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If you are a creative of any kind then you live or die (and eat or starve) by the portion of  inspiration you are able to tackle and bag on any given day. At times, the flow comes easy but once in a while, let’s face it—your brain bleeds for seeking medical cannabis pros холика stiletto stoners how many grams in a dime bag weed legalization news.

We searched far and wide to nab these provocative thoughts by artists, writers, designers, and musicians. They echo our brand, and we hope there’s an idea here that ignites the fire you need to create today. (Pssst! If at least one of these doesn’t jump up and kick your creative block to the curb, you may just be dead, so please, check your pulse!)


  1. “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” ~ Stephen King
  2. “What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a Masterpiece unfolding every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath.” ~ Thomas Crum
  3. “Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
  4. “An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.” ~ J.D. Salinger
  5.  “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
  6.  “The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  7.  “Some people use things; they destroy. You are a builder; a creator.” ~ Amelia Atwater Rhodes
  8.  “Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld
  9. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” ~Steve Jobs
  10. “Just don’t give up on trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspirBirdsong_CreativeQuotesation, I don’t think you can go wrong.” ~ Ella Fitzgerald
  11. “The glow of inspiration warms us; it is a holy rapture.” ~ Ovid
  12. “Wherever we are, God’s in that moment, God’s speaking to us, and if we’ve just got our ears open and our antennas up, there’s no lack of inspiration. He’s not silent. We just have to be listening.” ~ Steven Curtis Chapman
  13. “If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” ~ Les Brown
  14. “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.” ~ Pablo Picasso
  15. “To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.”      ~ T.S. Eliot
  16. “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ~ Ray Bradbury
  17. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~ Toni Morrison
  18. “I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back….” ~ Erica Jong
  19. “Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”  ~ E.E. Cummings
  20. “To write something you have to risk making a fool of yourself.”  ~ Anne Rice
  21. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou
  22. “So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr
  23. “A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.”                  ~ Paulo Coelho
  24. “You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.” ~ Isadora Duncan
  25. “A line is a dot that went for a walk.” ~ Paul Klee
  26. “The thing we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances—are the primary sources of creativity.”        ~ Margaret J. Wheatley
  27. “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”~ Albert Einstein
  28. “Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” ~ Steven Pressfield
  29. “Think . . . of the world you carry within you.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  30. “Tears are words that need to be written.” ~ Paulo Coelho
  31. “To work is to pray.”  ~ John Singer Sargent
  32. “Artists and writers have to understand and live the truth that what we are doing is nourishing the world.” ~ Ariel Gore
  33. “When I say be creative I don’t mean that you should all go and become great painters and great poets. I simply mean let your life be a painting, let your life be a poem.” ~ Osho
  34. “Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.”                       ~ Red Haircrow
  35. “Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life.” ~ Stephen King
  36. “Every creative person, and I think probably every other person, faces resistance when they are trying to create something good . . . The harder the resistance, the more important the task must be.” ~ Donald Miller
  37. “Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  38. “An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artists takes it personally.” ~ Seth Godin
  39. “Is there magic in this world? Certainly! But it is not the kind of magic written about in fantasy stories. It is the kind of magic that comes from ideas and the hard work it often takes to make them real. ” ~ Robert Fanney
  40. “I spoke fire, laughed smoke, and madness spilled forth from my inspiration.” ~ Arthur Holitscher
  41. “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. ”          ~ William James
  42. “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~ William Wordsworth
  43.  “I am an artist you know … it is my right to be odd.” ~ E.A. Bucchianeri
  44. “Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.”                               ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  45.  “Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”    ~ Steven Pressfield
  46.  “Often it is tenacity, not talent, that rules the day.” ~Julia Cameron
  47.  “A creative mess is better than idle tidiness.” ~ Michael J. Fox
  48.  “We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”  ~ Ray Bradbury
  49. “Nighttime is the best time for making art. The later at night it gets the further into another world you go.” ~ Mark Ryden
  50.  “A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains.” ~ Criss Jami
