10 Inspiring Quotes to Boost Your Creativity
We all have times when inspiration goes astray, and coffee can only get your creative juices flowing so far before they flow right into a headache. It seems counter-intuitive to take a break from the task at hand when imagination is lacking. However, research shows that taking a break and getting some outward inspo gives a time-out to stress and exhaustion, making room for productivity. Take five for yourself and get stuck into these ten quotes to inspire by some of the most prolific creatives and thinkers of all time.
“Logic will get you from A to Z; Imagination will get you everywhere.”
Physicist and brilliant mind Albert Einstein was known for celebrating the power of imagination. Charged with creativity, Einstein saw possibilities rather than limitations, by which many of his ever-relevant quotes derive from.
“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is widely celebrated for her self-portraits that depict a life of pain and passion through bold and vibrant colours. Now seen as a global icon, her artistic expression shows a reality she made for herself.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
The words of acclaimed poet Dr. Maya Angelou continue to inspire thousands to this day. For those stagnant moments, we find this inspirational quote keeps us thriving!
“Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”
The idea that art isn’t the mimicry of life we believed it to be formulated in force towards the end of the 19th century. The father of quotes to inspire, Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, famously expressed his belief that our sub-conscious aim of life is to seek expression, and that art provides forms to do so.
“Everything you can imagine is real.”
Pablo Picasso needs no introduction. He dedicated his life’s work to various art styles, and of course, founded the cubist movement. Picasso is an unceasing source of inspiration and quotes by him always unleash the inner artist!
“Every artist was first an amateur.”
It wouldn’t be fun if we were born perfect at it! Even the great poet, essayist and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson knew the importance of practice and perseverance in becoming successful in our work and passions. Whenever you’re starting off in something new, remember this quote to keep that motivation going.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
This profound quote by the great spiritual writer Thomas Merton makes room for the feeling of deconstructing and reconstructing ourselves through art.
“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
Few have made art accessible as the American painter and TV extraordinaire Bob Ross did. Off the easel, Bob’s quotes ring just as true. Having an off day? Week? Month? Bob gets it. Don’t be disheartened by the moments that go to plan – see them for the beautiful opportunities they are!
“We adore chaos because we love to produce order.”
This quote comes from graphic artist M. C. Escher, who frequently captured what seemed impossible. Tesselations, optical illusions, and mathematically inspired compositions in over 400 prints fuelled Escher’s desire to create outstanding work, all of which shows clear order and sequence.
“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
Henry David Thoreau was a essayist, poet, and philosopher that among many other quotable words of wisdom, often honed in on the likeness between the world and art in his quotes. The artist of the above artwork, Tank, is known for his talent for out-of-the-box creation and exercising the parts of our imagination that with time can easily get pushed aside.