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Wonderful Quotes About Creativity

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Quote: It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. by author Herman Melville overlaid on photo of purple and black skies
Photo Credit: Mathew Schwartz

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.


Quote: Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. by author John Steinbeck overlaid on photo of woman in red knit sweater holding lemon
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.


Quote: The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of photo of outer space
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The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.


Quote: Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. by author Victor Pinchuk overlaid on photo of man and woman holding each others hands
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Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.


Quote: The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique. by author Walt Disney overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.


Quote: Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. by author Stella Adler overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
Photo Credit: Fadi Xd

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.


Quote: Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
Photo Credit: Fadi Xd

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.


Quote: When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. by author Ansel Adams overlaid on photo of low angle photography of drop lights
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When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.


Quote: A picture is a poem without words. by author Horace overlaid on photo of person hand holding photo frame
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A picture is a poem without words.


Quote: Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience. by author Benjamin Franklin overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.


Quote: We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents. by author Bob Ross overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents.


Quote: The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration. by author Claude Monet overlaid on photo of aerial photo of green trees
Photo Credit: Marita Kavelashvili

The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.


Quote: To create, one must first question everything. by author Eileen Gray overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
Photo Credit: ian dooley

To create, one must first question everything.


Quote: Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.


Quote: I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
Photo Credit: ian dooley

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.


Quote: Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity. by author Yoko Ono overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity. “.


Quote: Energy is the key to creativity. Energy is the key to life. by author William Shatner overlaid on photo of person catching light bulb
Photo Credit: Júnior Ferreira

Energy is the key to creativity. Energy is the key to life.


There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.


Quote: To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. by author Thomas Edison overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.


Quote: There's a way to do it better -- find it. by author Thomas Edison overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

There's a way to do it better -- find it.


Quote: Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. by author Sharon Begley overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
Photo Credit: Milad Fakurian

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.


Quote: Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. by author Scott Adams overlaid on photo of person holding click pen
Photo Credit: Alice Dietrich

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ".


Quote: The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of photo of pine tree
Photo Credit: Kimon Maritz

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.


Quote: No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.


Quote: I shut my eyes in order to see. by author Paul Gauguin overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
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I shut my eyes in order to see.


Quote: Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. by author Martin Luther King Jr.  overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.


Quote: Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. by author Martin Luther King Jr.  overlaid on photo of calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime
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Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the creative light of altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgement.


Quote: Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. by author Leo Burnett overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

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


Quote: The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. by author Julia Cameron overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.


Quote: A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.


Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.


Quote: If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play. by author John Cleese overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.


Quote: Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. by author Henry Ward Beecher overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.


Quote: Creativity takes courage. by author Henri Matisse overlaid on photo of pile of color pencils
Photo Credit: Kelli Tungay

Creativity takes courage.


Quote: All creative people want to do the unexpected. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
Photo Credit: ian dooley

All creative people want to do the unexpected.


Quote: Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. by author Erich Fromm overlaid on photo of person catching light bulb
Photo Credit: Júnior Ferreira

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.


Your soul is infinitely creative. It is alive and expansive in nature. It is curious and playful, changing with the tides of time.


Quote: Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.


Quote: It is the mystery of the creative act that something other than our conscious self takes over. by author Arthur Erickson overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

It is the mystery of the creative act that something other than our conscious self takes over.


Quote: A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.


Quote: I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.


Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.


Quote: Originality is the best form of rebellion. by author Mike Sasso overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
Photo Credit: Milad Fakurian

Originality is the best form of rebellion.


Quote: Innovation is creativity with a job to do. by author John Emmerling overlaid on photo of person catching light bulb
Photo Credit: Júnior Ferreira

Innovation is creativity with a job to do.


Quote: When all think alike, then no one is thinking. by author Walter Lippman overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
Photo Credit: ian dooley

When all think alike, then no one is thinking.


Quote: There's the whole world at your feet. by author Mary Poppins overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

There's the whole world at your feet.


Quote: Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun. by author Mary Lou Cook overlaid on photo of woman in red knit sweater holding lemon
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.




Quote: Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea. by author Lou Dorfsman overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
Photo Credit: Greg Shield

Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.


Quote: There are no problems--only opportunities to be creative. by author Dorye Roettger overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

There are no problems--only opportunities to be creative.


