Authors and Artists on Creativity

Kellie Magnus
2 min readMar 16, 2022


Some of my favourite creativity quotes:

When I need a reminder that creativity isn’t just for artists

“Creativity is a way of being. It’s the voice that propels us towards expansion into our greatest self. The artist is just someone who decided to take their creativity seriously.” — Denise Francis Robinson, Creativity Coach

When I’m afraid

“I am even more certain that to create dangerously is also to create fearlessly, boldly embracing the public and private terrors that would silence us, then bravely moving forward even when it feels as though we are chasing or being chased by ghosts.” — Edwidge Danticat, Author

When I feel fresh out of ideas

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou, Author

When I need a reminder to make time to be creative

“Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.” — Julia Cameron, Author

When I’m prone to perfectionism

“Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and the pupil are located in the same individual.” — Arthur Koestler, Author

“When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it.” — Jacob Lawrence, Artist

When I need to trust my own ideas

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison, Author

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” — Maya Angelou, Author

“I shall become, I shall become a collector of me. And put meat on my soul.” — Sonia Sanchez, Author

Shout out to for quotes from black creatives. Let me know if you have your own favourite quotes on creativity.

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