Big Magic


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: Penguin Audio, 2015 (Audiobook, 5hrs 6min)

Rating: 3owls


Elizabeth Gilbert portrays creativity as a magical entity. Though I didn’t agree with some of her beliefs about where ideas come from and the value of education in learning to be creative, this book did give me some new perspectives on how to deal with times in which I no longer feel creative or like I’ll never get a great idea. It was a bit too whimsical at times, but as an audiobook it made my drives more enjoyable.

Memorable Quotes:

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”

“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”

“So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”

“Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.”

“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us. Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise—you can make anything. So please calm down now and get back to work, okay? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”