Quotes About Creativity, Writing and Success

“To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.”

— George Kneller

“The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.”

— Norman Peale

“Talking endlessly about something instead of doing it depletes you of the drive to get it done.”

— Milli Thornton, Write Your Screenplay in 29 Days

“I use the expression ‘polishing coconuts’ to mean how activity in one area generates movement in another. When you show your earnestness and intention by writing it down, something opens up. The word gets out.”

— Henriette Anne Klauser, Write It Down, Make It Happen

“You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.”

— Isadora Duncan

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

— Steve Jobs

“The Universe is filled with magical things . . . just waiting for our wits to sharpen enough to notice.”

— Connie Rios

“Sleep is a cornerstone of creativity.”

Charlotte Rains Dixon

“We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.”

— Harrison Ford

“Spent an hour this morning decluttering my desk. It feels good to sit here, contemplating my own little kingdom of creativity.”

— Milli Thornton, writing coach

“When a person admits their preciousness, they can love themselves and make a great contribution to the world.”

— @IlchiLee

As Donald tells Charlie, “You are what you love, not what loves you.”

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, writing about the movie Adaptation

“By consciously rising to meet challenges, we transform them into opportunities.”

— Sharon Jeffers in Cards of Destiny

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

— Richard Bach

“Help people become more motivated by guiding them to the source of their own power.”

— Paul G. Thomas

“When your heart speaks, take good notes.”

— Judith Campbell

#amwriting in my Andy Warhol-designed writer’s notebook, exploring the mystery “Why am I a writer?”

— Milli Thornton, @fearofwriting

“Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?”

— From the movie What a Girl Wants

“When you are done achieving a level of success, you start thinking about what really matters. And surprise . . . it is never the success itself.”

— The Marcusist

“Buying a new laptop thinking it will make you write a novel is like buying a treadmill thinking it will make you exercise.”

— @sklompar

“When the spirit of a man is decisive and firm, the space clears around him and others give him room.”

— John Watson Foster

“Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.”

— Dag Hammarskjold

“When you are letting go of baggage, go slow enough to integrate the changes—including changing habits.”

— Gayle McCain

“Most people are a mix of self-belief and lack of. Plus, on any given day, we may feel wonderfully confident—even regarding something we’d normally feel timid about—while other days we wonder when we’ll ever feel confident again.”

— Milli Thornton

“The journey IS the goal. There is no ‘arrival’ to wait for. Celebrate TODAY.”

— Nika Stewart

“You are here to do something you are uniquely created for. No one else can do it like you can, that’s why you’re here.”

— @NikkiKearney

“Those scenes I love to see from Guido’s POV . . .”

Kate Hudson singing & dancing puts me in a creative mood!