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"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
-- Scott Adams

"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 is isn't."
-- Tori Amos

* “In today's climate in our country, which is sickened with the pollution of pollution, threatened with the prominence of AIDS, riddled with burgeoning racism, rife with growing huddles of the homeless, we need art and we need art in all forms. We need all methods of art to be present, everywhere present, and all the time present.”
-- Maya Angelou

"We are all creative, but by the time we are three of four years old, someone has knocked the creativity out of us. Some people shut up the kids who start to tell stories. Kids dance in their cribs, but someone will insist they sit still. By the time the creative people are ten or twelve, they want to be like everyone else."
-- Maya Angelou

* The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
-- Aristotle (384-322 BC)

The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.
-- Alan Ashley-Pitt

The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there.
-- Monica Baldwin

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
-- Sir Cecil Beaton

  * "Art in its highest form is art that serves and instructs society and human development."
-- Harry Belafonte

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.
-- Edward de Bono

"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

Life is "trying things to see if they work."
-- Ray Bradbury

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.
-- Charles Brower

"Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work."
-- Rita Mae Brown (American Writer, b.1944)

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
-- Edmund Burke

Since the dawn of time, humans have turned to stories to help them understand the world. When they're working at their highest purpose, stories open us up to a more compassionate view of one another.
-- Shannon Cain

"Creativity - like human life itself - begins in darkness."
-- Julia Cameron

Creativity is our true nature; blocks are an unnatural thwarting of a process at once as normal and as miraculous as the blossoming of a flower at the end of a slender green stem.
-- Julia Cameron

In order to have a real relationship with our creativity, we must take the time and care to cultivate it.
-- Julia Cameron


* "A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something."
-- Frank Capra

* Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.
- George Washington Carver

* Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
-- Pablo Casals

Music will save the world.
-- Pablo Casals


"The more you reason the less you create"
-- Raymond Chandler

The principle of using interactivity as a creativity-builder is not restricted to computer games. Once we become fully conscious of this principle, we can find ways to become more interactive everywhere. We can make conversations with our family and friends more interactive than they once were. The more thoughtful our questions get to be, the more interactive the conversations
--Steve Chandler, 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself

All riches have their origin in mind. Wealth is in ideas - not money.
-- Robert Collier

* I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something Greater than You, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.
-- Judy Collins


Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
-- Mary Lou Cook

Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives... [and] when we are involved in it, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life.
--Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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."
-- Edward de Bono

Minds are like parachutes: they only function when open.
-- Thomas R. Dewar

"Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exist."
-- Thomas Disch

We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance.
-- Benjamin Disraeli

* All the problems sitting there are an invitation for you to be creative, make use of your skills and resources and find a solution.
-- Bill Drayton

* Imagination is more important than knowledge.
-- Albert Einstein

* The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
-- Albert Einstein

"Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them."
-- Albert Einstein

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
--Albert Einstein

The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the State but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime. . .
-- Albert Einstein

* It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
-- Albert Einstein

* "Violence sometimes may have cleared away obstructions quickly, but it never has proved itself creative."
-- Albert Einstein

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
-- Albert Einstein

* The arts can bring the heart to the aid of the head, the personal to the political.
-- Scilla Elworthy

* There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there's no particular virtue in doing things the way they always have been done"
-- Rudolf Flesch

* Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.
Paulo Freire

* The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own. There is no other way.
-- Betty Friedan


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

"Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self."
-- Erich Fromm

* People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.
-- R. Buckminster Fuller

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
-- R. Buckminster Fuller

When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: 'Only stand out of my light.' Perhaps some day 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.
-- John W. Gardner (1912 - )

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
-- Arnold Glascow


* "If we talk about literacy, we have to talk about how to enhance our children's mastery over the tools needed to live intelligent, creative, and involved lives."
-- Danny Glover

* "In a time of social fragmentation, vulgarity becomes a way of life. To be shocking becomes more important — and often more profitable — than to be civil or creative or truly original.’’
~ Al Gore

Concern over criticism clogs creativity.
-- Duane Alan Hahn

* "The arts have always served relationships between people of different cultures so well. In a way, the arts function as a very serious kind of ambassador.
-- Herbie Hancock

* Creativity and artistic endeavors have a mission that goes far beyond just making music for the sake of music.
-- Herbie Hancock

* If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed.
-- Vaclav Havel

The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.
-- Dee Hock

Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

* There has always been a longing in the human heart for a more just, free, loving and creative society. But it was never before possible to fulfill these aspirations...This is the time of awakening for the social potential movement. -- Barbara Marx Hubbard

There has always been a longing in the human heart for a more just, free, loving and creative society. But it was never before possible to fulfill these aspirations, because we had neither the evolutionary drivers and global crises to force us to change, nor did we have the scientific and technological powers that can free us from the limitations of scarcity, poverty, disease, and ignorance. This is the time of awakening for the social potential movement. -- Barbara Marx Hubbard

We hold these truths to be self-evident; All people are born creative; Endowed by our Creator with the inalienable right and responsibility to express our creativity for the sake of ourselves and our world.
-- Barbara Marx Hubbard

Common sense dictates that we evaluate our beliefs on the basis of how they affect us. If they make us more loving, creative, and wise, they are good beliefs. If they make us cruel, jealous, depressed and sick, they cannot be good beliefs.
-- Barbara Marx Hubbard

