Top 250+ Interesting Quotes About Creativity That Will Inspire You To Do Something

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October 17, 2020

Creativity Quotes

Creativity is a human trait that helps in creating something different which not only looks good but also solve some problem. It’s not necessary that it will solve the problem but it is good to be creative than nothing. Read these 250+ interesting quotes about creativity and tell your opinion about it in the comments.

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  1. A good traveler is one who knows how to travel with the mind. Michael Bassey Johnson
  2. A good-enough novel violently written now is better than a perfect novel meticulously written never. Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. A lack of illusion is golden, and it is quite possible that creativity is the highest form of intelligence. One might further develop oneself in the creative sense and, therefore, at times, find some degree of shame more so than pride when having always followed that of the safe and ever-praised academia. Criss Jami
  4. A picture might be worth a thousand words but a good sentence is worth a thousand windows. Mati Klarwein
  5. A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains. Criss Jami
  6. A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  7. A tragedy is a tragedy, and at the bottom, all tragedies are stupid. Give me a choice and I’ll take A Midsummer Night’s Dream over Hamlet every time. Any fool with steady hands and a working set of lungs can build up a house of cards and then blow it down, but it takes a genius to make people laugh. Stephen King
  8. Absurdity and anti—absurdity are the two poles of creative energy. Karl Lagerfeld
  9. Accomplishments don’t erase shame, hatred, cruelty, silence, ignorance, discrimination, low self-esteem or immorality. It covers it up, with a creative version of pride and ego. Only restitution, forgiving yourself and others, compassion, repentance and living with dignity will ever erase the past. Shannon L. Alder
  10. After being hurt by the world so much, they began to see the demons within humans. So without hiding it through trickery, they worked to express it. Osamu Dazai
  11. All good work requires self-revelation. Sidney Lumet, Making Movies
  12. All I’m writing is just what I feel, that’s all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland. Jimi Hendrix
  13. All of our days are numbered; we cannot afford to be idle. To act on a bad idea is better than to not act at all because the worth of the idea never becomes apparent until you do it. Sometimes this idea can be the smallest thing in the world, a little flame that you hunch over and cup with your hand and pray will not be extinguished by all the storm that howls about it. If you can hold on to that flame great things can be constructed around it that are massive and powerful and world changing – all held up by the tinniest of ideas. Nick Cave
  14. All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate. Julio Cortázar
  15. An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. Oscar Wilde
  16. And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see – or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read. Alice Walker
  17. And what is wrong with playing with words? Words love to be played with, just like children or kittens do! David Almond
  18. Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity. T.S. Eliot
  19. Any great art work … revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world – the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air. Leonard Bernstein
  20. Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Walt Disney
  21. Art – the one achievement of man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised. James Thurber
  22. Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn’t matter. The intent does. Seth Godin
  23. Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence. Friedrich Nietzsche
  24. Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator. What makes someone an artist? I don’t think is has anything to do with a paintbrush. There are painters who follow the numbers, or paint billboards, or work in a small village in China, painting reproductions. These folks, while swell people, aren’t artists. On the other hand, Charlie Chaplin was an artist, beyond a doubt. So is Jonathan Ive, who designed the iPod. You can be an artists who works with oil paints or marble, sure. But there are artists who work with numbers, business models, and customer conversations. Art is about intent and communication, not substances. An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artists takes it personally. Seth Godin
  25. Art transcends its limitations only by staying within them. Flannery O’Connor
  26. Artists are those who can evade the verbose. Haruki Murakami
  27. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you. Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  28. At the age of four, you were an artist. And at seven, you were a poet. Seth Godin
  29. Be undeniably good. Steve Martin
  30. Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down. Clarissa Pinkola Estés
  31. Because of the routines we follow, we often forget that life is an ongoing adventure. . . Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art: to bring all our energies to each encounter, to remain flexible enough to notice and admit when what we expected to happen did not happen. We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed. Maya Angelou
  32. Because, as we all know, it’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent, like thinking. And it’s also easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about. John Cleese
