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quote by Horace: A picture is a poem without words. with background image: person hand holding photo frame
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A picture is a poem without words.

--Horace
quote by Mike Sasso: Originality is the best form of rebellion. with background image: yellow and white balloons on orange surface
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Originality is the best form of rebellion.

--Mike Sasso
quote by John Emmerling: Innovation is creativity with a job to do. with background image: person catching light bulb
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Innovation is creativity with a job to do.

--John Emmerling
quote by Walter Lippman: When all think alike, then no one is thinking. with background image: shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
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When all think alike, then no one is thinking.

--Walter Lippman
quote by Mary Poppins: There's the whole world at your feet. with background image: circular light bokei wallpaper
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There's the whole world at your feet.

--Mary Poppins
quote by Mary Lou Cook: Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun. with background image: woman in red knit sweater holding lemon
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Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.

--Mary Lou Cook

quote by Lou Dorfsman: 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 i… with background image: woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
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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
quote by Dorye Roettger: There are no problems -- only opportunities to be creative. with background image: person wearing TV helmet with remote
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There are no problems -- only opportunities to be creative.

--Dorye Roettger
quote by Dim Godswill: Creativeness is the only thing that shows our imagination. with background image: shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
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Creativeness is the only thing that shows our imagination.

--Dim Godswill
quote by Candice Coates: There is no need to rush. Creativity is all about taking the scenic route. with background image: person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
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There is no need to rush. Creativity is all about taking the scenic route.

--Candice Coates
quote by Abe Musaibli: A disorder is not a disorder if everything is in order. with background image: artists easel
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A disorder is not a disorder if everything is in order.

--Abe Musaibli
quote by George Kneller: 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. with background image: woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
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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
quote by George Kneller: Creativity ... consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. with background image: person holding blue lighted string
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Creativity ... consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know.

--George Kneller
quote by Andy Hobsbawm: Great creativity is astonishingly, absurdly, rationally, irrationally powerful. with background image: gray concrete surface
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Great creativity is astonishingly, absurdly, rationally, irrationally powerful.

--Andy Hobsbawm
quote by Ron Carter: Creativity is not simply a property of exceptional people but an exceptional property of all people. with background image: yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
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Creativity is not simply a property of exceptional people but an exceptional property of all people.

--Ron Carter
quote by Loris Malaguzzi: Creativity seems to emerge from multiple experiences, coupled with a well-supported development of personal resources, including a sense of freedom to venture beyond the known. with background image: brown cardboard box with yellow light
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Creativity seems to emerge from multiple experiences, coupled with a well-supported development of personal resources, including a sense of freedom to venture beyond the known.

--Loris Malaguzzi
quote by Norman Podhoretz: 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. with background image: woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
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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
quote by Belva Davis: If you can dream it, you can make it so. with background image: grey ceramic woman's face with red rose figurine
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If you can dream it, you can make it so.

--Belva Davis
quote by Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status. with background image: person holding click pen
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Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.

--Sir Ken Robinson
quote by Cheryl Rutledge-Brennecke: Creativity is nothing I do. Creativity is something God does. Stop forcing it. Let God do it. with background image: yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
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Creativity is nothing I do. Creativity is something God does. Stop forcing it. Let God do it.

--Cheryl Rutledge-Brennecke
quote by Michaelangelo: The idea is there, locked inside. All you have to do is remove the excess stone. with background image: gray concrete surface
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The idea is there, locked inside. All you have to do is remove the excess stone.

--Michaelangelo
quote by Akira Kurosawa: To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes. with background image: colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
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To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes.

--Akira Kurosawa
quote by Alain de Botton: 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. with background image: 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.

--Alain de Botton
quote by Alfred Hitchcock: Ideas come from everything. with background image: person hand holding photo frame
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Ideas come from everything.

--Alfred Hitchcock
quote by Amit Ray: Broken symmetry is imperfection, but rich in creativity. The universe is created out of broken symmetry. with background image: woman in red knit sweater holding lemon
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Broken symmetry is imperfection, but rich in creativity. The universe is created out of broken symmetry.

--Amit Ray
quote by Antonio Porchia: They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own. with background image: person hand holding photo frame
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They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.

--Antonio Porchia
quote by Antony Jay: The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions. with background image: person holding blue lighted string
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The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.

