Inspirational Quotes


Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness--
I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.

~ Aaron Copland ~

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

~ Pablo Picasso ~

Experience, even for a painter, is not exclusively visual.

~ Walter Meigs ~

The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.

~ Stephen Nachmanovitch ~

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

~ Pablo Picasso ~

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

~ Joseph Chilton Pearce ~

Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings.

~ George Tooker ~

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~

I shut my eyes in order to see.

~ Paul Gauguin ~

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

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

~ Eugene Delacroix ~

We all have ability. The difference is in how we use it.

~ Stevie Wonder ~

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because 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 will be lost.

~ Martha Graham ~

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

~ Colette ~

Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.

~ Paul Hawken ~

We cannot escape fear. We can only transform it into a companion that accompanies us on all our exciting adventures . . . Take a risk a day--one small or bold stroke that will make you feel great once you have done it.

~ Susan Jeffers ~

I don't have a lot of respect for talent. Talent is genetic.
It's what you do with it that counts.

~ Martin Ritt ~

I shall become a master in this art only after a great deal of practice.

~ Erich Fromm ~

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

~ Albert Einstein ~

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.

~ Edgar Degas ~

A painting is never finished--it simply stops in interesting places.

~ Paul Gardner ~


NOTE: The above quotes were borrowed from an amazing book, The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron leads you through a comprehensive 12-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity. I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to get in touch with their own creativity. You can order The Artist's Way here.

Also available: The Artist's Way Morning Pages Journal: A Companion Volume to the Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. Order here;

and A Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart, by Julia Cameron can also be ordered here;

and The Artist's Way at Work: Riding the Dragon, by Mark A. Bryan, Co-Founder of the Artist's Way Workshops. Read more about this book and order it here.


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