I find one of the most effective solutions to feeling unmotivated or disinterested in what I’m doing is to read a couple of quotes from others who have been and done it.

As most of the Red Lemon Club readership are people in the creative industries (though of course every single one of these could be used by anyone), I’ve picked out a handful of strong quotes that always make me feel more creative and undoubtedly better having read them.

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a creative who likes to talk about shaving.

Here are 25 quotes from different brains that should set you up for positive thoughts:

 

“I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.” Francis Ford Coppola

 

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand

 

“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, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” – Steve Jobs

 

“I think an artist’s responsibility is more complex than people realize.” – Jodie Foster

 

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. – Og Mandino

 

Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein

 

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. – Edwin Land

 

Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. – Dee Hock

 

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. – Oscar Wilde

 

Even a true artist does not always produce art. – Carroll O’Connor

 

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties. – Gail Sheehy

 

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. – Charles Horton Cooley

 

The weeds keep multiplying in our garden, which is our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out and call them by name. – Sylvia Browne

 

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. – James Whistler

 

Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? – Sun Tzu

 

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. – Dr. Seuss

 

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. – Carl Sagan

 

The imagination is man’s power over nature. – Wallace Stevens

 

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. – Norman Vincent Peale

 

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. – Thomas Jefferson

 

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. – Jim Rohn

 

If you’ve got a talent, protect it. – Jim Carrey

 

Live out of your imagination, not your history. – Stephen Covey

 

It’s always too early to quit. – Norman Vincent Peale

 

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. – Peter Marshall

 

What favourite quote do you have? Get it in the comments area!

Editor’s note: This is a refreshed and republished post originally published on May 10th, 2012

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Posted by Alex Mathers

Alex is a project starter, sometimes finisher, writer and illustrator. He started Red Lemon Club in 2009 with the aim of helping talented creative people leave their mark.

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54 Comments

  1. the best Steve Jobs and Francis Ford Coppola

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  2. Carroll O’Connor is apt for me at the moment but I like the Whistler quote the best.

    A fav inspiration quotes, which show my nomadic side:

    I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see. ~John Burroughs

    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do…Explore, Dream, Discover. – Mark Twain

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    1. Love these two, Sue – thanks for sharing them. Feeling definitely inspired by the Twain one, he was a man full of great words!

      Alex

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  3. Thanks, Alex. These are good quotes.

    I felt especially encouraged by the first one, by Francis Ford Coppola.

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    1. Thanks Chris!

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  4. To add a few that i love & remember ….

    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

    If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign that you’re not doing anything very innovative.
    – Woody Allen

    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
    – Pablo Picasso

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    1. Thanks Day! These are v inspiring 🙂

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  5. Nothing is impossible. The world itself says “I’m Possible”! Audrey Hepburn.

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  6. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us…” – Marianne Williamson

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    1. Love this one, Marianne, thanks

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  7. “This too shall pass.”

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  8. Good list. I made a board of it on pinterest (crediting this article):

    http://pinterest.com/shawnanctil/25-inspiring-quotes-for-creative-people/

    I’ve always been a fan of:

    “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
    – Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)

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    1. That’s wonderful Shawn! thank you for sharing 🙂

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  9. Interesting. Absolutely no clue what Steve Jobs is on about, though.

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  10. These are great and getting me inspired to get on with things this morning! My favourite one is Sylvia Browne’s for it’s poetry, but Jin Rohn’s made me chuckle.

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  11. Another by Steve Jobs:

    Stay hungry, stay foolish.

    Inspired by Sun Tzu, Oscar WIlder and Ayn Rand. (:

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    1. Awesome quote 🙂 thanks Creative Chump!

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  14. These quotes are indeed inspiring and awesomely collected.

    🙂

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    1. thanks!

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  15. This is paraphrased, but I really liked what Grayson Perry said on a radio 4 programme some time ago: coolness is a very uncreative force in society and is generally driven by consumerism.

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    1. Nice thought, Lorraine – I think it depends whether you are deriving a sense of what’s ‘cool’ from external, consumer-driven forces, or, much more powerfully, from inside yourself.

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  16. Great quotes Alex, thanks for the post!
    Here are a few by William James (1842-1910)

    “Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.”

    “The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives”

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    1. Love them Linda! Thank you

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    1. Thank you Kaili! Happy Reading!

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  20. the purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love
    colour the most (John Ruskin)

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    1. Like it Nel 🙂

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  22. Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
    -Carl Sagan

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    1. Love it. Imagination is so underrated.

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  23. Thanks for these Alex, one of my favs: “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro” – Thomson

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    1. Get weird!

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  24. Ana Marcela Herrera July 3, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Love them!

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  25. Loving these quotes!

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  26. Love these! Here’s another: Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. Napoleon Hill

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    1. Very nice!

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  27. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much

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  28. “Original minds are not distinguished by being the first to see a new thing, but instead by seeing the old,
    familiar thing that is over-looked as something new.”Nietzsche
    My favourite 🙂

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    1. Love Nietzsche. Thanks for the contribution Yaga

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  29. “Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” – Sun Tzu

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  30. Bad artists copy, good artists steal.
    Pablo Picasso

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  31. Great quotes! I needed to hear the one from Dee Hock today, especially. Thanks for the post.
    And is the quote from Og Mandino supposed to be “…water you plant now…?”

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  32. Carina Servante August 2, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Very much uplifting quotes as these are my favorite. At
    least, it gives a little comfort and hope. These are also very helpful when you
    like to send to your loved ones and friends who are under unpleasant
    circumstances. Thanks for sharing, I would love to add some of these to my
    personal favorite.

    God bless always! !

    Regards,

    Meow

    Positive
    Attitude Quotes

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  33. Kimberly Bongon Ante September 19, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I was looking for articles on how creative people are different and stumbled upon this awesome post 😀 Love it! Thanks for sharing this. I also love your aim/vision with the Red Lemon Club! I am glad to know there are people like you 🙂 I am an aspiring writer and I blog as a starter. This post inspired me a lot 🙂 Blessings!

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    1. Great to hear that Kimberly! Thank you

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  34. Life is incomplete without ups and downs,but ,fulfilled when tough people are more than tough times.

    Smiles.

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  35. “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” – Seth Godin

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