Famous Quotes

Many of us are searching for greater meaning and purpose in our life and work. The creative process can help us on that journey. However, we can struggle to find the time, space, energy and motivation to realise our creative potential.

These twenty famous quotes are ascribed to influential artists, writers and philosophers. Their words might inspire you to become more creative and motivate you to find success and fulfilment in your life and work.

"Reality is created by the mind, we can change our reality by changing our mind."

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."

"There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing."

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius

“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
Leonardo da Vinci

“This above all: to thine own self be true.”
William Shakespeare

"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves."
William Shakespeare

“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.”
Soren Kierkegaard

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
George Eliot

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”
William Morris

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
Mark Twain

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
George Bernard Shaw

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
Helen Keller

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Pablo Picasso

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working."
Pablo Picasso

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