Quote: Creativeness is the only thing that shows our imagination. by author Dim Godswill overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
Photo Credit: ian dooley

Creativeness is the only thing that shows our imagination.


Quote: There is no need to rush. Creativity is all about taking the scenic route. by author Candice Coates overlaid on photo of person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller

There is no need to rush. Creativity is all about taking the scenic route.


Quote: A disorder is not a disorder if everything is in order. by author Abe Musaibli overlaid on photo of artists easel
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A disorder is not a disorder if everything is in order.


Quote: Creativity consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know... Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. by author George Kneller overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
Photo Credit: Greg Shield

Creativity consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know... Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.


Quote: Creativity ... consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. by author George Kneller overlaid on photo of person holding blue lighted string
Photo Credit: Emma Pasewald

Creativity ... consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know.


Quote: Great creativity is astonishingly, absurdly, rationally, irrationally powerful. by author Andy Hobsbawm overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
Photo Credit: Henry & Co.

Great creativity is astonishingly, absurdly, rationally, irrationally powerful.


Quote: Creativity is not simply a property of exceptional people but an exceptional property of all people. by author Ron Carter overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Creativity is not simply a property of exceptional people but an exceptional property of all people.


Quote: 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. by author Norman Podhoretz overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
Photo Credit: Greg Shield

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.


Quote: If you can dream it, you can make it so. by author Belva Davis overlaid on photo of grey ceramic woman's face with red rose figurine
Photo Credit: Karen Khafagy

If you can dream it, you can make it so.


Quote: Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status. by author Sir Ken Robinson overlaid on photo of person holding click pen
Photo Credit: Alice Dietrich

Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.


Quote: Creativity is nothing I do. Creativity is something God does. Stop forcing it. Let God do it. by author Cheryl Rutledge-Brennecke overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Creativity is nothing I do. Creativity is something God does. Stop forcing it. Let God do it.


Quote: The idea is there, locked inside. All you have to do is remove the excess stone. by author Michaelangelo overlaid on photo of photo of author Michaelangelo with quote

The idea is there, locked inside. All you have to do is remove the excess stone.


Quote: To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes. by author Akira Kurosawa overlaid on photo of colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
Photo Credit: Jess Bailey

To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes.


Quote: My greatest joy comes from creativity: from feeling that I have been able to identify a certain aspect of human nature and crystallise a phenomenon in words. by author Alain de Botton overlaid on photo of photo of author Alain de Botton with quote

My greatest joy comes from creativity: from feeling that I have been able to identify a certain aspect of human nature and crystallise a phenomenon in words.


Quote: Ideas come from everything. by author Alfred Hitchcock overlaid on photo of person hand holding photo frame
Photo Credit: pine watt

Ideas come from everything.


Quote: Broken symmetry is imperfection, but rich in creativity. The universe is created out of broken symmetry. by author Amit Ray overlaid on photo of woman in red knit sweater holding lemon
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Broken symmetry is imperfection, but rich in creativity. The universe is created out of broken symmetry.


Quote: They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own. by author Antonio Porchia overlaid on photo of person hand holding photo frame
Photo Credit: pine watt

They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.


Quote: The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions. by author Antony Jay overlaid on photo of person holding blue lighted string
Photo Credit: Emma Pasewald

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.


Quote: True creativity often starts where language ends. by author Arthur Koestler overlaid on photo of top view photography of heart latte coffee
Photo Credit: Nathan Dumlao

True creativity often starts where language ends.


Quote: The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. by author Auguste Rodin overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
Photo Credit: Milad Fakurian

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.


Quote: The way to get over creative block is to simply place some constraints on yourself. It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work, limitations mean freedom. by author Austin Kleon overlaid on photo of blue and pink light illustration
Photo Credit: Gradienta

The way to get over creative block is to simply place some constraints on yourself. It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work, limitations mean freedom.


Quote: Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing. by author Austin Kleon overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
Photo Credit: Bench Accounting

Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing.


Quote: In the end, creativity isn't just the things we choose to put in, it's the things we choose to leave out. by author Austin Kleon overlaid on photo of pink balloon tied on white wooden chair
Photo Credit: Florian Klauer

In the end, creativity isn't just the things we choose to put in, it's the things we choose to leave out.


