More Selections from 1001 Quotes Questions & Pondering About the Creative Process

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.

Miguel de Cervantes

What absurd things have you done this week?

Make a list of ten things you have done that you used to believe were impossible?


The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them to the impossible.

Arthur Clarke

What have you done that stretched you beyond your limits?

What conditions need to be present for you to make the impossible possible?

We adore chaos because we love to produce order.

M. C. Escher

I have made a vow to allow chaos to be present in my life.

I thrive in chaos. My desk. My painting table. Each item allows me to mate it with another and another.

Chaos is stimulating. The mating produces new children; new creations.

However, in order to allow the children to grow, I must allow some order into the process.

What is your relationship with chaos and order?

Every day the intelligent person learns something new,

but every day the wise person gives up some certainty.


What are you certain about? Are you sure?

If the man who paints only the tree, or flower, or other surface he sees before him were an artist,

the king of artists would be the photographer.

It is for the artist to do something beyond this.

James McNeill Whistler

In what ways did photography liberate the painter? In what ways does digital art liberate the photographer?

Some veil between childhood and the present is necessary.

If the veil is withdrawn, the artistic imagination sickens and dies,

the prophet looks in the mirror with a disillusioned and cynical sneer, the scientist goes fishing.

Margaret Mead

In what ways do you peak through the veil that separates your childhood from the present?

What energy and ideas and feelings do you carry from the past?

There is nothing fiercer than a failed artist. The energy remains, but, having no outlet,

it implodes in a great black fart of rage

which smokes up all the inner windows of the soul.

Erica Jong

Is there such a thing as the failed artist?

Is there another way to look at the great black fart of rage?

When have you experienced the energy without a place for it to go? What is ferocity?


Don Quixote

Pablo Picasso

Facts are the enemy of truth.

Don Quixote

What lies underneath the facts for you?

The difference between involvement and commitment is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast:

the chicken was involved – the pig was committed.


Is it possible to partially committed? What are you committed to? Do you hold it sacred?

When are you out of integrity around your commitments? How does that feel to you?

What is like when people break their commitments to you?

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