  33. Books aren’t made in the way that babies are: they are made like pyramids, There’s some long-pondered plan, and then great blocks of stone are placed one on top of the other, and it’s back-breaking, sweaty, time consuming work. And all to no purpose! It just stands like that in the desert! But it towers over it prodigiously. Jackals piss at the base of it, and bourgeois clamber to the top of it, etc. Continue this comparison. Gustave Flaubert
  34. Chance favors the prepared mind. Louis Pasteur
  35. Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity. Karl Lagerfeld
  36. Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library. John Waters
  37. Create. Not for the money. Not for the fame. Not for the recognition. But for the pure joy of creating something and sharing it. Ernest Barbaric
  38. Creation signifies, above all, emotion, and that not in literature or art alone. We all know the concentration and effort implied in scientific discovery. Genius has been defined as an infinite capacity for taking pains. Henri Bergson
  39. Creative activity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual. Arthur Koestler
  40. Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities. Criss Jami, Killosophy
  41. Creative power is mightier than its possessor. C.G. Jung
  42. Creativity arises from our ability to see things from many different angles. Keri Smith
  43. Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. George Lois
  44. Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. Rita Mae Brown
  45. Creativity is a continual surprise. Ray Bradbury
  46. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams
  47. Creativity is an act of defiance. Twyla Tharp
  48. Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status. Sir Ken Robinson
  49. Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. C.E.M. Joad
  50. Creativity is that marvelous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition. Max Ernst
  51. Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm
  52. Creativity takes courage. Henri Matisse
  53. Critique by creating. Michelangelo Buonarroti
  54. Curiosity is the main energy. Robert Rauschenberg
  55. Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion. Red Haircrow
  56. Despite a lack of natural ability, I did have the one element necessary to all early creativity: naïveté, that fabulous quality that keeps you from knowing just how unsuited you are for what you are about to do. Steve Martin
  57. Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
  58. Dive again and again into the river of uncertainty. Create in the dark, only then can you recognize the light. Jyrki Vainonen
  59. Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. Rumi
  60. Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. Andy Warhol
  61. Doors are for people with no imagination. Derek Landy
  62. Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done. Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
  63. Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become. John O’Donohue
  64. Every artist joins a conversation that’s been going on for generations, even millennia, before he or she joins the scene. John Barth
  65. Every one who has taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it that makes a difference. Nolan Bushnell
  66. Every story has already been told. Once you’ve read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Wrinkle in Time, you understand that there is really no reason to ever write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time has ever had.”― Anna Quindlen
  67. Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express. Brenda Ueland
  68. Everyone has their own ways of expression. I believe we all have a lot to say, but finding ways to say it is more than half the battle. Criss Jami
  69. Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them. Richard Buckminster Fuller
  70. Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please. Hugh MacLeod
  71. Everyone pretends to be ‘free thinkers’, but few individuals pass the line into expressive territories that may be detrimental to their own social well-being. Criss Jami
  72. Everything you invent is true: you can be sure of that. Poetry is a subject as precise as geometry. Julian Barnes
  73. Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality. Karl Lagerfeld
  74. Fashion is ephemeral, dangerous and unfair. Karl Lagerfeld
  75. For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication. Friedrich Nietzsche
  76. From now on I hope always to stay alert, to educate myself as best I can. But lacking this, in Future I will relaxedly turn back to my secret mind to see what it has observed when I thought I was sitting this one out. We never sit anything out. We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. Ray Bradbury
  77. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose. Rainer Maria Rilke
  78. Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss. Banksy
  79. Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. Henry Thomas Buckle
  80. He is a great enough magician to tap our most common nightmares, daydreams and twilight fancies, but he never invented them either: he found them a place to live, a green alternative to each day’s madness here in a poisoned world. We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers – thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses. Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams. Peter S. Beagle
  81. Herodotus says, “Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects. Mark Twain
  82. Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. Martin Luther King Jr.
