Talent and Creativity

rainbow colorsAll our talents increase in the using, and the every faculty, both good and bad, strengthen by exercise. —Anne Bronte

Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. —Albert Einstein

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm

Creativity is a scavenger hunt. It’s your obligation to pay attention to clues, to the thing that gives you that little tweak. —Elizabeth Gilbert

I do not want to die . . until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown. —Kathe Kollwitz, O magazine, September 2002

We have a marvelous combination of male and female within us, and part of maturing is learning to balance these two components so they are the most fertile. It is only then that we are able to make creative choices and to understand that we do indeed have choices. . . When we believe the impossible, it becomes possible, and we can do all kinds of extraordinary things. —Madeleine L’Engle

We must use time creatively and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. —Nelson Mandela

No great thing is created suddenly.—Pictetus

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. —Sylvia Plath

Use what talents you possess; The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. —Henry Van Dyke

I dream my painting and then paint my dream. —Vincent Van Gogh