August 14, 2015

Some of My Favorite Quotes on Vision

“I realized that I had things in my head not like what I had been taught – not like what I had seen – shapes and ideas so familiar to me that it hadn’t occurred to me to put them down. I decided to stop painting, to put away everything I had done, and to start to say the things that were my own.”  Georgia O’Keeffe

“Traveler, there is no path. Paths are made by walking.” Antonio Machado

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“The artist has only to trust his eyes.”  Auguste Rodin

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”  Henry David Thoreau

“You can’t depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus.”  Mark Twain

“The same sun shines upon the same earth, yet each of us casts a different shadow.”  W. E. Dassonville

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”  Joseph Campbell

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”  Herman Melville

“What matters most is how you see yourself.”  Unknown

“It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.”  Helen Keller

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” Jonathan Swift

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” Jim Rohn

“To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.” Seneca

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens.” Carl Jung

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” Oscar Wilde

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Ayn Rand

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” Steve Jobs

“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” James Whistler

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” Norman Vincente Peale


9 thoughts on “Some of My Favorite Quotes on Vision

  1. Cole, what a novel creative way of expressing vision. Straight from the heart & right to the point by people of the world & different walks of life that strikes the chords for any endeavor but still ringers true for artisans.

    I will share this on my Facebook page & G+. Thanks for sharing pal ! By the way the image is nots so bad either. I still like looking through someone’s dreams…..make it what you want ?

  2. Hi Cole,

    I didn’t know you were a quote junkie. Me, too. I think they are a form of poetry, allowing us to see things from different angles, like rotating a star ruby. Thanks for sharing these.

    While we’re on the topic, I’ve often wondered why so many creative people were troubled souls, with turmoil and even suicidal histories. I stumbled onto an “Aha!” quote on that recently.

    It said that the source of creativity is unresolved tension. The author, a poet, explained that creative artists use that internal tension to try to create order from chaos.

    It made me wonder, isn’t that what unique, visionary photography is all about?


  3. I just heard a great quote about creating something, anything … “The object is for your ego. The process is for your soul”.

  4. Heard a good one recently, for humility: “Just because no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.”

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