Favorite Quotations

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

“Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw

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

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

One way of showing what I am about is to post a lot of images, images of my art, images of other people’s art, but I love finding and sharing quotes by all kinds of people, from artists to writers to well known people in all walks of life, and also some great “sayings” and quotations that are Anonymous, but people like them so much, they pass them along through the centuries.

On my door is one such anonymous quote that I got from a book I love, “The Buddha and the Borderline” by Kiera Van Gelder:

Barn’s burnt down. Now I can see the moon.

Here is the photo of the piece of paper with the doodle on my door:


Other Quotations I find inspiring:

Mistakes are the portal of discovery.  -James Joyce

The creative adult is the child who survived.  -Ursala Le Guin

I dream my paintings and paint my dreams. -Van Gou

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

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

Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it. -Confucius

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 aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will. -Ezra Pound

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

I am what is around me. -Wallace Stevens

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

Do not fear mistakes. There are none. -Miles Davis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A wounded deer leaps the highest. -Emily Dickinson

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

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.

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


New ones added on 12/8/14:

The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.  -Ben Okri

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

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul. ― Deepak Chopra

When dreams come true creativity becomes art.  ― Martin Schuster

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

We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution. –Bill Hicks





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