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The initial artistic impulse is to organize space. – Elizabeth Grosz


What distinguish the arts from other forms of cultural production are the ways in which artistic production merges with, intensify and externalize, monumentalizes, SENSATIONS… – Elizabeth Grosz


Art enables matter to become expressive, to not just satisfy but to intensify–to resonate and become more than itself. – Elizabeth Grosz


To really work and produce, there must be integration of your work in your life or the integration of your life in your work. – Louise Bourgeois


Now don’t talk while I think – Rabbit to Winnie the Pooh


Whatever you have is exactly what you need to produce your best work. – David Bayles + Ted Orland


Art is human; error is human; ergo, art is error. – David Bayles + Ted Orland


All our life so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits–practical, emotional, and intellectual–systematically organized for our weal or woe, and bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny…  – William James


My life cracks open. I stand in it, careful not to run. – Jerry Webber


You make good work by making lots of work that isn’t very good. – David Bayles + Ted Orland


Listen — are you breathing just a little and calling it a life? – Mary Oliver


How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. ― Annie Dillard


Artists don’t get down to work until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain of not working – Stephen DeStaebler


If I dismiss the ordinary — waiting for the special, the extreme, the extraordinary to happen — I may just miss my life. – Dani Shapiro


What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while. — Gretchen Rubin


To be natural is such a very hard pose to keep up ― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest


Undefeated you will have nothing to say but more of the same. Defeated you will stand at the door of your house to welcome the unknown, putting behind you all that is known…– Agnes Martin


…the stories straining to shape under my hand have sprung from a single small seed, a seed as minute and wind-blown as the casual hint…dropped unwittingly by my neighbor, a mere floating particle in the stream of talk. – Henry James


Begin to write [make] in the dumb, awkward way an animal cries out in pain, and there you will find your intelligence, your words, your voice. – Natalie Goldberg


You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. ― Annie Dillard


Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. – Rainer Maria Rilke


It is handed to you, but only if you look for it. You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then — and only then — it is handed to you. ― Annie Dillard


It is not the writing that is the hard part. What’s hard is sitting down to write. – Steven Pressfield


Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within use. Between the two stands Resistance — Steven Pressfield


To yield to [our] Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be. – Steven Pressfield


Fears about artmaking fall into two families: fears about yourself, and fears about your reception by others. — David Bayles + Ted Oreland


Making art provides uncomfortably accurate feedback about the gap that inevitably exists between what you intended to do and what you did. — David Bayles + Ted Oreland


Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it. — Steven Pressfield


Art is made by ordinary people. – David Bayles + Ted Oreland


The object of art is not to make salable pictures. It is to save yourself. — Sherwood Anderson


Few people attain great lives, in a large part because it is so easy to settle for the good life. — Jim Collins


I am silently judging your font choice. — ?


the earth is heavy and opaque without dreams. — Anaïs Nin


The exceptional thing about research in and through art is that practical action (the making) and theoretical reflection (the thinking) go hand in hand. The one cannot exist without the other. — Janneke Wesseling


the air which one breathes in a picture is not the same as the air one breathes outside. — Edgar Degas


All art is a kind of confession…All artists if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story, to vomit the anguish up. — James Baldwin


to see, all we have to do is open our eyes, but to understand what happens within us when we open them is anything but simple. — Ben-Ami Scharfstein


the artist’s job is not to reject society, but to engage it. — ?


how can I know what I think until I see what i say? — E.M. Forster


Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. — Carl Jung


Without warts it is not clear what you would be, but clearly you wouldn’t be one of us. — David Bayles + Ted Oreland


When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone and of good cheer—say, traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep—it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly…All this fires my soul. — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


A sane mind should not be guilty of a logical fallacy. — Henri Poincare


It is not important if the answer is correct; just the answer itself makes us feel safe. – Don Miguel Ruiz


What you need to know about the next piece is contained in the last piece. — David Bayles + Ted Oreland


My hope was that if I did this honestly I would discover how to see myself from a perspective that would render myself whole in my own eyes. – Anne Truitt


You canNOT NOT communicate. — ?


No, Watson, this was not done by accident, but by design. — Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)


The difference between a bad artist and a good one is the bad artist seems to copy a great deal; the good one really does. – William Blake


You’ve got to be able to copy things faithfully before you can deviate. — Damien Hirst


Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility. — Pablo Picasso


Is it art? No, actually, it’s design. — ?


Faster is not the same as better. — ?


Think with your mind. Forget technology. — ?


Explore the other edge — ?


Imagination is more important than knowledge. — Albert Einstein


For most of us, design is invisible. Until it fails. – Bruce Mau


Lettin’ the cat outa the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back.


If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.


Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication. — Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore


Design is the conscious effort to impose meaningful order. — Victor Papanek


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


Real perception that is capable of seeing something new and unfamiliar requires that one be attentive, alert, aware, and sensitive. — David Bohm


You must think faster than the horse, or else you will go where the horse wants to go.


No him, no me. — Dizzy Gillespie


Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic. – Unknown


How do I work? I grope. — Albert Einstein


Art is a guarantee of sanity. That is the most important thing I have said. — Louise Bourgeois


Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. — Steve Jobs


Whoever undertakes to create soon finds himself engaged in creating himself. — Harold Rosenberg


Art bids us [to] touch and taste and hear and see the world…and [it] shrinks form all that is of the brain only, from all that is not a fountain jetting from the entire hopes, memories and sensations of the body. — WB Yeats


Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.— Goya


Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals could believe them.– George Orwell


Do one thing every day that scares you.— Eleanor Roosevelt


The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life, and in elevating them to art. –William Morris


The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas. — LINUS PAULING


Perception is always an act of interpretation — Maurice Merleau-Ponty


You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. — Winnie the Pooh


Inquiry is the engine of creation — ThinkTank


Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep. — Le Corbusier


I hear; I forget; I see, I remember; I do, I understand — chinese proverb


The heart of all new ideas lies in the borrowing, adding, combining or modifying of old ones. — Michael LeBoeuf