The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Quotes from the book:

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles ~ by Steven Pressfield

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”


“So if you paralyzed with fear, it’s a good sign. It shows you what you have to do.”


I can add that not only fear, but feeling guilty is a good sign too. I feel guilty when I do something personal for myself.

“The more Resistance you experience, the more important your unmanifested art/project/enterprise is to you – and the more gratification you will feel when you finally do it.”


“Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. “I write only when inspiration strikes,” he replied. “Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”"

“If you find yourself criticizing other people, you’re probably doing it out of Resistance. When we see others beginning to live their authentic selves, it drives us crazy if we have not lived out our own.

Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others.”


“Technically, the professional takes money. technically, the pro plays for pay. But in the end, he does it for love.”


“We fear discovering that we are more than we think we are. More than our parents/teachers think we are. We fear that we actually possess the talent that our still, small voice tells us.”


“We are not born with unlimited choices.

We can’t be anything we want be.

We come into this world with specific, personal destiny.

We have job to do, a calling to enact, a self to become…

Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but find out who we already are and become it.”


“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”


Hope you like these quotes as I like it:-) Stay with me. Genia.




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