I love reading inspirational quotes, especially if they are from artists or about creativity. A few years ago, I began writing them down on post-it notes and stuck them all around my computer monitor or on the wall near my desk. Mostly, they are little affirmations for my own personal creative process, or I find them amusing. But, sometimes I find my students reading them. Since I've changed rooms, my collection of quotes has been sitting aside waiting to be displayed in their new home.
I thought I'd share what I've collected.
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood.
We wish to bring joy to your heart that the reality of who you are is far greater than anything you have imagined.
Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Nothing changes until something moves.
If you don't jump, the wings will never come.
-Bruce Coville, at SCBWI summer conference 2011
Creativity is not rearranging; it is transformation.
I believe that we form our own lives, that we create our own reality, and that everything works out for the best.
I'm creative --you can't expect me to be neat, too.
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.
Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
I'm enough of an artist to draw freely on my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited; imagination encircles the world.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Art is not a thing; it is a way.
And, the quote that makes me smile every time I read it is from my former student, Ayana Pepaj.
"I'm not judging. I'm just saying it's disgusting."
I have no idea what the topic of conversation was, but I remember working on the murals and garden with my art club students and hearing her end the conversation with that statement. It made me laugh then and it still does.
What are your favorite inspirational quotes?