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10 Quotes on Perfectionism and Permission to Be Wrong

A selection of quotes on accepting imperfections and not knowing as a route to creative achievement.

Losing the Fear of Being Wrong

1. Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. ~ Pema Chodron

2. To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.~ Joseph Chilton Pierce

3. If you’re going to make a mistake, make it loud so everybody else sounds wrong ~ Joe Venuti

4. Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself. ~ Julia Cameron

The Courage to Make a Commitment

5. Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads ~ Erica Jong

6. The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself ~ Anna Quidlen

7. You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare. ~ George O’Keeffe

Breaking Things Up

8. Destruction before creation. Out of perfection nothing can be made. Every process involves breaking something up. The earth must be broken to bring forth new life. If the seed does not die, there is no plant. Bread results from the death of wheat. Life lives on lives. Our own life lives on the acts of other people. If you are lifeworthy, you can take it.~ Joseph Campbell

I have shared that Campbell quote several times on the blog. Mainly because each time I come across it, perhaps months or years since the last time, it hits me, wakes me up, and tells me something really important.

Taking Yourself Lightly

9. No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself. ~Virginia Woolf

10. It is one of the paradoxes of the sustained creative life that the more lightly we take ourselves the more serious work we will probably be able to do.  The more we bear down on ourselves, the more constricted we will feel, and the more vulnerable we will be to creative injury ~ Julia Cameron, Walking in This World

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