Quotes for
the Journey:

Creativity



Creativity requires the courage
to let go of certainties.

Erich Fromm

   imagination

I learned. . . that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.       -Brenda Ueland

   

Creativity comes from the spiritual realm, the collective consciousness.
And the mind is in a different realm than the molecules of the brain.  The brain is a receiver, not a source.       -
Candace Pert

   
Creativity of all kinds focuses your mind, engages your imagination,
and feeds your soul.  Being creative can also facilitate understanding
and encourage healing.  Creativity is mindfulness in motion--intuitive,
artistic motion.  Creative moments and activities give you a boost
and help you feel energized and good about yourself.       -Sue Patton Thoele
   

Creativity is God's gift to us.  Using our creativity is our gift back to God.       -Julia Cameron

   

Creativity contributes to our sense of aliveness and our playfulness. . . .  One art teacher, Adriana Diaz, defines creations as "places where caring and daring come together."  They open our eyes to nature and the body and give us fresh appreciation for both ritual and recreation.       -Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

    
I don’t paint things.  I only paint the difference between things.       -Henri Matisse

I have a good friend, Rudolf Serkin, the pianist, a very sensitive man.   I was talking to him one day backstage after a concert and I told him that I thought he had played particularly sensitively that day.  I said, “You know, many pianists are brilliant, they strike the keys so well, but somehow you are different.”  “Ah,” he said, “I don’t think you should ever strike a key.  You should pull the keys with your fingers.”      -Andrew Wyeth
   

It is easy to consider the essential role of creativity in bringing joy and meaning to the human condition-- without creativity we have no art, no literature, no science, no innovation, no problem solving, no progress.  It is, perhaps, less obvious that creativity has an equally essential role in schools.  The processes of creativity parallel those of learning.  Recent calls for authentic activities, teaching for understanding, and real world problem solving all require engaging students with content in flexible and innovative ways.       -Alane Jordan Starko

   

Be brave enough to live creatively.  The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.      -Alan Alda

   
Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us.  To create means to relate.  The root meaning of the word art is to fit together and we all do this every day. . . . Each time we fit things together we are creating--whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day.       -Corita Kent and Jan Steward
   
I am the one and only me.  I may not think of myself as a creative person, but I know that I have unique talents and skills to share.   For instance, art may appear on a canvas, or it may appear in a meal prepared with love.  Some hands sculpt clay or play a musical instrument, and some gently hold the hand of a child.  Wisdom can be found in books, but it can also be found in quiet conversation across the kitchen table.  I am creative in my own unique way.  As I more fully express who I am, I bless others, and blessings flow back to me.  I am creative, productive, and open to divine inspiration.  I give my gifts to the world.       -Unattributed (Daily Word)
   

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how.  The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.  The artist never entirely knows.  We guess.  We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.       -Agnes de Mille

   
I am much more interested in being creative than in being busy.  Creating feels good.  It fills me, restores me, nourishes me and energizes me.  There are many ways to be creative.  You can take scrap wood and build your cats a series of shelves, boxes, and mazes.  You can write, paint, shop, or talk to people.  When you are creating, you will feel the sense of creation in your body, and time will not exist.  If you have forgotten what a sense of creation is, go look at a baby.  When we see a baby, we see potential.  Remember that we are all former babies and we all have the potential within us.  Go to the nearest mirror and reflect on it.       -Bernie Siegel
   

Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. . . most of the things that are interesting, important, and human are the results of creativity . . . when we are involved in it, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life.       -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

   

A cup is useful only when it is empty; and a mind that is filled with beliefs, with dogmas, with assertions, with quotations is really an uncreative mind.       -J. Krishnamurti

   
Think of a fine painter attempting to capture an inner vision, beginning with one corner of the canvas, painting what he or she thinks should be there, not quite pulling it off, covering it over with white paint, and trying again, each time finding out what this painting isn’t, until he or she finally finds out what it is.  And when you finally do find out what one corner of your vision is, you’re off and running.       -Anne Lamott
   

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.      -Mary Lou Cook

   

Many times we will get more ideas and
better ideas in two hours of creative
loafing than in eight hours at a desk.

Wilferd A. Peterson

If you are seeking creative
ideas, go out walking.  Angels
whisper to us when we go for walks.

