This is a collection of words of wisdom: quotes, adages and proverbs. The sentiments expressed are ones that give me food for thought – in this context, particularly about my creative work.

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
~ Ansel Adams, American photographer

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
~ Scott Adams, American creator of the Dilbert comic strip

We all live under the same sky, but we don’t see the same horizon.
~ Konrad Adenauer, first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
~ Maya Angelou, American poet

If you are on a road to nowhere, find another road.
~ Ashanti proverb

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
~ Milton Berle, American comedian and actor

Art and science have their meeting point in method.
~ Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton

A day without laughter is a day wasted.
~ Charlie Chaplin, English comic actor and film director

I dreamed a thousand new paths. I woke and walked my old one.
~ Chinese proverb

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
~ Annie Dillard, American author

It’s here, art’s everywhere. It’s how you use your eyes.
~ Ken Done, Australian artist

If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.
~ Lilian Glaze, my Mum
It’s actually an adage but she often said this to me.

Dream big. Dream bold. Love the life you live.
~ Alena Hennessy, artist from her book Cultivating Your Creative Life

The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.
~ Dee Hock, Founder and former CEO of the VISA credit card company

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
~ James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, American pyschologist

By small actions
Great things are accomplished.
~ Laozi (aka Lao Tzu), Chinese philosopher

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
~ John Lennon, English musician and singer-songwriter

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
~ Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’
~ George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now.
~ Source Unknown

There is a fine line between challenge and burden. The most important thing to remember is that when it stops being fun stop doing it.
~ Spottydog, on his Project Management Web Site

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
~ Henry David Thoreau, American author, poet, philosopher

Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.
~ Virginia Woolf, English author and essayist

We will not know unless we begin.
~ Peter Nivio Zarlenga, Founder of Blockbuster Videos