Quotations About
creativity

Ah, my dear brother, sometimes I know so clearly what I want. In life and in painting too, I can easily do without the dear Lord, but I can’t, suffering as I do, do without something greater than myself, which is my life, the power to create.
And if frustrated in this power physically, we try to create thoughts instead of children; in that way, we’re part of humanity all the same.

Posted in: Vincent van Gogh

Creativity is the greatest expression of liberty.

Posted in: Bryant McGill

Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.

Here Comes Everybody: An Introduction to James Joyce for the Ordinary Reader (1965)
Posted in: Anthony Burgess

You need intelligence, and you need to look. You need a gaze, a wide gaze, penetrating and roving — that’s what’s useful for art.

Interview with Don Swaim (1987)
Posted in: Toni Morrison

If you have an idea of what you want to make, what you were put here to do, then just go and do that.

Address to the University of the Arts Class of 2012
Posted in: Neil Gaiman

Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.

Make good art.

Address to the University of the Arts Class of 2012
Posted in: Neil Gaiman

And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.

Address to the University of the Arts Class of 2012
Posted in: Neil Gaiman

The artist after all is a solitary being.

The Death of the Moth and Other Essays (1942)
Posted in: Virginia Woolf

The art of creation is older than the art of killing.

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Posted in: Ed Koch

The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.

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There is perhaps, no more dangerous man in the world than the man with the sensibilities of an artist but without creative talent. With luck such men make wonderful theatrical impresarios and interior decorators, or else they become mass murderers or critics.

More Please (1992)
Posted in: Barry Humphries