Here are a few provocative quotes to get you thinking. Enjoy!

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)

I suffered a nervous breakdown that has lasted a lifetime, though by now I have learned to live with it. (Jeanne Reynal)

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)

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)

The world is horrid right straight through and so am I … I want to grouch and sulk and rip and snort. I am a pail of milk that has gone sour. (Emily Carr)

I know that in everybody’s life must come days of depression and discouragement when all things in life seem to lose savor. The sunniest day has its clouds; but one must not forget the sun is there all the time. (Lucy Maud Montgomery)

Some people worry that if the addiction or depression goes away, the creativity goes away too. Not true. When your spirit is no longer weighed down with these distractions, you are finally able to find your authentic self. (Nina Allen Freeman)

If the storm within gets too loud, I take a glass too much to stun myself. (Vincent van Gogh)

When you stop drinking, you have to deal with this marvelous personality that started you drinking in the first place. (Jimmy Breslin)

The key to a healthy life is having a healthy mind. (Richard J. Davidson)

Painting gave meaning to my life, which without it, it would not have had. (Francis Bacon)

A huge component of the process of making art is the making of meaning – taking stimuli, sorting it, reconstructing it and communicating it. (Nicoletta Baumeister)

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