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Inspirational Quotations on Creativity

by Famous Writers, Poets and Artists

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."


"Listen to the music within your soul.

While listening, do you not feel
an inner self awakening deep within you -

that it is by its strength that your head is lifted,
that your arms are raised,
that you are walking slowly towards the light?"

Isadora Duncan

"I will so trust that what is deep is holy,

that I will do strongly
before the sun and moon

whatever inly rejoices me, and the heart appoints."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"So each individual has awareness
for the things they truly identify with.
Love is recognition.

When you love,
you're so close with it, it's a oneness.

You see, when I started in old woods,
I had a confidence that they were right.
In other words, I feel in my being
that I'm right for what I do.
I feel related."

Louise Nevelson

"If I love something I do it, and if I don't, I don't.

I think that this is the most important choice
that any of us can make in life, in art, in history;
to do the thing you love.

If you love it then while you are doing it
you are a true expresison of yourself
and your time and your story. You are authentic."

Lina Wertmuller

Quotes about the Individualist

"This is the beginning of all art,
visual or literary or musical:
be pure in spirit.

It isn't the same as goodness.
It is much more difficult
and nearer the divine.

The divine isn't only good, it is all things."

D.H. Lawrence

"I took all my painting out.
They were not pleasing to me.

I could pick out,
well, I did that one to please so and so,
and that one to please so and so.

So I put them all away
and began over again, for me."

Georgia O'Keefe

"I can remember standing for hours alone
in our cold bleak studio,
waiting for the moment of inspiration to come to me
to express myself in movement.

At length my spirit would be uplifted
and I would follow
the expression of my soul.

Isadora Duncan

"The key then is to find your own mountain,
other wise you will be competing
with people who are not even in your event,

and running up against
the 'shoulds' and 'oughts' of that world,
and the inevitable frustration and depression
and feelings of failure.

A person can be complete or incomplete,
but one thing is sure;
he cannot be someone else."

George Sheehan M.D

"The more we create,
the more we love and lose those whom we love,
the more we escape from death.

With every new work we round and finish,
we escape into the work we have created,
the soul we have loved, the soul that has left us.

When all is told,
Rome is not in Rome;
the best of a man lies outside himself."

Romain Rolland

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