Friday, 30 December 2011


A consistently highly creative person is generally irresponsible. - Theodore Levitt

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. - Ayn Rand

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

A requirement of creativity is that it contributes to change. Creativity keeps the creator alive. - Frank Herbert

Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish, when it cannot freely select its methods and objects, when it is deprived of spontaneity, then society severs the root of art. -  John Fitzgerald Kennedy

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. - Edwin Land

Artists know that there is no creativity without a system of formal restraints. - Kathy Galloway

Away with all ideals. Let each individual act spontaneously from the forever incalculable prompting of the creative wellhead within him. There is no universal law. - D. H. Lawrence

Before he can create, man must have a deep awareness of the world about him. - Harold A. Rothbart

Both the revolutionary and the creative individual are perpetual juveniles. The revolutionary does not grow up because he cannot grow, while the creative individual cannot grow up because he keeps growing. - Eric Hoffer

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

Confusion is the welcome mat at the door of creativity. - Michael J. Gelb

Creation, to me, is to try to orchestrate the universe to understand what surrounds us. Even if, to accomplish that, we use all sorts of stratagems which in the end prove completely incapable of staving off chaos. - Peter Greenaway

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

Creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty. - Anne Lamott

Creative life is characterized by spontaneous mutability; it brings forth unknown issues, impossible to preconceive. - D. H. Lawrence

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

Creative thinking may simply mean the realization that there is no particular virtue in doing things the way they have always been done. - Rudolph Flesch

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

Creative people are all there, totally immersed, fascinated and absorbed in the present, in the current situation, in the here-now, with the matter-in-hand. - Abraham Maslow

Creative powers can just as easily turn out to be destructive. It rests solely with the moral personality whether they apply themselves to good things or to bad. And if this is lacking, no teacher can supply it or take its place. - Carl Gustaf Jung

Creativity ... consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. - George Kneller

Creativity ... is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea. - Lou Dorfsman

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

Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas. - Donatella Versace

Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience. - Masaru Ibuka

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. - Rita Mae Brown

Creativity does not derive from order but from the attempt to impose order where it does not exist, to make new connections. - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Creativity flourishes when we have a sense of safety and self-acceptance. - Julie Cameron

Creativity follows its own rules. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J Anderson

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. - Edward de Bono

Creativity is a characteristic given to all human beings at birth. - Abraham Maslow

Creativity is a conceptual, abstracted system. It is not tangible, but many of its products are. Creative people work in the tangible world, producing real products. - William G. Covington, Jr

Creativity is a condition of our species. We invent procedures, alter behaviours, develop new systems, and create new knowledge to increase our likelihood of survival and fulfillment. Human creativity is an extension or another expression of our biological imperative to procreate. - Marci Segal

Creativity is a consequence of action, not its motivation. Do what needs to be done and then ask whether it was possible. - Wade Davis

Creativity is a matter of life and death for any society. - Arnold Toynbee

Creativity is a potent element of individual life experience and is the soil at the root of much of human progress and endeavour.  - Michael A. West

Creativity is a stimulant to growth. - Danny Cox

Creativity is intelligence having fun. - Albert Einstein

Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual. - Arthur Koestler

Creativity is an area in which younger people have a tremendous advantage, since they have an endearing habit of always questioning past wisdom and authority. - Bill Hewlett

Creativity is an incremental process – the instant Big Idea does not exist. - Andy Green

Creativity is discontent translated into arts. - Eric Hoffer

Creativity is discovering the elegant patterns of meaning across diverse areas of our knowledge and experience. - Michael A. West

Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. In is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea. - Arthur C. Clarke

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

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. - Charles Mingus

Creativity is more than mere imagination. It is imagination inseparably coupled with both intent and effort. - Alex Osborn

Creativity is never just doing something different. It is doing something different that is significant at that precise point in the cultural tradition. - Mark Amsler

Creativity is no less challenging or exciting when the mystery is stripped from the creative process. The most beautiful flowers grow under careful cultivation from common soil. - Herbert Simon

Creativity is not simply a property of exceptional people but an exceptional property of all people. - Ron Carter

Creativity is not to be located in one state of mind, one room, one type of person, one individual. Rather it lies in the transition points between different ways of thinking. If we close the doors, we will never hear the full story. - Chris Bilton

Creativity is one of the main foundations on which human progress is built up. - A. N. P. Ummerkutty

Creativity is one of the most positive, life-affirming traits of humanity, and people in all walks of life report that they feel at their peak and in flow when they are being their most creative. - Robert Keith Sawyer

