Our whole life’s structure is such that we are taught that unless there is a recognition we are nobody, we are worthless. The work is not important, but the recognition is—and this is putting things upside down. The work should be important, a joy in itself You should work not to be recognized, but because you enjoy being creative; you love the work for its own sake.

Jean-Paul Sartre said, “I have received enough reward while I was creating my work. A Nobel prize cannot add anything to it—on the contrary, it pulls me down. It is good for amateurs who are in search of recognition; I am old enough and I have enjoyed enough. I have loved whatever I have done, it was its own reward. And I don’t want any other reward, because nothing can be better than that which I have already received.”

Bothering about recognition has meaning only if you don’t love your work; then it is meaningful, then it seems to substitute. You hate the work, you don’t like it, but you are doing it because there will be recognition.


Whenever you are creating, you will have the taste of life—and it will depend on your intensity, on your totality.
hen anything can become the door—even cleaning the floor. If you can do it
creatively, lovingly, totally, you will have some taste of life.


Creativity needs freedom—freedom from the mind, freedom from knowledge, freedom from prejudices. A creative person is one who can try the new. A creative person is not a robot. Robots are never creative, they are repetitive.

Remember, a creative person always goes on trying the wrong ways. If you always follow the right way to do a thing you will never be creative, because the “right way” means the way discov­ ered by others.

Only those who are ready to put their prestige their pride their respectability at stake again and again, and can go on into something that nobody thinks is worth going into

play remains the goal. You work only so that you can relax. Relaxation remains the goal, work is not the goal.

people will think, “Something has gone wrong with the poor man.” This is the greatest courage—to go into a life where people start thinking you are bizarre.
Naturally, you have to risk. If you want to be creative you will have to risk all. But it is worth it. A little creativity is more worth­ while than this whole world and its kingdom.