The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.
One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be ‘happy’ is not included in the plan of ‘Creation’.
If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no poor, indifferent place.[Wenn Ihr Alltag Ihnen arm scheint, klagen Sie ihn nicht an; klagen Sie sich an, sagen Sie sich, daß Sie nicht Dichter genug sind, seine Reichtümer zu rufen; denn für den Schaffenden gibt es keine Armut und keinen armen, gleichgültigen Ort.]
I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason compare. My business is to create.
Every act of perception, is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.
Creation is like anything else good: you have to wait on it; ambition has killed more artists than indolence.