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"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." -Albert Einstein

Jim Tice

If your inner voice is telling you that you can’t paint, by all means, hurry up and paint and silence the voice.
Vincent Van Gogh

I am a dreamer. Some men see things as they are and ask why; I dream of things that never were and ask, why not?
George Bernard Shaw

The best way to predict the future is to create it. Peter Drucker

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” Robin Williams

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Robin Williams

Truly creative people are not connoisseurs who walk through the art galleries of the world, collecting the finest works, but those who involve themselves in the stuff of the world and make the best pictures.
Eugene Peterson

You miss 100 percent of the shots you do not take.
Wayne Gretzky

Live creatively, friends...Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourselves into that. Don't live vicariously. Each of us must take responsibility for doing the creative best we can with our own lives.
Eugene Peterson

When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts. – LarryEllison

“That’s what storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope – again and again.” Walt Disney

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein

The glory of God is man fully alive.
—Irenaeus, early Church Father (died c. 200)

“Joy is the serious business of heaven.” C.S.Lewis

"Please do not forget your talent. I am afraid the prose of your life may overcome the poetry of your soul." Alexander Pushkin, Aug 13, 1825

There¹s none like you, never has been nor shall there ever be. If we are pursuing our inner passion--even at a slow though steady pace--we are on our way to becoming the one-of-a-kind creation we were put here to be.
Craig McNair Wilson

“Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” Charles Schulz

“Go on working freely and furiously, and you will make progress.” Paul Gauguin

“I’m excited about the music. I play with integrity and I don’t compromise my vision I approach it from an artistic perspective.” Diana Krall

You can't build a reputation on what you're GOING to do. Henry Ford

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. Bob Dylan

mcnair wilson

Thanks, Michael! I enjoyed the Skype Q&A with your staff today. Feel free to connect down the road as other "bumps in the parking lot" creep up on your creative interactions.

mcnair wilson

Thanks, Jim ! Quite a range of good quotes—from St. Irenaeus to Bob Dylan. A few of my favorites and some I was not familiar with until now. Don't be surprised to see some of these in my new book and here on my blog—Tea With McNair. When I got to the longer quote in the middle of the pack, I was halfway through and thinmking, "I can use this for sure!" And then, BAM ... it was mine. Hah!

Jim Tice

Haha, yes, I was pulling some of my favourite quotes and that is one of yours that's on my list. Thought it was good to put it in, hoped it would encourage you. Looking forward to the new book!

mcnair wilson

Jim, You are a wise and clever fellow. The new book moves along everyday!. Had a breakthrough about as month ago that is making the creation process less stressfull. Still a lot of work. Watch for the pre-publishing sale—priamrily to raise money to once-again, self publish. (I like the complete control of the book from cover-to-cover and interior design, fonts, etc. I do have design partners to do the fine work of cradfting a readable & beutiful book.

THis book will also have a surprise "twist" thast I think has never been done in the world of publishing. If it has occurred, it is so rare few will ever have even hear of it. It will jump start the book from the moment you begin reading. Hmmmmmm ....

Stay tuned.


Recently found on a graduation card. Didn't remember seeing this before or being credited to John Wesley:
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
- John Wesley

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23,24 NIV

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