  83. I am an artist you know … it is my right to be odd. E.A. Bucchianeri
  84. I am an obscure and patient pearl-fisherman who dives into the deepest waters and comes up with empty hands and a blue face. Some fatal attraction draws me down into the abysses of thought, down into those innermost recesses which never cease to fascinate the strong. I shall spend my life gazing at the ocean of art, where others voyage or fight; and from time to time I’ll entertain myself by diving for those green and yellow shells that nobody will want. So I shall keep them for myself and cover the walls of my hut with them. Gustave Flaubert
  85. I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within. Gustave Flaubert
  86. I can always be distracted by love, but eventually I get horny for my creativity. Gilda Radner
  87. I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive then I believe you are better off not doing it. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. Richard Branson
  88. I criticize by creation, not by finding fault. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  89. I dream in fire but work in clay. Arthur Machen
  90. I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste. Marcel Duchamp
  91. I have never seen battles quite as terrifyingly beautiful as the ones I fight when my mind splinters and races, to swallow me into my own madness, again. Nicole Lyons
  92. I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. Ernest Hemingway
  93. I love classic beauty. It’s an idea of beauty with no standard. Karl Lagerfeld
  94. I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking. Albert Einstein
  95. I think a lot of psychopaths are just geniuses who drove so fast that they lost control. Criss Jami
  96. I think boredom is the beginning of every authentic act. Boredom opens up the space, for new engagements. Without boredom, no creativity. If you are not bored, you just stupidly enjoy the situation in which you are. Slavoj Žižek
  97. I think that perhaps if I had had to slow down the ideas so that I could capture them on paper I might have stifled some of them. J.K. Rowling
  98. I think that you’ve got to make something that pleases you and hope that other people feel the same way. Thomas Keller
  99. I was not sure where I was going, and I could not see what I would do when I got [there]. But you saw further and clearer than I, and you opened the seas before my ship, whose track led me across the waters to a place I had never dreamed of, and which you were even then preparing to be my rescue and my shelter and my home. Thomas Merton
  100. I will always know the glory of the beautiful and rare, as they will know security from labour and prayer. As they will hear the laughter of the children they gave life, I will know the torments of the song born under knife. Roman Payne
  101. I’d say I never considered myself a great architect. I’m more of a creative problem solver with good taste and a soft spot for logistical nightmares. Maria Semple
  102. I’ve always felt that the best whips and chains are in the mind. With a little creativity, the physical ones are hardly necessary. Jim Butcher
  103. I’ve been all over the world and I’ve never seen a statue of a critic. Leonard Bernstein
  104. I’ve never believed that they’re separate. Leonardo da Vinci was a great artist and a great scientist. Michelangelo knew a tremendous amount about how to cut stone at the quarry. The finest dozen computer scientists I know are all musicians. Some are better than others, but they all consider that an important part of their life. I don’t believe that the best people in any of these fields see themselves as one branch of a forked tree. I just don’t see that.People bring these things together a lot. Dr. Land at Polaroid said, “I want Polaroid to stand at the intersection of art and science,” and I’ve never forgotten that. I think that that’s possible, and I think a lot of people have tried. Steve Jobs
  105. Identifying Your Dream. Some people can easily identify one primary dream. For others, a dream is more elusive. These people often have many dreams at once, or a general idea of a dream that never takes a specific shape. Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy
  106. If a composer suffers from loss of sleep and his sleeplessness induces him to turn out masterpieces, what a profitable loss it is! Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  107. If art is not to be life-enhancing, what is it to be? Half the world is feminine–why is there resentment at a female-oriented art? Nobody asks The Tale of Genji to be masculine! Women certainly learn a lot from books oriented toward a masculine world. Why is not the reverse also true? Or are men really so afraid of women’s creativity (because they are not themselves at the center of creation, cannot bear children) that a woman writer of genius evokes murderous rage, must be brushed aside with a sneer as ‘irrelevant’? May Sarton
  108. If critics say your work stinks it’s because they want it to stink and they can make it stink by scaring you into conformity with their comfortable little standards. Standards so low that they can no longer be considered “dangerous” but set in place in their compartmental understandings. Jack Kerouac
  109. If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes. Pablo Picasso
