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It's good to take a longer view and think, What would I really like to do if I had no limitations whatsoever? (Laurie Anderson)

Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as you mind lets you. (Mary Kay Ash)

We tend to fall back on what we already know. But by pushing the limit (like jazz improv), we find out what those limits are and actually learn something. (Clyde Aspevig)

Whatever is contained must be released. (Helene Aylon)

Anything beyond your capacity will necessarily change your capacity, because so long as everything is within your limits, you don't know what is beyond them... (Meher Baba)

Limits... accomplish something important: they force us to figure out what's important. And if we don't want to figure out what's important, they force us to figure out why. (Leo Babauta)

Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they're yours. (Richard Bach)

The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, 'Thus far and no farther.' (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. (Brendan Francis Behan)

The greatest progress in life is when you know your limitations, and then you have the courage to drop them. (Yogi Bhajan)

He who cannot limit himself will never know how to write [or paint or sculpt, etc]. (Nicolas Boileau)

There are no limits to either time or distance, except as man himself may make them. I have but to touch the wind to know these things. (Hal Borland)

Art knows no limit, and the artists will never achieve perfection. (Bente Borsum)

In art, progress lies not in an extension, but in a knowledge of limitations. (Georges Braque)

It is the limitation of means that determines style, gives rise to new forms and makes creativity possible. (Georges Braque)

We all have our limitations, but when we listen to our critics, we also have theirs. (Robert Brault)

Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can. (Ashleigh Brilliant)

In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them. (Dr. Joyce Brothers)

The only limits are, as always, those of vision. (James Broughton)

So free we seem, so fettered fast we are! (Robert Browning)

Maybe other people will try to limit me but I don't limit myself. (Jim Carrey)

-The Long Goodbye, 1953
There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself. (Raymond Chandler)

Art is limitation. The essence of every picture is the frame. (G. K. Chesterton)

The vistas of possibility are only limited by the shortness of life. (Winston Churchill)

The only way to discover the limits of the possible, is to go beyond them into the impossible. (Arthur C. Clarke)

Having too much to do is also an unbeatable motivator. If you can truly only spare a couple hours a day for a particular task, it is amazing how much you can get done in those hours. (Mason Currey)

Set high standards and few limitations for yourself. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

Life in this world is limited. Never be in the least bit afraid! (Nichiren Daishonin)

We must be generously willing to leave for a time the narrow boundaries in which our individual lives are passed... In this fresh, breezy atmosphere... we will be surprised to find that many of our familiar old conventional truths look very queer indeed in some of the sudden side lights thrown upon them. (Honore Daumier)

A society on over-drive needs a lot of speed bumps in the road. (Jeff Davidson)

I live in my own little world. But it's OK. They know me here. (Anna Davis)

In abandoning the vagueness of the sketch the artist shows more of his personality by revealing the range but also the limitations of his talent. (Eugene Delacroix)

Abundance is a state, not a quantity. Idea of shortage is man-made. (Avtarjeet Dhanjal)

My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful, the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. (Richard Diebenkorn)

We are put on this planet only once, and to limit ourselves to the familiar is a crime against our minds. (Roger Ebert)

Love is hugging. Love is kissing. Love is saying no. (Eight-year-old)

The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits. (Albert Einstein)

No matter how gifted a painter, his work is defined by his limitations. (Alan Feltus)

The painter's world, unlike the real world, is confined by two verticals and two horizontals making four right angles where they meet. If you stop to think about it you will realize what an absurd restriction this makes. (Peter Folkes)

Art has been limited often by the culture of the times. But what about limitations to freedom from within? Self-defeating thoughts, expectations of what other people want from you, these are cages as well. (Nina Allen Freeman)

I play better tennis because the court is there. (Robert Frost)

It's a wonderful thing, as a writer, to be given parameters and walls and barriers. (Neil Gaiman)

You are responsible for understanding your limitations. (Sara Genn)

As the saying goes, 'Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them.' (Elizabeth Gilbert)

There is a statue of limitation. (Samuel Goldwyn)

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds. (Daniel Goleman)

Don't tell me that the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon! (Eva Green)

If someone were to think that trees are made to support the sky, they would all seem too short. (Franz Grillparzer)

Many of our intentions die after we have put their harness on. (Henry S. Haskins)

What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! What jailer is as inexorable as one's self! (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

- b.1695 d.1755...
Deformity... tends to the Improvement of the Mind. A man, that cannot shine in his Person, will have recourse to his Understanding and attempt to adorn that Part of him, which alone is capable of ornament. (William Hay)

