Monday, August 04, 2003

On Creativity and Art:

Rollo May:

"Nowhere has the meaning of creativity been more disastrously lost than in the idea that it is something you do only on weekends!"

"Forever unsatisfied with the mundane, the apathetic, the conventional, Artists always push on to newer worlds"

"Just as the poet is a menace to conformity, he is also a constant threat to political dictators. The poet is inevitably the adversary of the State."

"Every act of creation is first of all an act of desctruction (Picasso).... The new idea will destroy what alot of people believe is essential to the survival of their intellectual and spiritual world. "

"Artists are the frontier scouts who go out ahead of the rest of us to explore the future."

Joseph Campbell:

"The Artist is the one who communicates myth for today. The function of the Artist is the mythologization of the environment and world. "

"You can't have creativity unless you leave behind the bounded, the fixed, all the rules."

"In thinking, of course, the majority is always wrong."

"Poets are those who have made a profession and a lifestyle of being in touch with their bliss... Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they'd be. Always go where you want to go-- where your body and soul want to go. When you have the feeling then stay with it, don't let anyone throw you off."

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