"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off... They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating." - Pearl Buck

"F@*# self-doubt. I despise it. I hold it in contempt, along with the hell-spawned ooze-pit of Resistance from which it crawled. I will NEVER back off. I will NEVER give the work anything less than 100%. If I go down in flames, so be it. I’ll be back." -Steven Pressfield

"Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.” -Rita Mae Brown

“Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution”—Clay Shirky

"I am not afraid…I was born to do this." - Joan of Arc

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." ~Antoine De Saint Exupery

"It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends." - J. K. Rowling

"Do not be critics, you people, I beg you. I was a critic and I wish I could take it all back because it came from a smelly and ignorant place in me, and spoke with a voice that was all rage and envy. Do not dismiss a book until you have written one, and do not dismiss a movie until you have made one, and do not dismiss a person until you have met them. It is a f@*$%load of work to be open-minded and generous and understanding and forgiving and accepting, but Christ, that is what matters. What matters is saying yes." - Dave Eggers

"Adversity is just change that we haven't adapted ourselves to yet." -Aimee Mullins

"The secret of life...is to fall seven times and to get up eight times." - Paulo Coelho, from The Alchemist

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." - Helen Keller

"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only what you are expecting to give — which is everything. What you will receive in return varies. But it really has no connection with what you give. You give because you love and cannot help giving." - Katharine Hepburn

"Far better to live your own path imperfectly than to live another's perfectly." -Bhagavad Gita

"I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent" – Thomas Edison

"The soul should always stand ajar. Ready to welcome the ecstatic experience." - Emily Dickinson

"To get the truth, you want to get your own heart to pound while you write." - Robert McKee

"There is something deep within us that responds to those who level with us, who don't suggest or compromise for us." -Susan Scott, Fierce Leadership

"Each moment of our life, we either invoke or destroy our dreams." -Stuart Wilde

"I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work." -Pearl S. Buck

"Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game." -Goethe

"When I was in the middle of writing Eat Pray Love and I fell into one of those pits of despair that we will fall into when we’re working on something that’s not coming and we think ‘this is going to be a disaster, this is going to be the worst book I’ve ever written — not just that but the worst book ever written … So I just lifted my face up from the manuscript and I directed my comments to an empty corner of the room and I said aloud ‘ Listen you, thing! You and I both know that if this book isn’t brilliant that is not entirely my fault, right? Because you can see I am putting everything I have into this, I don’t have any more than this, so if you want it to be better then you’ve got to show up and do your part of the deal, OK? But you know what? If you don’t do that then I’m going to keep writing because that’s my job and I would please like the record to reflect today that I showed up and did my part of the job!" — Elizabeth Gilbert

‎"We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. It cannot lead; it can only serve" -Albert Einstein

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can chagne the world." - Margaret Mead

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart,...you’ll know when you find it." — Steve Jobs

"Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom." -Soren Kierkegaard

"I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in." -Virginia Woolf

"People who don't take risks generally make about 2 big mistakes a year, people who do take risks generally make about 2 big mistakes a year" -Peter Drucker

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou

"It's not about breaking the rules. It is about abandoning the concept of rules altogether" - Paul Lemberg

"Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people." -Leo Burnett

"You can make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you blame others for those mistakes." -John Wooden

"There's only us, There's only this, Forget regret, Or life is your to miss" - Mimi, Rent

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." -Marianne Williamson

"Don’t hire a dog, then bark yourself" -David Ogilvy

"Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion." - Martha Graham

"The only thing all successful people have in common is that they’re successful, so don’t waste your time copying “the successful strategies” of others." -Seth Godin

"...before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World test everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we've learned as we've moved toward that dream. It's the point at which most people give up. It's the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one 'dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.'" -Paulo Coehlo

"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads." - Erica Jong

"The day you say "that SOB stole my idea" is the day you need to face your own inability to execute" - Jonathan Fields

"The only thing I fear more than change is no change. The business of being static makes me nuts." -Twyla Tharp

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." - George Bernard Shaw

"Everything we say signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world. It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time." -Meryl Streep

"What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: What is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it's right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it." -Oprah Winfrey

"To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing." — Aristotle

"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." - Mark Twain

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." - Diane Ackerman

"It's easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date." — Roger von Oech

"We all operate in two contrasting modes, which might be called open and closed. The open mode is more relaxed, more receptive, more exploratory, more democratic, more playful and more humorous. The closed mode is the tighter, more rigid, more hierarchical, more tunnel-visioned. Most people, unfortunately spend most of their time in the closed mode. Not that the closed mode cannot be helpful. If you are leaping a ravine, the moment of takeoff is a bad time for considering alternative strategies. When you charge the enemy machine-gun post, don't waste energy trying to see the funny side of it. Do it in the "closed" mode. But the moment the action is over, try to return to the "open" mode—to open your mind again to all the feedback from our action that enables us to tell whether the action has been successful, or whether further action is need to improve on what we have done. In other words, we must return to the open mode, because in that mode we are the most aware, most receptive, most creative, and therefore at our most intelligent." -John Cleese

"The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances—re the primary sources of creativity." — Margaret J. Wheatley

"Too much of our work amounts to the drudgery of arranging means toward ends, mechanically placing the right foot in front of the left and the left in front of the right, moving down narrow corridors toward narrow goals. Play widens the halls. Work will always be with us, and many works are worthy. But the worthiest works of all often reflect an artful creativity that looks more like play than work."— James Ogilvy

"In my experience, if you steer clear of dogma and muster up more love than you thought you had to give, then your vitality increases, satisfaction sets in, sweetness surfaces. I believe in the creative power of good feelings. I’m convinced that the desire to be real is everyone's divine imperative." -Danielle LaPorte

"Don't worry, be crappy. Revolutionary means you ship and then test... Lots of things made the first Mac in 1984 a piece of crap - but it was a revolutionary piece of crap." -Guy Kawasaki

"Clarity of painting comes from clarity of vision. A painter has to be emotionally right out there and present, both to perceive and to express." -Kate Palmer

Jonathan Fields is the author of Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love.  He writes and speaks on meaningful work, being a lifestyle entrepreneur and creativity at JonathanFields.com and is a twitter heavy-user at @jonathanfields

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