--Antony Jay
quote by Arthur Koestler: True creativity often starts where language ends. with background image: top view photography of heart latte coffee
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True creativity often starts where language ends.

--Arthur Koestler
quote by Auguste Rodin: The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. with background image: yellow and white balloons on orange surface
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The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.

--Auguste Rodin
quote by Austin Kleon: 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. with background image: blue and pink light illustration
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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
quote by Austin Kleon: Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing. with background image: white wooden table near brown chair
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Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing.

--Austin Kleon
quote by 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. with background image: pink balloon tied on white wooden chair
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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
quote by Bo Bennett: Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity. with background image: splashy color wallpaper
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Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.

--Bo Bennett
quote by Conor McGregor: Be spontaneous, be creative, go out and have fun, let things happen naturally. with background image: colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
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Be spontaneous, be creative, go out and have fun, let things happen naturally.

--Conor McGregor
quote by Craig D. Lounsbrough: A lack of imagination results in a lack of living. with background image: multicolored hand paint
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A lack of imagination results in a lack of living.

--Craig D. Lounsbrough
quote by Criss Jami: Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities. with background image: person holding click pen
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Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities.

--Criss Jami
quote by Dag Hammarskjold: Creative people have to be fed from the divine source. with background image: pile of color pencils
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Creative people have to be fed from the divine source.

--Dag Hammarskjold
quote by David Mitchell: 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. with background image: blue and pink light illustration
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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
quote by Dee Hock: Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it. with background image: yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
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Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.

--Dee Hock
quote by Dorothy Parker: Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye. with background image: right arrow sign on wall
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Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.

--Dorothy Parker
quote by Douglas Coupland: You can't fake creativity, competence, or sexual arousal. with background image: photo of author Douglas Coupland with quote

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

--Douglas Coupland
quote by Duke Ellington: Create, and be true to yourself, and depend only on your own good taste. with background image: yellow and white balloons on orange surface
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Create, and be true to yourself, and depend only on your own good taste.

--Duke Ellington
quote by Edward de Bono: There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. with background image: gray concrete surface
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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.


quote by Edward de Bono: Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. with background image: close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
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Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone.

--Edward de Bono
quote by Edward de Bono: Creative thinking is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured. with background image: splashy color wallpaper
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Creative thinking is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured.

--Edward de Bono
quote by Edward de Bono: An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. with background image: red paint strokes wallpaper
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An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

--Edward de Bono
quote by Edwin Land: An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. with background image: person hand holding photo frame
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An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

--Edwin Land

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.

--Edwin Land
quote by Frank Herbert: A requirement of creativity is that it contributes to change. Creativity keeps the creator alive. with background image: photo of author Frank Herbert with quote

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

--Frank Herbert
quote by Gail Sheehy: Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties. with background image: pile of color pencils
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Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.

--Gail Sheehy
quote by George Lois: The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. with background image: person catching light bulb
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The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.

--George Lois
quote by George Lois: Creativity can solve almost any problem. with background image: cup of coffee
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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.


quote by Gilda Radner: I can always be distracted by love, but eventually I get horny for my creativity. with background image: person wearing TV helmet with remote
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I can always be distracted by love, but eventually I get horny for my creativity.

--Gilda Radner
quote by Henri Poincare: The mind uses its faculty for creativity only when experience forces it to do so. with background image: pink balloon tied on white wooden chair
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The mind uses its faculty for creativity only when experience forces it to do so.

--Henri Poincare
quote by Jack London: You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club. with background image: person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
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You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.

--Jack London
quote by James Altucher: 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. with background image: photo of author James Altucher with 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.

--James Altucher
quote by James Russell Lowell: Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found. with background image: photo of author James Russell Lowell with quote

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

--James Russell Lowell
quote by Jean Dubuffet: Normal means lack of imagination and creativity. with background image: right arrow sign on wall
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Normal means lack of imagination and creativity.

--Jean Dubuffet
quote by Jimmy Buffett: 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. with background image: brown cardboard box with yellow light
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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
quote by John Cleese: Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating. with background image: multicolored hand paint
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Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.

--John Cleese
quote by John Maeda: Creativity's about ownership. with background image: man with easel
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Creativity's about ownership.

