Quote Gallery – Favorite Quotes

I love having a gallery of quotes so I thought I would share some personal favorites. I’ve started with a collection of three, and I will always be adding more as they find me or return to me. These beautiful little snippets put life into perspective for me and take me to my favorite places.

“I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don’t want to pretend at magic anymore. I want to be magic.”
-Charles De Lint

Disclaimer: I have not read this book yet, but because of this beautiful quote, I fully intend to. This quote slows me down every time I read it because of its punctuation. Each stop is so uniquely its own thought that it allows for each image to resonate with a nice ebb and flow. The thought is then fluid with the punctuation and prolongs the image longer than any further description could.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. The entire book, I quote that.

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I cannot possibly choose just one, two, or a few quotes from this amazing book, so I quote it in its entirety, though below are a few more of my favorite sneak peaks.

“But to yell at your creativity, saying, “You must earn money for me!” is sort of like yelling at a cat; it has no idea what you’re talking about, and all you’re doing is scaring it away, because you’re making really loud noises and your face looks weird when you do that.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear

This quote resonated with me because for so long I have asked how I can make money with my art. I ask how the baseline of my art can make money or how I can shape my writing into a field. But by shaping my writing, I lose the creativity and it becomes daunting again. Nobody wants to buy my creativity (yet). I’ve been trying to evolve it instead of enjoying it for myself.

“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us. Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise—you can make anything. So please calm down now and get back to work, okay The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear

This. Quote. It puts into perspective the very true juxtaposition of art and craft, grounding the artist with the reminder that being eclectic as a person and as an artist is okay. It’s just that way and I keep this quote close as a gentle reminder.

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear

“You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”
-Max Ehrmann in Desiderata

I could also quote this great work in its entirety. It inspires me to be a better person.

Another favorite snippett from Desiderata:

“Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.”

“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.” -Sophia Bush

“Be very careful what you think, your thoughts run your life.”
The Bible – Proverbs 423

I’m not particularly religious, but this quote fully encompasses my thinking – if you allow yourself to think negative thoughts, escaping to happiness becomes increasingly more difficult.

“Achievable goals the first step to self-improvement.” – J.K. Rowling

“I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” -Albert Einstein

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