The imagination is the canvas we human beings have been gifted in order to dream up what we would like to produce in our reality. Our creativity is our greatest asset, and with this faculty of mind we create the art of our human experience.
To define art is to limit it, and the imagination in and of itself is limitless. However, our emotions can sometimes limit our belief in our own imagination, and social constructs can leave us feeling constricted.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of 20 quotes from different “imagineers” to help you find inspiration when you’re feeling stuck, and to remind you that you can be whatever you aspire to become.
Feel free to share your thoughts, and comment with whatever quote is your favorite!
20 Phenomenal Quotes For Aspiring Artists and Creatives
“Writers and artists build by hand little worlds that they hope might effect change in real minds, in the real world where stories are read. A story can make us cry and laugh, break our hearts, or make us angry enough to change the world.”- Grant Morrison
“We must not be afraid to push boundaries; instead, we should leverage our science and our technology, together with our creativity and our curiosity, to solve the world’s problems.” – Jason Silva
“For a true artist, difficulties become opportunities and clouds become solid present.” – Alejandro Jodorowsky
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
“You have to live spherically – in many directions. Never lose your childish enthusiasm – and things will come your way.”- Federico Fellini
“I have this theory that you can take very complicated ideas, which are at the root of our present world, simplify them, make them entertaining and funny, yet still keep the essence of what they’re saying. That’s the fundamental thing I believe in. And I loathe the opposite view that you can’t do this without being complicated and obscure and talking as though to only a small, elite group.” – Adam Curtis
“I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.” – Frida Kahlo
“Only through new words, might new worlds be called into order” – Saul Williams
“There are certain emotions in your body that not even your best friend can sympathize with, but you will find the right film or the right book, and it will understand you.” ― Björk
“I believe that all great art holds the power to dissolve things: time, distance, difference, injustice, alienation, despair. I believe that all great art holds the power to mend things: join, comfort, inspire hope in fellowship, reconcile us to our selves. Art is good for my soul precisely because it reminds me that we have souls in the first place.” – Tilda Swinton
“There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization.” – Werner Herzog
“Art revolves around creating something that isn’t there.” – Kathleen Hanna
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.” – Terence McKenna
“I’m an advocate of ‘it’s not what you are, it’s who you are.” – Sia
“Failure isn’t an option. I’ve erased the word ‘fear’ from my vocabulary, and I think when you erase fear, you can’t fail.” – Alicia Keys
“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.” – William S. Burroughs
“The human race is a very, very magical race. We have a magic power of witches and wizards. We’re here on this earth to unravel the mystery of this planet. The planet is asking for it.” – Yoko Ono