Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages you to uncover the creative power that lives within you.
Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
Scroll down to read 30 Inspirational Quotes from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
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30 Quotes from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.
The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.
Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy.
You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.
Done is better than good.
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.
It seems to me that the less I fight my fear, the less it fights back. If I can relax, fear relaxes, too.
Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?
Attempts at originality can often feel forced and precious, but authenticity has quiet resonance that never fails to stir me.
It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.
What do you love doing so much that the words failure and success essentially become irrelevant?
Perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes and a mink coat.
Live a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.
It might have been done before, but it hasn’t been done by you!
Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest of it will take care of itself.
A good-enough novel violently written now is better than a perfect novel meticulously written never.
Whatever you do, try not to dwell too long on your failures. You don’t need to conduct autopsies on your disasters.
Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.
The clock is ticking, and the world is spinning, and we simply do not have time anymore to think so small.
Gratitude, always. Always, gratitude.
So many people murder their creativity by demanding that their art pay the bills.
Frustration is not an interruption of your process; frustration is the process.
You do not need anybody’s permission to live a creative life.
If inspiration is allowed to unexpectedly enter you, it is also allowed to unexpectedly exit you.
Every time you express a complaint about how difficult and tiresome it is to be creative, inspiration takes another step away from you.
People’s judgments about you are none of your business.
I do what I do because I like doing it.
If you don’t learn to travel comfortably alongside your fear, then you’ll never be able to go anywhere interesting or do anything interesting.
We don’t have time for perfect. In any event, perfection is unachievable.
Embrace creativity and do not care about the results. It’s better to be a beginner until the end of life than waiting forever to be perfect.
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