These are the best quotes and highlights from the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. As the title suggests, the book focuses on the creative life and how creativity may aid in achieving one’s goals. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is a sincere endeavor to remind all humans that they are surrounded by treasures both around and inside them and that they must be recognized. Big Magic advises you to be curious, brave, and creative.
It is a must-read book for everyone working in creative professions such as writing, art, and so on. Regardless, everyone should read this book in order to obtain useful information that will benefit in all aspects of our lives.
Quotes and Highlights from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.
It seems to me that the less I fight my fear, the less it fights back. If I can relax, fear relaxes, too.
It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.
The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.
Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them.
Own your disappointment, acknowledge it for what it is, and move on.
Embrace creativity and don’t care about the result. It’s better to be a beginner till the end of the life than waiting forever to be perfect.
It might have been done before, but it hasn’t been done by you!
Whether you think you’re brilliant or you think you’re a loser, just make whatever you need to make and toss it out there.
Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest of it will take care of itself.
I firmly believe that we all need to find something to do in our lives that stops us from eating the couch.
We are all just beginners here, and we shall all die beginners.
You don’t need to conduct autopsies on your disasters.
If you’re going to live your life based on delusions (and you are because we all do), then why not at least select a delusion that is helpful?
Whatever you do, try not to dwell too long on your failures. You don’t need to conduct autopsies on your disasters.
Fear is always triggered by creativity because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcomes.
We must understand the need for perfectionism is a corrosive waste of time, because nothing is ever beyond criticism.
No matter how many hours you spend to render something flawless, somebody will always be able to find fault with it.
I happen to believe we are all walking repositories of buried treasure.
A creative life is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.
At some point, you really just have to finish your work and release it as is-if only so you can go on and make other things with a glad and determined heart.
I think perfectionism is just a high-end, haute couture version of fear.
I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.
Frustration is not an interruption of your process; frustration is the process.
Your creative work is not your baby; if anything, you are its baby.
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No matter how great your teachers may be, and no matter how esteemed your academy’s reputation, eventually you will have to do the work by yourself.
I have watched so many other people murder their creativity by demanding that their art pay the bills.
Don’t rush through the experiences and circumstances that have the most capacity to transform you.
Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us.
Your ego is a wonderful servant, but it’s a terrible master—because the only thing your ego ever wants is a reward, reward, and more reward.