  110. If there’s one thing I’ve discovered, it’s that stifling yourself will only lead to more misery. […] I polluted all other happiness because I was afraid to let myself create and change. You have to have courage. Real courage to explore, to fail, and to pick yourself back up again. Siobhan Vivian
  111. If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room. Austin Kleon
  112. If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”― Hilary Mantel
  113. If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. Ken Robinson
  114. If your business plan depends on suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail. Nobody suddenly discovers anything. Things are made slowly and in pain. Hugh MacLeod
  115. Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Albert Einstein
  116. Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. George Bernard Shaw
  117. Imperfection inspires invention, imagination, creativity. It stimulates. The more I feel imperfect, the more I feel alive. Jhumpa Lahiri
  118. In my view, the novelist has no right to express his opinions on the things of this world. In creating, he must imitate God: do his job and then shut up. Gustave Flaubert
  119. In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone. Rollo May
  120. In the absence of sleep, my restless nights have been fueled by my overactive imagination, weaving waking dreams onto the canvas of conception. Filling my head with lots of ideas waiting to be born into reality. I am eager to return to my beautiful mistress, Creation! Jaeda DeWalt
  121. In the world of the dreamer there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment of preparation for living. They took place in solitude. But with action came anxiety, and the sense of insuperable effort made to match the dream, and with it came weariness, discouragement, and the flight into solitude again. And then in solitude, in the opium den of remembrance, the possibility of pleasure again. Anais Nin
  122. Initially, I feel expansive when I try something new, and then contract as soon as I encounter difficulty or the unknown. I am learning to experiment with my tolerance of difficulty and the not knowing, in order to go further with my creative dreams. Building a creative dream life is not just about achieving, succeeding, or “meeting goals.” It is also about floundering, stumbling, tripping and failing. Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy
  123. Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time… The wait is simply too long. Leonard Bernstein
  124. Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action. Brendan Francis Brown
  125. Instead of asking why they left, now I ask, what beauty will I create in the space the no longer occupy? Rudy Francisco
  126. Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos. Mary Shelly
  127. Is there magic in this world? Certainly! But it is not the kind of magic written about in fantasy stories. It is the kind of magic that comes from ideas and the hard work it often takes to make them real. Robert Fanney
  128. It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them — with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them. Eudora Welty
  129. It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. Jacob Bronowski
  130. It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. Without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. Albert Einstein
  131. It takes a heap of loafing to write a book. Gertrude Stein
  132. It’s a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn’t even know you were aiming for. Lois McMaster Bujold
  133. It’s easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It’s a lot more difficult to perform one. Chuck Palahniuk
  134. It’s an artist’s right to rebel against the world’s stupidity. E.A. Bucchianeri
  135. Keeing busy” is the remedy for all the ills in America. It’s also the means by which the creative impulse is destroyed. Joyce Carol Oates
  136. Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. Pablo Picasso
  137. Let the blood and the bruises define your legacy. Lady Gaga
  138. Let your creative and imaginative mind run freely; it will take you places you never dreamed of and provide breakthroughs that others once thought were impossible. Idowu Koyenikan
  139. Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. Stella Adler
  140. Life in itself has no meaning. Life is an opportunity to create meaning. Osho, Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within
  141. Maybe it’s just in America, but it seems that if you’re passionate about something, it freaks people out. You’re considered bizarre or eccentric. To me, it just means you know who you are. Tim Burton
  142. Mr. Freeman sighs. “No imagination. What are you thirteen? Fourteen? You’ve already let them beat your creativity out of you! Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
  143. My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life. Miles Davis
  144. Non-judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again the doorway to creativity. Deepak Chopra
  145. Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”― Jim Jarmusch
  146. Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order. Virginia Woolf
  147. One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. Friedrich Nietzsche
  148. Originality is the best form of rebellion. Mike Sasso
