Inspirational Quotes For Designers & Freelancers

Inspirational Quotes For Designers & Freelancers

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I sent out a Twitter (follow me) message to my followers asking what their favourite inspirational quote was. Below you will find the first 40+ responses. Hope this inspires your day!

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It was also interesting to note, that not one person had the same favourite quote.

“An artist cannot fail. It is a success to be one.”

Via @riddlebrothers

“Unless you move, the place where you are is the place where you will always be.” ~Ashleigh Brilliant

Via @vintom

“The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”

Via @nguyenbk

“Do what you love to do, but don’t do it to the point where you don’t love it anymore.”

Via @DEFgraphics

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“Tough times never last, but tough people do!”


“I don’t want to be one of those who say ‘I wish I had’. I want to be one of those who say ‘I’m glad I did’.”

Via @Maine_iac

“With time, and saliva, the ant will devour the elephant.”

Via @colinismyname

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“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Via @mehmetcihangir

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~ John Quincy Adams

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Via @brandonacox

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison

Via @dambold

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Via @paperdoll

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

Via @designbutt

“Art disturbs, science reassures.” ~ Georges Braque

Via @cory1975

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~Chinese Proverb

Via @suzillazilla

“Be a fountain, not a drain.” ~Rex Hudler

Via @Krus_Design

“Graphic design is the spit and polish but not the shoe.” ~Ellen Lupton

Via @Pxls2prnt

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” ~Thomas Edison

Via @LearningNerd

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” ~Mark Twain

Via @andy17null

“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” ~Thomas Edison

Via @designshard

“Any designer can do SOMETHING. A great designer does the RIGHT thing.”

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Via @theconstruct

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci

Via @bwoodsdesign

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“Imagination is more important that knowledge.” ~Albert Einstein

Via @multimichel

“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.” ~Li Zhènfan

Via @artesupreme

“…use what talent you possess…the woods would be very silent if no birds sang, but those that sang best…” ~Henry Van Dyke

Via @GBglass

“Don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never get out alive.” ~Elbert Hubbard

Via @cshold

“…a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention…” ~Herbert A. Simon

Via @hupernikomen

“Success is falling down 7 times but getting up 8.”

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Via @mike_baxter

“The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.” ~ Banksy

Via @thatdesigner

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“Imagination without knowledge may create beautiful things, knowledge without imagination can create only perfect ones.” ~Albert Einstein

Via @igorstawiarski

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.” ~Jim Jarmush

Via @AshleySimko

“Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.” ~Paul Rand

Via @nikibrown

“Keep her lit” ~Anyone from Northern Ireland

Via @leemunroe

“Art is creativity, creativity is passion, passion is love.” ~Andrew Brynjulson.

Via @brennifresh

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” ~Confucius

Via @petranoid

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“Design that doesn’t take a chance doesn’t stand a chance”

Via Stephanie Floyd (Facebook)

“The perception of beauty is a moral test.” ~Thoreau

Via Johnny Lewis (Facebook)

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain

Via Jenny Leonard (Facebook)

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~Mark Twain

Via Christina Adkin (Facebook)

“In order to know what is right, you’ve got to know what is wrong.”

Via Lemuel Asibal (Facebook)

“Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.” ~Andy Warhol

Via Amanda Dandy (Facebook)

“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find who we already are and become it.” The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

Via Elaine Wong (Facebook)

“You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.”

Via Melissa Rogers Ek (Facebook)

“It’s not how good you are, its how good you want to be.” ~Paul Arden

Via Joy Lym (Facebook)

And my personal favourite is:

“You only get out, what you put in.”

And if I were to be quoted I would say:

“There are no bad ideas, just bad decisions.”

And for those feeling a little too inspired, check out these demotivators (bit of a laugh) or check out these inspirational quotes from actual designers or these inspiring quotes about design.

What is your favourite inspirational quote? Please share with us in the comments below.

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48 thoughts on “Inspirational Quotes For Designers & Freelancers”

  1. This is one brilliant post! Thanks for sharing. My favourite quote so far, read it in a recent post at Freelance Folder
    “Underpromise. Overdeliver.” – Bojan Stefanovic, http://logoholik.com/

  2. Awesome inspirational quotes here. I also like the idea of “you get what you give. ” Ultimately it all comes down to the blood, sweat and tears that you put in to your work to see your goals come into fruition.

    Love it!

  3. Wow, great list!

    One of my favorite quotes is simple (and from an unlikely source):

    “Don’t Dream it, be it” – Rocky Horror Picture Show

  4. What a great collection! There are quite a few original quotes on here that I’ve never heard before! Here are a couple that I love:

    * Art is the lie that reveals the truth.
    ~Pablo Picasso

    * Life beats down and imprisons the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
    ~ Stella Adler

    * Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.
    ~ Scott Adams

    * I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables me to laugh at life’s realities.
    ~ Dr Theadore Geisel aka Dr Seuss

  5. This has always been a favourite of mine:

    “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work… I want to achieve it through not dying.”
    – Woody Allen

    It always reminds me that work isn’t the only thing in my life, while it is important I don’t want it to define me. Chances are people won’t remember you for your work, they will remember you for who you were.
    Plus it always makes me smile.

  6. Thanks for this – its a great list. One of my favorites is… “I don’t want to be one of those who say ‘I wish I had’. I want to be one of those who say ‘I’m glad I did’.” Life is short you need to make sure you live it and achieve your dreams!

  7. I thought I’d share my 2 faves here –

    “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
    – Douglas Adams

    “Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?”
    – Chico Marx

    (largely attributed to Groucho but was actually Chico dressed up as him in the film Duck Soup…or so Google tells me…)

  8. What an inspiring blog post!
    One of my favourite quotes is:
    “Who fights may lose, who doesn’t fight has already lost.”

  9. Great list of quotes here. I don’t know if it would be “inspirational” or not, but it always makes me try harder:

    “I saw an angel in the marble: so I carved ’til I set him free.”


  10. Here is one of my favorite

    You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. — James Allen


  11. One of my favourite quotes: “Who fights may loose, who doesn’t, has already lost.” Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. “Creativity is an act of rebellion.”
    Professor Allan Snyder, Centre for the mind,University of Sidney

  13. Great post…

    My favourite one …
    “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there”. Reading this quote everyday at my desk gave me the strength to keep myself assertive, pro-active and fit as an artist & designer.

  14. “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” Edmund Burke

    and of course the ever present:
    “Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes, then, when you criticize them, you’ll be a mile away, and will have their shoes.”

  15. This is a good one for perseverence in your goals…
    “Just when you’re beginning to get bored with what you have done is probably the time it is beginning to be noticed by your audience”

  16. Thank you for a great article!
    one of my favorites:

    “It’s not our abilities that determine our greatness, but rather our choices.”

    (by Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movie; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

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  18. “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” Edmund Burke

    and of course the ever present:
    “Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes, then, when you criticize them, you’ll be a mile away, and will have their shoes.”

  19. “Your success: It’s up to others to believe it’s possible. It’s up to you to make it happen.”
    – Brent Dmitruk

  20. I loves these quotes, Im going to take my favorites, design them each in to posters and display them in our studio for some genital inspiration.

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