Creativity Is Born From Restriction & Limitation

Paul Schrader“A lot of people think that creativity is about freedom, freedom to act on your ideas and imagination. But I don’t think that is true. I think true creativity comes from restriction and limitation.” Paul Schrader

Paul mentions this quote in a  short video where musical creativity is being discussed. I think the quote, “necessity is the mother of creativity” is particularly appropriate here. Most creativity appears when it is really needed. I think it’s hard to be as creative in a comfortable environment, as the “need to” is less strong or even non-existent.

Paul Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead.


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