Creativity Quotes

The only hat worth wearing was the one you made for yourself

Sunday, November 6th, 2011
girl wearing many hats

She snatched off the hat with stars on it. It wasn’t a bad hat, for show, although the stars made is look like a toy. But it was never her hat. It couldn’t be…

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If we cling to (techniques) we will become bound by their limitations

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
balancing on a rail in the sun

Art is the expression of the self; the more complicated and restrictive a method is, the less opportunity there is for expression of one’s original sense of freedom. The techniques, although they play an important role in the earlier stage, should not be…

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Abstraction is often the most definite form for the intangible thing in myself that I can only clarify in paint

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
daffodil

…O’Keeffe wrote to William Milliken, director of the Cleveland Art Museum, in 1930: “I know I can not paint a flower, I can not paint the sun or the desert on a bright summer morning but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey to you my experience of the flower or the experience that makes the flower of significance to me at…”

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Only a heat so deeply and intelligently born can carry a new idea into the air

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
mysterious colors

The truly contemporary creative force is something that is built out of the past, but with a difference.

Most of what calls itself contemporary is built, whether it knows or not, out of a desire to be liked. It is created in imitation of what already exists and is already admired. There is, in other words, nothing new about it. To be…

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The soul of man is larger than the sky, deeper than ocean

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
sunrise clouds

So, in the compass of the single mind,
The seeds and pregnant forms in essence lie,
That make all worlds. Great poet, ‘t was thy art
To know thyself, and in thyself to be
Whate’er love, hate, ambition, destiny,
Or the firm fatal purpose of the heart…

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I think you’re all mad. But that’s part and parcel of being an artistic genius, isn’t it?

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
marina dock

It wasn’t as though her parents approved, but then they had never approved of anything she did. Sometimes she wondered which was worse: having no family like Kathy, or having such a one as her own.

“It’s probably just a joke…”

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I will not Reason and Compare: my business is to Create

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
passion flower

He insisted on meticulous, time-consuming, financially impractical printmaking techniques, moreso as he aged and felt the art had matured – later work demanded more from both artist and reader. Blake lived hand-to-mouth, content to be doing good work. He made art until…

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Creating art and creating ourselves are the same act

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
magnetic words

We are entering a very singular world together. The world of public discourse – political, social, diplomatic, commercial – has so corrupted language that we are rightly more suspicious of the meaning of words than we are convinced of…

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A fire eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself

Thursday, November 26th, 2009
fire eater

“Are you going to wear me down with your worries all your life? If he doesn’t, he won’t.”

Lee frowned and shook his head slowly. “If this thing flops, we’re in another mess. Without Seldon’s backing for what…”

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I imagine, therefore I belong and am free

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
juggling dolphin

He was by divine choice only a poet and often unhappy but with him one had the feeling that he was catching every minute as it flew and turning it upside down to expose its happy side. He was really using himself up, his inner self, in living. Most people…

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If we are to invoke the moral imagination, we must incite and excite the artist within us

Friday, November 6th, 2009
mathematical curves

If the moral imagination lies within us as a dormant seed of potential, and this seed holds the key to breaking cycles of destructive conflict, then our challenge is how to invoke the growth of this kind of imagination as an integral part of developing innovative professionals. Much of…

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Every stitch I sew will be a kiss

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
spool of thread

She Laugh. Let’s us put a few advertisements in the paper, she say. And let’s us raise your prices a hefty notch. And let’s us just go ahead and give you this diningroom for your factory and git you some more women in here to…

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