On Living Creatively

Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.’
— Alan Alda

‘The art of living lies not in eliminating but in growing with troubles.’
— Bernard Mannes Baruch

‘Life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than a triumph of cooperation and creativity.’
— Fritjof Capra

‘I’ve never met a truly creative person who was happy and satisfied with life.’
— Terence Conran

‘Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people’s lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure.’
— Stephen Covey

‘A person starts to live when he can live outside of himself.’
— Albert Einstein

‘There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.’
— Albert Einstein

‘All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.’
— Havelock Ellis

‘The finest and noblest ground on which people can live is truth; the real with the real; a ground on which nothing is assumed.’
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘To cease to think creatively is but little different from ceasing to live.’
— Benjamin Franklin

‘To be surrounded by beautiful things has much influence upon the human creature; to make beautiful things has more.’
— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

‘From inaccessible mountain range by way of desert untrod by human foot to the ends of the unknown seas, the breath of the everlasting creative spirit is felt, rejoicing over every speck of dust that hearkens to it and lives.’
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the most difficult task in the world, for opening the door to your own life is, in the end, more difficult than opening the doors to the mysteries of the universe.’
— Daisaku Ikeda

‘If sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities it’s because they lead to the knowledge that you own your own body (and with it your own voice), and that’s the most revolutionary insight of all.’
— Erica Jong

‘You must live life in such a spirit that you make in every moment the best of possibilities.’
— Carl Gustav Jung

‘If a man hasn’t discovered something that he would die for, he isn’t fit to live.’
— Martin Luther King

‘It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth—and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up—that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.’
— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

‘The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be oneself.’
— Michel de Montaigne

‘A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.’
— George Moore

‘Not to be bound by rules, but to be creating one’s own rules—this is the kind of life which Zen is trying to have us live.’
— D. T. Suzuki

‘Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last.’
— Publilius Syrus

‘Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a promise, fulfil it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is life, fight for it.’
— Mother Teresa

‘The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living.’
— Marion Woodman