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.
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.
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.
I think an artist’s responsibility is more complex than people realize.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
Even a true artist does not always produce art.
Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.
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.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
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.
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
The imagination is man’s power over nature.
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.
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.
If you’ve got a talent, protect it.
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
It’s always too early to quit.
Norman Vincent Peale
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.
What favourite quote do you have? Get it in the comments area!
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