want to share with you a list of the most inspiring creative quotes that really resonate with me. When you read something that resonates, it cuts to the bone and can change your attitude and the way you look at life. All of these quotes have done that for me. I hope they will do the same for you.

“There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.” —Martha Graham

“I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.”—Francis Ford Coppola

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”—Jack London 

“The weeds keep multiplying in our garden, which is our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out and call them by name.”—Sylvia Browne

“Nothing is done. Everything in the world remains to be done or done over. The greatest picture is not yet painted, the greatest play isn’t written, the greatest poem is unsung. There isn’t in all the world a perfect railroad, nor a good government, nor a sound law. Physics, mathematics, and especially the most advanced and exact of the sciences are being fundamentally revised. . . Psychology, economics, and sociology are awaiting a Darwin, whose work in turn is awaiting an Einstein.” —Lincoln Steffens

“No I won’t back down. You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down. No I’ll stand my ground. Won’t be turned around. And I’ll keep this world from dragging me down. Gonna stand my ground…and I won’t back down.”—Tom Petty

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”—Thomas Jefferson

“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

“Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing world. Imagination is the highest kite one can fly”—Lauren Bacall.

“Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less.” Norman Mailer

“I don’t want to start. But I will. This is an invocation for anyone who hasn’t begun, who’s stuck in a terrible place between 0 and 1.”—Ze Frank

“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”—Oliver Wendell Holmes

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”—Shunryu Suzuki

“My theory is to bet on yourself. If I have $10,000, should I put it in the stock market? Or should I use that cash to back my own dream? My stuff has crashed and burned 90% of the time. But always when I find myself with money, I use it to buy time—time for me to work. I bet on myself.”—Steven Pressfield

“In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life gets really simple once you cut out all the bull shit they teach you in school.”—George Carlin

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”—Henry Van Dyke

“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”—Gustave Flaubert

“I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me…”—Ralph. W. Emerson

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”—John Steinbeck

“No chaos, no creation. Evidence: the kitchen at mealtime.”—Mason Cooley

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”—Edgar Allan Poe

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”—MLK. Jr.

“He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”—From the Bible

“Creativity: a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”—Arthur Koestler

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”—Robin Williams

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”—Leo Burnett

“Boredom is that disagreeable ‘lull’ of the soul that precedes a happy voyage and cheerful winds.”—Friedrich Nietzsche

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”—Kurt Vonnegut

“I will master something, then the creativity will come.”—Japanese Proverb

“When u find something at which you have talent, do that thing until your fingers bleed or your eyes pop out of your head.”—Stephen King

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.”—Pearl S. Buck

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”—Albert Einstein

“The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”—Steven Pressfield

“It’s easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It’s a lot more difficult to perform one.”—Chuck Palahniuk

“Think before you speak is criticism’s motto; speak before you think, creation’s.”—E M Forster.

“It always comes back to the same necessity: go deep enough and there is a bedrock of truth, however hard.”—May Sarton

“God created the giraffe, the cat, the elephant … He has no real style, he just keeps trying things.”—Pablo Picasso

“It’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.”—Lady Gaga

“Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.”—Malcolm Muggeridge.

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”—Walter Elliott

“A young painter who cannot liberate himself from the influence of past generations is digging his own grave.”—Henri Matiss 

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”—Aristotle

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”—Vince Lombardi

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”—Calvin Coolidge

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”—Winston Churchill

“I know what I have to do, and I’m going to do whatever it takes. If I do it, I’ll come out a winner, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else does.”—Florence Griffith Joyner

“If you are hurt, whether in mind or body, don’t nurse your bruises. Get up and light-heartedly, courageously, good temperedly get ready for the next encounter. This is the only way to take life – this is also ‘playing’ the game!”—Emily Post

“Half of the failures in life come from pulling one’s horse when he is leaping.”—Thomas Hood

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”—Marianne Williamson

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