21 famous creative quotes to inspire your next project

What’s your favorite famous creative quote of all time? We recently asked our designer community that very question and their answers were, well, inspiring.

While we offered a few creative quotes of our own to get things rolling, our design community wowed us with their response. The breadth of talent and style was inspiring—in fact, this may be one of our favorite Community Contests to date!

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Below, we’ve rounded up 21 of our favorite famous creative quotes, with beautiful illustrations to match. Now sit back, relax and let the inspiration flow over you.

1. Stefan Sagmeister

stefan sagmeister famous creative quote
by Pinch Studio

“Having guts always works out for me!”

2. Maya Angelou

maya angelou famous creative quote
by Bramanto Setyaki

“You can’t use up creativity the more you use the more you have.”

3. Sigfried Giedion

Sigfried Giedion famous creative quote
by Chekhova

“Art, indeed, began with abstraction.”

4. Anonymous

the earth without art is just eh
by stevenmink

“The Earth without art is just eh.”

5. Paula Scher

paula scher famous creative quote
by C1k

“It’s through mistakes that you actually grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.”

6. Pablo Picasso

pablo picasso famous creative quote
by theink3dskull

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

7. Rumi

rumi famous creative quote
by SP Friedman

“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the ocean in a drop.”

8. Mirko Ilić

mirko ilic famous creative quote
by blue spin

“Think eight hours, work two hours.”

9. Milton Glaser

milton glaser famous creative quote
by Daria V.

“There are three responses to a piece of design: yes, no and wow!”

10. Eugene O’Neil

Eugene O'Neil famous creative quote
by mylankhuc

“I will be an artist or nothing.”

11. Martha Graham

martha graham famous creative quote
by SP Friedman

“There is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.”

12. Carl Jung

carl jung famous creative quote
by Artrocity

“But, if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself.”

13. Art Buchwald

art buchwald famous creative quote
by ALINAsINK

“The best things in life aren’t things.”

14. Joe Sparano

joe sparano famous creative quote
by Pedrorsfernandes

“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.”

15. Ang Lee

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by Neoanimacion

“With 3D you are right there immersed in the world.”

16. William Shedd

william shedd famous creative quote
by ilustreishon

“A ship is safe in a harbor. But that’s not what ships are for.”

17. Frida Kahlo

frida kahlo famous creative quote
by katerintseva

“I paint flowers so they will not die.”

18. David Carson

david carson famous creative quote
by Pinch Studio

“Graphic design will save the world right after rock’n’roll does.”

19. Massimo Vignelli

massimo vignelli famous creative quote
by Minji Moon

“If you do it right, it’ll last forever.”

20. Paul Rand

paul rand famous creative quote
by alsob

“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s complicated.”

21. Stefan Sagmeister

stefan sagmeister famous creative quote
by Bramanto Setyaki

“Ensure it feels like it’s made by humans for humans.”

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