quotes

Creativity

It is wise to learn; it is God like to create. • John Saxe

Creativity in its purest form is a reflex--a flash of inspiration coming forth from the artist who has glimpsed the splendor of the Divine. • Matt Redman

Man was made at the end of the week's work when God was tired. • Mark Twain

Ideas are the root of creation. • Ernest Dimnet

Yet a life of creativity is all about change—moving forward, taking chances, exploring new frontiers. • Austin Kleon

The joy is in creating, not maintaining. • Vince Lombardi, NFL Hall of Fame Coach

Originality is the art of concealing your source. • Thomas Edison, inventor

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. • Pablo Picasso

Highly creative people are dedicated to ideas. They don’t rely on their talent alone; they rely on their discipline. Their imagination is like a second skin. They know how to manipulate it to its fullest. • Annette Moser-Wellman from The Five Faces of Genius: The Skills to Master Ideas at Work

Imagination is more important than knowledge. • Albert Einstein

Truly groundbreaking ideas are rare, but you don’t necessarily need one to make a career out of creativity. My definition of creativity is the logical combination of two or more existing elements that result in a new concept. The best way to make a living with your imagination is to develop innovative applications, not imagine completely new concepts. • Sam Weston, Creator of the popular action figure GI Joe

In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service. • Steve Jobs

There is a correlation between the creative and the screwball. So we must suffer the screwball gladly. • Kingman Brewster, Diplomat and longtime president of Yale University

Creativity is especially expressed in the ability to make connections, to make associations, to turn things around and express them in a new way. • Tim Hansen, Graphic Designer

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. • Author Unknown

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

Creativity is being able to see what everyone else has seen and think what nobody else has thought so that you can do what nobody else has done. • John C. Maxwell from Thinking For A Change

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. • Maya Angelou, poet

“If you don’t ask the, ‘Why this?’ often enough, somebody will ask, ‘Why you?’” • Tom Hirschfield, physicist

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from the old ones. • John Maynard Keynes, economist

You are the only person on earth, who can use your ability. • Zig Ziglar

If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail; If you can’t be the sun, be a star; For it isn’t by size that you win or you fail—Be the best of whatever you are. • Douglas Mallock

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. • Erich Fromm

The world is but a canvas to our imaginations. • Henry David Thoreau

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

The trouble with creative work: Sometimes by the time people catch on to what’s valuable about what you can do, you’re either a) bored to death with it, or b) dead. You can’t go looking for validation from external sources. Once you put your work into the world, you have no control over the way people will react to it. ...So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored--the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care. • Austin Kleon

Our need to become is intimately connected with our need to create. You cannot engage the future without activating your creative nature. • Erwin Raphael McManus, Soul Carvings

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. • Albert Einstein

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. • Scott Adams, US Cartoonist

Take time to mess around. Get lost. Wander. You never know where it’s going to lead you. • Austin Kleon

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. • Gustave Flaubert

There is an order to the creative process: we dream, we risk, we create. We cannot create without risk. • Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul

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

Each moment deserves our creative engagement. • Erwin Raphael McManus

If you breathe you are creative. • Jim Collins

Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating. • John Cleese

Art in its purest form is an extension of the soul. This is exactly what life is supposed to be. Which leads us to this realization: the only art we can create is that which authentically reflects who we are. Our soul is the material for all we create. Thus, to nurture the artisan soul, essence is far more important than talent. • Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul

The stupidest possible creative act is still a creative act. On the spectrum of creative work, the difference between the mediocre and the good is vast. Mediocrity is, however, still on the spectrum; you can move from mediocre to good in increments. The real gap is between doing nothing and doing something. • Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus

The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes. • Annie Dillard

Fear is the shadow of creativity. When we choose to create, we bring light to our fears. The darkness does not prevail over us. The creative act is inherently an act of courage. We are born to far too many fears and far too great a darkness. It is only when we find the courage to create that we are freed from those fears and that darkness. The past will be our future until we have the courage to create a new one. To make our lives a creative act is to marry ourselves to risk and failure. • Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul

Teaching people doesn’t subtract value from what you do, it actually adds to it. When you teach someone how to do your work, you are, in effect, generating more interest in your work. People feel closer to your work because you’re letting them in on what you know. • Austin Kleon

We cannot live to create and be surprised that we have traveled through failure. We cannot live a life of passion and not know sorrow. To pursue a dream is to invite a nightmare! To live a life of love is to know betrayal and loss. The soul is both fragile and resilient. The artisan soul embraces the essential nature of both vulnerability and efficacy. All creativity emerges from struggle. • Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul

Everything is created with intention. Nothing is arbitrary or meaningless. Humanity is God's culminating act of creativity, designed with the highest intention to reflect most personally the likeness of God. • Erwin Raphael McManus