Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative — Book Notes

Austin Kleon

Si Quan Ong


Published: 2012

What This Book Is About:

This book will dispel myths about being creative, and also teach you 10 different ways you can use today to become MORE creative.

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Big Lessons (or tl;dr version):

  • Keep working, don’t stop. Inspire yourself by keeping a praise file.
  • Limitations inspire creativity.
  • Collect good ideas. Steal them. An artist is but a collector of great ideas and a master of remixing.
  • Create the thing you want to see.
  • Use your hands. Create something physical.
  • You can learn from anyone, be inspired by anyone, talk to anyone. With the Internet, geography is no longer our master.

Quotes Compilation from this book:

“Art is theft.”

  • Pablo Picasso

“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn.”

  • T.S Eliot

“All advice is autobiographical.”

  • Austin Kleon

“What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.”

  • William Ralph Inge

“The only art I’ll ever study is stuff I can steal from.”

  • David Bowie

“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”

  • Andre Gide

“It’s not the book you start with, it’s the book that book leads you to.”

  • Austin Kleon

“You have to dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”

  • Austin Kleon

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”

  • Salvador Dali

“If you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism. If you copy from many, it’s research.”