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Things that emerge are not apparent when you start something. They gradually appear over time, like a sculpture from a block of marble. Much creativity is like this: you start in the dark, groping around, and somewhere along the line, the idea slowly appears.

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discovery, exploration*, ideas, illumination, incubation, subconscious


‘The great successful men of the world have used their imagination ...they think ahead and create their mental picture, and then go to work materializing that picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building, steadily building.’

Robert Collier

‘The creation of a thousand forests lies in one acorn.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘What we need is hatred. From it out ideas are born.’

Jean Genet

‘A successful tool is one that was used to do something undreamed of by its author.’

S. C. Johnson

‘The good composer is slowly discovered; the bad composer is slowly found out.’

Ernest Newman

‘Each time I undertake to paint a picture I have a sensation of leaping into space. I never know whether I shall fall on my feet. It is only later that I begin to estimate more exactly the the effect of my work.’

Pablo Picasso

‘Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.’

Marcel Proust

Art happens—no hovel is safe from it, no prince may depend upon it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about.’

James Whistler



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