Quote: Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity. by author Bo Bennett overlaid on photo of splashy color wallpaper
Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.


Quote: Be spontaneous, be creative, go out and have fun, let things happen naturally. by author Conor McGregor overlaid on photo of colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
Photo Credit: Jess Bailey

Be spontaneous, be creative, go out and have fun, let things happen naturally.


Quote: A lack of imagination results in a lack of living. by author Craig D. Lounsbrough overlaid on photo of multicolored hand paint
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

A lack of imagination results in a lack of living.


Quote: Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities. by author Criss Jami overlaid on photo of person holding click pen
Photo Credit: Alice Dietrich

Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities.




Quote: Sometimes I think that creativity is a matter of seeing, or stumbling over, unobvious similarities between things -- like composing a fresh metaphor, but on a more complex scale. by author David Mitchell overlaid on photo of blue and pink light illustration
Photo Credit: Gradienta

Sometimes I think that creativity is a matter of seeing, or stumbling over, unobvious similarities between things -- like composing a fresh metaphor, but on a more complex scale.


Quote: Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it. by author Dee Hock overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.


Quote: Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye. by author Dorothy Parker overlaid on photo of right arrow sign on wall
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Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.


Quote: You can't fake creativity, competence, or sexual arousal. by author Douglas Coupland overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

You can't fake creativity, competence, or sexual arousal.


Quote: Create, and be true to yourself, and depend only on your own good taste. by author Duke Ellington overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
Photo Credit: Milad Fakurian

Create, and be true to yourself, and depend only on your own good taste.


Quote: There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. by author Edward de Bono overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
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There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. by author Edward de Bono overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
Photo Credit: Fadi Xd

Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone.


Quote: Creative thinking is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured. by author Edward de Bono overlaid on photo of splashy color wallpaper
Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski

Creative thinking is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured.


Quote: An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. by author Edward de Bono overlaid on photo of red paint strokes wallpaper
Photo Credit: Chaewon Lee

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.


Quote: An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. by author Edwin Land overlaid on photo of person hand holding photo frame
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An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. Scientists made a great invention by calling their activities hypotheses and experiments. They made it permissible to fail repeatedly until in the end they got the results they wanted. In politics or government, if you made a hypothesis and it didn't work out, you had your head cut off.


Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.


Quote: A requirement of creativity is that it contributes to change. Creativity keeps the creator alive. by author Frank Herbert overlaid on photo of person holding heart shaped red balloon
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A requirement of creativity is that it contributes to change. Creativity keeps the creator alive.


Quote: Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties. by author Gail Sheehy overlaid on photo of pile of color pencils
Photo Credit: Kelli Tungay

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.


Quote: The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. by author George Lois overlaid on photo of person catching light bulb
Photo Credit: Júnior Ferreira

The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.


Quote: Creativity can solve almost any problem. by author George Lois overlaid on photo of cup of coffee
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Creativity can solve almost any problem.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: I can always be distracted by love, but eventually I get horny for my creativity. by author Gilda Radner overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

I can always be distracted by love, but eventually I get horny for my creativity.


Quote: The mind uses its faculty for creativity only when experience forces it to do so. by author Henri Poincare overlaid on photo of pink balloon tied on white wooden chair
Photo Credit: Florian Klauer

The mind uses its faculty for creativity only when experience forces it to do so.


Quote: You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club. by author Jack London overlaid on photo of person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller

You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.


Quote: Only free time, imagination, creativity, and an ability to disappear will help you deliver value that nobody ever delivered before in the history of mankind. by author James Altucher overlaid on photo of white and gray floral bed sheet
Photo Credit: Emiliano Vittoriosi

Only free time, imagination, creativity, and an ability to disappear will help you deliver value that nobody ever delivered before in the history of mankind.


Quote: Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found. by author James Russell Lowell overlaid on photo of green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky
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Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.


Quote: Normal means lack of imagination and creativity. by author Jean Dubuffet overlaid on photo of right arrow sign on wall
Photo Credit: Hello I'm Nik

Normal means lack of imagination and creativity.


Quote: Humor has bailed me out of more tight situations than I can think of. If you go with your instincts and keep your humor, creativity follows. With luck, success comes, too. by author Jimmy Buffett overlaid on photo of brown cardboard box with yellow light
Photo Credit: Sebastian Svenson

Humor has bailed me out of more tight situations than I can think of. If you go with your instincts and keep your humor, creativity follows. With luck, success comes, too.


Quote: Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating. by author John Cleese overlaid on photo of multicolored hand paint
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.


Quote: Creativity's about ownership. by author John Maeda overlaid on photo of man with easel
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Creativity's about ownership.


Quote: Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better. by author John Updike overlaid on photo of white heart illustration
Photo Credit: Nicola Fioravanti

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better.


Quote: To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. by author Joseph Chilton Pearce overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.




Quote: Mystery is at the heart of creativity. by author Julia Cameron overlaid on photo of man with easel
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Mystery is at the heart of creativity.


Quote: Creativity flourishes when we have a sense of safety and self-acceptance. by author Julia Cameron overlaid on photo of colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
Photo Credit: Jess Bailey

Creativity flourishes when we have a sense of safety and self-acceptance.


Quote: In a sense, as we are creative beings, our lives become our work of art. by author Julia Cameron overlaid on photo of person catching light bulb
Photo Credit: Júnior Ferreira

In a sense, as we are creative beings, our lives become our work of art.


Quote: In order to have a real relationship with our creativity, we must take the time and care to cultivate it. by author Julia Cameron overlaid on photo of red paint strokes wallpaper
Photo Credit: Chaewon Lee

In order to have a real relationship with our creativity, we must take the time and care to cultivate it.




Creativity is always a leap of faith. You're faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage.


Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.


Creativity -- like human life itself -- begins in darkness.


Quote: One of the enemies of creativity and innovation, especially in relation to our own development, is common sense. by author Ken Robinson overlaid on photo of person holding click pen
Photo Credit: Alice Dietrich

One of the enemies of creativity and innovation, especially in relation to our own development, is common sense.


Quote: Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. by author Ken Robinson overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
Photo Credit: Fadi Xd

Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. It is a process; it's not random.


Quote: Creativity is the greatest gift of human intelligence. by author Ken Robinson overlaid on photo of multicolored hand paint
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

Creativity is the greatest gift of human intelligence.


Quote: Creativity is as important as literacy. by author Ken Robinson overlaid on photo of mason jar of paintbrush lot
Photo Credit: Debby Hudson

Creativity is as important as literacy.


Quote: Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it's produced the most extraordinary results in human culture. by author Ken Robinson overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it's produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.


Quote: If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. by author Ken Robinson overlaid on photo of splashy color wallpaper
Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski

If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.


Quote: You can't just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people and get the best out of them. by author Ken Robinson overlaid on photo of blue and pink light illustration
Photo Credit: Gradienta

You can't just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people and get the best out of them.


Quote: If you're not doing some things that are crazy, then you're doing the wrong things. by author Larry Page overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

If you're not doing some things that are crazy, then you're doing the wrong things.


Quote: Creative ideas flourish best in a shop which preserves some spirit of fun. Nobody is in business for fun, but that does not mean there cannot be fun in business. by author Leo Burnett overlaid on photo of blue and pink light illustration
Photo Credit: Gradienta

Creative ideas flourish best in a shop which preserves some spirit of fun. Nobody is in business for fun, but that does not mean there cannot be fun in business.






Quote: I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste. by author Marcel Duchamp overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
Photo Credit: ian dooley

I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.


Quote: Creativity is bound up in our ability to find new ways around old problems. by author Martin Seligman overlaid on photo of person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller

Creativity is bound up in our ability to find new ways around old problems.


Quote: There is a notion that creative people are absent-minded, reckless, heedless of social customs and obligations. It is, hopefully, true for they are in another world altogether. by author Mary Oliver overlaid on photo of brown cardboard box with yellow light
Photo Credit: Sebastian Svenson

There is a notion that creative people are absent-minded, reckless, heedless of social customs and obligations. It is, hopefully, true for they are in another world altogether.


Quote: Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos. by author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley overlaid on photo of person holding heart shaped red balloon
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Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.


Quote: It is well to be alone. It fertilizes the creative impulse. by author Max Nordau overlaid on photo of person hand holding photo frame
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It is well to be alone. It fertilizes the creative impulse.


Quote: Art in the classroom not only spurs creativity, it also inspires learning. by author Mickey Hart overlaid on photo of colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
Photo Credit: Jess Bailey

Art in the classroom not only spurs creativity, it also inspires learning.


