10 Quotes To Spark Your Creativity

By Mackenzie Taylor
In Culture

Sometimes all you need is a good quote to help you through your creative slump. To help spark a new sentence on your page, chords on your guitar or brushstroke on your canvas, we bring you ten quotes to help inspire your creativity.


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“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou

“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.” Coco Chanel

“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.” Hilary Mantel

“Absurdity and anti-absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.” Karl Lagerfeld

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Joseph Chilton Pearce


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“Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new film, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul.” Jim Jarmusch

“You don’t make art out of good intentions.” Gustave Flaubert

“My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.” Miles Davis

“Creativity is paradoxical. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them.” Michael Michalko

“Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.” John Lennon

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