Quotes About Creativity

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

The best ideas come from jokes.  Make your thinking as funny as possible.
David Ogilvie

Young men are fitter to invent than to judge.
Francis Bacon

Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences.  Originality is the sum total of a man’s thinking and writing.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Originality is the essence of true scholarship.  Creativity is the soul of the true scholar.
Nnamdi Azikiwe

Ah, good taste!  What a dreadful thing!  Taste is the enemy of creativeness.
Pablo Picasso

A foolish consistency is the hobglobin of little minds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself.  There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.  So what the hell, leap.
Cynthia Heimel

Creative minds always have been known to survive any kind of bad training.
Anna Freud

Good design keeps the user happy, the manufacturer in the black, and the aesthete unoffended.
Raymond Loewy

I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I, which is my life — the power to create.
Vincent van Gogh

Art begins with resistance — at the point where resistance is overcome.  No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
Andre Gide

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented.
R. Buckminster Fuller

The creative person is both primitive and more cultivated, more destructive and more constructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.
Dr. Frank Barron

Could Hamlet have been written by a committee, or the Mona Lisa painted by a club?  Could the New Testament have been composed as a conference report?  Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals.  The divine spark leaps.
A. Whitney Griswold

No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Life comes before literature, as the material always comes before the work.  The hills are full of marble before the world blooms with statues.
Rev. Phillips Brooks

In creating, the only hard thing’s to begin; a grass blade’s no easier to make than an oak.
James Russell Lowell

Nothing can be created out of nothing.
Lucretius, first century b.c.

All good tings which exist are the fruits of originality.
John Stuart Mill

We want the creative faculty to imagine that which we know.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Men are like trees: each one must put forth the leaf that is created in him.
Henry Ward Beecher

He or she is greatest who contributes the greatest original practical example.
Walt Whitman

Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.
William Wordsworth

You can do anything with a bayonet except sit on it.
Napoleon Bonaparte



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