Big Magic

Creative Living Beyond Fear

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Number of pages: 276

Publisher: Riverhead Books

BBB Library: Creativity and Innovation, Personal Success

ISBN: 978-1-59463-471-0

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert is an American author, best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, a New York Times Best Seller list.


Editorial Review

Summary of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Are you brave enough to show the world the treasure that rests within you? This is the main question that Elizabeth Gilbert asks in Big Magic. If your answer is yes, then that’s awesome for you. But if your answer is no, then this summary of Big Magic is for you.  A life where you do not get to share what you were born to do is not a life worth living. We are all creative creatures. We all think and we come up with things that are amazing, and all what we need is a touch of bravery to share it with everyone else. 

Book Reviews

“If you want to write or act or paint, this book wants to help you do that. But if you want to take figure skating lessons, learn to draw or build model airplanes, this book wants to help you do that too.” – The New York Times

“Gilbert’s love of creativity is infectious, and there’s a lot of great advice in this sunny book about setting your own agenda, overcoming self-doubt and avoiding perfectionism.” –Washington Post

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Wisdom to Share

The guardians of high culture will try to convince you that the arts belong only to a chosen few, but they are wrong, and they are also annoying. We are all the chosen few.

If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.

Only when we are at our most playful can the universe finally get serious with us.

Work with all your heart. Because if you show up for your work, day after day after day after day, you might get lucky enough to burst right into bloom.

Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore, and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can the universe finally get serious with us.

Without bravery, we would never know the world as richly as it longs to be known.

Creative living is a path for the brave.

There is no guarantee of success in all creative realms. Not for you, not for me, not for anyone. Not now, not ever.So, will you put forth your work anyhow?

If you love and want something enough, you won’t mind eating the shit sandwich that comes with it.

Martyr always ends up dead in a heap of broken glory, while Trickster trots off to enjoy another day.