33 Inspiring quotes from Elizabeth Gilbert on Living a Creative Life
Living a creative life has been the core message for best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert but her message goes far beyond a creative life as she speaks to the core of what keeps us from expressing ourselves in creative ways, fear, failure, and self-acceptance. As most who have read anything Elizabeth Gilbert writes I am inspired by her message and take inspiration from her words.
Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of influential books like Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear. I know that you will find inspiration and motivation from her words. I hope it finds you in a moment when you truly need it so that you can live a creative life, whatever that may be for you.
Elizabeth Gilbert on Fear
“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”
“Perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes and a mink coat,”
“Do you have the courage to bring forth this work? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”
“Fear is boring because it only ever has one thing to say to us, and that thing is: “Stop”
“It seems to me that the less I fight my fear, the less it fights back. If I can relax, fear relaxes, too.”
“Basically, your fear is like a mall cop who thinks he’s a Navy SEAL. He hasn’t slept in days, he’s all hopped up on Red Bull, and he’s liable to shoot at his own shadow in an absurd effort to keep everyone “safe.”
“My fear would have me do nothing but given the choice between something and nothing, I’m always going to have to choose something.”
Elizabeth Gilbert on Self Acceptance
“Embrace the glorious mess that you are.”
“If people don’t like what your creating, just smile at them sweetly and tell them to go make their own fucking art.”
“True power comes from standing in your own truth and walking in your own path.”
“Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy.”
“We spend so much time mired in regret, begin forgiving yourself right now for what you can’t know yet.”
“You don’t need to conduct autopsies on your disasters.”
Elizabeth Gilbert on Failure
“A glorious failure can sometimes be more life affirming than a cautions win.
“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.”
“Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them.”
Elizabeth Gilbert on Finding Purpose
“Everybody imitates before they can innovate.”
“Anyhow, the older I get, the less impressed I become with originality.”
“It might have been done before, but it hasn’t been done by you!”
“We are lucky that inspiration talks to us at all: it’s too much to ask that it also explains itself.”
“We are all just beginners here, and we shall all die beginners.”
“What do I love so much that I don’t mind eating the sh*t sandwich that comes along with that thing?”
Elizabeth Gilbert on Living a Creative Life
“Creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery. The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you.”
“Every time you express a complaint about how difficult and tiresome it is to be creative, inspiration takes another step away from you, offended.”
“You do not need anybody’s permission to live a creative life.”
“There’s no dishonor in having a job. What is dishonorable is scaring away your creativity by demanding that it pay for your entire existence.”
“My creative expression must be the most important thing in the world to me (if I am to live artistically), and it also must not matter at all (if I am to live sanely.)”
“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.”
“If I am not actively creating something, then I am probably actively destroying something”
“You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.”
Elizabeth Gilbert on Taking Action
“It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.”
“A good-enough novel violently written now is better than a perfect novel meticulously written never.”
“Heartbreak can’t transform you unless you show up for it.”
The Power of Words
I adore motivational quotes. Perhaps it’s the feeling I get when I hear empowering words. Something comes alive inside of me and I know that what I want is possible. It’s a short-term remedy to a long-term struggle to realize my dreams. It’s an escape from the hard work I know is ahead of me. More than that, motivational quotes are a reminder that I’m okay. Someone else has already been there and I can learn from their lessons.
Motivation and in particular motivational quotes are a glimpse at a higher self. This is the difference in who you are and who you want to be. It’s the possibility that’s inspiring.
We need a source of motivation to get better. we need it to get through the stuff we don’t want to do so that we can realize the things we do want. Like most people, I’m motivated by the words of great people. Those people who made it in spite of all the obstacles.
Which quotes inspire you the most?
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