Recently, my online writers' group had a chat about creativity. In the course of our conversation, we realized how difficult it is to define this quality and discovered that it's impossible to dissect.
We also arrived at another realization: that any area of life can be both a source of creativity and a way to express it. With this in mind, I gathered the quotations below.
May they enhance your own creativity, however you choose to express it.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up --Pablo Picasso
A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. -- Frank Capra
In order to have a real relationship with our creativity, we must take the time and care to cultivate it. --Julia Cameron
Sometimes you've got to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free, your true creativity, your true self comes out. --Tina Turner
If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning. The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living. --Marion Woodman
While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness. --Gilda Radner
Creativity takes courage --Henri Matisse.
Life is not an exact science, it is an art --Samuel Butler.
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. --Sophia Loren
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. --Scott Adams
The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas. --Linus Pauling
Imagination is the beginning of creation. --George Bernard Shaw
The artist is not a special kind of man, but every man is a special kind of artist --Ananda Coomaraswamy
Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. --James Thurber
Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure --Alfred North Whitehead The Sun will not rise or set, without my notice or thanks. --Winslow Homer
I don't know the key to success, but the key to frailure is to try to please everyone. --Bill Cosby
It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. --Somerset Maugham
At the feast of ego, everyone leaves hungry. --Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea, Tucson, AZ
Every artist was first an amateur. --Ralph Waldo Emerson
The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. --Frank Lloyd Wright
Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated. --Confucius
Example moves the world more than doctrine. --Henry Miller
Courage is grace under pressure --Ernest Hemingway.
We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way. --John Holt
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending --Anonymous
Art is the essence of awareness. --Louise Nevelson
The transformation of the experience: that is pure art -- Rebecca Horn
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. --Chinese Proverb
Art is both creation and recreation --Lin Yutang
With every rising of the sun, think of your life as just begun. --Anonymous