Quotations in A Creative Hand/Book by Aisling D'Art:

1. Find what you love, because greatness is based on great gifts. If you love something, you can count on the fact that you are genetically gifted at it. --Barbara Sher

2. To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. --Thomas Edison

3. When you operate from intuition things always happen easily. --Sanaya Roman

4. A rain-tight roof, frugal living, a box of colors, and God's sunlight through clear windows keep the soul attuned and the body vigorous for one's daily work. --Albert Pinkham Ryder

5. ...what we really gain from the artmaking of others is courage-by-association. --David Bayles & Ted Orland

6. Do not expect pictures to say the expected; some of the best will have surprises for you, which will, at first, shock you. --Robert Henri

7. All of us are far richer than we imagine. None of us possesses a life devoid of magic. --Julia Cameron

8. Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different. --Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi

9. It seems to me that before a man tries to express anything to the world he must recognize in himself an individual, a new one, very distinct from others. --Robert Henri

10. That old saying about opportunity only knocking once is as archaic as the flat-earth theory and as patently untrue. Opportunity knocks all the time -- and it rings your doorbell, calls you up, and sends you e-mails. --Victoria Moran

11. Self-esteem is the result of recognizing our personal power; awe and wonder come from recognizing our lack of it. Both are true, and in an exceptional life there is no conflict between them. --Victoria Moran

12. I write at high speed because boredom is bad for my health. --Noel Coward

13. Accept the fact that you're an artist and stop second-guessing yourself. Just do it. --Julia Cameron

14. Don't you just love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really, really long poem about everything. --David Bowie

15. A wild person with a calm mind can make anything. --Eric Maisel

16. Don't save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion. --unknown

17. Perhaps whatever there is in my work that may be really interesting to others and surely what is interesting to me, is the result of a sometimes successful effort to free myself from any idea that what I produce must be art... --Robert Henri

18. Don't let it matter if your works are not "accepted" at once. The better or more personal you are the less likely they are of acceptance. --Robert Henri

19. To be nobody-but-yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else--means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. --e. e. cummings

20. Look for your brushes with the divine. Be receptive to them. When heaven knocks, open the door. Value these visits. Remember them. Expect more of them. --Victoria Moran

21. When you lose simplicity, you lose drama. --Andrew Wyeth

22. Do those things you have been wanting to do. Be a child again. Create fun in your life and you will find that your creative energy will awaken and flow as never before. --Sanaya Roman

23. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. --Henry David Thoreau

24. We are all free spirits. We must choose to practice freedom. --SARK

25. Originality is genius. If you respect and care for it, it will take you on the ride of your life. --Barbara Sher

26. Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. --George Lois

27. Whatever you can do, or believe you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. --Goethe

28. Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. --Howard Thurman

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