Life is too short not to create, not to love, and not to lend a helping hand to our brothers and sisters.

— Eric Maisel

The most massive Eric Maisel quotes that will activate your desire to change

Dream, but expect nothing. Desire, but expect nothing. Hope, but expect nothing. Release your need to control and gain real control.

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There are an infinite number of rewards you could bestow on yourself for working at your creative projects, and you deserve every one of them.

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When you flow like water you bring all of your talents and resources to your creative work... Flow around every obstacle you encounter, including any you've erected yourself.

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The artist's personality, built upon strong desires and compassionate vision, is by its nature prone to depression.

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You can't plan in advance for everything - every mood swing, every mistake you might make in execution, every shift in your circumstances. But you can keep updating your plan.

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If, because of anxiety and self-doubt, you procrastinate and only think about working, you'll feel more exhausted than if you'd created for hours.

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The artist, busy and unsettled, can find a moment's peace - and even whole-being rejuvenation - by quietly attuning to a red sky, a gray sky, a black sky, a blue sky.

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Our desire is to grow so quiet and to work so deeply that we participate fully in the mystery in which we're embedded. When we manage to do that we feel as if we have merged with the universe; for the duration of that experience we feel immortal.

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Whatever pain and suffering you've experienced in your life has been a blessing at least in this one regard: you now know some true things that you couldn't have learned any other way.

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When you consciously decide to breathe more slowly and deeply, you alert your body to the fact that you want it to behave differently. You are not just changing your breathing pattern, you are making a full-body announcement that you are entering into a different relationship with your mind and your body.

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When a thing is not done, continuing to work is the strength;

but when it is done, the strength lies in stopping.

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When the artist activates his being, awakens to his surroundings, and sets himself the task of creating, connections are made out of conscious awareness that return coalesced as inspiration.

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About Eric Maisel

Quotes 106 sayings
Profession Teacher
Birthday 1947

Humanitarian convictions are the linchpins of our salvation, and these an artist must champion.

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Your chances of creating deeply hinge on the quality of your awareness state.

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The artist at her best - wild, passionate, rebellious, and human - is often too large and truthful a creature for society's taste. The artist at her most outlandish - profane, eccentric, even a little mad - is at least as disquieting a figure.

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An artist... must actively caress wonder: for fascination, like the desire to play, can be eradicated by the rigors of living.

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Rekindling hope, engaging in inner work, and venturing into the world amount to a complete plan for picking yourself up when you're down.

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Artists have wild desires and a terrible hunger to achieve.

.. Without it they haven't the juice for striving or loving. But desire also can make them greedy and turn dreams into unrealizable obsessions.

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Chaos is everywhere - and artists, to fashion art and live truthfully, have no choice but to invite this unwanted guest right into the studio.

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A composition is an arrangement, built out of parts, that aims at seamlessness.

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An artist feels vulnerable to begin with;

and yet the only answer is to recklessly discard more armour.

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Do I doubt the painting I've just painted because it is not right or because I can never like what I do?

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A creative block is a fear about the future, a guess about the dangers dwelling in the dark computer and the locked studio.

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An ability to choose is a necessity for the artist.

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To obsess too virulently is to walk alone in anxiety.

But to obsess too little is to wall oneself off from one's own creativity.

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The more sophisticated we become - as we pierce reality and see the void beyond - the more our sense of wonder is destroyed, along with our reasons for being.

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Even though we require flexibility to negotiate our changing circumstances, we are rather built to anxiously turn away from alternatives.

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An artist who is too self-centered is liable to exhibit faults he abhors: carelessness, callousness, and even downright cruelty.

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An alive piece of art may be more alive than much of its audience, and with this odd truth artists must make peace.

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The strange, unbeautiful face beautiful in its ugliness;

the perfect, beautiful face ugly in its perfection.

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The artist, who must venture into the studio and risk there, and then venture into the marketplace and risk again, is obliged to learn how her defences work, so that she can drop and raise her guard instantly.

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While some part of the artwork may fail, the whole may have its own unique importance.

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The growth that an artist seeks is a fine combination of mastering craft, garnering an audience, maintaining one's mental health, and working mightily from a ever-expanding base of experience.

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A time comes, after years in the trenches, when the artist begins to fathom what his career has looked like so far and what it will look like if he continues as he's proceeded.

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If you create you will also wait, and while you're waiting you will want to be patient but not idle... responses from the world often take a long time.

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The middle way cannot be achieved by dividing two extremes in half.

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No muse shoots darts of insight into the unsuspecting artist.

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The artist must possess at least as much conviction as does his enemy, the dogmatic, mealy-mouthed, anti-art bigot.

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Deconstruction is great for the intellect, but it hurts the heart terribly.

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Affirmations need to be used if they are to become incorporated into the fabric of your being.

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Who knows how many artists fail because the light that shines through them is defracted in a thousand directions and not concentrated in a single beam?

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All space is space in which to create.

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Affirmations are not bound up in rules.

An affirmation can be long or short, poetic or plain. If you love a phrase and find that it helps you, that is a valid affirmation.

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Creativity is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Remind yourself of the value of detaching from work that's out of your hands and committing to new work that wants to be born.

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It is in an artist's real interest to congratulate herself more often: not out of narcissism, but in her role as her own dear friend and advocate.

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Creativity requires introspection, self-examination, and a willingness to take risks. Because of this, artists are perhaps more susceptible to self-doubt and despair than those who do not court the creative muses.

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While artists fervently believe that the art marketplace was invented by the devil and remains in his henchman's hands, they have no choice but to carry long spoons and sup there.

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By 'expecting nothing' you are not 'giving up.

' Far from it! You are making a decision to focus on what needs to be done rather than on outcomes.

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