Words I find inspiring:

My continuing passion is to part a curtain, that invisible shadow that falls between people, the veil of indifference to each other’s presence, each other’s wonder, each other’s human plight.
-Eudora Welty

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naïveté. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love within the lover.
-Matisse

Tell me if anything at all was done.
-written repeatedly on the last pages of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks

To struggle for strength. It sounds so dramatic. One does as best one can, and then one goes to bed. And that’s how suddenly one day, it becomes evident that one has achieved something.
-Paula Modersohn-Becker

If I miss practice one day, I know it. If I miss practice two days, the critics know it. If I miss practice three days, everybody knows it.
-Itzhak Perlman

The left [hand] works differently from the right. It is no so deft, and for that reason sometimes of more use to you.
-Paul Klee

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you—Nobody—Too?
-Emily Dickinson

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, which is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist.
-Martha Graham

There is no such thing as willpower. Only need.
-William Burroughs

What interests me in general, and this also applies to painting, are things I don’t understand. It’s like that with every picture: I don’t like the ones I understand.
-Gerhard Richter

Don't aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue...as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.
-Viktor Frankl

If you cannot delude yourself into thinking your work is significant, find another career.
-Daniel Kahneman

We who work in the arts are at the risk of being in a popularity contest rather than a profession. If that fact causes you despair, you should probably pick another profession. Your desire to communicate must be bigger than your relationship to these chaotic and unfair realities.
-Anna Deavere Smith

What you are will show, ultimately. Start now, every day, becoming, in your actions, your regular actions, what you would like to become in the bigger scheme of things.
-Anna Deavere Smith

One of the best things about being an artist is that solving problems always comes down to sharing vulnerabilities, sharing the things that make us human.
-Anna Deavere Smith

...In the larger scale of things, our own personal difficulties and hurts do not matter, not in and of themselves. They matter only to the degree that they help us connect with others... In scale and degree our suffering as creative people is barely perceptible compared with the suffering of those who are tortured in gulags and burned in the streets and kept in prisons because of what they dare say, or write, or think, or sing.
-Cary Tennis

This is the landscape. These are the historical and moral parameters in which a creative person confronts his or her fears and decides how to proceed...So take your embarrassment and fear lightly. Think of the greater world. Think of your ancestors and the generations to follow. Think of your gift. With your gift comes a duty, in both senses of the word: an obligation, and a special tax levied on something of value brought in from afar. There is no escaping this, so you might as well accept it now. If you turn away from your creative gift, it will not go away. It will just fester, and you will become depressed. You may have a modest gift. Still, it is a gift. It is not yours; it is entrusted to you. It is something beyond you, something you didn’t cause to come into being, but something that was handed to you. It is a gift, and with it comes a duty. Carry it lightly, but carry it.
-Cary Tennis