Thursday, September 30, 2010

Favorite Creativity/Art Quotes

One of the pages in my OneNote notebook is reserved for quotes that I find uplifting, inspiring, funny, or simply true. I come across them in books, blogs, articles, sermons, and even commercials.


Filmmaker, Jim Jarmusch:
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

Jane Brocket:
"But the joy of knitting or stitching or baking or homemaking lies in the fact that there are no rules, there are no levels of perfection that we need to attain. The whole point about the gentle arts is that they are noncompetitive, soothing and utterly pleasurable... [i]gnore all calls for perfection and focus instead on what you can achieve, and the pleasures of the gentle arts will be yours for the taking."

"Why capture? Create."

Paul Auster:
"The real aim of art is not to create beautiful objects: it’s a method of reflection, a means of understanding the universe and finding one’s place in it."

Please do share any favorite quotes on art or creativity.

1 comment:

Sandy a la Mode said...

i do LOVE that quote!! it's sooo soo very true to word!