  149. Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. Pablo Picasso
  150. Others inspire us, information feeds us, practice improves our performance, but we need quiet time to figure things out, to emerge with new discoveries, to unearth original answers. Ester Buchholz
  151. Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it. Steven Pressfield
  152. Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man. John Steinbeck
  153. People like you must create. If you don’t create, Bernadette, you will become a menace to society. Maria Semple
  154. People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory. Karl Lagerfeld
  155. People who have a creative side and do not live it out are most disagreeable clients. They make a mountain out of a molehill, fuss about unnecessary things, are too passionately in love with somebody who is not worth so much attention, and so on. There is a kind of floating charge of energy in them which is not attached to its right object and therefore tends to apply exaggerated dynamism to the wrong situation. Marie-Louise von Franz
  156. People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I’ve been living ten years in Paris and the answer seems simple to me: because it’s the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain.. or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris. Roman Payne, Crepuscule
  157. Productiveness is your acceptance of morality, your recognition of the fact that you choose to live― Ayn Rand
  158. Read deeply. Stay open. Continue to wonder. Austin Kleon
  159. Reading, conversation, environment, culture, heroes, mentors, nature – all are lottery tickets for creativity. Scratch away at them and you’ll find out how big a prize you’ve won. Twyla Tharp
  160. Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step. Karl Lagerfeld
  161. Rejection is an opportunity for your selection. Bernard Branson
  162. Relate comic things in pompous fashion. Irregularity, in other words the unexpected, the surprising, the astonishing, are essential to and characteristic of beauty. Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony. The blend of the grotesque and the tragic are attractive to the mind, as is discord to blasé ears. Imagine a canvas for a lyrical, magical farce, for a pantomime, and translate it into a serious novel. Drown the whole thing in an abnormal, dreamy atmosphere, in the atmosphere of great days … the region of pure poetry. Charles Baudelaire
  163. Remember that things are not always as they appear to be… Curiosity creates possibilities and opportunities. Roy T. Bennett
  164. Remember: It costs nothing to encourage an artist, and the potential benefits are staggering. A pat on the back to an artist now could one day result in your favorite film, or the cartoon you love to get stoned watching, or the song that saves your life. Discourage an artist, you get absolutely nothing in return, ever. Kevin Smith
  165. Routine kills creative thought. Scarlett Thomas
  166. She soon learned, though, that giving weight to other people’s opinions was creative nihilism; it was like being banished from the Land of No Words and exiled to the Land of All Bullshit. Stephanie Kallos
  167. Sometimes an artist’s first invention is herself. Stephanie Vaughn
  168. Songwriting and poetry are so commonly birthed from underdogs because one can make even the ugliest situations admirable, or more beautiful than the beautiful situations – they are the most graceful media in which the lines of society are distorted. Criss Jami
  169. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new film, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. Jim Jarmusch
  170. Supposedly there’s an actual, researched link between extreme creativity and mental illness, and I believe it because I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Deb Caletti, Wild Roses
  171. Swoopers write a story quickly, higgledy-piggledy, crinkum-crankum, any which way. Then they go over it again painstakingly, fixing everything that is just plain awful or doesn’t work. Bashers go one sentence at a time, getting it exactly right before they go on to the next one. When they’re done they’re done. Kurt Vonnegut
  172. That’s creativity in a nutshell. A messy tug-of-war with imagination to erase that feeling that nothing really matters anyway. Zoe Whittall
  173. The artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. He must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love and the voice of art. Federico García-Lorca
  174. The beginning of wisdom, I believe, is our ability to accept an inherent messiness in our explanation of what’s going on. Nowhere is it written that human minds should be able to give a full accounting of creation in all dimensions and on all levels. Ludwig Wittgenstein had the idea that philosophy should be what he called “true enough.” I think that’s a great idea. True enough is as true as can be gotten. The imagination is chaos. New forms are fetched out of it. The creative act is to let down the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended and then to attempt to bring out of it ideas. Rupert Sheldrake
  175. The best ideas will eat at you for days, maybe even weeks, until something, some incident, some impulse, triggers you to finally express them. Criss Jami
