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It is no use. I find it impossible to work with security staring me in the face. (Sherwood Anderson)

Insecurity prevents young artists from 'flying' and older artists from being 'down to earth.' Young artists should work on their confidence and the older ones on their humility. (Igor Babailov)

Parents can be very influential in designing those little creepy-crawlers that jump around in your mind for the rest of your life. It's the fear of not being good enough. (Kim Basinger)

I always felt that I had anxiety of survival in terms of livelihood even when I was making plenty of money. (Leonard Baskin)

I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three. (Elayce Boosler)

Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. (Ray Bradbury)

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory. (Henri Cartier-Bresson)

For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity. (Joyce Cary)

Sometimes it made him [Degas] furious that he could not find a chink in my armour, and there would be months when we just could not see each other, and then something I painted would bring us together again. (Mary Cassatt)

-on first meeting James Abbott McNeill Whistler...
I... determined not to beard the lion in his den, but at least to salute him. I rapped and waited... the door opened guardedly, and a dapper little man appeared and eyed me guardedly. (William Merritt Chase)

Romance is the combination of something that is strange with something that is secure. (G. K. Chesterton)

Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating. (Carl von Clausewitz)

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. (Alan Cohen)

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, though the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase. (William Congreve)

If you care anything about your personal security, you should first of all pray for order and tranquility throughout the four quarters of the land... (Nichiren Daishonin)

Art remains a sure refuge, the hope of a reason in life from now on, and the consoling thought that little beauty manifests itself in our lives, and that we are continuing the work of Creation... (Maurice Denis)

As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure. (John Dewey)

It's an old adage that the way to be safe is never to be secure... Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best. (Harold W. Dodds)

Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure. (Meister Johann Eckhart)

If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom. (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

Every man wants to be settled, but only insofar as he is unsettled is there hope. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Few artists are able to accurately assess just how valuable and great their work is – or how much it will be appreciated by its audience. In other words, insecurity is the name of the game. (Suzanne Falter-Barns)

If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think. (Timothy Ferriss)

Oh, how we all know the condescension of others... those patronizing attitudes that take us back to the playground in grade school. It is this shift in energy that moves us from a place of confidence to a place of insecurity. Not a fun place to be. (Gwen Fox)

There can be no security where there is fear. (Felix Frankfurter)

Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one. (Benjamin Franklin)

Insecurities, fears & worries - still have them, but if they really bothered me I would have quit years ago... they keep me humble and supportive of others who may feel the same. (Eric Frantz)

The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity. (Erich Fromm)

-The Graveyard Book...
People want to forget the impossible. It makes their world safer. (Neil Gaiman)

For me, every day is a new thing. I approach each project with a new insecurity, almost like the first project I ever did. And I get the sweats. I go in and start working, I'm not sure where I'm going. If I knew where I was going I wouldn't do it. (Frank Gehry)

Pushing yourself to extremes blows out the cobwebs of trusted habit. It shakes up what you know to be reliably safe and substitutes the miracle of insecurity. (Robert Genn)

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. (Andre Gide)

Just dash something down if you see a blank canvas staring at you with a certain imbecility. You do not know how paralyzing it is, that staring of a blank canvas which says to the painter: you don't know anything. (Vincent van Gogh)

My mission in life is to make everybody as uneasy as possible. I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that's what the world is like. (Edward Gorey)

Your treasure house is within. It contains all you will ever need. (Hui Hai)

It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity. (Dag Hammarskjold)

We wanted security. And they gave us chains. And we were 'secure.' (Paul Harvey)

I feel much safer faced with a blank sheet of paper than I do with a real person. (Selima Hill)

All things are so very uncertain, and that's exactly what makes me feel reassured. (Tove Jansson)

You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better. (C. Joybell C.)

Nakedness makes the painting; insecurity disguises it. (Fern Kagan)

Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. (Helen Keller)

In the midst of the confusions of nature one person trusting eternally in another, and making himself and the other secure through faith. (Oskar Kokoschka)

The first thing that any good artist has to develop is a sense of independence from the artworld. What really destroys a young artist is insecurity, the fear that everything could be taken away at any moment. (Jeff Koons)

The very desire to be certain, to be secure, is the beginning of bondage. It's only when the mind is not caught in the net of certainty, and is not seeking certainty, that it is in a state of discovery. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

It's good to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand. (Madeleine L'Engle)

Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. (Dalai Lama)

Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found. (Anne Morrow Lindbergh)

I have an affection for a great city. I feel safe in the neighborhood of man, and enjoy the sweet security of the streets. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

You think some of it is really horrible... then you think, I'm never going to make anything this good again. (Robert Longo)

There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity. (General Douglas MacArthur)

In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us. (David Mamet)

