Joseph Smith taught that in knowledge there is power and that the very power of God is related to knowledge and intelligence. You can be creative and make solid contributions in . . . history, art, literature, and communications. Challenge yourself to be in the forefront of some field of creativity.
Why should we all use our creative power…? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.
Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps subconsciousness—I wouldn’t know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
It is art, and art only, that reveals us to ourselves.
The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.
—Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
—Joseph Chilton Pearce
Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music—the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
Art is coming face to face with yourself.
Life is not what is said, but the process of saying, not the created picture, but the creating.
Art is just another way of keeping a diary.
You begin with the possibilities of the material, and then you see what they can do, so the artist is almost a bystander while he’s working.
The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.
My destination is always the same but I work out a different route to get there.
Experience, even for a painter, is not exclusively visual.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson