25 Awesome Quotes on Creativity

by Mitch Ditkoff

25 Awesome Quotes on Creativity

  1. “The things we fear most in organizations — fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances — are the primary sources of creativity.” – Alfred North Whitehead
  2. “The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good” sense.'” – Pablo Picasso
  3. “Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.” – Nolan Bushnell
  4. “As competition intensifies, the need for creative thinking increases. It is no longer enough to do the same thing better . . . no longer enough to be efficient and solve problems.” – Edward de Bono
  5. “I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later, I patent most of them.” – Thomas Edison
  6. “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” – Theodore Levitt
  7. “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” – Albert Einstein
  8. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams
  9. “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury
  10. “Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.” – Edwin Land
  11. “There’s room for everybody on the planet to be creative and conscious if you are your own person. If you’re trying to be like somebody else, then there isn’t.” – Tori Amos
  12. “The key question isn’t ‘What fosters creativity?’ But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create, but why do people not create.” – Abraham Maslow
  13. “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pierce
  14. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  15. “By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” – Nikos Kazantzakis
  16. “Creativity is discontent translated into arts.” – Eric Hoffer
  17. “A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.” – Gerald Jampolsky
  18. “Things are only impossible until they’re not.” – Jean-Luc Picard
  19. “Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.” – T.S. Eliot
  20. “Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” – Bill Moyers
  21. “The new meaning of soul is creativity and mysticism. These will become the foundation of the new psychological type and with him or her will come the new civilization.” – Otto Rank
  22. “The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.” – Arthur Koestler
  23. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
  24. “If you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself.” – Carl Jung
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Thanks to Val Vadeboncoeur for finding these great quotes.

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Mitch DitkoffMitch Ditkoff is the Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions and the author of “Awake at the Wheel”, as well as the very popular Heart of Innovation blog.

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  1. “As any jazz musician knows, it takes flexibility and adaptability for improvisation to create beauty.”
    Doc Childre and Bruce Cryer in From Chaos to Coherence

    “Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.”
    Charles Mingus

    “Master your instrument. Master your music. And then forget all that bullshit and just play.”
    Charlie Parker

  2. ”Who wishes to be creative, must first destroy and smash accepted values”
    – Nietzsche

  3. “The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a creative mind to spot wrong questions.” — Antony Jay

  4. The things that will bring you comfort tomorrow are the very things that will bring you discomfort to you today.

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