Raymond Inman

   
Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud.       -unattributed
   
I decided to start anew—to strip away what I had been taught, to accept as true my own thinking.  This was one of the best times of my life.  There was no one around to look at what I was doing, no one interested, no one to say anything about it one way or another.  I was alone and singularly free, working into my own, unknown—no one to satisfy but myself.  I began with charcoal and paper and decided not to use any color until it was impossible to do what I wanted to do in black and white.  I believe it was June before I needed blue.       -Georgia O’Keefe
   

Creativeness often consists of merely turning up what is already there.       -Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

    

No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you're keeping the child inside alive.        -John Cassavetes

    
The refusal to be creative is an act of self-will and is counter to our true nature.  When we are open to our creativity, we are opening to God:  good, orderly direction.  As we pursue our creative fulfillment, all elements of our life move toward harmony.  As we strengthen our creativity, we strengthen our connection to the Creator within.  Artists love other artists.  Our relationship to God is co-creative, artist to artist.  It is God's will for us to live in creative abundance.       -Julia Cameron
   

You were placed on this earth to create, not to compete.       -Robert Anthony

  
Creation, after all, is only play.       -Stephen C. Paul
    

Your expression in all its forms is the dance of creation.       -Stephen C. Paul

   

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This is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you.  This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation.  At first you may find that nothing happens there.  But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.     -Joseph Campbell
  
Sometimes I think creativity is magic; it's not a matter of finding an idea, but allowing the idea to find you.     -Maya Lin
  
Behind every advance of the human race is a germ of creation growing in the mind of some lone individual.  An individual whose dreams waken him or her in the night while others contentedly sleep.     -Crawford H. Greenewalt
   
Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.     -Norman Podhoretz
  
When in doubt, make a fool of yourself.  There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.  So what the hell, leap!     -Cynthia Heimel
  
The patterns are simple, but followed together, they make for a whole that is wiser than the sum of its parts. Go for a walk; cultivate hunches; write everything down, but keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies; frequent coffeehouses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on your ideas; borrow, recycle; reinvent. Build a tangled bank.     -Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
   
   
There is something deeply refreshing about any truly creative pursuit.  And the benefits of creative endeavor don't depend on the quality of the endeavor. It is the very act of creating that renews you. This is why I am so passionate about encouraging people to paint or draw--to create--regardless of whether or not they have "talent." I believe that any creative endeavor pays magnificent benefits for the time invested.  Not only does it afford the simple, childlike satisfaction of playing with materials--smearing paint, scribbling ideas and images, pounding with hammer and nails--but it also helps us make connections and understand life a little better.     -Thomas Kinkade
  
You're always believing ahead of your evidence.  What was the evidence I could write a poem?  I just believed it.  The most creative thing in us is to believe in a thing.     -Robert Frost
  
You were being spiritual without even knowing it.  Creating art of any kind is an act that involves the part of our souls we usually don't tap into on a daily basis.  We rely on our emotions, our intuition and our heart to lead us to the finished product.  We use art to express our innermost selves, to bring us closer to our sense of the divine.
   The trouble is, most of us haven't done anything creative since we cut out paper snowflakes in third grade.  "I was never any good at it," we say.  Or, "My stuff will never hang on a museum wall, so what's the point?"  It's so easy to neglect the artist in us because most of day-to-day living is so uncreative.  We don't need art to raise the kids or attend a meeting or pay the bills, so we assume that it's nonessential for all but the few people lucky enough to be able to make a living at it.
   Wrong, wrong, wrong.  If anything, we need to express ourselves through art more now as adults than we did as children.  For one thing, it's a terrific release for stress-- when you're totally engrossed in capturing a still life or shaping a clay bowl, the rest of the world automatically shuts itself out.     -Shana Aborn
  
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.     -Charles Mingus
  
We are co-creators with God, not puppets on a string waiting for something to happen.     -Leo Booth
  
Creativity is not the work of a few.  We each carry within us the image of God the Creator; we each have the task of making the earth into a fairer, kinder place.  The first step is imagining a better world, and that is most apt to happen when we suffer or look on suffering.     -Elizabeth O'Connor, Cry Pain, Cry Hope
  
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it.  The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.     -Nikos Kazantzakis
  
The highest prize we can receive for creative work is the joy of being creative.  Creative effort spent for any other reason than the joy of being in that light filled space, love, god, whatever we want to call it, is lacking in integrity.     -Marianne Williamson
  
Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing.  It is an attitude, an inner approach--how you look at things . . . Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative.     -Osho
  
The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity.  He or she doesn’t need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas.      -Abe Tannenbaum
  
Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes.  The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his or her great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible; he or she is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress.  He or she is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are.     -Frank Goble
  

   

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