I've been an Elizabeth Gilbert devotee ever since reading Eat Pray Love a DECADE ago (sheesh). I then fell head over heels in love with her stellar historical fiction novel The Signature of All Things before devouring her motivational self-help book on creativity, Big Magic, which was just released in paperback. I interviewed Gilbert at the time of the book's initial release last year and wanted to share some of her words that will encourage you to fearlessly live your best life.
"If you really start to take apart the obstacles of what are stopping people from living a more creative life, it's almost always fear. It's very rarely not fear."
On Who Inspires Her
"I tend to be interested in people who are doing some of the most varied things with their lives, who reject the cult of specialization and sometimes even reject the cult of professionalism and try lots of different stuff because they're not afraid to follow the scavenger hunt that their curiosity [takes them on]."
"Generally speaking, your generation is my favorite so far. I feel like you guys are the most open-minded, the least hateful, the least racist, the most compassionate generation that we have yet seen. People who have been raised to not bully each other."
On Having a Creative Career
"If you're willing to commit to living a creative life for the pure joy of it, and you're careful about providing for yourself in the material world in other ways, then you can have a really fantastic and interesting life. But if you've decided that you want to be an artist and you want to be rich, too? Sometimes it's a little bit too much to ask of art."
On Getting Over a Creativity Slump
"The work wants to be made and it wants to be made through you."
On the Magic of Inspiration
"Inspiration is not your slave and it's not your master, but it's a partner."