  176. The chief enemy of creativity is good sense. Pablo Picasso
  177. The closer you come to knowing that you alone create the world of your experience, the more vital it becomes for you to discover just who is doing the creating. Eric Micha’el Leventhal
  178. The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. Marcel Duchamp
  179. The creative members of an orthodoxy, any orthodoxy, ultimately outgrow their disciplines. Irvin D. Yalom
  180. The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic. G.K. Chesterton
  181. The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing. Rainer Maria Rilke
  182. The first and most important thing an individual can do is to become an individual again, decontrol himself, train himself as to what is going on and win back as much independent ground for himself as possible. William S. Burroughs
  183. The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses. Edith Södergran
  184. The knowledge of all things is possible. Leonardo da Vinci
  185. The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes. Saul Steinberg
  186. The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne. Geoffrey Chaucer
  187. The mind travels faster than the pen; consequently, writing becomes a question of learning to make occasional wing shots, bringing down the bird of thought as it flashes by. A writer is a gunner, sometimes waiting in the blind for something to come in, sometimes roaming the countryside hoping to scare something up. E.B. White
  188. The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable. Robert Henri
  189. The old ways are dead. And you need people around you who concur. That means hanging out more with the creative people, the freaks, the real visionaries, than you’re already doing. Thinking more about what their needs are, and responding accordingly. Avoid the dullards; avoid the folk who play it safe. They can’t help you anymore. Their stability model no longer offers that much stability. They are extinct, they are extinction. Hugh MacLeod
  190. The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. Leonardo da Vinci
  191. The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. Arthur Koestler
  192. The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain. Nikola Tesla, My Inventions
  193. The public wants work which flatters its illusions. Gustave Flaubert
  194. The purposeful destruction of information is the essence of intelligent work. Ray Kurzweil
  195. The road to creativity passes so close to the madhouse and often detours or ends there. Ernest Becker
  196. The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists.. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little. Banksy
  197. The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing. Ernest Hemingway
  198. The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein
  199. The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create, so that, without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating. Pearl S. Buck
  200. The truth is that creative activity is one that involves the entire self – our emotions, our levels of energy, our characters, and our minds. Robert Greene
  201. The unlike is joined together, and from differences results the most beautiful harmony. Heraclitus
  202. The urge to destroy is also a creative urge. Mikhail Bakunin
  203. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. Sylvia Plath
  204. The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature: only then can he see clearly. Julian Barnes
  205. The writer’s curse is that even in solitude, no matter its duration, he never grows lonely or bored. Criss Jami
  206. The writer’s only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. It anguishes him so much he must get rid of it. He has no peace until then. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ is worth any number of old ladies. William Faulkner
  207. There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted. Sun Tzu, The Art of War
  208. There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun. Pablo Picasso
  209. There are some people who live in a dream world, and some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other. Douglas Everett
  210. There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. Sophia Loren
  211. There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. Martha Graham
  212. There is creative reading as well as creative writing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  213. There is no healthier drug than creativity. Nayyirah Waheed, Salt
  214. There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time. Coco Chanel
  215. There’s a temptation in our networked age to think that ideas can be developed by email and iChat. That’s crazy. Creativity comes from spontaneous meetings, from random discussions. You run into someone, you ask what they’re doing, you say ‘wow,’ and soon you’re cooking up all sorts of ideas. Steve Jobs
  216. Think of yourself as a brand. You need to be remembered. What will they remember you for? What defines you? If you have it in you, do something that defines you. Invent something, develop a unique skill, get noticed for something — it creates a talking point. Chris Arnold
  217. Thoughts are like burning stars, and ideas, they flood, they stretch the universe. Criss Jami
