“We all start the same—rich in dreams and nothing more.”

“One of the things worth noting in a creative recovery is our reluctance to take seriously the possibility that the Universe might just be cooperating with our plans.”

“The truth is, we all knew how she could stand it. She stood it by standing knee-deep in the flow of life and paying close attention.”

“The reward for attention is always healing. More than anything else, attention is an act of connection.”

“People think the creative life is grounded in fantasy, but the more difficult truth is that creativity is grounded in reality. In the particular, the focused, the well observed, or specifically imagined.”

“Until we experience the freedom of solitude, we cannot connect authentically. We maybe enmeshed, but we are not encountered. Art lies in the moment of encounter; we meet our truth and we meet ourselves. We meet ourselves and we meet self-expression. We become original because we become something specific: an origin from which work flows.”

“We want to be generous, to be of service to the world. But what we really want is to be left alone. When we can’t get others to leave us alone, we eventually abandon ourselves.”

“If I allow myself to be bullied and cowed by other people’s urges for me to be more normal or more nice, I sell myself out. They may like me better, but I will hate myself.”

“We have tried to be sensible—as though we have any proof at all that God is sensible—rather than see if the Universe might not have supported some healthy extravagance.”

“Creativity lives in paradox. Serious art is born from serious play.”

“The need to be a great artist makes it hard to be an artist. The need to produce a great work of art makes it hard to produce any art at all.”

“True, our artist may arise at dawn to greet the typewriter or easel in the morning stillness. But this has even more to do with a child’s love of secret adventures than with ironclad discipline.”

“Fame is really just a short cut for self-approval. The only cure for the fame drug is creative endeavor, only when we are being joyfully creative can we release the obsession with others and how they are doing it.”

“To a large degree my life is my art. When it gets dull, so does my work.”

“Art is an act of the soul, not the intellect. When we are dealing with people’s dreams—their visions, really—we are in the realm of the sacred.”

 

Read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

 

 

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