Keep Going by Austin Kleon contains timeless, practical, and ethical principles for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life.
The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, it’s a loop—so find a daily routine, because today is the only day that matters. Disconnect from the world to connect with yourself—sometimes you just have to switch into airplane mode.
Pay attention, and especially pay attention to what you pay attention to. Worry less about getting things done, and more about the worth of what you’re doing. Instead of focusing on making your mark, work to leave things better than you found them.
Scroll down to read 30 Quotes from Keep Going by Austin Kleon.
Get The Book: Keep Going by Austin Kleon available now on Amazon.
30 Quotes from Keep Going by Austin Kleon
Yesterday’s over, tomorrow may never come, there’s just today and what you can do with it.
Saying no is its own art form.
The important thing is to make it to the end of the day, no matter what. No matter how bad it gets, see it through to the end so you can get to tomorrow.
Life is an art, not a science. Your mileage may vary. Take what you need and leave the rest.
When the sun goes down and you look back on the day, go easy on yourself. A little self-forgiveness goes a long way.
Every day is like a blank page: When you’re finished filling it, you can save it, you can crumple it up, or you can slide it into the recycling bin and let it be. Only time will tell you what it was worth.
Uncertainty is the very thing that art thrives on.
The creative journey is not one in which you’re crowned the triumphant hero and live happily ever after. The real creative journey is one in which you wake up every day with more work to do.
Creativity is about connections, and connections are not made by siloing everything off into its own space.
We have so little control over our lives. The only thing we can really control is what we spend our days on.
I don’t know for sure what kinds of flowers I’m planting with my days on this planet, but I intend to find out, and so should you.
When you ignore quantitative measurements for a bit, you can get back to qualitative measurements.
You can’t wait around for someone to call you an artist before you make art. You’ll never make it.
When you don’t have much time, a routine helps you make the little time you have count. When you have all the time in the world, a routine helps you make sure you don’t waste it.
Creativity is about connection—you must be connected to others in order to be inspired and share your own work—but it is also about disconnection. You must retreat from the world long enough to think, practice your art, and bring forth something worth sharing with others.
When you reach for your phone or your laptop upon waking, you’re immediately inviting anxiety and chaos into your life.
Airplane mode is not just a setting on your phone: It can be a whole way of life.
In order to protect your sacred space and time, you have to learn how to decline all sorts of invitations from the world. You must learn how to say “no.”
Lots of people want to be the noun without doing the verb. They want the job title without the work.
Job titles aren’t really for you, they’re for others. Let other people worry about them. Burn your business cards if you have to.
You do not need to have an extraordinary life to make extraordinary work. Everything you need to make extraordinary art can be found in your everyday life.
Your attention is one of the most valuable things you possess, which is why everyone wants to steal it from you.
If you want to change your life, change what you pay attention to.
Part of the artist’s job is to help tidy up the place, to make order out of chaos, to turn trash into treasure, to show us beauty where we can’t see it.
Great artists help people look at their lives with fresh eyes and a sense of possibility.
The world doesn’t necessarily need more great artists. It needs more decent human beings. Art is for life, not the other way around.
Worry less about getting things done. Worry more about things worth doing.
Worry less about being a great artist. Worry more about being a good human being who makes art.
Worry less about making a mark. Worry more about leaving things better than you found them.
Every day is a potential seed that we can grow into something beautiful.
Which quote from Keep Going by Austin Kleon is your favorite?