Creativity Sayings and Quotes
Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous
old creativity quotes, creativity sayings, and creativity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety
A good book praises itself.
German (on books and writers)
A good spectator also creates.
Swiss (on art and creativity)
A goose quill is more dangerous than a lion's claw.
English (on books and writers)
A library is a repository of medicine for the mind.
Greek (on books and writers)
A picture is a poem without words.
Latin (on art and creativity)
A picture's worth a thousand words.
A thousand artisans, a thousand plans.
Chinese (on art and creativity)
All the world's a stage.
Even the best song becomes tiresome if heard too often.
Korean (on art and creativity)
Even the best writer has to erase.
Spanish (on books and writers)
Every age has its book.
Arabic (on books and writers)
Every picture tells a story.
Great ideas are the fuel of progress.
Great minds think alike.
If you believe everything you read, better not read.
Japanese (on books and writers)
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Charles Caleb Colton
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Men willingly believe what they wish.
Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds.
Quality, not quantity.
The sight of books removes sorrows from the heart.
Moroccan (on books and writers)
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
Edward de Bono
Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Creative thinking - in terms of idea creativity - is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practised and nurtured.
Edward de Bono
Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that's easy. What's hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity
Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas
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
When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.
The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.
The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible; he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are.
The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things-ancient history, nineteenth century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later, or six months, or six years. But he has faith that it will happen.
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
Mary Lou Cook
Creativity is seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.
The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity. He doesn't need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas
Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.
It seems to be one of the paradoxes of creativity that in order to think originally, we must familiarize ourselves with the ideas of others.
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Joseph Chilton Pierce
Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
The things we fear most in organizations - fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances - are the primary sources of creativity.
Margaret J. Wheatley
The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.
Rita Mae Brown
Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.
Human life is inherently creative. It's why we all have different resumes. It's why human culture is so interesting and diverse and dynamic.
For creativity to flourish [requires] the embrace of loss, the oldest and most constant of human experiences.
Creative works may indeed be kind of like property, but it's property that we're all building on.
The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense.
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
I came to believe that creativity is God's will for us, and that we can practice creativity like any other spiritual practice— a day at a time.
Kids are not self-conscious. and once we are actually in the flow of our creativity, neither are we.
Only those who are able to relax can create, and then ideas reach the mind like lightning.
We must forget what is behind. If we cease to originate, we are lost. We can only keep what we have, by new activity
The great creative individual...is capable of more wisdom and virtue than collective man ever can be.
John Stuart Mill
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Do a common thing in an uncommon way.
Booker T. Washington
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
To create is to think more efficiently.
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
All men are creative but few are artists.
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.
Curiosity is the key to creativity.
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.
A creative person is someone who imagines what other people cannot. Their value to us lies in expanding our own possibilities. Walls fall. We break out. Art releases what was lost.
Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.
Perhaps someday we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light.
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
The idea is there, locked inside. All you have to do is remove the excess stone.
Creativity is discontent translated into arts.
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
Confidence in non-sense is a requirement for the creative process.
Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativity.
Create, and be true to yourself, and depend only on your own good taste.
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.
Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt: God did it.
To me, the creativity begins not when I sit down to write, but back when I'm envisioning the book and what kind of situations I can insinuate myself into.
We do not even own our intellect, our creativity, or our skills. We have received them as a gift and grace.
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
It is tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.
Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.
Creativity is both a gift and a learned talent that is nurtured over years.