  218. To achieve lasting literature, fictional or factual, a writer needs perceptive vision, absorptive capacity, and creative strength. Lawrence Clark Powell
  219. To be an outlaw you must first have a base in law to reject and get out of, I never had such a base. I never had a place I could call home that meant any more than a key to a house, apartment or hotel room. Am I alien? Alien from what exactly? Perhaps my home is my dream city, more real than my waking life precisely because it has no relation to waking life William S. Burroughs
  220. 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. Osho
  221. To create art with all the passion in one’s soul is to live art with all the beauty in one’s heart. Author-Poet Aberjhani
  222. To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. Joseph Chilton Pearce
  223. To me, all creativity is magic. Ideas start out in the empty void of your head – and they end up as a material thing, like a book you can hold in your hand. That is the magical process. It’s an alchemical thing. Yes, we do get the gold out of it but that’s not the most important thing. It’s the work itself. Alan Moore
  224. True alchemy lies in this formula: ‘Your memory and your senses are but the nourishment of your creative impulse’. Arthur Rimbaud
  225. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. Brene Brown
  226. Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path. Brené Brown
  227. We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. Kurt Vonnegut
  228. We need our Arts to teach us how to breathe Ray Bradbury
  229. We nurture our creativity when we release our inner child. Let it run and roam free. It will take you on a brighter journey. Serina Hartwell
  230. Weirdism is definitely the cornerstone of many an artist’s career. E.A. Bucchianeri
  231. What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook. Henry David Thoreau
  232. When most of the greatest individuals in history were misunderstood and you’ve spent so much of your own adult life misunderstood, you can’t help but believe that the majority of people know very little worth knowing. Criss Jami
  233. When the creative impulse sweeps over you, grab it. You grab it and honor it and use it, because momentum is a rare gift. Justina Chen Headley
  234. When you aren’t satisfied with what has already been done, make something better. That is the greatest responsibility and the true freedom of creativity. The freedom is in that it doesn’t need to complain. Criss Jami
  235. When you become the image of your own imagination, it’s the most powerful thing you could ever do. RuPaul
  236. When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time. Lady Gaga
  237. Where we fall are the stepping-stones for our journey. Lolly Daskal
  238. Whether you try too hard to fit in or you try too hard to stand out, it is of equal consequence: you exhaust your significance. Criss Jami
  239. Whoever uses the spirit that is in him creatively is an artist. To make living itself an art, that is the goal. Henry Miller
  240. Why Dream? Life is a difficult assignment. We are fragile creatures, expected to function at high rates of speed, and asked to accomplish great and small things each day. These daily activities take enormous amounts of energy. Most things are out of our control. We are surrounded by danger, frustration, grief, and insanity as well as love, hope, ecstasy, and wonder. Being fully human is an exercise in humility, suffering, grace, and great humor. Things and people all around us die, get broken, or are lost. There is no safety or guarantees. The way to accomplish the assignment of truly living is to engage fully, richly, and deeply in the living of your dreams. We are made to dream and to live those dreams.― Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy
  241. Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics. Virginia Woolf
  242. Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience. Henry David Thoreau
  243. Writing is not a matter of time, but a matter or of space. If you don’t keep space in your head for writing, you won’t write even if you have the time. Katerina Stoykova Klemer
  244. You call a star a star, and say it is just a ball of matter moving on a mathematical course. But that is merely how you see it. By so naming things and describing them you are only inventing your own terms about them. And just as speech is invention about objects and ideas, so myth is invention about truth. Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
  245. You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created. Albert Einstein
  246. You can’t make a fan of everyone. Stay true to your story, characters, music, art or whatever it is you do and fuck everyone else who doesn’t like it. Life isn’t perfect. Ann Marie Frohoff
  247. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou
  248. You cannot teach creativity—how to become a good writer. But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be.” Mario Vargas Llosa
  249. You don’t make art out of good intentions. Gustave Flaubert
  250. You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out. Steve Jobs
  251. You have to do stuff that average people don’t understand because those are the only good things. Andy Warhol
  252. You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are. Lewis Carroll

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