17 Quotes From Artists and Writers To Motivate You When You’re In A Slump

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1. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” — Pablo Picasso

2. The scariest moment is always just before you start. — Stephen King

3. If we go for the easy way, we never change.  Marina Abramoviç

4. The first draft of anything is shit. — Ernest Hemingway

5. Amateurs look for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work. — Chuck Close

6. Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn’t always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine. — Mindy Kaling

7. Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. — Vincent Van Gogh

8. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised. — John Steinbeck

9. If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. — Marc Chagall

10. Pay very close attention to failure, rather than get depressed or unnerved or feel ashamed. — Toni Morrison

11. Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing. — Georgia O’Keeffe

12. Turn off your cell phone. Honestly, if you want to get work done, you’ve got to learn to unplug. No texting, no email, no Facebook, no Instagram. — Nathan Englander

13. The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. — Auguste Rodin

14. Work on one thing at a time until finished. — Henry Miller

15. Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it. — Salvador Dali

16. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough. or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever. — Neil Gaiman

17. I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart. — Vincent Van Gogh Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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