Selected Quotes about Creativity

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -- Scott Adams

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -- Scott Adams

If you’re going to create, create a lot. Creativity is not like playing the slot machines, where failure to win means you go home broke. With creativity, if you don’t win, you’re usually no worse off than if you hadn’t played. -- Scott Adams

A successful work of art is not one which resolves contradictions in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in its innermost structure. -- Theodore Adorno

There is nothing new except what has been forgotten. -- Marie Antoinette

Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar. -- Nnamdi Azikiwe

The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there. -- Monica Baldwin

An inventor a man who looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world. -- Alexander Graham Bell

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true. -- Niels Bohr

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all. -- Edward de Bono

Joy is but the sign that creative emotion is fulfilling its purpose. -- Charles Du Bos

Life is "trying things to see if they work." -- Ray Bradbury

We are all cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. -- Ray Bradbury

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. -- Rita Mae Brown

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. -- Rita Mae Brown

Humanity can be quite cold to those whose eyes see the world differently. -- Eric A. Burns

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. -- Frank Capra

Frugality without creativity is deprivation. -- Amy Dacyczyn

The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee . . . gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own. -- Leonardo DaVinci

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without. -- Cecil B. DeMille

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. -- Albert Einstein

Technological change is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal. -- Albert Einstein

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. -- Albert Einstein

You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created. -- Albert Einstein

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. -- Albert Einstein

A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree; or draw a child by studying the outlines of its form merely . . . but by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature and can then draw him at every attitude . . . -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. -- Anna Freud

Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self. -- Erich Fromm

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. -- Erich Fromm

Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self. -- Erich Fromm

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly. -- Buckminster Fuller

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. -- Buckminster Fuller

When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: 'Only stand out of my light.' Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light. -- John W. Gardner

Marx, Darwin and Freud are the three most crashing bores of the Western World. Simplistic popularization of their ideas has thrust our world into a mental straitjacket from which we can only escape by the most anarchic violence. -- William Golding

I started concentrating so hard on my vision that I lost sight. -- Robin Green

The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. -- Dee Hock

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. -- Victor Hugo

Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. -- William James

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. -- Carl Jung

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. -- Carl Gustav Jung

Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual. -- Arthur Koestler

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity. -- Edwin Land

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. -- Oscar Levant

Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. -- George Lois

Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by orginality, overcomes everything. -- George Lois

Every time we say, "Let there be!" in any form, something happens. -- Stella Terrill Mann

Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem. -- Rollo May

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. -- A. A. Milne

Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form. -- Stephen Nachmanovitch

The most potent muse of all is our own inner child. -- Stephen Nachmanovitch

The noun of self becomes a verb. This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge. -- Stephen Nachmanovitch

Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form. -- Stephen Nachmanovitch

The most potent muse of all is our own inner child. -- Stephen Nachmanovitch

You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star. -- Nietzsche

The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas. -- Linus Pauling

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. -- Linus Pauling

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. -- Joseph Chilton Pearce

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. -- Joseph Chilton Pearce

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. -- Pablo Picasso

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. -- Pablo Picasso

Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence. -- Norman Podhoretz

Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with it apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence. -- Norman Podhoretz

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. -- Beatrix Potter

I will master something, then the creativity will come. -- Japanese Proverb

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not a poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place. -- Rainer Maria Rilke

The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing. -- Rainer Maria Rilke

After some time passed in studying - and even imitating - the works of others, I would recommend the student to endeavour to be original, and to remember that originality should not be undiscovered plagiarism. -- H P (Henry Peach) Robinson

The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it. -- Carl R. Rogers

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science. -- Carl Sagan

There were always people like the pope. They serve a certain function, of course. They subsidize us. But, they don't create anything and they must never be allowed to stop the artist from creating. -- Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

Creativity is ... seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God. -- Michele Shea

You know...that a blank wall is an apalling thing to look at. The wall of a museum -- a canvas -- a piece of film -- or a guy sitting in front of a typewriter. Then, you start out to do something -- that vague thing called creation. The beginning strikes awe within you. -- Edward Steichen

The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes. -- Saul Steinberg

Observe Everything. Communicate Well. Draw, Draw, Draw. -- Frank Thomas

The world is but a canvas to the imagination. -- Henry David Thoreau

So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering. -- Brenda Ueland

[C]reative ability and personal responsibility are strongest when the mind is free from supernatural belief and operates in an atmosphere of freedom and democracy. -- Unknown

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better. -- John Updike

Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful. -- Alice Walker

The things we fear most in organizations -- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances -- are the primary sources of creativity. -- Margaret J. Wheatley

It is worth mentioning, for future reference, that the creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily. Doubts creep in. Then one becomes resigned. Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything. -- Virginia Woolf

Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order. -- Virginia Woolf

We will not know unless we begin. -- Peter Nivio Zarlenga

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