inspiration from quotes

I love to read, reread, and collect quotes which make me think and act.
Here are a few my favourites, so far.

If I don’t have blue, I’ll just use red.

Pablo Picasso

How difficult it is to be simple.

Vincent van Gogh

Don’t wait for inspiration, it comes while working.

Henri Matisse


They did not know it was impossible so they did it.

Mark Twain

Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.

Albert Einstein

If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.


Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.

an addict

Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.

Andy Warhol

I paint what I like, when I like, and where I like.

David Hockney

When you’re being creative, nothing is wrong.

John Cleese

Nothing will stop you from being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.

John Cleese

Whatever you’re doing today, do it with the confidence of a 4 year old in a batman t-shirt.


I love learning, but hate being taught.

Winston Churchill

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin

Silence your mind, pick up a pencil and draw.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

Pablo Picasso

Paint first, then think.

David M. Kessler

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.

Pablo Picasso

Everything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.

J.K. Rowling

Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.  Everything we see is a perspective not the truth.

Marcus Aurelius

I would rather die of passion than of boredom.

Vincent van Gogh

Don’t bend. Don’t water it down. Don’t try to make it logical. Don’t edit your own soul according to fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

Franz Kafka

Impossible is just an opinion.

Paulo Coelho

Every disadvantage has its advantage.

Johan Cruijf

Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now.  The conditions are always impossible.

Doris Lessing

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.

James Whistler

Artists give people something they didn’t know they were missing.

Daniel Pink

Comparison is the death of joy.

Mark Twain

Everything is hard before it is easy.


Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail.

Ernest Hemingway

If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.

African proverb

Drawing is rather like playing chess, your mind races ahead of the moves that you eventually make.

David Hockney

If there’s no wind, row.

Latin Proverb

If there are waves, go surfing.

Surfers proverb

I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I’m free.

Δεν ελπίζω τίποτα. Δε φοβούμαι τίποτα. Είμαι λέφτερος.

Nikos Kazantzakis

I hope to arrive to my death, late, in love and a little drunk.


You only see it when you understand it.

Je gaat het pas zien als je het doorhebt.

Johan Cruijf

The most important decision you will ever make is to be in a good mood.


We are our choices.

J.P. Sartre

Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson