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Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. (Edward Abbey)

Growth as an [artist] and as a human being are synonymous. (Stella Adler)

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow. (Aeschylus)

A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy. (Luis Barragan)

The seeds of your next work lie embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. (David Bayles)

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult. (Warren G. Bennis)

When going back makes sense, you are going ahead. (Wendell Berry)

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. (William Blake)

-My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy...
It's all right if you grow your wings on the way down. (Robert Bly)

Cultivate patience in your heart and you will improve. Learn to see well and your hand will become sure. (Charles Philip Brooks)

Growth itself has the germ of happiness. (Pearl S. Buck)

Love dies only when growth stops. (Pearl S. Buck)

Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist. (Anthony Burgess)

We are at the end of everything old. (Martin J. Burns)

Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage. (William S. Burroughs)

Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping. (Julia Cameron)

If you are lucky, and if you live long enough, and if you trust your materials and you trust your instincts, you will see things of beauty growing up in front of you, without you having anything to do with it. (Michael Cardew)

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze. (Thomas Carlyle)

Look at the earth crowded with growth, new and old bursting from their strong roots hidden in the silent, live ground, each seed according to its own kind... each one knowing what to do, each one demanding its own rights on the earth... So, artist, you too from the deeps of your soul... let your roots creep forth, gaining strength. (Emily Carr)

I think that one's art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows. (Emily Carr)

Artistic growth is, more than anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness. The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy: only the great artist knows how difficult it is. (Willa Cather)

Every garden presents innumerable fascinating problems. (Winston Churchill)

I've grown to not take myself too seriously, but take my painting quite seriously. (Beverly Claridge)

Develop what you lack. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

Don't take yourself too seriously. Growth comes through humility. Humility comes from wisdom, which comes with maturity. (Bobbi Dunlop)

I will grow. I will become something new and grand, but no grander than I now am. Just as the sky will be different in a few hours, its present perfection and completeness is not deficient, so am I presently perfect and not deficient because I will be different tomorrow. (Dr. Wayne Dyer)

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. (Albert Einstein)

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice. (George Eliot)

April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain. (T. S. Eliot)

All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Once you've grown to accept something and it becomes part of the system you've inherited, you don't even notice it any longer. (Brian Eno)

Things which do not grow and change are dead things. (Louise Erdrich)

All the great spiritual traditions have placed major emphasis upon meditation as a path to personal growth. (David Fontana)

To make headway, improve your head. (B. C. Forbes)

To me I seem to be constantly growing. I must respond to varying conditions, yet remain changeless within. (Mahatma Gandhi)

- The Tipping Point
Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do. (Malcolm Gladwell)

Remember: Michelangelo was once a helpless baby. Great works are the result of heroic struggle. (Irwin Greenberg)

Be absolutely present in the moment with the mystery and adventure that is our life, and realize we are masters - that we draw to us the situations that will lead to our greatest growth in this lifetime. (Carla Hannaford)

The work keeps getting deeper, more honest. I continue to work on a piece until I feel it breathe on its own. (Laura Harris)

Art is not an amusement, nor a distraction, nor is it, as many men maintain, an escape from life. On the contrary, it is a high training of the soul, essential to the soul's growth, to its unfoldment. (Lawren Harris)

In his attempt to develop the beauty he sees, the artist develops himself. (Charles Hawthorne)

You can tell what Seeds are being watered by noticing what's blooming in your garden. (M. T. Head)

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. (Napoleon Hill)

If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven't done anything today. (Lou Holtz)

Growth comes when you can take a statement and go beyond it to achieve something even better and more exciting. (Roberta Horton)

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. (Thomas H. Huxley)

One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more. (Washington Irving)

Purge, emerge and flourish. It's natural. (Tim Johnson)

The experience of surprise is a sign of one's readiness to grow. (Sidney Jourard)

The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. (C. Joybell C.)

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. (John F. Kennedy)

We should always be improving and growing, and there are several ways of doing this. One way in particular stands out to me, mostly because it is so often underestimated, and therefore over looked: Studying good art. (Daniel J. Keys)

Today, despite all our wars, we find that the human population is greater than ever. This clearly indicates to me that love and compassion predominate in the world. And this is why unpleasant events are 'news'; compassionate activities are so much a part of daily life that they are taken for granted and, therefore, largely ignored. (Dalai Lama)

Your fruits in your life are solely based upon the roots that have been developed by the seeds that you have planted. (John Di Lemme)

You can't build a painting. You have to let it grow and develop like a child. (Robert Levers)

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. (Abraham Lincoln)

Kind hearts are the gardens, / Kind thoughts are the roots, / Kind words are the flowers, / Kind deeds are the fruits, / Take care of your garden / And keep out the weeds, / Fill it with sunshine / Kind words and kind deeds. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Growth is a greater mystery than death. All of us can understand failure, we all contain failure and death within us, but not even the successful man can begin to describe the impalpable elations and apprehensions of growth. (Norman Mailer)

The growth that an artist seeks is a fine combination of mastering craft, garnering an audience, maintaining one's mental health, and working mightily from a ever-expanding base of experience. (Eric Maisel)

-Unapologetically You...
The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward. (Steve Maraboli)

Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature. (Steve Maraboli)