Quote: Many of those who are advised to think outside the box do not even think inside the box. by author Mokokoma Mokhonoana overlaid on photo of pendant LED bulb
Photo Credit: Felix Steininger

Many of those who are advised to think outside the box do not even think inside the box.


Quote: All of us can create if we allow ourselves to. by author Natalie Goldberg overlaid on photo of grey ceramic woman's face with red rose figurine
Photo Credit: Karen Khafagy

All of us can create if we allow ourselves to.


Quote: By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. by author Nikos Kazantzakis overlaid on photo of person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it.


Quote: Creativity is every company's first driver. It's where everything starts, where energy and forward motion originate. Without that first charge of creativity, nothing else can take place. by author Nolan Bushnell overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
Photo Credit: Greg Shield

Creativity is every company's first driver. It's where everything starts, where energy and forward motion originate. Without that first charge of creativity, nothing else can take place.




Quote: To be creative means to be in love with life. by author Osho overlaid on photo of orange and yellow round light
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To be creative means to be in love with life.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.


Quote: You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty. by author Rajneesh overlaid on photo of blue glass heart
Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder

You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty.


Quote: We first create in the mind, then the hands. But we stop creating if there is no heart. by author Richie Norton overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

We first create in the mind, then the hands. But we stop creating if there is no heart.


Quote: Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. by author Rita Mae Brown overlaid on photo of person holding click pen
Photo Credit: Alice Dietrich

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


Quote: The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways. by author Robert Greene overlaid on photo of blue glass heart
Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder

The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.


Quote: An addiction to distraction is the end of your creative production. by author Robin Sharma overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
Photo Credit: Milad Fakurian

An addiction to distraction is the end of your creative production.


Quote: Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter forcing spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem. by author Rollo May overlaid on photo of brown cardboard box with yellow light
Photo Credit: Sebastian Svenson

Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter forcing spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.


Quote: Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one's death. by author Rollo May overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
Photo Credit: Greg Shield

Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one's death.


Quote: Written reports stifle creativity. by author Ross Perot overlaid on photo of man with easel
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Written reports stifle creativity.


Quote: Trying to force creativity is never good. by author Sarah McLachlan overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

Trying to force creativity is never good.


Quote: Creativity is one of the highest transmissions of love. by author Suzy Kassem overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Creativity is one of the highest transmissions of love.


Quote: Creativity is people who care enough to keep thinking about something until they find the simplest way to do it. by author Tim Cook overlaid on photo of person holding heart shaped red balloon
Photo Credit: Ryan 'O' Niel

Creativity is people who care enough to keep thinking about something until they find the simplest way to do it.




Quote: Imagination grows by exercise. by author William Somerset Maugham overlaid on photo of black heart drawing on yellow wall
Photo Credit: Ed Robertson

Imagination grows by exercise.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.


Quote: Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected. by author William Plomer overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.


Quote: It's society that disables an individual by not investing in enough creativity to allow for someone to show us the quality that makes them rare and valuable and capable. by author Aimee Mullins overlaid on photo of brown cardboard box with yellow light
Photo Credit: Sebastian Svenson

It's society that disables an individual by not investing in enough creativity to allow for someone to show us the quality that makes them rare and valuable and capable.


Quote: Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple. by author Charles Mingus overlaid on photo of person holding click pen
Photo Credit: Alice Dietrich

Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.


Quote: Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that's easy. What's hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. by author Charles Mingus overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
Photo Credit: Greg Shield

Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that's easy. What's hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.


Quote: Creativity has always depended on openness and flexibility, so let us hope for more of both in the future. by author Siri Hustvedt overlaid on photo of woman in red knit sweater holding lemon
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Creativity has always depended on openness and flexibility, so let us hope for more of both in the future.


Quote: We'll be 'outsourcing' our creativity and our thought processes to manufactured components that could be inconspicuously implanted beneath our coiffeurs. Welcome to the Borg. You might not be entirely comfortable with such cybernetic enhancements, but all the smart money says it's going to happen. by author Seth Shostak overlaid on photo of Seth Shostak quote: We'll be 'outsourcing' our creativity and our thought processes to manufactured components that could be inconspicuously implanted beneath our coiffeurs. Welcome to the Borg. You might not be entirely comfortable with such cybernetic enhancements, but all the smart money says it's going to happen.- black text on quotes background

We'll be 'outsourcing' our creativity and our thought processes to manufactured components that could be inconspicuously implanted beneath our coiffeurs. Welcome to the Borg. You might not be entirely comfortable with such cybernetic enhancements, but all the smart money says it's going to happen.


