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68 Quotes related to Creativity

Assembled by Marta Davidovich Ockuly

International Center for Creative Studies

E-Mail: magicalmarta@aol.com


“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

Antoine De Saint Exupery


“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.”

Abraham Maslow


“One of the most powerful wellsprings of creative energy, outstanding accomplishment, and self-fulfillment seems to be falling in love with something – your dreams, your image of the future.”

E. Paul Torrance


“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.”

Dianne Ackerman


“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Albert Einstein


“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”

Ansel Adams


“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou


“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

Sir Cecil Beaton


“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.”

Rita Mae Brown


“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

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.”

Albert Einstein

“The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get to the office.”

Robert Frost
“One’s self-image and image of the future have a great deal to do with what that person is motivated to do and able to do, as well as the extent to which he is able to change his behavior.”

E. Paul Torrance


“Great education depends on great teaching.”

Ken Robinson


“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.”

Anatole France


“To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.”

Albert Einstein


“The ultimate solutions to problems are rational; the process of finding them is not.”

W. Gordon

“Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.”

Edward de Bono


“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”

Leo Burnett


“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Most people are much more unusual and complicated and eccentric and playful and creative than they have time to express.”

Oliver Herring


“We hold these truths to be self-evident: All people are born creative; endowed by our Creator with the inalienable right and responsibility to express our creativity for the sake of ourselves and our world.”

Barbara Marx Hubbard


“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never produce anything original.”

Ken Robinson


“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”

Mae Jamison


“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head almost nothing.”

Marc Chagall


“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The human mind once stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes


“Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.”

Samuel Johnson


“The map is not the territory.”

Alfred Korzbyski


“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”

Edward de Bono


“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”

Dr. Edwin Land


“It is easier to tone down a wild idea than to think up a new one.”

Alex Osborne


“The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas.”

Linus Pauling


“The only joy in the world is to begin.”

Cesare Pavese


“It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.”

Thomas Macaulay


“Imagination is the beginning of creation.”

George Bernard Shaw

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”

Albert Szent-Gyorgyl


“The world is but a canvas to our imaginations.”

Henry Thoreau


“If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.”

Alfred Nobel


"Whatever creative success I gained was due to my belief that creative power can be stepped up by effort, and that there are ways in which we can guide our creative thinking."

Alex Osborn


"Creativity is a rare part of living. It's fundamental. None of us can squelch our creativity without feeling less than whole, incomplete and depressed. "
Lynn Weiss
"Each of us possesses a creative self. Claiming that is a transformational art. When you begin to act on your creativity, what you find inside may be more valuable than what you produce for the external world. The ultimate creative act is to express what is most authentic and individual about you."
Eileen M. Clegg
"The first step to being creative is to get rid of your own unwritten rules."
Mary M. Byers
"We don't try to be 100 percent better, rather 1 percent better a hundred ways."
Ann Mitchell
"Laughter is the best creative medicine."
John Cleese
“Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us put out more and better ideas if our efforts are truly appreciated.”

Alexander Osborn


“To be successful we must live from our imaginations, not from our memories.”

Steven Covey

“What is creativity? I define creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. Innovation is the production or implementation of a creative idea. If you have ideas, but don't act on them, you are imaginative but not creative.”

Linda Naiman

“Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives…and where we are involved in it, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life.”

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


“A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.”

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.”

George Lois


“The key question isn’t ‘What fosters creativity?’ But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think, therefore, a good question might be now why do people create, but why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.”

Abraham Maslow

“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


"Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you'll discover will be ...wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself."

Alan Alda


“You need courage to be creative. You need courage to see things differently, courage to go against the crowd, courage to take a different approach, courage to stand alone if you have to, courage to choose activity over inactivity.”

Jim Rohn
“Creativity is the mother of all energies, nurturer of your most alive self. It charges us every part of you. When you’re plugged in, a spontaneous combustion occurs that ‘artist’ don’t have a monopoly on.”

Judith Orloff
“Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.”

Bernard Meltzer

“All the woulda-coulda-shouldas layin’ in the sun, talkin’ bout the things they wouda-coulda-shoulda done. But those woulda-coulda-shouldas all ran way and hid from one little did.”

Shel Silverstein


“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake.”

Marie Beyon Ray


“Do or do not. There is no try.”

Yoda
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it is stupid.”

Albert Einstein
“Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one’s chosen form.”

Stephen Nachmanovitch

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it is what you see.”

Henry David Thoreau


“By taking some time every day to picture yourself having what you want, feeling the way you want, you will actually be developing a subconscious blueprint for your future joy and success.”

Salli Rasberry


“Playology is about waking up our senses, infusing our organs of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting – and the higher cognitive senses as well, with the spirit of play. Play ignites creativity and spontaneity. Playing together leads to trust and cooperation.”

Ellie Katz


“May your walls know joy; may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.”

Maryanne Radmacher


“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

Sophia Loren


“When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.”

Cynthia Heimel





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