Creativity: 30+ Quotes to Inspire Your Artistic Passion

Quotes to Get You Into the Creative Mood

I know I’ve said it before, but it’s true again–this post combines two of my absolute favorite things. Creativity takes many forms and all offer an outlet to express your true self and share your perspective with others. Reading the right quote can provide the inspiration and burst of positivity when you feel your creative mojo needs a jump-start.


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An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. Quote by James Whistler | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903) was an American artist, active during the American Gilded Age. He was based mainly in the United Kingdom, and is most famous for his painting Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (1871)–known to most of us as Whistler’s Mother.


To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage. Quote by Georgia O'Keeffe | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) has been one of my favorite artists for many years–she was born in my home state of Wisconsin. Known as The Mother of American Modernism Georgia’s abstract art focused on flowers, New York skyscrapers and the New Mexico landscape. Check out the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.


Edgar Degas quote Only when he no longer knows what he is doing doe the painter do good things. | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was a French painter and sculptor. Many of his impressionistic paintings were of ballet dancers, and are absolutely gorgeous.  He was quite talented at capturing the effects of light within his paintings.


Quote by Dieter Vortdorf The Desire to Create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


This quote is profound. Dieter F. Uchtdorf (Born in 1940) is the only individual I included here who I had never heard of before. He is a German aviator, airline executive and a religious leader.

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A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. Paul Cezanne Quote | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter. His work was incremental in the transition from Impressionism into the new and radically different form of abstract art in the 20th century.


One must, from time to time, attempt things that are beyond one's capacity. Pierre-Auguste Renoir Quote | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Another one of my favorite artists is Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919). He had a huge influence on the early impressionistic movement. His paintings display a fascination with intense color and lighting.


I prefer living in color. David Hockney Inspirational Quote. | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


David Hockney (Born in 1937) is an English painter, print maker, photographer, draughtsman and stage designer. He helped pioneer the British Pop Art movement in the early ’60s.


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My daughter gave me these for my birthday and they are so much fun! Be guided and inspired by the world’s greatest artists with this creative set of oracle cards.




I am going to make everything beautiful. That will be my life. Quote by Elsie de Wolfe | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Elsie de Wolfe (1865-1950) was an American actor who in 1905 switched careers to become an interior decorator. She refers to herself in her memoir as “a rebel in an ugly world.”


Colour is my day-long obsession, joy, & torment. Claude Monet Quote. | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Oscar-Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) was one of the founders of French Impressionist painting. He was a strong voice in the movement’s philosophy of expressing  landscapes in the unique impressionist style. He created 1000’s of scenic plein air paintings, and was particularly fond of painting flowers in vibrant colors.


quote Color is a power which directly influences the soul. | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist. With his unique perspective on the form and function of art, he is attributed with creating one of the first ever abstract paintings.


Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it. Salvador Dali Quote | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was quite the character with his thin, curling mustache, flamboyant behavior and need for attention.  His eccentricity and talent combined to make him a prominent Spanish surrealist artist.


Art speaks the soul of its culture. Quote by Abby Willowroot | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Abby Willowroot is an archetypist and goddess artist. She is the founder and director of the Goddess 2000 Project–an International Arts Project.

Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. Coffee Mug | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote

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To live a creative life we must first lose our fear of being wrong. Quote by Joseph Chilton Pearce | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


American author Joseph Chilton Pearce (1926-2016) wrote about child development, the mind-heart connection, and spirituality. He is known as The Grandfather of The Conscious Parenting Movement.


 The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. Marc Chagall Quote | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was a Russian-French artist and early modernist. He was a multi-talented artist, creating paintings, stained-glass windows, ceramics, and tapestries. America Windows, Chagall’s gorgeous 36 panel stained glass window, was created specifically for The Art Institute of Chicago. This exhibit is well worth your time if you are ever in Chicago.  Click here to see America Windows.


 Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it. Andy Warhol Quote | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was an American artist, director, and producer. After graduating with a degree in pictorial design he worked as a commercial artist and became an early figure in the pop art movement.


 What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? Quote by Vincent van Gogh | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) was a true innovator in the world of art. He did his own thing while suffering from mental health issues. This took an incredible amount of courage and talent!


Go out and paint the stars. Vincent van Gogh Quote | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Van Gogh was a creative visionary!


