I have a confession to make: I have a minor obsession to what might be described as self-help books. I find that there is nothing quite like an inspirational read to help you get over a hump when you need a little push! For me, these types of books allow me to focus on the current or upcoming chapter in my life and edit or write the page how I want it to read.
While investing myself in a book, I fold down key pages that include a quote, sentence or paragraph that moves or inspires me. Then, I can revisit these pages and re-spark the inspiration that I felt the first time around! I recently wrapped up "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert. Heard of it? Read it? Great! Haven't? Even better. I'm here to introduce you to the life-changing book. In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love author) digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity and offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, how to face down what we most fear and discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. If you haven't guessed by now, there was a lot of page folding going on! The book truly opens a world of wonder and joy and provides new ways to address challenges in our work, how to embark on a dream long deferred and how to simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion.
Here, I've rounded up some of my favorite Big Magic quotes. I hope at least one of these moving messages encourages you to be your best authentic self and live your most creative life!
"Keep your eyes open. Listen. Follow your curiosity. Ideas are constantly trying to get your attention. Let them know you're available."
“Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.”
“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.”
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”
“The essential ingredients for creativity remain exactly the same for everybody: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust—and those elements are universally accessible. Which does not mean that creative living is always easy; it merely means that creative living is always possible.”
"A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life."
“your life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make really interesting things while you’re still here.”
“I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. Ideas are a disembodied, energetic life-form. They are completely separate from us, but capable of interacting with us—albeit strangely. Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness, and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.”
“You can clear out whatever obstacles are preventing you from living your most creative life, with the simple understanding that whatever is bad for you is probably also bad for your work.”
“It might have been done before, but it hasn’t been done by you!”
"Your own reasons to create are reason enough. Merely by pursuing what you love, you may inadvertently end up helping us plenty."
“So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”
“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”
“It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.”
“She said: “We all spend our twenties and thirties trying so hard to be perfect, because we’re so worried about what people will think of us. Then we get into our forties and fifties, and we finally start to be free, because we decide that we don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of us. But you won’t be completely free until you reach your sixties and seventies, when you finally realize this liberating truth—nobody was ever thinking about you, anyhow.”
“But inspiration is still sitting there right beside me, and it is trying. Inspiration is trying to send me messages in every form it can—through dreams, through portents, through clues, through coincidences, through déjà vu, through kismet, through surprising waves of attraction and reaction, through the chills that run up my arms, through the hair that stands up on the back of my neck, through the pleasure of something new and surprising, through stubborn ideas that keep me awake all night long . . . whatever works. Inspiration is always trying to work with me.”
"Don't abandon your creativity. The moment things stop being easy or rewarding because that's the moment when interesting begins."
"What is creative living? Any life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than fear.