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The creative person finds himself in a state of turmoil, restlessness, emptiness, and unbearable frustration unless he expresses his inner life in some creative way. (Silvano Arieti)

The artist's life is frustrating not because the passage is slow, but because he imagines it to be fast. (David Bayles, Ted Orland)

I have had just about all I can take of myself. (S. N. Behrman)

It is the nature of existence to be frustrated. And making a painting is certainly a very effective way to scratch that particular itch. (Eleanor Blair)

You throw the sand against the wind / And the wind blows it back again. (William Blake)

Art is a very joyous obsession that has one large drawback – the frustration that is involved with the middle of the process, when things can go either way. (Travis Bowles)

If you become frustrated with your painting, give it a short rest... Walk away and start counting... A calm overview solves many problems. (Harley Brown)

When you are angry or frustrated, what comes out? Whatever it is, it's a good indication of what you're made of. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

I have never painted as well as I thought I should, so frustration came early... (Thomas S. Buechner)

No pressure, no diamonds. (Thomas Carlyle)

What I say to an artist is, 'When you can't paint - paint.' (Joyce Cary)

Instead of 'What ever made me think I was a painter?' change it to 'What made me a painter? Let me count the ways.' (Jane Champagne)

How unbearable at times are people who are happy, people for whom everything works out. (Anton Chekhov)

When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something. (Pema Chodron)

I wish I could tell you that my artistry, writings and visions arrive on time during excitement and peaceful days... Instead, my depression and frustrations offer the best form of torture and angst for creative fruits... (Kris Courtney)

My recipe for dealing with anger and frustration: set the kitchen timer for twenty minutes, cry, rant, and rave, and at the sound of the bell, simmer down and go about business as usual. (Phyllis Diller)

The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and 'mangled mind' leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict. (Elizabeth Drew)

What comes out of you when you are squeezed is what is inside you. (Dr. Wayne Dyer)

Nothing is as frustrating as arguing with someone who knows what he's talking about. (Sam Ewing)

People need trouble – a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. Artists do; I don't mean you need to live in a rat hole or gutter, but you have to learn fortitude, endurance. Only vegetables are happy. (William Faulkner)

Experimental artists build their skills gradually over the course of their careers, improving their work slowly over long periods. These artists are perfectionists and are typically plagued by frustration at their inability to achieve their goals. (David Galenson)

Being an artist is inherently frustrating in the sense that you always fall short of your ambitions. (Frank Gordon)

The first rule of holes: When you're in one, stop digging. (Molly Ivans)

I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved. (Soren Kierkegaard)

- The Path to Enlightenment...
Unless we possess high spiritual qualifications, there is no doubt that the events life throws upon us will give rise to frustration, emotional turmoil, and other distorted states of consciousness. These imperfect states of mind in turn give rise to imperfect activities, and the seeds of suffering are ever planted in a steady flow. (Dalai Lama)

Lord Ronald said nothing; he flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions. (Stephen Leacock)

Have you worked on your craft to the point of frustration?... have you gone to bed thinking you're dog shit, that you just can't get it right? If you haven't had this feeling, you're never going to make it. (Bob Lefsetz)

See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination. (Ralph Marston)

I've just kind of decided that anytime it's torture, I want to stop. I'll just put it down and wait until it becomes not torture. (Steve Martin)

I cannot make the universe obey me. I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies. I cannot make even my own body obey me. (Thomas Merton)

So you must now defend, John, both my dead painting and my honour. I being in no good place, and not a painter. (Michelangelo)

At the point where I'm trying to force something and it's not happening, and I'm getting frustrated with, say, writing a poem, I can go and pick up the brushes and start painting. At the point where the painting seems to not be going anywhere, I go and pick up the guitar. (Joni Mitchell)

I've spent so long on some paintings that I no longer know what to think of them, and I am definitely getting harder to please; nothing satisfies me... (Claude Monet)

Generalised anger and frustration is something that gets you in the studio, and gets you to work – though it's not necessarily evident in anything that's finished. (Bruce Nauman)

Anyone that witnesses my agitation and frustration in the final hour of a painting would wonder why I even bother. (David Oleski)

I'm trying to climb up both walls at once. (Charles Olson)

-to the matron of a hospital in the Caribbean...
You have mosquitoes. I have the Press. (Prince Philip)

Sometimes I had to force the overpainting of three corners almost without any feeling for shape, almost without inspiration, only to find my way back, to get out of this hell... (Arnulf Rainer)

- Atlas Shrugged...
Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. (Ayn Rand)

I'm still afflicted with the malady of research. I don't like what I do, and I paint it out, and paint it out again. I hope this mania will come to an end... I'm like a child at school. The white page must always be evenly written and slap! bang! and there's a blot! I'm still blotting and I'm forty years old. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

I know I'm not going to write as well as I used to. I no longer have the stamina to endure the frustration. Writing is frustration - it's daily frustration, not to mention humiliation. (Philip Roth)

If you use student-grade watercolor paints and paper, chances are high your work will show it and you will be so frustrated with the medium your hair will be in your hands instead of on your head. (Vivian Sathre)

Against stupidity the very gods / Themselves contend in vain. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

I was an accomplice in my own frustration. (Peter Shaffer)

But worst of all are upsurging floods of hatred for the work itself. (Ethel Mary Smyth)

All the trials we endure cannot be compared to these interior battles. (Saint Teresa of Avila)

Deep inside of every human being is this feeling that nothing is ever going to be complete, that the circle will never connect – and that itself is the secret to infinity. (Peter Townshend)

Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations. (Samuel Ullman)

In virtually every organization, regardless of mission and function, people are frustrated by problems that seem unsolvable. (Margaret J. Wheatley)

If the work begins to look labored or inferior, drastic action is taken. I destroy the offending painting with wild swathes of paint. Most satisfying! What comes out of this spent energy is often an excellent painting. (Ann Zielinski)

I had gotten to the point where I was either going to play the violin much better or I was going to break it over my knee. (Ellen Taaffe Zwilich)


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