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57 Best Creativity Quotes for Creative Thinkers

Get above ground level with your thoughts and discover infinite creativity. Think left, right and every which way. Think out of the box. Think low, think high—way up to the stars. It’s all there for you in possibilities.

Creative woman sits on wooden swing in tree  57 Best Creativity Quotes for Creative Thinkers

Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion. Red Haircrow

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing. Thomas Huxley

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. Linda Naiman

From 30,000 feet, creating looks like art. From ground level, it’s a to-do list. Ben Arment

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. John F. Kennedy

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

A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree; or draw a child by studying the outlines of its form merely . . . but by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature and can then draw him at every attitude . . . Ralph Waldo Emerson

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A successful work of art is not one which resolves contradictions in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in its innermost structure. Theodore Adorno

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Albert Camus

An artist paints, dances, draws, writes, designs, or acts at the expanding edge of consciousness. We press into the unknown rather than the known. This makes life lovely and lively. Julia Cameron The Creative Life: True Tales of Inspiration

Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. Dee Hock

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. Rita Mae Brown

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

Creativity is intelligence having fun. Albert Einstein

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

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. Steve Jobs

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

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. Michele Shea

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

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. Leo Burnett

Eccentricity of a creative mind may not be pleasing for the people around it, but it is important for the progress. Amit Kalantri

Embrace curiosity, be open, playful, and persistent. Debra Kaye, Red Thread Thinking: Weaving Together Connections for Brilliant Ideas and Profitable Innovations

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. Henry Ward Beecher

Every day is an opportunity to be creative – the canvas is your mind, the brushes and colours are your thoughts and feelings, the panorama is your story, the complete picture is a work of art called, ‘my life’. Be careful what you put on the canvas of your mind today – it matters. Innerspace

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

God is really another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things. Pablo Picasso

Held in the palms of thousands of disgruntled people over the centuries have been ideas worth millions – if they only had taken the first step and then followed through. Robert M. Hayes

I began by tinkering around with some old tunes I knew. Then, just to try something different, I set to putting some music to the rhythm that I used in jerking ice-cream sodas at the Poodle Dog. I fooled around with the tune more and more until at last, lo and behold, I had completed my first piece of finished music. Duke Ellington

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. John Cage

I only know that I know nothing. Socrates

I shall become a master in this art only after a great deal of practice. Erich Fromm and the Quest for Solidarity

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. John Steinbeck

If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. Vincent van Gogh

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

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

Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it. Steven Pressfield

So you see, imagination needs moodling – long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.  Brenda Ueland

The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.  Pablo Picasso

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. Alan Alda

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. Carl Ally

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

The stone age didn’t end because they ran out of stones. Unknown

The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend. Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try. Dr. Seuss

To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it. Osho

To draw, you must close your eyes and sing. Pablo Picasso

We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own and other people’s models, learn to be ourselves and allow our natural channel to open. Shakti Gawain

When dreams come true creativity becomes art. Martin Schuster

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. Linda Naiman

You become more divine as you become more creative. All the religions of the world have said God is the creator. I don’t know whether he is the creator or not, but one thing I know: the more creative you become, the more godly you become. When your creativity comes to a climax, when your whole life becomes creative, you live in God. So he must be the creator because people who have been creative have been closest to him. Love what you do. Be meditative while you are doing it – whatsoever it is! Osho

You can’t let fear and indecision sink your creativity—they do not easily release their hold. Richie Norton, The Power of Starting Something Stupid

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

You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club. Jack London

You see things and ask “Why?”; I dream things that never were and ask “Why not?” George Bernard Shaw

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