Favorite Quotations

On creativity, imagination and being an artist:

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.  ―Maya Angelou

Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way that I feel in the mornings. – David Bowie

If you hear a voice within you say, “You cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and the voice will be silenced.  –Vincent Van Gogh

I dream my paintings and paint my dreams. –Van Gogh

The world gives you so much pain and here you are making gold out of it — There is nothing purer than that. –Rupi Kaur

The creative adult is the child who survived.  –Ursula Le Guin

I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking. –Albert Einstein

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. –Sylvia Plath

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way… things I had no word for. –Georgia O’Keefe

The artist who forgets how to play soon forgets how to work. –Julia Cameron

Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it. –Confucius

The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness. ―Madeleine L’Engle

On being yourself and self discovery:

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

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde

I am what is around me. -Wallace Stevens

Inner Stability is gained by contemplating a luminous, sorrowless, effulgent light. –Yoga Sutra

Thirty seconds of pure awareness is a long time, especially after a lifetime of escaping yourself at all costs. –Kiera Van Gelder

Being a little weird is just a side effect of being awesome. –Sue Fitzmaurice

It is only from risking from one hour to another that we live at all. -William James

Maybe the fear is that we are less than we think we are, when the actuality of it is that we are much much more. –Jon Kabat Zinn

You do not just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process. –Rupi Kaur

“Be Here Now” Inspiration:

“What day is it?”, asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day.” said Pooh.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. –Dr. Seuss

Life is what happens when you’re making other plans. –John Lennon

She decided to stop cleaning her house and start decorating her soul. –Anonymous


Other Quotations that I won’t categorize:

A wounded deer leaps the highest. –Emily Dickinson

And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there… Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into ether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will. –Ezra Pound

From my favorite book:

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh you can’t help that”, said the Cat. “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. “You must be”, said the Cat, “Or you wouldn’t have come here.”

Here are some of my own:

Make something: something that never existed.

Nobody can take your soul or your sketchbook away from you.

Art surrounds you; art is inside you.

Making art means you can destroy something to create something. The word “mess” means food after all…

Drawing always takes me back to the truth. There is no hiding in it. It’s there on the paper and in the marks: a track like footsteps in the snow. You see where you are, where you’ve been, all at once. Then you move on to the next drawing.



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