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Quotes by Austin Kleon - (30 quotes)

Austin Kleon - From the Advice category:

Read deeply. Stay open. Continue to wonder. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Advice category:

Do good work and share it with people. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Ambition category:

Be ambitious. Keep yourself busy. Think bigger. Expand your audience. Don't hobble yourself in the name of 'keeping it real,' or 'not selling out.' Try new things. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Artists category:

If you look to artists who've managed to achieve lifelong careers, you detect the same pattern: They all have been able to persevere, regardless of success or failure. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Audience category:

Usually, when we talk about creativity, it's about self-expression, which is great, but for work to be art or design, there has to be someone on the other end. The audience makes the work come alive. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Beginning category:

Don't wait until you know who you are to get started. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Communication category:

Strike all the adjectives from your bio. If you take photos, you're not an 'aspiring' photographer, you're not an 'amazing' photographer either. You're a photographer. Don't get cute. Don't brag. Just state the facts. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Copying category:

Nobody is born with a style or a voice. We don't come out of the womb knowing who we are. In the beginning, we learn by pretending to be our heroes. We learn by copying. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Criticism category:

Not everybody will get it. People will misinterpret you and what you do. They might even call you names. So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored - the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Culture category:

We all love things that other people think are garbage. You have to have the courage to keep loving your garbage, because what makes us unique is the diversity and breadth of our influences, the unique ways in which we mix up the parts of culture others have deemed %u201Chigh%u201D and the %u201Clow. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Curiosity category:

Be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else - that's how you'll get ahead. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Energy category:

Pablo Picasso was notorious for sucking the energy out of the people he met. His granddaughter Marina claimed that he squeezed people like one of his tubes of oil paints. You'd have a great time hanging out all day with Picasso, and then you'd go home nervous and exhausted, and Picasso would go back to his studio and paint all night, using the energy he'd sucked out of you. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Energy category:

The thing is: It takes a lot of energy to be creative. You don't have that energy if you waste it on other stuff. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Expectation category:

If we're free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running from it. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Fear category:

The trouble with imaginative people is that we're good at picturing the worst that could happen to us. Fear is often just the imagination taking a wrong turn. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Guilt category:

When you find things you genuinely enjoy, don't let anyone else make you feel bad about it. Don't feel guilty about the pleasure you take in the things you enjoy. Celebrate them. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Ideas category:

Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Love category:

Forget about being an expert or a professional, and wear your amateurism (your heart, your love) on your sleeve. Share what you love, and the people who love the same things will find you. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Money category:

Everybody says they want artists to make money and then when they do, everybody hates them for it. The word sellout is spit out by the bitterest, smallest parts of ourselves. Don't be one of those horrible fans who stops listening to your favorite band just because they have a hit single. Don't write off your friends because they've had a little bit of success. Don't be jealous when the people you like do well - celebrate their victory as if it's your own. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Opportunity category:

If an opportunity comes along that will allow you to do more of the kind of work you want to do, say Yes. If an opportunity comes long that would mean more money, but less of the kind of work you want to do, say No. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Originality category:

What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Passion category:

If you have two or three real passions, don't feel like you have to pick and choose between them. Don't discard. Keep all your passions in your life. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Progress category:

When you get rid of old material, you push yourself further and come up with something better. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Renewal category:

You can't be content with mastery; you have to push yourself to become a student again. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Skill category:

Everybody loves a good story, but good storytelling doesn't come easy to everybody. It's a skill that takes a lifetime to master. So study the great stories and then go find some of your own. Your stories will get better the more you tell them. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Style category:

%u201CDon't just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don't want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Success category:

Dig into almost every overnight success story and you'll find about a decade's worth of hard work and perseverance. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Technology category:

Don't think of your website as a self-promotion machine, think of it as a self-invention machine. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Technology category:

The computer brings out the uptight perfectionist in us - we start editing ideas before we have them. (Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon - From the Worth category:

Human beings want to know where things came from, how they were made, and who made them. The stories you tell about the work you do have a huge effect on how people feel and what they understand about your work, and how people feel and what they understand about your work effects how they value it. (Austin Kleon)