I have panic attacks if I'm not painting. (Anawanitia)
Now is the age of anxiety. (W. H. Auden)
I don't know what to do with my arms. It just makes me feel weird and I feel like people are looking at me and that makes me nervous. (Tyra Banks)
It can hit at any time [anxiety/panic attack]. You feel like you're in an open field, and there's a tornado coming at you. And you're just consumed by it. (Kim Basinger)
- The Sealed Treasure, 1960...
Anxiety destroys scale, and suffering makes us lose perspective. (Saul Bellow)
We walk in circles, so limited by our own anxieties that we can no longer distinguish between true and false, between the gangster's whim and the purest ideal. (Ingmar Bergman)
Work done with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done without such anxiety, in the calm of self-surrender. (The Bhagavad Gita)
Anxiety and uncertainty doesn't mean you should stop or run away - it very likely means you're right on track. Outside the comfort zone is where the best creativity and your best life live. (Susan Biali, M.D.)
I avoid general anxiety by focusing on the process of painting, not the end result. (Linda Blondheim)
-title of book, 1973...
The Anxiety of Influence. (Harold Bloom)
Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top. (Robert Browning)
Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day. (Samuel Butler, novelist)
If I ignore my work, I start having anxiety attacks. (Rosanne Cash)
- Journey to the End of the Night...
I'd seen too many troubling things to be easy in my mind. I knew too much and not enough. I'd better go out, I said to myself, I'd better go out again. (Louis-Ferdinand Celine)
- When Things Fall Apart...
What happens with you when you begin to feel uneasy, unsettled, queasy? Notice the panic, notice when you instantly grab for something. (Pema Chodron)
I know very well what I am about and that my skies have not been neglected, though they often failed in execution – and often no doubt from over anxiety about them... (John Constable)
Telling people they look relaxed makes them look relaxed. (Doug Coupland)
Ignoring the images leads to anxiety and despair. (Warren Criswell)
Anxiety is nothing more than the attempted unification of opposing forces. (Jeff Davidson)
Tranquilizers work only if you follow the advice on the bottle - keep away from children. (Phyllis Diller)
It could be that calmness has resulted from practicing calmness... (Lorna Dockstader)
Much life or art anxiety can be relieved by simply making something – anything. (Suzanne Edminster)
Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity. (T. S. Eliot)
I'm always worried about the sitters - are they cold, are they hot, are they comfortable? (Paul Emsley)
Anxiety is the essential condition of intellectual and artistic creation and everything that is finest in human history. (Charles Frankel)
- Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life...
Temperamentally anxious people can have a hard time staying motivated, period, because their intense focus on their worries distracts them from their goals. (Winifred Gallagher)
It's all right to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation. (Dr. Rob Gilbert)
My work is about what seems most real to me - the anxiety at night, heat, cold, fear... I am from the land. I see with those eyes. (Les Graff)
Over-working a piece is a form of anxiety or the sense of not being heard. (Cherie Hanson)
Panic at the thought of doing a thing is a challenge to do it. (Henry S. Haskins)
Where once we had been satisfied to measure up to our peers, now we have to outdo them and be different, unique and never-been-done-before in the history of the world creative people. It is no wonder that we have an anxiety attack while working on our latest project. (Sandra Taylor Hedges)
An antidote for anxiety is play. (Teresa Hitch)
We exist in the nervous bowels of late capitalism, where the disparate worlds of decadence and desperate necessity meet - the 'liminal' spaces - those of consumption and addiction. (Charlie Isoe)
Anxiety is a warning sign from the unconscious mind to focus on what you want. (Tad James)
Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity. (Chuck Jones)
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. (Soren Kierkegaard)
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, 2000...
