Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such repose do we find truth. – Madeleine L’Engle
I paint as a way of looking for myself in the world. – Amy Sherald
You can’t sit around and wait for somebody to say who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it. – Faith Ringgold
You don’t exist if you’re not represented… I felt a need to claim my own social existence by making the representation happen. – Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Nobody says “Picasso, the male artist.” – Patti Smith
Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest. -Beatrix Potter
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. – Martha Graham
We know what the world wants from us. We know we must decide whether to stay small, quiet, and uncomplicated or allow ourselves to grow as big, loud, and complex as we were made to be. Every girl must decide whether to be true to herself or true to the world. Every girl must decide whether to settle for adoration or fight for love. –Glennon Doyle
A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we’re meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
— Judy Blume