Why Do We Create?

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As I was preparing for a workshop and thinking about why we need to make things and be creative, I compiled this collection of quotes which answer the question of why we create. Enjoy and be moved to create something for your own pleasure.

“Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio. The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you love them, the way you vote, the words that come out of your mouth…will also become the raw material for the art you make.” Teresita Fernandez

“Why should we all use our creative power? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money. Because the best way to know the truth or beauty is to try to express it.” Brenda Ueland

“I think we’re creative all day long. We have to have an appointment to have that work out on the page. Because the creative part of us gets tired of waiting, or just gets tired.” Mary Oliver

“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 possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” Kurt Vonnegut

“Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing.” Julia Cameron

“It’s not necessarily about the money or even a business, and it’s certainly not about building an industrial empire. It might merely be about the joy of doing art.” Seth Godin

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Anne Lamott

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”  Stella Adler

“When people aren’t having any fun, they seldom produce good work.” David Ogilvy

“Ultimately, what we need to do is get out from behind the desk and the chores from time to time and create opportunities for our souls.” Gregg Levoy

 Be inspired to create. ~Maria Gatling

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