33 Creative and Inspiring Austin Kleon Quotes

33 Creative and Inspiring Austin Kleon Quotes

Are you a creative person, but are not sure if or how to go about expressing your art, not even mentioning on how to put it out there for the world to see? Then Austin Kleon’s books are the inspiration you are looking for. His series of books about creative expressions gives you permission to “steal” and share your art in different ways. With helpful techniques, these unique little books are a gem and serve as a reminder that creativity is accessible to anyone. You just got to start.

33 Austin Kleon Quotes

You don't have to live anywhere other than the place you are to start connecting with the world you want to be in.”

  • “You don’t have to live anywhere other than the place you are to start connecting with the world you want to be in.”
  • “Do good work and share it with people.”
  • “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.”
  • “The stupidest possible creative act is still a creative act,”
  • “If you want to change your life, change what you pay attention to
  • “No one is going to give a damn about your résumé; they want to see what you have made with your own little fingers.”
  • “One thing I’ve learned in my brief career: It’s the side projects that really take off. By side projects I mean the stuff that you thought was just messing around. Stuff that’s just play. That’s actually the good stuff. That’s when the magic happens.”
  • “There’s an intuition that you only gain through the repetition of practice.”
  • “Visual artists tend to like Tumblr, Instagram, or Facebook.”
  • “Your brain gets too comfortable in your everyday surroundings. You need to make it uncomfortable. You need to spend some time in another land, among people that do things differently than you. Travel makes the world look new, and when the world looks new, our brains work harder.

  • “Make people better at something they want to be better at.”
  • “When you teach someone how to do your work, you are, in effect, generating more interest in your work.”
  • “If you want fans, you have to be a fan first. If you want to be accepted by a community, you have to first be a good citizen of that community.”
  • “Good” can be a stifling word, a word that makes you hesitate and stare at a blank page and second-guess yourself and throw stuff in the trash. What’s important is to get your hands moving and let the images come. Whether it’s good or bad is beside the point. Make art.”
  • “Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day.
  • “Being open and honest about what you like is the best way to connect with people who like those things, too.”
  • “The only way to find your voice is to use it.”
  • “What we respond to in any work of art is the artist’s struggle against his or her limitations.”
  • “Your job is to collect good ideas. The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced by
  • “If we’re free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running away from it.”


“The only way to find your voice is to use it.” Austin Kleon


  • “You should always share the work of others as if it were your own, treating it with respect and care.”
  • “Relax and breathe. The trouble with imaginative people is that we’re good at picturing the worst that could happen to us. Fear is often just the imagination taking a wrong turn. Bad criticism is not the end of the world. As far as I know, no one has ever died from a bad review. Take a deep breath and accept whatever comes.”
  • “Draw the art you want to see, make the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read.”
  • “We’re always being told find your voice. When I was younger, I never really knew what this meant. I used to worry a lot about voice, wondering if I had my own. But now I realize that the only way to find your voice is to use it. It’s hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow.”
  • “Don’t worry about unity from piece to piece – what unifies all of your work is the fact that you made it.”
  • “The number one rule of the Internet: People are lazy. If you don’t include a link, no one can click it. Attribution without a link online borders on useless: 99.9 percent of people are not going to bother Googling someone’s name.”
  • “If you just mimic the surface of somebody’s work without understanding where they are coming from, your work will never be anything more than a knockoff.”
  • “If you want to be more effective when sharing yourself and your work, you need to become a better storyteller. You need to know what a good story is and how to tell one.”

  • “There’s an economic theory out there that if you take the incomes of your five closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income.”
  • “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”
  • When you open up your process and invite people in, you learn.”
  • “The best advice is not to write what you know, it’s to write what you like. Write the kind of story you like best—write the story you want to read. The same principle applies to your life and your career.”
  • “It’s so important to have a hobby. A hobby is something creative that’s just for you. You don’t try to make money or get famous off it, you just do it because it makes you happy.”

When you open up your process and invite people in, you learn.” - Austin Kleon

Steal Like An Artist Interview – Video


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