a creative life

“Beauty does not linger, it only visits. 

Yet beauty’s visitation affects us and invites us into its rhythm, it calls us to feel, think, and act beautifully in the world: to create and live a life that awakens the Beautiful. 

Beauty is a gentle but urgent call to awaken.”

— John O’Donohue 

Dominique Fortin

Svetlana Zakharova and Sergei Polunin in Giselle

“A creative life is an amplified life.

 It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. 

Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”

— Elizabeth Gilbert

“I think I am probably in love with silence, that other world. 

And that I write, in some way, to negotiate seriously with it… . Because there is, of course, always the desire, the hope, that they are not two separate worlds, sound and silence, but that they become each other, that only our hearing fails.”

— Jorie Graham, “Some Notes on Silence” in 19 New American Poets of the Golden Gate



“She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another.”

— Sarah Addison Allen

Andrew Wyeth

Svetlana Zakharova and Sergei Polunin in Giselle

“I must change my life so that I can live it, not wait for it.”

— Susan Sontag, Reborn: Early Diaries 1947-1963

Fran Skiles


Jasper Johns

“I love creation more than life and I must express myself before disappearing.”

— Sonia Delaunay 

Winston Churchill


Joe Brainard (American, 1942-1994), Pears and Apples, 1974. 

Gouache, graphite, and colored pencil on paper, 12 ¼ x 9 3/8 in. (31.1 x 23.8 cm)

Three ladies in black, 1923

Valeria Frishman (Boris Eifman Dance Academy)

Photo © Darian Volkova for World of Ballet


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