Creativity is purposeful and involves effort to make something work, to make something better, more meaningful, or more beautiful. - Alane J. Starko

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us put out more and better ideas if our efforts are truly appreciated. - Alex Osborn

Creativity is that delicate combination of elements that result in new ideas and innovations. - Alfreda Doyle

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

Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature. - Eric Hoffer

Creativity is the defeat of habit by imposing originality and change. - Andy Law

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

Creativity is the marvellous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition. - Max Ernst

Creativity is the spark of life, the vitality that stirs desires to improve and change the status quo – meaningfully, responsibly, wisely, and with impact. - Marci Segal

Creativity is the steam that powers the locomotive of progress. - Danny Cox

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

Creativity means learning where the rules exist, and then breaking them! Saying, "It's better this way." But you have to know the rules in order to break them with any grace. - Alan Arkin

Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. - Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

Creativity perpetually invents itself. - Paul Palnik

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

Creativity varies inversely with the number of cooks involved in the broth. - Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

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

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

Diversity is a great force towards creativity. - Michael Eisner

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction. - Pablo Picasso

Every creative act requires elimination and simplification. Simplification results from a realization of what is essential. - Unknown

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. - Isaac Bashevis Singer

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom. - Albert Einstein

For creativity to flourish [requires] the embrace of loss, the oldest and most constant of human experiences. - Julie Burstein

Human creativity uses what is already existing and available and changes it in unpredictable ways. Sylavano Arieti

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. - Ken Robinson

If the individual is narrowly concentrated on the goal, to the exclusion of other relevant aspects of the problem situation, he is often unable to achieve a solution. The creative thinker must stand sufficiently detached from his work. -  Mary Henle

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. - Unknown

If you ask me, what is helpful to creativity is training the eye to notice things, to observe closely and precisely, being careful not to make a muddle of it. - Ian Graham

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play. John Cleese

If you would be more creative stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society. - Jean Piaget

If you would create something, you must be something. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In creating, the only hard thing’s to begin. - James Russell Lowell

In the creative state, a man is taken out of himself. He lets down as it were a bucket into his subconscious, and draws up something which is normally beyond his reach. He mixes this thing with his normal experiences and out of the mixture he makes a work of art. - E. M. Forster

It is only the phenomenon of creativity which separates man from machines and animals. - A Reza Arasteh & J. D. Arasteh

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

It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection. - Thomas Macaulay

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. - George Kneller

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

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he’s been given. - Anton Chekhov

Man is a creative animal, doomed to strive toward a goal, engaged in full-time engineering. -  Fyodor Dostoevsky

Man owes his success to his creativity. No one doubts the need for it. It is most useful in good times and essential in bad.  - Edward de Bono

Man unites himself with the world in the process of creation. - Erich Fromm

Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. -  Erich Fromm

No matter how old you get, if you keep the desire to be create, you are keeping the man-child alive. - John Cassavetes

Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity. - Jean Houston

People must know that their ideas will be listened to and, if they have merit, acted upon. If they do, it is possible to mobilize individual creativity on a very broad scale. - James Champy

That which is creative must create itself. - John Keats

The ability to relate and to connect, sometimes in an odd and yet striking fashion, lies at the very heart of any creative use of the mind, no matter in what field or discipline. - George J. Seidel

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

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 objects it loves. - Carl Gustav Jung

The creative consequences of man's imaginative strivings may never make him whole; but they constitute his deepest consolations and his greatest glories. - Anthony Starr

The creative habit is like a drug. - Henry Moore

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. Your 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 is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person. - Frank Barron

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. - Abe Tannenbaum

The creative person pays close attention to what appears discordant and contradictory and is challenged by such irregularities. - Frank Barron

The creative person prefers the richness of the disordered to the stark barrenness of the simple. - Donald W. MacKinnon

The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living. - Marion Woodman

The creative habit is like a drug. - Henry Moore

The creative mind doesn't have to have the whole pattern - it can have just a little piece and be able to envision the whole picture in completion. - Art Fry

The fear of being wrong is the prime inhibitor of the creative process. - Roberta Jean Bryant

The genuine creator creates something that has a life of its own, something that can exist and function without him. - Eric Hoffer

The great successful men of the world have used their imagination ... they think ahead and create their mental picture, and then go to work materializing that picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building, steadily building. - Robert Collier

The important thing is to create. Nothing else matters; creation is all. - Pablo Picasso

The legs are the wheels of creativity. - Albert Einstein

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. - Sylvia Plath

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