--John Maeda
quote by John Updike: Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better. with background image: photo of author John Updike with quote

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

--John Updike
quote by Joseph Chilton Pearce: To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. with background image: person wearing TV helmet with remote
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To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

--Joseph Chilton Pearce

quote by Julia Cameron: Mystery is at the heart of creativity. with background image: man with easel
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Mystery is at the heart of creativity.

--Julia Cameron
quote by Julia Cameron: Creativity flourishes when we have a sense of safety and self-acceptance. with background image: colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
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Creativity flourishes when we have a sense of safety and self-acceptance.

--Julia Cameron
quote by Julia Cameron: In a sense, as we are creative beings, our lives become our work of art. with background image: person catching light bulb
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In a sense, as we are creative beings, our lives become our work of art.

--Julia Cameron
quote by Julia Cameron: In order to have a real relationship with our creativity, we must take the time and care to cultivate it. with background image: red paint strokes wallpaper
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In order to have a real relationship with our creativity, we must take the time and care to cultivate it.

--Julia Cameron

quote by Julia Cameron: Creativity is always a leap of faith. You're faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage. with background image: wavy white wallpaper
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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
quote by Ken Robinson: One of the enemies of creativity and innovation, especially in relation to our own development, is common sense. with background image: person holding click pen
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One of the enemies of creativity and innovation, especially in relation to our own development, is common sense.

--Ken Robinson
quote by Ken Robinson: Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. with background image: close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
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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.


quote by Ken Robinson: Creativity is the greatest gift of human intelligence. with background image: multicolored hand paint
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Creativity is the greatest gift of human intelligence.

--Ken Robinson
quote by Ken Robinson: Creativity is as important as literacy. with background image: mason jar of paintbrush lot
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Creativity is as important as literacy.

--Ken Robinson
quote by Ken Robinson: Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it's produced the most extraordinary results in human culture. with background image: white board beside pencil and tape
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Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it's produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.

--Ken Robinson
quote by Ken Robinson: If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. with background image: splashy color wallpaper
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If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.

--Ken Robinson
quote by 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. with background image: blue and pink light illustration
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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
quote by Larry Page: If you're not doing some things that are crazy, then you're doing the wrong things. with background image: person wearing TV helmet with remote
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If you're not doing some things that are crazy, then you're doing the wrong things.

--Larry Page
quote by Leo Burnett: 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. with background image: blue and pink light illustration
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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


quote by Marcel Duchamp: I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste. with background image: shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
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I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.

--Marcel Duchamp
quote by Martin Seligman: Creativity is bound up in our ability to find new ways around old problems. with background image: person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
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Creativity is bound up in our ability to find new ways around old problems.

--Martin Seligman
quote by Mary Oliver: 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. with background image: brown cardboard box with yellow light
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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
quote by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos. with background image: photo of author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley with quote

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

--Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
quote by Max Nordau: It is well to be alone. It fertilizes the creative impulse. with background image: person hand holding photo frame
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It is well to be alone. It fertilizes the creative impulse.

--Max Nordau
quote by Mickey Hart: Art in the classroom not only spurs creativity, it also inspires learning. with background image: colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
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Art in the classroom not only spurs creativity, it also inspires learning.

--Mickey Hart
quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana: Many of those who are advised to think outside the box do not even think inside the box. with background image: pendant LED bulb
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Many of those who are advised to think outside the box do not even think inside the box.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana
quote by Natalie Goldberg: All of us can create if we allow ourselves to. with background image: grey ceramic woman's face with red rose figurine
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All of us can create if we allow ourselves to.

--Natalie Goldberg
quote by Nikos Kazantzakis: By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. with background image: person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
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By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it.

--Nikos Kazantzakis
quote by Nolan Bushnell: 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. with background image: woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
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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

quote by Osho: To be creative means to be in love with life. with background image: orange and yellow round light
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To be creative means to be in love with life.

--Osho

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.


quote by Rajneesh: You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty. with background image: photo of author Rajneesh with quote

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

--Rajneesh
quote by Richie Norton: We first create in the mind, then the hands. But we stop creating if there is no heart. with background image: yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
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We first create in the mind, then the hands. But we stop creating if there is no heart.

--Richie Norton
quote by Rita Mae Brown: Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. with background image: person holding click pen
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Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.

--Rita Mae Brown
quote by Robert Greene: The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways. with background image: photo of author Robert Greene with quote

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

--Robert Greene
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