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Originality is the best form of rebellion.

--Mike Sasso

Innovation is creativity with a job to do.

--John Emmerling

When all think alike, then no one is thinking.

--Walter Lippman

There's the whole world at your feet.

--Mary Poppins

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

--Mary Lou Cook

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.

--Lou Dorfsman

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

--Dorye Roettger

Creativeness is the only thing that shows our imagination.

--Dim Godswill

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

--Candice Coates

A disorder is not a disorder if everything is in order.

--Abe Musaibli

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.

--George Kneller

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

--George Kneller

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

--Andy Hobsbawm

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

--Ron Carter

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

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

--Belva Davis

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

--Sir Ken Robinson

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

--Cheryl Rutledge-Brennecke

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


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

--Akira Kurosawa

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.

--Alain de Botton

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

--Amit Ray

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

--Antonio Porchia

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

--Antony Jay

True creativity often starts where language ends.

--Arthur Koestler

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

--Auguste Rodin

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.

--Austin Kleon

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

--Austin Kleon

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

--Austin Kleon

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

--Bo Bennett

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

--Conor McGregor

A lack of imagination results in a lack of living.

--Craig D. Lounsbrough

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

--Criss Jami

Creative people have to be fed from the divine source.

--Dag Hammarskjold

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.

--David Mitchell

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

--Dee Hock

Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.

--Dorothy Parker

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

--Douglas Coupland

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

--Duke Ellington

There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all.

--Edward de Bono

Longer Version:

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.

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

--Edward de Bono

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

--Edward de Bono

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

--Edward de Bono

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

--Edwin Land

Longer Version:

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.

--Edwin Land

A requirement of creativity is that it contributes to change. Creativity keeps the creator alive.

--Frank Herbert

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.

--Gail Sheehy

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

--George Lois

Creativity can solve almost any problem.

--George Lois

Longer Version:

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

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

--Gilda Radner

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

--Henri Poincare

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

--Jack London

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.

--James Altucher

Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.

--James Russell Lowell

Normal means lack of imagination and creativity.

--Jean Dubuffet

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.

--Jimmy Buffett

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

--John Cleese

Creativity's about ownership.

--John Maeda

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

--John Updike

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

--Joseph Chilton Pearce

Mystery is at the heart of creativity.

--Julia Cameron

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

--Julia Cameron

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

--Julia Cameron

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

--Julia Cameron

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

--Julia Cameron

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

--Julia Cameron

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

--Julia Cameron

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

--Ken Robinson

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

--Ken Robinson

Longer Version:

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

Creativity is the greatest gift of human intelligence.

--Ken Robinson

Creativity is as important as literacy.

--Ken Robinson

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

--Ken Robinson

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

--Ken Robinson

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.

--Ken Robinson

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

--Larry Page

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.

--Leo Burnett

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

--Marcel Duchamp

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

--Martin Seligman

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.

--Mary Oliver

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.

--Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

It is well to be alone. It fertilizes the creative impulse.

--Max Nordau

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

--Mickey Hart

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

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana

All of us can create if we allow ourselves to.

--Natalie Goldberg

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

--Nikos Kazantzakis

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.

--Nolan Bushnell

To be creative means to be in love with life.


Longer Version:

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.

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


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

--Richie Norton

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

--Rita Mae Brown

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

--Robert Greene

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

--Robin Sharma

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.

--Rollo May

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.

--Rollo May

Written reports stifle creativity.

--Ross Perot
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