Friday, December 09, 2005

Owl feathers

"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life..."
— Anne Lamott

“Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud.”
— Alexander Osborn

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
— Scott Adams

"Rule 4: It helps beyond words to plant bulbs in the dark of winter."
— Anne Lamott


Blogger mermaid said...

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
— Scott Adams

I can't keep up with you, Moose. You've posted so many since I was last here. This quote is just what I needed today. Thank you.

12/09/2005 1:35 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I think I need to read Anne Lamott. Thanks Moose.

12/09/2005 3:00 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Mary, Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird is a classic.

12/09/2005 3:32 PM  
Blogger Tamar said...

These are wonderful. They make me smile widely even as tears well up in my eyes.

12/10/2005 5:05 AM  
Blogger zhoen said...

Those who were dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

12/10/2005 8:57 AM  
Blogger rdl said...

Love these quotes, thanks. And my narcissus bulbs are starting to bloom. going out to buy more.

12/10/2005 11:17 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Mermaid, I'm glad you found something useful! Thank you for taking time from your busy days to stop by.

Mary, to elaborate on my earlier response, Anne Lamott has obviously written many books. I suppose she wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoy her writing immensely. Bird by Bird I suggested to you because I think it's pretty broadly accessible and because it has to do with writing, which I thought you might appreciate.

Tamar, aren't they wonderful? I appreciate the passion in your response. I never know when I put things up here who is going to respond to what. I only know that these little morsels mean something to me. I'm glad to share that with you.

Zhoenw, how is it that you always get it? Marvelous answer.

RDL, do, do, do buy more! Narcissus in winter are like a milk bath to my dessicated soul!

12/11/2005 12:25 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

What delicious pots of paint! The colour almost edible. Forget perfectionism, creativity, art, mistakes, and everything else, for a moment, and let's get our fingers muddy with rainbow colours and slurp them across canvases...

Beautiful quotes & photo! xo

12/11/2005 5:12 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Brenda, I'd be happy slurping paint around any day! It's the doing that matters, after all - immersed in our senses, and in our love (the big love, I mean)...being in the moment.

12/11/2005 6:48 PM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

great quotes and cool paint cans. What a combination!

12/12/2005 9:40 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Glad you liked'em, Patry. I think these paint cans are blind to perfectionism except for the perfection which blooms in the beauty of spontaneity and creation!

12/12/2005 11:28 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Moose: many thanks indeed for the tip re Bird by Bird. I'll look out for it -and any of her others.

12/12/2005 12:10 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Mary, let me know how you like her (or don't!).

12/12/2005 2:16 PM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

I thought you might like this

Imagination is more important than knowledge, for while knowledge points to all there is, imagination points to all there will be.

Albert Einstein

12/13/2005 10:34 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Thank you, Sue! I don't think I'd heard that one before, though I know that Einstein had quite a bit to say on imagination.

12/13/2005 1:02 PM  
Blogger leslee said...

"It helps beyond words to plant bulbs in the dark of winter." This is most helpful to read right now. Great quotes.

12/15/2005 3:41 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Leslee, isn't that a nice one? It is so simple, so concrete, and so right on target.

12/16/2005 9:10 AM  

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