As someone who’s often doubted my own creative abilities, I recently stumbled upon a goldmine of creative people quotes that reminded me that we’re all capable of tapping into our inner genius.
It got me thinking: Why do we often hold ourselves back from exploring our creative sides?
Maybe it’s the little voice inside our heads that whispers,
- “You’re not an artist.”
- “You’re not creative enough.”
But as I delved deeper into these quotes for creative people, I realised that creativity comes in all shapes and forms, and it’s not just reserved for those with a paintbrush in hand or a bestselling novel under their belt.
As the BBC’s arts editor, Will Gompertz, eloquently explains in his book, “Think Like an Artist: How to Live a Happier, Smarter, More Creative Life,” creativity isn’t just for the select few.
Whether we’re cooking up a storm in the kitchen, solving problems in our businesses, or penning our next blog post, we’re all capable of creative brilliance.
To help you silence that nagging inner critic, I’ve compiled a list of quotes from Gompertz’s book that will undoubtedly inspire you to believe in your own creative prowess.
Let these wise words from renowned artists and thinkers motivate you to push past self-doubt and pursue your passion with relentless determination.
(Full credit for the quotes collection goes to Think Like an Artist: How to Live a Happier, Smarter, More Creative Life by Will Gompertz.)
When bankers dine together, they discuss art, when artists dine together, they discuss money.
– Oscar Wilde
Good business is the best art.
– Andy Warhol
It’s absolutely my duty to try to make money by my work.
– Vincent van Gogh
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I proceed by trial and error.
– Bridget Riley
In art one is either a plagiarist or a revolutionary.
– Paul Gauguin
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them and pretty soon you have a dozen.
– John Steinbeck
Big ideas come from the unconscious. But your unconscious has to be well informed, or your idea will be irrelevant.
– David Ogilvy
If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative.
– David Ogilvy
Make the world to believe in you and to pay heavily for this privilege.
– Gibert & George
There is no new thing under the sun.
– Ecclesiastes 1:9
I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.
– Pablo Picasso
Good artists copy, great artists steal.
– Pablo Picasso
Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.
If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
– Isaac Newton
Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
– Albert Einstein
It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to.
– Jean-Lac Godard
I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.
– Auguste Rodin
The most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself.
– George Eliot
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
– Oscar Wilde
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
– Ansel Adams
An artwork should point in more than one direction.
– Luc Tuymans
What makes men of genius, or rather what inspires the work, are not new ideas; instead they are pressed by the idea that what has been said has not been said enough.
– Eugene Delacroix
We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.
– Kurt Vonnegut
To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.
– Georgia O’Keeffe
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
– Coco Chanel
Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.
– Salvador Dali
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
– Vincent Van Gogh
Art is not about itself but the attention we bring to it.
– Marcel Duchamp
You can’t wait for inspirations, you have to go after it with a club.
– Jack London
(Full credit for quotes collection goes to Think Like an Artist: How to Live a Happier, Smarter, More Creative Life by Will Gompertz)
As you embark on your creative journey, remember that there’s an artist within all of us, just waiting to be unleashed.
Whenever self-doubt tries to rear its ugly head, turn to these creative mind quotes to remind yourself of your boundless potential.
Let the wisdom of history’s greatest creative minds inspire and guide you as you continue to explore your own unique talents.
So, go forth and create, my fellow artists!
The world is eagerly awaiting your masterpiece.
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