Inspirational quotes about culture and life from innovative artists
Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall in love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin — Find some beautiful […]
Writing’s a lot like cooking. Sometimes the cake won’t rise, no matter what you do…
Now and again the cake tastes better than you ever could’ve dreamed.
— Neil Gaiman, English author, playwright, screenwriter and graphic novelist
Hold fast your dreams!
Within your heart
Keep one still, secret spot
Where dreams may go,
And, sheltered so,
May thrive and grow
Where doubt and fear are not.
O keep a place apart,
Within your heart,
For little dreams to go!
Think still of lovely things that are not true.
Let wish and magic work […]
A good style should show no sign of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.
— W. Somerset Maugham, French-born British playwright, novelist and short story writer
You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining.
You make progress by implementing ideas.
— Shirley Chisholm, American author, activist and politician
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world.
— Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist and humanitarian
Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think
we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are
— Brené Brown, American author, scholar and storyteller
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see
— Edgar Degas, French artist, painter and sculptor
When you’re creating your own shit, not even the sky’s the limit
— Miles Davis, American jazz musician, composer and artist
Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic,
and in tough times of my life, I can listen to music and it makes such a difference.
— Kurt Vonnegut, American author, artist and activist