“Whats your creative type?” by Meta Wagner in four days. This is the fastest that I have finished a self-help book.
My usual dosage of fiction plus non-fiction borrowings from the library includes a self-help book or self-learning book, mostly on technology, philosophy and these days, increasingly leaning towards creativity as a process. For any one who wants to understand their creative intelligence and their creative motivations, this is an excellent handbook. I felt like someone had handed me the Singapore MRT map on my first day at Singapore; I just lapped it up.
In this post, I have compiled 10 quotes that have been cited by the author, statements from creative geniuses who are bound to inspire you with their keen insights.
I intend to bookmark these quotes for life, I hope you find this compilation useful too.
- “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein [Yay! Let’s have some fun!]
- “Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work.” – Chuck Close [Remind myself to repeat this everyday!]
- “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo [Even geniuses need to practise]
- “People make a great mistake who think that my art has come easily to me. Nobody has devoted so much time and thought to composition as I.” – Mozart [Practise makes even Mozart perfect. Hear! Hear!]
- “When writers die they become books, which is after all, not too bad an incarnation.” – Jorge Luis Borges [Sigh! One day!]
- “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I wrote one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” – Emily Dickinson [Have written several such words! Beam in delight!]
- “Sign on to a process and see where it takes you. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel everyday. Today you will do what you did yesterday. Eventually you will get somewhere.” – Chuck Close [Drilling this into my brain]
- “Show up, show up, show up and after a while the muse shows up too.” – Isabel Allende [Have to just show up!]
- “Sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” – Graham Greene, Ways of Escape [Indeed! How can they?]
- “Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.” – Anais Nin [Some craziness is necessary to beget creativity :P]