12 Inspiring Quotes for Creativity

Here are twelve quotes I find particularly creatively inspiring. They are words I’ve often turned to that have helped fire up my imagination. Are there any quotes that inspire you in this way? Feel free to share in the comments 🙂

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.

— Robert Schumann

The Roman philosopher Tacitus rightly observed that ‘the desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.’ If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into aliveness, alertness and creativity.

— Eckhart Tolle

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

— Carl Jung

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

— Carl Jung

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.

— Pablo Picasso

Art is the lie that tells the truth.

— Pablo Picasso

To the creative mind there is no right or wrong. Every action is an experiment, and every experiment yields its fruit in knowledge.

-– Robert Anton Wilson

Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins their journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd and by choosing knowledge over the veils of ignorance.

— Henri Bergson

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?

— George Bernard Shaw

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Free from what? Zarathustra does not care about that! But your fiery eyes should tell me, free for what?

— Friedrich Nietzsche

The artist’s task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. Because if the artists – who are self-selected for being able to journey into the Other – if the artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found.

— Terence McKenna

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