“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
“For the dead and the living we must bear wittiness.”
“Creativity is an instinct which all people possess, an instinct with which we were born. It is the instinct which we primarily use to solve and express life’s problems…Creativity, the ability to explore and investigate, belongs to one of the Basic Drives, a drive without which man cannot exist.”
– Viktor Lowenfeld
“It is very important to have identity, your art is going to show that.
Don’t depend on your background, develop your own.”
Be curious, find why.
This is one of the most inspiring and emotional talks in TED I’ve seen about creativity by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Is Creativity divinely Inspired?
Muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.
This is a little part: When I was in the middle of writing Eat Pray Love and I fell into one of those pits of despair that we will fall into when we’re working on something that’s not coming and we think ‘this is going to be a disaster, this is going to be the worst book I’ve ever written — not just that but the worst book ever written … So I just lifted my face up from the manuscript and I directed my comments to an empty corner of the room and I said aloud ‘ Listen you, thing! You and I both know that if this book isn’t brilliant that is not entirely my fault, right? Because you can see I am putting everything I have into this, I don’t have any more than this, so if you want it to be better then you’ve got to show up and do your part of the deal, OK? But you know what? If you don’t do that then I’m going to keep writing because that’s my job and I would please like the record to reflect today that I showed up and did my part of the job!
“There’s a dynamic relationship between the starting form and the finished piece, which doesn’t always go as planned. it’s better to finish the process and see what happens. I always tell my students to fix their problems on the next piece—in ceramics we learn in a series.”
“Intuition is not a single way of knowing-it’s our ability to hold space for uncertainty and our willingness to trust the many ways we’ve developed knowledge and insight, including instinct, experience, faith, and reason.”
“Stay close to your original creative idea and find ways to produce it.”
“Everything I do is a direct creation of my hands, whether it is made in wood, plaster or clay.”
“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can image.”
“Never stop smiling not even when you’re sad, someone might fall in love with your smile.”
”No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.
“All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.”
”He used to say, when someone insults you it hurts and it hurts a lot, the second time it hurts but it hurts less to the third you do not care.
“You don’t belong to a country, you belong to an Ecosystem”.
-Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“Though I was not his most talented student. I was the hardest working. In the end, it is only hard work that counts.”
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”