“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it safers, the creatures of the common place, the slaves of the ordinary.”—Cecil Beaton
“The arts are not a way to make a living.
They are a very human way of making life more bearable.
Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”—Kurt Vonnegut (via saisonlune)
“There’s no such thing as a creative type, as if creative people can just show up and make stuff up, as if it were that easy. I think people need to be reminded that creativity is a verb, a very time consuming verb. It’s about taking an idea in your head and transforming it into something real. And that’s always going to be a long and difficult process. If you’re doing it right, it’s going to feel like work.”—Milton Glaser via Jonah Lehrer in Imagine (via meltrrron)