On Ability: Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after he grows up.
On good: I asked how can you ever be sure that what you write is really any good at all and
he said you can't. You can never be sure. You die without knowing whether
anything you write was any good. If you have to be sure don't write.
On chaos: When I begin a piece, I have no preconceived idea of what I will find. I have no
plan except to create an initial state of disorder and then to impose order on it.
I find it easier to make order out of chaos than to make something out of nothing.
On play: What we play is life.
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play
instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
On creativity: Why should we all use our creative power...? Because there is nothing that
makes people so generous, joyful, indifferent to fighting and the
accumulation of objects and money .
On Depression: In a dark time the eye begins to see.
On life: All the arts we pratice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.
On Courage: Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
On tools for a lifetime: ...not that everyone will become an artist. It's the only thing that
helps helps them (children) develop as an individual. It gives them a
window into who they are.
Ruth Izawa, Japanese-American Artist