It is like the seed put in the soil - the more one sows, the greater the harvest. (Orison Swett Marden)

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. (Ralph Marston)

The growing tip is a small proportion of mankind. They will carry on. (Abraham Maslow)

Do something beyond what you know, otherwise there is no growth. (Billie F. Mathis)

Change is inevitable. Growth is optional. (John C. Maxwell)

Growth inside fuels growth outside. (John C. Maxwell)

The growth of the spirit is a volcano that cannot be capped. Try to plug it at your peril. (John McEnulty)

We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us. (Marshall McLuhan)

When you go through the motions of being creative, you are energizing your brain by increasing the number of contacts between neurons. The more times you act, the more active your brain becomes and the more creative you become. (Michael Michalko)

Your mind is like vegetation. It flourishes in one soil or climate and droops in another. (Michael Michalko)

As when, O lady mine! /With chiselled touch /The stone unhewn and cold / Becomes a living mould. / The more the marble wastes, / The more the statue grows. (Michelangelo)

All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience. (Henry Miller)

Failure is a precursor to growth. (Gina Mollicone-Long)

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely. (Ogden Nash)

It is the individual artist who must act courageously in an effort to grow. (Mary Carroll Nelson)

Become who you are. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. (Anais Nin)

My center does not come from my mind - it feels in me like a plot of warm moist well tilled earth with the sun shining hot on it... It seems I would rather feel starkly empty than let any thing be planted that cannot be tended to the fullest possibility of its growth... (Georgia O'Keeffe)

In a pond, koi can reach lengths of eighteen inches. Amazingly, when placed in a lake, koi can grow to three feet long. The metaphor is obvious. You are limited by how you see the world. (Vince Poscente)

Change is constant and inevitable, but personal growth is a choice. (Bob Proctor)

Talking about pumpkins does not make them grow. (African proverb)

There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. True nobility comes from being superior to your previous self. (Hindu proverb)

While it can be beneficial to retreat and synthesize recent experiences, it is very difficult to grow without outside stimulation. (Loretta Puckrin)

Being an artist is like planting a garden - plant the seeds and see what sprouts. (Bob Ragland)

We accept the small victory that, even in defeat, we've done the best we can and tomorrow we'll do better. And so it goes, day after day. (William F. Reese)

I have the utmost respect for artists who embrace change in their style and technique, for that is growth. (Todd Reifers)

Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

To keep growing, silently and earnestly, through your whole development; you couldn't disturb it any more violently than by looking outside and waiting for outside answers to questions that only your innermost feeling, in your quietest hour, can perhaps answer. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Growth occurs when individuals confront problems, struggle to master them, and through that struggle develop new aspects of their skills, capacities, views about life. (Carl Rogers)

Some people plant in the spring and leave in the summer. If you're signed up for a season, see it through. You don't have to stay forever, but at least stay until you see it through. (Jim Rohn)

I've learned... that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it. (Andy Rooney)

The ground's generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground. (Rumi)

And don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous. (Rumi)

Plant a thought, harvest an act, plant an act, harvest a habit, plant a habit, harvest a character, plant a character, harvest a destiny. (Mandan Indian saying)

Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement. (Charles Schulz)

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living. (Gail Sheehy)

It's so important to keep growing... If art does not communicate to the viewer, something is missing. (Marilyn Simandle)

The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual. (Samuel Smiles)

If one is constantly challenged, one grows. If one becomes complacent, one stultifies. (Catherine Stock)

Each of you is perfect the way you are... and you can use a little improvement. (Shunryu Suzuki)

Let knowledge grow from more to more, / But more of reverence in us dwell; / That mind and soul, according well, / May make one music as before, / But vaster. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted. (Saint Teresa of Avila)

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. (Brian Tracy)

A feeling of continuous growth is a wonderful source of motivation and self-confidence. (Brian Tracy)

We can gradually grow into any condition we desire, provided we first make ourselves in habitual mental attitude the person who corresponds to those conditions. (Thomas Troward)

What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth. (Mark Twain)

Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. (Morihei Ueshiba)

Be both the gardener and the rose. (Author unknown)

I have to seriously question the observation of a patron, sipping thoughtfully at a local art competition, when he says, 'There's a lot of growth here.' (John D. Vedilago)

The arts are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)

As long as we have persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time. (Denis Waitley)

Learn and grow all you can; serve and befriend all you can; enrich and inspire all you can. (William Arthur Ward)

Let growth through experience guide you toward creativity. (Kirk Wassell)

One of the worst things an artist can do is stagnate into a certain style or genre for life. It's all about growth, and the growth of the artist should never stop. (Dorenda Crager Watson)

It is less what one is that should matter, than what one is not. (Wei Wu Wei)

The most powerful agent of growth and transformation is something much more basic than any technique: a change of heart. (John Welwood)

You can't move forward until you look back. (Cornel West)

We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow. (Oscar Wilde)

It's important to balance the drudgery with inspiration. It's a nightmare if you are just existing in the present project – you don't feel a sense of your own growth. (Peter Wolf)

You think you're developing and getting better and then you see something you did years ago. Looking at your early work.. sometimes it has a depth that surprises you. (Andrew Wyeth)

Whatever we put our attention on will grow stronger in our life. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)


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