Frida Kahlo quote I paint flowers so they will not die. | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Another artist who created despite enduring an incredible amount of physical and emotional pain was Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). She survived polio as a young child and was seriously injured in a bus accident at the age of 18. Her marriage to Diego Rivera was not a stable relationship, to say the least. Frida expressed her suffering through her paintings, and is now known as a feminist icon.


I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint. Frida Kahlo Quote | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


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Write like it matters,& it will. Libba Bray Quote | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Libba Bray (born 1964) is an American writer of young adult novels.


Albert Einstein quote: Creativity is intelligence having fun. | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. We all know him for his break-through theory of relativity. A lesser know fact is his creative talent on the piano and violin. Another great quote by Einstein sums up his life “The greatest scientists are artists as well.”


Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand. quote by Stevie Wonder


Stevie Wonder (born in 1950) is a multi-talented musician. He became a teenage soul sensation back in the ’60s and has since become one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century.


I don't think it's a bad thing to share how you feel, especially if people can relate to it. Nora Jones Quote


Nora Jones (born in 1979) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She has sold over 50 million records worldwide– pretty impressive for her young age. I read she started out playing the saxophone–her jazzy music is incredibly soulful.


 Music is the emotional life of most people.. Leonard Cohen | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


The world lost a great musician last year when Canadian-born  Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) passed away.  Listening to his song Hallelujah will move your soul regardless of your favorite genre of music.

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You have to give people something to dream on. Jimi Hendrix Quote | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote

Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Unfortunately he was only in the spotlight for a short four years. Regardless of this, he is known as one of the greatest electric guitar players ever.


To define is to limit. Inspirational Quote by Oscar Wilde | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 – 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. He wrote novels, poetry, and short stories throughout the 1880s, and became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.


Michelangelo quote: Every block of stone has a statue inside it & is the task of the sculptor to find it. | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote


This one certainly goes way back in history. Michelangelo (1475-1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the Statue of David are two of his greatest works.


You see things and you say why? But I dream things that never were; and I say Why Not? George Bernard Shaw | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote #Shaw


Geogre Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright, critic and polemicist. He was influential–and still is–influential in the theater, culture and politics. An interesting fact on Shaw is that he is the only person who has won both an Academy Award and a Nobel Prize.


Every artist was first an amateur. Inspirational Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote #Emerson


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet. He became a leader of individualism, criticizing societal norms and pressures.  Emerson led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, publishing essays and giving over 1,500 public lectures across the United States.


I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say. Flannery O'Connor Inspirational Quote | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote #FlanneryOConnor


Mary Flannery O’Connor (1925 – 1964) was an American writer who wrote two novels, thirty-two short stories, and a number of reviews and commentaries. Her life was cut short due to complications from lupus.


What can be explained is not poetry. William Butler Yeats Quote | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote #Yeats


William Butler Yeats (1864 – 1939) was an Irish poet and an innovator of 20th-century literature. He established himself with both the Irish and British literary world, and helped found the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1904.


Walt Disney quote: If you can dream it you can do it. | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote #Disney


Walt Disney (1901-1966) is well-known as the creator of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney Productions, and many theme parks. With his vivid imagination he became known as an innovator in the world of animation and cartoon production.


Without great solitude, no serious work is possible. Quote by Picasso | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote #Picasso


Born in Spain Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a multi-talented artist. The creative hats he wore included painter, sculptor, print maker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright.


The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Picasso Quote | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote #Picasso


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Life is a great big canvas. Throw all the paint you can on it. Danny Kaye Quote | #Art #Creativity #Artist #Inspiration #Quote #DannyKaye


American actor, singer, dancer, musician, and comedian Danny Kaye (1911-1987) is another individual with a wide array of talents. He gives a great performance in White Christmas with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen!


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There are more than 30 art quotes here–I couldn’t seem to stop myself! The words from these artists express the importance of creativity in our world for self-expression and as a means for social change.


My hope is these quotes will inspire you to create with passion–in whatever form you choose. Creativity feeds the soul of the artist and anyone fortunate enough to witness the final result. We must continue to create with the hope of healing our souls and those of our brothers and sisters.

If you need even more inspiration check out my eBook 50 Quotes to Inspire Your Creative Passion.

You might also enjoy my article on Intuitive Art.

Do you have a favorite quote about creativity not included here? Please share with us in the comments below.

Peace, Love & Creativity!


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