Seven Quotes To Describe The Independent Creative Life

Studying the mind of the independent creative has baffled more than a few scientists over the years. While we now know that the old notion of left vs. right brain functioning is outdated, and that many neural networks are involved in processing imaginative thoughts, we are still not entirely sure of how creativity works in the brain.

So, as more research gets sorted out, we can look to the words of some of the world’s most renowned thinkers to shed some light on this mystifying area of production.

Steve Jobs

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”

Jim Carrey

“Creative people don’t behave very well, generally.”

Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”

Ray Bradbury

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”

Albert Einstein

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”


“In spite of fear and pity, we are the happy living beings, not as individuals, but as one living being, with whose creative joy we are united.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“Always trust yourself and your own feeling, as opposed to argumentations, discussion, or introductions of that sort; if it turns out that you are wrong, then the natural growth of your inner life will eventually guide you to other insights. Allow your judgments their own silent, undisturbed development, which, like all progress, must come from deep within and cannot be forced or hastened. Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist: in understanding as in creating.”

P.S. If you are a creative person, and you have not read Rilke’s “Letters To A Young Poet,” run, do not walk, to your nearest independent bookstore.

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