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Quotes by Rollo May - (29 quotes)

Rollo May - From the Anxiety category:

- The Courage to Create...
Creative people... are distinguished by the fact that they can live with anxiety, even though a high price may be paid in terms of insecurity, sensitivity, and defenselessness for the gift of 'divine madness,' to borrow the term used by the classical Greeks. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Artists category:

- The Courage to Create...
Artists do not run away from non-being, but by encountering and wrestling with it, force it to produce being. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Chaos category:

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. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Commitment category:

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Complexity category:

Purpose in the human being is a much more complex phenomenon than what used to be called will power. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Conviction category:

The hallmark of courage in our age of conformity is the capacity to stand on one's own convictions. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Courage category:

Whereas moral courage is the righting of wrongs, creative courage, in contrast, is the discovering of new forms, new symbols, new patterns on which a new society can be built. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Creativity category:

Creativity occurs in an act of encounter and is to be understood with this encounter as its center. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Desire category:

We cannot will to have insights. We cannot will creativity. But we can will to give ourselves to the encounter with intensity of dedication and commitment. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Emotion category:

Ecstasy is the accurate term for the intensity of consciousness that occurs in the creative act. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Failure category:

If 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 our community in failing to make your contribution to the whole. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Focus category:

When you are completely caught up in something, you become oblivious to things around you, or to the passage of time. It is this absorption in what you are doing that frees your unconscious and releases your creative imagination. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Freedom category:

Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Habit category:

It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Imagination category:

What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience? (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Insight category:

The insight is born with anxiety, guilt and the joy and gratification that is inseparable from the actualizing of a new idea or vision. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Joy category:

There is a curiously sharp sense of joy – or perhaps better expressed, a sense of mild ecstasy – that comes when you find the particular form required by your creation. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Limitations category:

Creativity... requires limits, for the creative act rises out of the struggle of human beings with and against that which limits them. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Listening category:

The receptivity of the artist must never be confused with passivity. Receptivity is the artist's holding him or herself alive and open to hear what being may speak. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Meaning category:

-The Courage to Create...
Artists knock on silence for an answering music; they pursue meaninglessness until they can force it to mean. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Originality category:

If 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. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Planning category:

Professors will lecture with more inspiration if they occasionally alternate the classroom with the beach: authors will write better when, as Macaulay used to do, they write for two hours, then pitch quoits, and then go back to their writing. But certainly more than the mere mechanical alternation is involved. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Problems category:

Unconscious insights or answers to problems that come in reverie do not come hit or miss... they pertain to those areas in which the person consciously has worked laboriously and with dedication. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Relaxation category:

Often when one works at a hard question, nothing good is accomplished at the first attack. Then one takes a rest, longer or shorter, and sits down anew to the work. During the first half-hour, as before, nothing is found, and then all of a sudden the decisive idea presents itself to the mind. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Spontaneity category:

Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Struggle category:

A dynamic struggle goes on within a person between what he or she consciously thinks on the one hand and, on the other, some insight, some perspective that is struggling to be born. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Technique category:

Tools and techniques ought to be an extension of consciousness, but they can just as easily be a protection from consciousness. Then the tools become defence mechanisms... against the unconscious. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Time category:

It is necessary for the birthing process to begin to move in its own organic time. It is necessary that the artist have this sense of timing, that he or she respect... periods of receptivity as part of the mystery of creativity and creation. (Rollo May)

Rollo May - From the Vision category:

Receptivity requires a nimbleness, a fine-honed sensitivity in order to let one's self be the vehicle of whatever vision may emerge. (Rollo May)



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Last modified: October 24, 2014