There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. (Napoleon Hill)

You learn your limitations and then you try to work within them. (Al Hirschfeld)

A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations. (Gerald G. Jampolsky)

Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly? (Frida Kahlo)

If you know your limits, and dwell on the fact, the canvas will remain blank. (Philip Kennicott)

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future. (Charles F. Kettering)

I do have great respect for painting, but I am definitely not a painter. I make drawings of paintings, and I'm jealous of painting for sure, but, for me, the paper gives my work a limit. (Robert Longo)

Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind. (Ramana Maharshi)

The artist dreams of works of real breadth; but, limited by his personality and the nature of his medium, limited by inner disturbances and loss of purpose, he often works more narrowly than he'd intended. (Eric Maisel)

Keenly aware of their limitations, artists often remain insecure even as their list of successes grows. (Eric Maisel)

Just as paintings are confined to a frame, so are poems to a page... most poets still adopt the stanza - Italian room - to organize their canvas of images. (David Masello)

I think I'm going to put myself in a box for a few days. (Pamela Masik)

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

Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers. (Mignon McLaughlin)

I am good at only two things, and those are gardening and painting. (Claude Monet)

No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character. (John Morley)

Working within the limits of the medium forces us to change our own limits. Improvisation is not breaking with forms and limitations just to be 'free,' but using them as the very means of transcending ourselves. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

If I didn't think what I was doing had something to do with enlarging the boundaries of art, I wouldn't go on doing it. (Claes Oldenburg)

They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. (Charlie Parker)

I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else. (Dolly Parton)

We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything. (Blaise Pascal)

Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack. (George Smith Patton, Jr.)

One extends one's limits only by exceeding them. (M. Scott Peck)

Artists are perennially implored to consider 'the limitations of the medium.' Whoever invented this expression exaggerated the limitations of the English language. We are not concerned with what effects cannot be produced with our materials. (Walter J. Phillips)

For a long time I limited myself to one color – as a form of discipline. (Pablo Picasso)

If you have five elements available use only four. If you have four elements use three. (Pablo Picasso)

I want to live and feel all the shades, tones, and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited. (Sylvia Plath)

People who are always making allowances for themselves soon go bankrupt. (Mary Pettibone Poole)

The only limits in our life are those we impose on ourselves. (Bob Proctor)

One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

The virtue of a small palette (very few colours), with that limitation stretches you to invent places where they can go, or rather helps to precipitate these relationships. (Bridget Riley)

You can't always control the wind, but you can control your sails. (Tony Robbins)

It appears that our ability to be enhanced may not be limitless after all. (Dr. Robin Rosenberg)

Humans create their own boundaries, their own limitations. We say what is humanly possible, and what is not possible. Then just because we believe it, it becomes truth for us. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

We are described into corners, and then we must describe ourselves out of corners. (Salman Rushdie)

My painting is not limited at all. I have many possibilities, in terms of approach. And the reason I have that is because I'm not limited by a certain narrative that I want to get across. (Robert Ryman)

There is only one thing worse than setting limitations on yourself and that is letting others do it. (Larry E. Santucci)

Every man takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Imagination, like infinity, has no boundaries. (Ian Semple)

You expand your consciousness, your ideas, your perceptions. You break away from self-adopted restrictions. You grow as you learn to step aside from limiting conceptions and dogmas. (Seth)

If you would be pungent, be brief. (Robert Southey)

To be stopped by a frame's edge is intolerable. (Clyfford Still)

Limits increase creativity. (Kim Stimpson)

The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self of the chains that shackle the spirit... and the arbitrariness serves only to obtain precision of execution. (Igor Stravinsky)

Sound in music is the equivalent of colour in painting. If the restriction that is put on current popular music were put on painting, the only tube of colour available would be Euro-beige. (Billy Childish and Charles Thomson)

Imagine that you have no limitations and then decide what's right before you decide what's possible. (Brian Tracy)

I just love it when people say I can't do something. (Ted Turner)

Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon. (Denis Waitley)

When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them. (Evelyn Waugh)

Art is limited to the infinite, and beginning there cannot progress. (James Abbott McNeill Whistler)

Human concepts, no matter how grand they may appear, have limitations. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

The limit is the limit that we place upon ourselves. All around us are endless resources. Like an umbrella, the mind works best when open. (Miles Patrick Yohnke)

Inability, human incapacity, is the only boundary to an art. (Emile Zola)