Quote: The essence of creativity is to look beyond where you can actually see. I don't want to dwell in same place too long. by author Lynn Nottage overlaid on photo of Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall
Photo Credit: Alina Grubnyak

The essence of creativity is to look beyond where you can actually see. I don't want to dwell in same place too long.


Quote: I watch people who are not driven by creativity any more, and I think how dull it must be to produce the same kind of thing. If you don't feel you're reaching something new, then don't do it. by author George Michael overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
Photo Credit: Greg Shield

I watch people who are not driven by creativity any more, and I think how dull it must be to produce the same kind of thing. If you don't feel you're reaching something new, then don't do it.


Quote: Creativity is dynamic, it asserts life, frees the human spirit, conquers mental lassitude and illness, and makes real the outrageous potential of the universal imagination. by author Robert Genn overlaid on photo of brown cardboard box with yellow light
Photo Credit: Sebastian Svenson

Creativity is dynamic, it asserts life, frees the human spirit, conquers mental lassitude and illness, and makes real the outrageous potential of the universal imagination.


Quote: I think that anything that leads to creativity and good work is good. by author Jon Favreau overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
Photo Credit: Fadi Xd

I think that anything that leads to creativity and good work is good.


Quote: If you have rules, you let creativity sleep. by author Alessandro Michele overlaid on photo of person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller

If you have rules, you let creativity sleep.


Quote: Creativity is not about the fame. by author Alessandro Michele overlaid on photo of artists easel
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Creativity is not about the fame.


Quote: The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate. by author Agnes de Mille overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
Photo Credit: Fadi Xd

The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate.


Quote: When you have a creative mind it doesn't stop going. by author Alison Moyet overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

When you have a creative mind it doesn't stop going.


Quote: Use creativity and storytelling as your main muscle instead of smartness. by author Astro Teller overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
Photo Credit: Fadi Xd

Use creativity and storytelling as your main muscle instead of smartness.


Quote: It's hard to force creativity and humor. by author Al Yankovic overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

It's hard to force creativity and humor.


Quote: Creativity is very selfish. Scandalously so, in fact. by author Athol Fugard overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Creativity is very selfish. Scandalously so, in fact.






Quote: Curiosity is the key to creativity. by author Akio Morita overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

Curiosity is the key to creativity.


Quote: For all creative people, that's sort of everyone's journey. You feel something inside, and it takes a while to figure out what that looks like and what your voice is. by author Ari Graynor overlaid on photo of brown cardboard box with yellow light
Photo Credit: Sebastian Svenson

For all creative people, that's sort of everyone's journey. You feel something inside, and it takes a while to figure out what that looks like and what your voice is.


Quote: I dream in fire but work in clay. by author Arthur Machen overlaid on photo of artists easel
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I dream in fire but work in clay.


Quote: Politics is the art of the possible; creativity is the art of the impossible. by author Ben Okri overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
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Politics is the art of the possible; creativity is the art of the impossible.


Quote: Creativity is not the property of artists alone. It's a basic element of the human character, no matter what culture you're in, no matter where you are on Earth or in history. by author Bill Viola overlaid on photo of brown cardboard box with yellow light
Photo Credit: Sebastian Svenson

Creativity is not the property of artists alone. It's a basic element of the human character, no matter what culture you're in, no matter where you are on Earth or in history.


Quote: Constraint inspires creativity. by author Biz Stone overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
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Constraint inspires creativity.


Quote: Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change. by author Barbara Januszkiewicz overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change.


Quote: And I found that when I built my own place and just shut the door, the creativity was endless. by author Billy Sherwood overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

And I found that when I built my own place and just shut the door, the creativity was endless.


Quote: Music. It's all creativity right here, right now. by author Billy Higgins overlaid on photo of person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller

Music. It's all creativity right here, right now.


Quote: Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. by author Bernice Fitz-Gibbon overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
Photo Credit: Fadi Xd

Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago?


