You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, when you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first, you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have such a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.
Creativity is intelligence having fun.
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
~Joseph Chilton Pearce
The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.
If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
~The Gospel of Thomas
Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.
I invented this rule for myself to be applied to every decision I might have to make in the future. I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness, and other things being equal I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side. I think it must be a rule something like this that makes jonquils and crocuses come pushing through cold mud.
~Katharine Butler Hathaway
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
The war of an artist with [their] society is a lover’s war, and [they] do, at [their] best, what lovers do, which is to reveal the beloved to [themselves] and, with that revelation, to make freedom real.
When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.
As far as [people] go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
“[To enter a state of creativity] you have to die and be reborn. And then when you are resurrected then you’re like, wow, look at what I brought back. Look at my canvass. This is where I went. Our painting, our songs, our stories — they are maps from where we went.”
Nature is infinitely creative. It is always producing the possibility of new beginnings.
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2018 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘CREATIVITY’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)