On Creativity

ON CREATIVITY

  • “Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.”  – Pablo Picasso
  • “Don’t you think there is a certain resemblance between the mystery of the Mass and what I am trying to do?…To give people some kind of intellectual pleasure or spiritual enjoyment by converting the bread of everyday life into something that has a permanent artistic life of its own.” ~  James Joyce, in a letter to his brother

  • “The earth is heavy and opaque without dreams.”  ~ Anais Nin
  • “The worst is not death but being blind, blind to the fact that everything about life is in the nature of the miraculous. The language of society is conformity; the language of the creative individual is freedom. Life will continue to be a hell as long as people who make up the world shut their eyes to reality.”  ~ Henry Miller, Stand Still Like the Hummingbird
  • “Everything you can imagine is real.”  ~ Pablo Picasso
  • “When you hit a wall – of your own imagined limitations – just kick it in.” ~ Sam Shepard
  • “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”  ~ Frank Zappa
  • “Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world will say, whether you are in your place or out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, do your best works.” ~ Susan B. Anthony
  • “You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment … all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.”  ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The House of the Dead
  • “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” ~ Salvador Dalí
  • “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”  ~ Albert Einstein
  • “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”  ~ Muhammad Ali
  • “To create today is to create dangerously. Any publication is an act, and that act exposes one to the passions of an age that forgives nothing.”  ~ Albert Camus, Resistance, Rebellion and Death: Essays 
  • “Go out and do something. It isn’t your room that’s a prison, it’s yourself.” ~ Sylvia Plath
  • “Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it.”  ~ Bob Dylan

  • “The more you reason the less you create.” ~  Raymond Chandler

  • “All you need now is to stand at the window and let your rhythmical sense open and shut, open and shut, boldly and freely, until one thing melts in another, until the taxis are dancing with the daffodils, until a whole has been made from all these separate fragments.” ~ Virginia Woolf,  A Letter To A Young Poet
  • “My poetry, I think, has become the way of my giving out what music is within me”  ~ Countee Cullen

  • “I can’t imagine a situation in which there could ever be nothing to do!… There’s so much to do that a lifetime won’t be enough, if you look around attentively.” ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Adolescent

  • “In chaos, there is fertility.” ― Anaïs Nin.

  • “Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.” ~ Osho

     

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