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20 Quotes on Living the Life Creative

A selection of quotes on what it means to be creative, to embrace creativity, and to live the life creative.

Doing the Job Well

1. If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well. ~ Martin Luther King

Making the Leap

2. There are many talented people who haven’t fulfilled their dreams because they over thought it, or they were too cautious, and were unwilling to make the leap of faith ~ James Cameron

3. Heroes – in myth, literature, and real life – take journeys, confront dragons (ie problems) and discover the treasure of their true selves. Although they may feel very alone during the quest, at its end their reward is a sense of community; with themselves, with other people, and with the earth ~ Carol Pearson

4. In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. ~ Miguel de Cervantes

5. In every artist there is a touch of audacity without which no talent is conceivable ~ Goethe

6. To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.~ Georgia O’Keeffe

7. Life is ‘trying things to see if they work’ ~ Ray Bradbury

8. Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible ~ M C Escher

10. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark ~ Agnes de Mille

11. It is important to do what you don’t know how to do. It is important to see your skills as keeping you from learning what is deepest and most mysterious. If you know how to focus, unfocus. If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos ~ Carlos Castaneda

Living the Life Creative

12. I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art ~ Madonna

13. I try to live what I consider a “poetic existence.” That means I take responsibility for the air I breathe and the space I take up. I try to be immediate, to be totally present for all my work. ~ Maya Angelou

14. To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it ~ Osho

Believing in Creativity

15. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have ~ Maya Angelou

16. The biggest difference between creative people and those who aren’t, is that creative people believe they’re creative and uncreative people believe they aren’t ~ Marshall Cook

Keeping the Channel Open

17. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others ~ Martha Graham

Taking Yourself Lightly

18. 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

Laughing in Astonishment

19. Let me keep company always with those who say “Look!” and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads. ~ Mary Oliver, Evidence

20. The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” ~ Jack Kerouac

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