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To accomplish great things - anatole france quote

#4 in my 30 Creativity Quotes from 30 Creative Minds series: Anatole France

This week’s creative gem is a quote that I stumbled across online – originally spotted on GoodReads, I think.

It’s a line from a speech by the Parisian writer, Anatole France, and it’s a call to remember our hearts and spirit in the creative process.

The subtle power of creative bliss was a large part of my very first online course way back in 2013, and it’s been a recurring theme through all of my work ever since.

So, I was delighted to find this notion summed up so eloquently by the wise Monsieur France who advises:


“To accomplish great things
we must not only act,
but also dream;
not only plan,
but also believe.”


• • • 
I’ve had this quote on my desktop as a virtual Stickie for a couple of years, for those times when I get stuck in Must-Plan-And-Do Land. (Ever been there?) 

But it’s such a favourite that I combined it with a picture that I love – of my youngest son, dreaming and believing as he climbs an ancient tree in the garden of Chatsworth House – a great thing to accomplish by any 7-year-old’s standards.

Feel free to pin or print this for yourself, so that you can catch this potent little reminder whenever you need it the most.

(Your muse will make sure you see it…) 

Till next week – here’s to your great things!

danielle raine creativity coach

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