On Being Creative

I don’t know about you, but every now and then I find myself wondering how certain people who are known for their creative work, regardless of the field, manage to do what they do over and over again. On Being Creative is a selection of quotes that represent a wide range of fields by people who share how it is that they do what they do. And if you decide that your creative process is ready to roll but you just need an extra dose of motivation, then check out my Motivational Nuggets page right here at Rise This Day!

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Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.On Being Creative. play-structure-1
– Epictetus

Telling yourself you have all the time in the world, all the money in the world, all the colors in the palette, anything you want, that just kills creativity.
– Jack White

I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit Accomplishes all through me.
– Julia Margaret Cameron

Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.
– John O’ Donohue

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right.
– John Updike

Creativity always dies a quick death in rooms that house conference tables.
– Bruce Hershensohn

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
– Maya Angelou

The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing.
– Rainer Maria Rilke

Create like a god; command like a king; work like a slave.
– Constantin Brancusi

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
– Winston Churchill

If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you won’t.
– Mary Kay Ash

In order to draw a coyote, you have to have a coyote inside of you.  And you have to get it out.
– Chuck Jones, creator of Wile E. Coyote & the Roadrunner cartoon

When I carve, I look for the Buddha in the wood.  And, when I am carving, I need to bring the Buddha out of the wood.  I have to be very careful not to cut the Buddha.
– Anonymous Japanese carver

My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general, if you become a monk, you’ll end up as the pope.” Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
– Pablo Picasso

Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos.  A stillness which characterizes prayer, too — and the eye of the storm — an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.
– Saul Bellow

The painting has a life of its own.  I try to let it come through.
– Jackson Pollock

After silence, that which comes nearest expressing the inexpressible is music.
– Aldous Huxley

Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
– Howard Thurman

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
– Joseph Chilton Pearce

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.  You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you’ll discover will be wonderful.  What you’ll discover is yourself.
– Alan Alda

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

All children are artists.  The problem is how to remain an artist once (s)he grows up.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

– Pablo Picasso

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

Truth and reality in art do not arise until you no longer understand what you are doing.
– Henri Matisse

Compiled by Kevin Lee