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Creative Quotations from . . .
Rollo May
(1909-1994) born on
Apr 21
US psychoanalyst. He provided excellent insights into creativity in "The Courage to Create," 1975; also wrote "Man's Search for Himself," 1952.
         
   
F
[Artists] love to immerse themselves in chaos in order to put it into form, just as God created form out of chaos in Genesis. Forever unsatisfied with the mundane, the apathetic, the conventional, they always push on to newer worlds.

R
Imagination is the outreaching of mind . . . . the bombardment of the conscious mind with ideas, impulses, images and every sort of psychic phenomena welling up from the preconscious. It is the capacity to "dream dreams and see visions . . . ."
A
Human freedom involves our capacity to pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight.
N
Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.
K
[I]f you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Also, you will have betrayed your community in failing to make your contribution.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Courage to Create," 1975.
R: "The Courage to Create," 1975.
A: "The Courage to Create," 1975.
N: "The Courage to Create," 1975.
K: "The Courage to Create," 1975.
   


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