Inspirational Quotes For Designers & Freelancers

in Freelancer, Graphic Design, Inspiration, Knowledgebase

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!

It was also interesting to note, that not one person had the same favorite 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

“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

Light an end of tunnel - Photo by Gustavo Minas

“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

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

Single Step - Photo by muha

“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.”

Via @theconstruct

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

Via @bwoodsdesign

Water droplet - Photo by D Sharon Pruitt

“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.”

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

Hope - Photo by kwerfeldein

“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

Photo by D Sharon Pruitt

“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.