Ten Creativity Quotes to Help You Overcome Artists' Block

April Arotin

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Sustaining and nurturing the spark of creativity and using it in consistently to produce art can be tough. Hearing and acting on the call to creative is one of the most intriguing aspects of our shared humanness, but when the muse exits the room, it can be hard to come back to creative practice.

Whether you're one who works as an artist or creative, or if you'd like to get started again, creative blocks aren't comfortable.

If it's any consolation, most creative people and professional artists have felt this way at one point or another. The best part? They have wise words to share that might help you regain that creative spark.

Here are a few quotes on creativity that might help you get back on track:

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use the more you have." -- Maya Angelou

"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it." - Kurt Vonnegut

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” - Martha Graham

“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.” - Austin Kleon

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” - Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” - Andy Warhol

“The ‘Muse’ is not an artistic mystery, but a mathematical equation. The gift are those ideas you think of as you drift to sleep. The giver is that one you think of when you first awake.” - Roman Payne

“This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.” - Steven Pressfield

“But unless we are creators we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.” - Madeleine L'Engle

“What if the very reason you were created was to be creative?” - Michelle Dennis Evans

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Contemporary artist and jewelry designer. Advocate for radical self care. Meandering wordsmith, lady metalsmith. I write about radical self care through unapologetic creativity, outline strategies for living a more creative life and honoring the call to be creative.

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