Quote: Rule of art: Can't kills creativity! by author Camille Paglia overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

Rule of art: Can't kills creativity!


Quote: But out of limitations comes creativity. by author Debbie Allen overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

But out of limitations comes creativity.


Quote: Nothing prompts creativity like poverty, a feeling of hopelessness, and a bit of panic. by author Catherine Tate overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Nothing prompts creativity like poverty, a feeling of hopelessness, and a bit of panic.


Quote: We are the yin and the yang of the creative process. by author Cynthia Weil overlaid on photo of person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller

We are the yin and the yang of the creative process.


Quote: Some folks believe that hardship breeds artistic creativity. I don't buy it. One can put up with poverty for a while when one is young, but it will inevitably wear a person down. by author David Byrne overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
Photo Credit: Greg Shield

Some folks believe that hardship breeds artistic creativity. I don't buy it. One can put up with poverty for a while when one is young, but it will inevitably wear a person down.


Quote: It's not creative unless it sells. by author David Ogilvy overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

It's not creative unless it sells.


Quote: In many senses, creativity and 'plagiarism' are nearly indivisible. by author David Shields overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
Photo Credit: Fadi Xd

In many senses, creativity and 'plagiarism' are nearly indivisible.


Quote: Of course creativity is a mystery. We don't know what drives it or what constitutes it. It's one of those things, like genius, you know it when you see it but it's impossible to define. by author Daniel Tammet overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
Photo Credit: Greg Shield

Of course creativity is a mystery. We don't know what drives it or what constitutes it. It's one of those things, like genius, you know it when you see it but it's impossible to define.


Quote: You may stifle your creativity by learning too much about processes that should be spontaneous and automatic. by author Damon Knight overlaid on photo of woman in red knit sweater holding lemon
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

You may stifle your creativity by learning too much about processes that should be spontaneous and automatic.


Quote: It's impossible to explain creativity. It's like asking a bird, 'How do you fly?' You just do. by author Eric Jerome Dickey overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

It's impossible to explain creativity. It's like asking a bird, 'How do you fly?' You just do.


Quote: I think creativity is spiritual. I absolutely believe that. by author F. Murray Abraham overlaid on photo of person catching light bulb
Photo Credit: Júnior Ferreira

I think creativity is spiritual. I absolutely believe that.


Quote: Success should stem from entrepreneurial creativity, not political connectivity. by author Foster Friess overlaid on photo of splashy color wallpaper
Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski

Success should stem from entrepreneurial creativity, not political connectivity.


Quote: A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. by author Frank Capra overlaid on photo of person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.


Quote: Creativity requires input, and that's what research is. You're gathering material with which to build. by author Gene Luen Yang overlaid on photo of person holding heart shaped red balloon
Photo Credit: Ryan 'O' Niel

Creativity requires input, and that's what research is. You're gathering material with which to build.


Quote: Lots of creativity is and should be solitary. by author Geoff Mulgan overlaid on photo of person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller

Lots of creativity is and should be solitary.


Quote: Creative thought must always contain a random component. by author Gregory Bateson overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Creative thought must always contain a random component.


Quote: A lot of great creativity comes from restrictions. by author Giles Duley overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

A lot of great creativity comes from restrictions.


Quote: Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the inessential than with inventing something new. by author Helmut Jahn overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the inessential than with inventing something new.


Quote: The nature of creativity is to make space for things to happen... We can drive it out with our busyness and plans. by author Iain McGilchrist overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

The nature of creativity is to make space for things to happen... We can drive it out with our busyness and plans.


Quote: Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity. There's a light inside of you. by author Judith Jamison overlaid on photo of woman in red knit sweater holding lemon
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity. There's a light inside of you.


Quote: Life is entirely unthinkable without any of the creative arts, and they're all a continuum -- the force in question is creativity, not its mode of expression. by author John Darnielle overlaid on photo of brown cardboard box with yellow light
Photo Credit: Sebastian Svenson

Life is entirely unthinkable without any of the creative arts, and they're all a continuum -- the force in question is creativity, not its mode of expression.


Quote: Find something only you can say. by author James Dickey overlaid on photo of top view photography of heart latte coffee
Photo Credit: Nathan Dumlao

Find something only you can say.


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