You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair - the sense that you can never completely put on the page what's in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names... Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page. (Stephen King)
Inspiration is one thing, but all too often reading art magazines can derail our own journey. We become anxious and jealous when we see tremendously famous artists raking in the goodies while the majority of us labor in obscurity. (Sharon Knettell)
Anxiety, or mental unease can be seen as the crying out of the internal artist: 'Let me out! Let me speak!' (Frances Krsinich)
I don't have big anxieties. I wish I did. I'd be much more interesting. (Roy Lichtenstein)
The signs begin to come... sleepless nights, edgy and hypersensitive feelings – finally the creative explosion that drains. (Alfredo Liongoren)
When I was young, I was just about hard work. But as I got older, I did experience anxiety, doubt, judgment, and it's so easy to lose yourself for a second. (Jennifer Lopez)
Relaxation-induced anxiety, or the paradoxical increase in anxiety as a result of relaxation, is a relatively common occurrence, (Christina Luberto)
The natural role of twentieth-century man is anxiety. (Norman Mailer)
An inability to choose is a hallmark of anxiety... The too-anxious artist, afraid to choose, will halt dead in the water. (Eric Maisel)
Failure feelings - fear, anxiety, lack of self-confidence - do not spring from some heavenly oracle. They are not written in the stars. They are not holy gospel. Nor are they intimations of a set and decided fate which means that failure is decreed and decided. They originate from your own mind. (Maxwell Maltz)
Like a bird, when his cage is opened, stays on his perch, dazzled by freedom, the postponed traveler does not see that his cage, with its bars of anxiety, it is open. (Andre Maurois)
- 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)
Most beginners are too anxious for results. Real progress takes place over a long period of time. (Mary Beth McKenzie)
If I knew what I was so anxious about, I wouldn't be so anxious. (Mignon McLaughlin)
Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's job with yesterday's tools and yesterday's concepts. (Marshall McLuhan)
No one but myself knows the anxiety I go through and the trouble I give myself to finish paintings which do not satisfy me and seem to please so very few others. (Claude Monet)
For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art. Without anxiety and illness I should have been like a ship without a rudder. (Edvard Munch)
Nerves provide me with energy... It's when I don't have them, when I feel at ease, that I get worried. (Mike Nichols)
The mind can't be happy if the body isn't. Work anxiety can be rooted in physical imbalance in the support mechanisms of the artistic nerve centre [lack of exercise]. Everything is interrelated; ignore one aspect at the peril of the other. (Odette Nicholson)
General anxiety is the bridge between the manic joys of creation, exploration, new revelations, professional acceptance and reward, and the depression of self-critique, professional rejection and stagnation. All are part of the roller coaster ride of an artist's life. (oliver)
If you're nervous about doing something, plan to do it badly, giving yourself credit for just doing it. That takes a weight off your shoulders because anyone can do something badly. (Anna Olson)
Anxiety comes into existence only when we become identified with small things. And they all pass. (Osho)
Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear. (Ovid)
In the end, I feel that one has to have a bit of neurosis to go on being an artist. A balanced human seldom produces art. It's that imbalance which impels us... The artist lives with anxiety. (Beverly Pepper)
Anxiety is excitement without breathing. (Fritz Perls)
Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety. (Plato)
- Yes Please...
Career is the stringing together of opportunities and jobs. Mix in public opinion and past regrets. Add a dash of future panic and a whole lot of financial uncertainty. Career is something that fools you into thinking you are in control and then takes pleasure in reminding you that you aren't. Career is the thing that will not fill you up and will never make you truly whole. (Amy Poehler)
- Pacific Report, 1989...
I have a sort of waking nightmare: to get this thing just about completed, and the last day to discover one little part that doesn't quite fit with the adjacent part. (Bill Reid)
I suffered a nervous breakdown that has lasted a lifetime, though by now I have learned to live with it. (Jeanne Reynal)
As a painter today, you have to work without that essential platform. But if one does not deceive oneself and accepts this lack of certainty, other things may come into play. (Bridget Riley)
- Letters to a Young Poet...
I am touched by your beautiful anxiety about life... (Rainer Maria Rilke)
Stage fright, like epilepsy, is a divine ailment, a sacred madness... It is a grace that is sufficient in the old Jesuit sense – that is, insufficient by itself but a necessary condition for success. (Charles Rosen)
I tend to write about my anxieties - it's what I'm afraid will happen. And I write a story working it out. (Rainbow Rowell)
Perhaps there would be more anxiety in my work if I lived in New York. (Edward Ruscha)
Anxiety is a normal fight or flight reaction... Becoming aware of the messages we give ourselves and replacing them with positive affirmations is critical. You can't just tell yourself not to worry or not to think negatively. (Rene Seigh)
Writing is a fine therapy for people who are perpetually scared of nameless threats... for jittery people. (William Styron)
I would say off the cuff that I am an anxious person. I worry about everything. I need to know everything. I tend to live in a state of anxiety with the feeling that life is some kind of great catastrophe. (Antoni Tapies)
Let the anxiety flow out of our bodies, relish the solitude of our creative abilities and believe in ourselves. (Paul Allen Taylor)
The courage to be is rooted in the God who appears when God has disappeared in the anxiety of doubt. (Paul Tillich)
It seems I have learned to bear the anxiety of uncertainty. Now I accept that one can't know ahead of time what is on the other side. You might say my new works project a greater degree of jeopardy. (Anne Truitt)
It's good to be anxious. The intensity is related to the content. (Karen Trythall)
When I start to paint, it is real agony. I get nervous. The day before, I am already working up to it. Then I get to the studio and, once the image starts to emerge and come together, pleasure kicks in. And then you can see things that no other person can see. (Luc Tuymans)
-on Franz Kafka...
He had a sensation of anxiety and shame, a sensitivity acute beyond usefulness, as if the nervous system, flayed of its old hide of social usage, must record every touch of pain. (John Updike)
The anxiety is unbearable. I only hope it lasts forever. (Oscar Wilde)