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
-- Victor Hugo

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.
-- Victor Hugo

* "The power of art can break the shackles that bind and divide human beings."
-- Daisaku Ikeda


Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
-- William James

A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.
-- Gerald G. Jampolsky

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.
-- Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

"But, if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself."
-- Carl Gustav Jung quotes (Swiss psychiatrist,1 875-1961)

"Creativity is a lot like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. You look at a set of elements, the same ones everyone else sees, but then reassemble those floating bits and pieces into an enticing new possibility."
-- Rosabeth Moss Kanter

The Greeks understood that mind and body must develop in harmounious proportions to produce a creative intelligence. -- John F. Kennedy

* Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. -- John F. Kennedy

* Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which no one can win to a positive contest to harness man's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all of the nations of the world. -- Martin Luther King, Jr

* "We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right." -- Martin Luther King Jr

"We must use time creatively — and forever realize that the time is always to hope to do great things."
-- Martin Luther King Jr

Creativity, as has been said, 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

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
-- Arthur Koestler

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
-- Arthur Koestler

The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
-- Edwin H. Land

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.
-- Edwin H. Land

The creative adult is the child who has survived."
-- Ursula K. le Guin

It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.
-- Ursula K. Le Guin

Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.
--Theodore Levitt

When all think alike, then no one is thinking.
-- Walter Lippman

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without anyother reason but because they are not already common.
-- John Locke

* Real freedom is creative, proactive, and will take me into new territories. I am not free if my freedom is predicated on reacting to my past.
-- Kenny Loggins

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

"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 quotes (Italian film Actress, b.1934)

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

* Music has always been transnational;
-- Yo-Yo Ma

A will finds a way.
-- Orison Swett Marden

"Creativity takes courage."
-- Henri Matisse

Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.
-- Rollo May

* “We need artists to help us come together and share our voices and build community around powerful issues concerning our roles in the world and our planet’s survival. Compassion must be translated into action.”
-- Natasha Mayers


The world leaders in innovation and creativity will also be world leaders in everything else.
-- Harold R. McAlindon

* "I've always felt that music finds its natural place within people and should not be restricted to a specific physical place. It is vital that today's musicians become proactive in advocating for music and the arts."
-- Midori


"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity."
--Charles Mingus

* You share things with people and I think information, and art, and ideas should be shared.
-- Michael Moore

The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.
-- Stephen Nachmanovitch

"Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm"
-- Earl Nightingale (US motivational writer, 1921-1989)

If you fall in love with an idea, you won't see the merits of alternative approaches—and will probably miss an opportunity or two. One of life's great pleasures is letting go of a previously cherished idea. Then you're free to look for new ones. What part of your idea are you in love with? What would happen if you kissed it goodbye?
-- Roger von Oech

* The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
-- Linus Pauling

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
-- Joseph Chilton Pearce

"The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive and discoverers"
-- Jean Piaget (Swiss Psychologist and pioneer in the study of child intelligence, 1896-1980)

* "The chief enemy of creativity is 'good'" sense."
-- Pablo Picasso

"Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected."
-- William Plomer

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

They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
-- Antonio Porchia

"Another word for creativity is courage"
-- George Prince

* "Art is not just to show life as it is, but to show life as it should be. "
-- Paul Robeson

* Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

* It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.
-- Carl Sagan

* "Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere." Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan

"Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true, but its father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife"
-- Jonathan Schattke

* "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

"Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties"
-- Gail Sheehy

"The arts can open the door to the imagination, pushing the envelope of how peace can be created. It takes courage to take this kind of risk, and courage is what we all need to create a better world."
-- Wanye Shorter

* The creative spirit is one of the most powerful driving forces in human history. Creativity in the arts can inspire new insights and understanding for generations. Inventive creativity has helped transform our society time and time again, helping to make life better for countless lives. Creativity helps bring meaning to one's life through unique self-expression. When focused on uplifting humanity, creativity can help to create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. How will you use your creativity to help create a better world?
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

The pursuit of happiness is a guarantee that the laws are meant to be fair and provide an equal playing field for all members of society, so that through hard work and creative enterprise, all law-abiding citizens are free to strive to attain the wants and desires they believe will bring them happiness.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.
-- Saul Steinberg

* I think of myself as a comedian who has the pleasure of writing jokes about things that I actually care about.
-- Jon Stewart

* The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
-- Henry David Thoreau

It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Artistic creativity is a whirlpool of imagination that swirls in the depths of the mind.
-- Robert Toth

"Sometimes you've got to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free, your true creativity, your true self comes out."
-- Tina Turner

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better.
-- John Updike

"Helping others is a potent source of the creative energy we need to meet the challenges of our world."
-- Nina Utne

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

* Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.
~Alice Walker

"Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be a part of."
-- Geri Weitzman

* The things we fear most in organizations -- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances -- are the primary sources of creativity.
-- Margaret J. Wheatley

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
-- Oscar Wilde

"The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates."
-- Oscar Wilde

* When you create you get a little endorphin rush. Why do you think Einstein looked like that?
-- Robin Williams

If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning. The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living.
-- Marion Woodman

Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.
-- Virginia Woolf

It is worth mentioning, for future reference, that the creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily. Doubts creep in. Then one becomes resigned. Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything.
-- Virginia Woolf

* An idea is salvation by imagination
-- Frank Lloyd Wright


"Art amplifies voices on the margins—the views and opinions that power silences."
-- Will Youmans


Creativity Day - April 21




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