Voices: Creativity

Wishes come true, not free.
- Stephen Sondheim

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
- Toni Morrison

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
- Amelia Earhart

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
- Paul Valery

A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
- Benazir Bhutto

It takes courage, curiosity, and guidance to enter unfamiliar places, especially when they are inside you.
- Alexander Bernstein

Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.
- Lou Dorfsman

What is happening in your innermost self is worthy of your entire love.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of genius or something very small, comes to the artist and says, 'Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.'
- Madeleine L'Engle

The possession of creative talent appears as a doubtful blessing: a Janus-faced endowment, which may bring fame and fortune, but is incompatible with what, for the ordinary person, constitutes happiness.
- Anthony Storr

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
- Aristotle

Our souls with high music ringing;
O men! It must ever be
That we dwell, in our dreaming and singing,
A little apart from ye.
- Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Ode (The Music-Makers)

Homer is new this morning, but nothing is so old as yesterday's newspaper.
- Charles Pe'guy

All of writing is a huge lake. There are great rivers that feed the lake, like Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, and there are mere trickles, like Jean Rhys. All that matters is feeding the lake. I don't matter. The lake matters.
- Jean Rhys

What is repellent about pornography, we are always told, is that it depicts sex unconnected from love. And what is repellent about celebrity is that it often represents fame unconnected to achievement.
- Richard Cohen, Washington Post (16 February 2005)

[Head of the U. S. Patent Office, in a letter to President McKinley recommending that the department be abolished:]
Today, in 1899, everything that can be invented has been invented.
- Charles Duell

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.
- Edwin Land

There is no real creating without hard work. That which you call invention--that is to say, a thought, an idea--is simply an inspiration for which I am not responsible, which is no merit of mine. It is a present, a gift, which I even ought to despise until I have made it my own by dint of hard work. And there need be no hurry about that, either. It is like the seed of corn: it germinates unconsciously and in spite of ourselves.
- Johannes Brahms

We have a blind date with Destiny. And it looks like she's ordered the lobster.
- The Shoveler, Mystery Men

[In a note found after his death by his apprentice:]
Draw, Antonio. Draw, Antonio. Draw, and do not waste time.
- Michaelangelo

[To a reporter at her door the day she won her second Pulitzer Prize:]
I can't talk about that now. I'm in the middle of a sentence.
- Anne Tyler



Wax Hands

Wax Hands
Taipei, Taiwan
September 2005