  51. “Every artist joins a conversation that’s been going on for generations, even millennia, before he or she joins the scene.”       ~ John Barth
  52. “Others inspire us, information feeds us, practice improves our performance, but we need quiet time to figure things out, to emerge with new discoveries, to unearth original answers.” ~ Ester Buchholz
  53. “I feel such a creative force in me . .  . I am doing my very best to make every effort because I am longing so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things mean painstaking work, disappointment, and perseverance.” ~ Vincent van Gogh
  54. “Look for a long time at what pleases you, and longer still at what pains you…” ~ Colette
  55. “I only know that I know nothing.” ~ Socrates
  56.  “I never want to arrive. I love the ride.” ~ Coco J. Ginger
  57. “It’s better to be in the arena, getting stomped by the bull, than to be up in the stands or out in the parking lot.”
    ~Steven Pressfield
  58.  “Part of being a master is learning how to sing in nobody else’s voice but your own.” ~Hugh MacLeod
  59.  “If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” ~ Raymond I. Myers
  60.  “Be creative, be useful, be practical, be generous and finish big.” ~ Lisa Genova
  61.  “Originality is the best form of rebellion.” ~ Mike Sasso
  62.  “You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God’s creative principle works in you.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
  63.  “Life is wonderful when you’re the one to write it.” ~ Coco J. Ginger
  64.  “. . . whenever there is inspiration . . . and enthusiasm . . . there is a creative empowerment that goes far beyond what a mere person is capable of.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
  65. “That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.” ~ Ray Bradbury
  66. “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.” ~ Truman Capote,
  67. “When the creative impulse sweeps over you, grab it. You grab it and honor it and use it, because momentum is a rare gift.”      ~ Justina Chen
  68. “Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.” ~ Brené Brown
  69.  “I shut my eyes in order to see.” ~ Paul Gauguin
  70.  “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ~ Pablo Picasso
  71.  “She stopped caring . . . and started laughing.” ~ Coco J. Ginger
  72.  “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
    ~Vincent Van Gogh
  73.  “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” ~ Leo Burnett
  74.  “Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.” ~ Osho
  75.  “Some girls need men to take them places. Others just click their heels, spread their own wings, and fly.” ~ Coco J. Ginger
  76. “Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.” ~ Hugh MacLeod
  77. “Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity” ~Charles Mingus
  78. “Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite — getting something down.” ~ Julia Cameron
  79. “To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” ~ Osho
  80. “Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.” ~ Voltaire
  81. “I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” ~ Albert Einstein
  82. “Doors are for people with no imagination.” ~ Derek Landy
  83. “Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.” ~ Donatella Versace
  84. “Procrastination is not laziness,” I tell him. “It is fear. Call it by its right name, and forgive yourself.” ~ Julia Cameron
  85. “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” ~ Steve Jobs
  86. “Creativity takes courage.” ~ Henri Matisse
  87. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” ~ Anais Nin
  88. “I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.”
    ~ Pearl S. Buck
  89. “The best style is the style you don’t notice.” ~ Somerset Maugham
  90. “It all begins when the soul would have its way with you.” ~ Emerson
  91. “A picture is a poem without words.” ~ Horace
  92. “The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” ~ Jerry Kosinki
  93. “Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.”
    ~ W. Somerset Maugham
  94. “I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” ~ J. K. Rowling
  95. “Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver
  96. “Beauty will save the world.” ~ Dosteovsky
  97. “There is no genius where there is not simplicity.” ~ Tolstoy
  98.  “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”  ~ Antoine de St. Exupery
  99. “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” ~ Anaïs Nin
  100. “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  101. “Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.”       ~ Henri Matisse
  102. “The artist has one function–to affirm and glorify life.” ~ W. Edward Brown
  103. “Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind’s eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration.” ~ Johannes Brahms
  104. “If you want to build a boat, do not instruct the men to saw wood, stitch the sails, prepare the tools and organize the work, but make them long for setting sail and travel to distant lands.” ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupéry


Toni Birdsong

Toni Birdsong is a communications strategist at Birdsong Creative. She oversees marketing strategy, copywriting, and social media for Birdsong clients. She is a the author of More than a Bucket List and co-author of @stickyJesus. She's also a Family Safety blogger for McAfee.

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