#BigMagic – My favourite thoughts


Gratitude, always.
Always, gratitude.
(pg 75)

All I know for certain is that this is how I want to spend my life – collaborating to the best of my ability with forces of inspiration that I can neither see, nor prove, nor command, nor understand.
(Pg 78)

The golden rule in my family is this: If you’re supporting yourself financially and you’re not bothering anyone else, then you’re free to do whatever you want with your life.
(Pg 85)

You are not required to save the world with your creativity.  Your art not only doesn’t have to be original, in other words it doesn’t have to be important.
(Pg 98)

At the end of the day, I do what I do because I like doing it.
(Pg 100)
I saved my earnings and went on trips and took notes.  I went to the pyramids of Mexico and took notes.  I went on bus rides through the suburbs of New Jersey and took notes.  I went to Eastern Europe and took notes.  I  went to parties and took notes.
(Pg 113)

Here’s the trick: Stop complaining… It’s annoying…Of course it’s difficult to create things, if it wasn’t difficult, everyone would be doing it and it wouldn’t be special or interesting….Third nobody really listens to anybody else’s complaints…Fourth and most important, you are scaring inspiration away.
(Pg 117)

Because if you love and want something enough – whatever it is – then you don’t really mind eating the sh!t sandwich that comes with it.
(Pg 150)

People don’t do this kind of thing because they have all kinds of extra time and energy for it; they do this kind of thing because their creativity matters to them enough that they are willing to make all kinds of sacrifices for it.
(Pg 156)

TLYBlog_BM3I do not know of any artist (successful or unsuccessful, amateur or pro) who does not long for that kind of time.
(Pg 159)

Even if you only have 15 minutes a day in a stairwell alone with your creativity, take it.
(Pg 161)

Perfectionism, is just a high-end, haute couture version of fear.
(Pg 167)

Done is better than good
(Pg 176)

If you can’t see what I am already getting out of this, then I’ll never be able to explain it to you.
(Pg 184)

Love over suffering, always
(Pg 214)

The more lightly you can pass the time, the brighter your existence becomes
(Pg 232)

Is there anything you are interested in?
Even a tiny bit?
No matter how mundane or small?
(Pg 238)

Einstein called this tactic “combinatory play” – the act of opening up one mental by dabbling in another.
(Pg 253)

The Final – and sometimes most difficult – act of creativity trust is to put your work out there into the world once you have completed.
(Pg 257)


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