The search for safety takes its clearest form... in the compulsive-obsessive neurosis... to frantically order and stabilize the world so that no unmanageable, unexpected or unfamiliar dangers will ever appear. (Abraham Maslow)

There's always that feeling of 'Oh, God! One day they'll find out that I really have no idea what I'm doing. (Samantha Mathis)

Most people want security in this world, not liberty. (H. L. Mencken)

-to his assistant...
I am no artist - please come and help me. (Michelangelo)

You are safe to give and receive love. There is an infinite supply in your heart. (Minna)

The creditors are proving impossible to deal with and short of a sudden appearance on the scene of wealthy art patrons, we are going to be turned out of this dear little house where I led a simple life and was able to work so well. I do not know what will become of us... (Claude Monet)

Only when love takes the lead will the earth, and life on earth, be safe again. And not until then. (Lewis Mumford)

I still believe that at any time the no-talent police will come and arrest me. (Mike Myers)

I don't want to go on being a root in the dark, insecure, stretched out, shivering with sleep, going on down, into the moist guts of the earth, taking in and thinking, eating every day. (Pablo Neruda)

The only safe thing is to take a chance. (Mike Nichols)

I used to have this dream that somebody was knocking at my door. I'd say 'Who is it?' and they'd answer 'Police.' I'd open the door and they would say to me, 'Pack your bags. We realized you have no talent.' (Leslie Nielsen)

I always have a curious sort of feeling about some of my things – I hate to show them – I am perfectly inconsistent about it – I am afraid people won't understand – and I hope they won't – and am afraid they will. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

If we do not rise to the challenge of our unique capacity to shape our lives, to seek the kinds of growth that we find individually fulfilling, then we can have no security: we will live in a world of sham, in which our selves are determined by the will of others, in which we will be constantly buffeted and increasingly isolated by the changes round us. (Nena O'Neil)

I still think people will find out that I'm really not very talented. I'm really not very good. It's all been a big sham. (Michelle Pfeiffer)

There is no real security except for whatever you build inside yourself. (Gilda Radner)

Most people come to know only one corner of their room, one spot near the window, one narrow strip on which they keep walking back and forth. In this way they have a certain security... We, however, are not prisoners. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Self-preservation has a tendency to lead to poverty. (Jim Rohn)

As soon as you work in a personal way, you need a way to shield yourself – to put a distance between your personal life and the life you translate into an artificial environment – so that you don't sell yourself out. (Ugo Rondinone)

We want to know. If we don't know, we don't feel safe, we don't feel secure. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. (Rumi)

Much of what people have lost has been due to an insistence on things being safe. (Charlie Russell)

- b.1600? d.1661...
See that you buy the field where the Pearl is; sell all, and make a purchase of salvation. Think it not easy: for it is a steep ascent to eternal glory: many are lying dead by the way, slain with security. (Samuel Rutherford)

Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn't matter. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. (Gail Sheehy)

I became disconnected from the childlike play that art could be. I spent so much time fearing I wasn't good enough that I lost the sense that my artistic expression was worthy. (Elisabeth Shue)

I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any peace of mind until we are secure in our own soul. (Margaret Chase Smith)

I still have pretty much the same fears I had as a kid. I'm not sure I'd want to give them up; a lot of these insecurities fuel the movies I make. (Steven Spielberg)

We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it. (John Steinbeck)

The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise. (Tacitus)

I am now completely acclimatized to the security of an unpredictable and insecure life. (Charles Thomson)

If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable,it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity. (Eckhart Tolle)

The sad problem is that we see ourselves as being quite terribly small. Instead of spending my time being envious, I need to celebrate your and my different gifts, even if mine are perhaps less spectacular than yours. (Desmond Tutu)

Your spirit is the true shield. (Morihei Ueshiba)

True security lies in not what you have but in what you can do without. (Author unknown)

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise. (Alice Walker)

I feel I have to protect myself against things. So I'm pretty careful to lose most of them. (Orson Welles)

It costs so much to be a full human being that very few have the love and courage to pay the price. One has to abandon altogether the search for security and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. (Morris West)

Shedding the carapace we have been building so assiduously on the surface, we must by definition give up exactly what we thought was necessary to protect us from further harm. (David Whyte)

Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you - gently, with love, and hand your life back to you. (Tennessee Williams)

You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. (Marianne Williamson)

I dislike showing my work in progress because either people hate it and I get insecure, or they love it and I get insecure. (Helen Zapata)

Sometimes I wake up at night and go, 'Oh, damn! Here we go again! What were they thinking? They gave me this role; don't they know I'm faking it?' (Renee Zellweger)

- advice to graduates of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, 1988...
Be wary of security as a goal. It may often look like life's best prize. Usually it's not. (William K. Zinsser)