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Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

SCOTT ADAMS, The Dilbert Principle

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, Playboy, Dec. 1968

The creative process is also the most terrifying part because you don't know exactly what's going to happen or where it is going to lead. You don't know what new dangers and challenges you'll find. It takes an enormous amount of internal security to begin with the spirit of adventure, discovery, and creativity. Without doubt, you have to leave the comfort zone of base camp and confront an entirely new and unknown wilderness.

STEPHEN COVEY, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

We are ourselves creations. We are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves. This is the God-force extending itself through us. Creativity is God's gift to us. Using creativity is our gift back to God.


The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

ALBERT EINSTEIN, attributed, How to Think Like Einstein

Creativity of all kinds, in art, in prayer, in justice-making, in human relationships, is born where people wrestle with angels, outside Eden, on the border between heaven and earth, where they struggle to create a new form, a new song, a new template, a new ethic with all the discipline and passion they can bring to bear.

KATHY GALLOWAY, introduction, Dreaming of Eden

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

ARTHUR KOESTLER, Drinkers of Infinity

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.

EDWIN LAND, attributed, The Executives Book of Quotations

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, A Writer's Diary, May 11, 1920

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

ERICH FROMM, attributed, 1,001 Pearls of Wisdom

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

ALFREDA DOYLE, Poetry about Creativity

You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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

KATHY GALLOWAY, introduction, Dreaming of Eden

Without freedom, there is no creation.


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

CARL SAGAN, Broca's Brain

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

RON CARTER, Language and Creativity: The Art of Common Talk

Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create. They don't know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy.

ANTHONY BURGESS, attributed, Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases

Create or perish is the eternal mandate of nature. Be constructive or become frustrated is an equal demand. You cannot escape the conclusion that whatever this thing is which is seeking expression through everything, it can find satisfactory outlet only through constructive and life-giving creativeness.

ERNEST HOLMES, This Thing Called You

Creativity is a highfalutin word for the work I have to do between now and Tuesday.

RAY KROC, attributed, Encarta Book of Quotations

Creation is a disturbing force in society because it is a constructive one. It upsets the old order in the acts of building a new one. This activity is salutary for society. It is, indeed, essential for the maintenance of society's health; for the one thing that is certain about human affairs is that they are perpetually on the move, and the work of creative spirits is what gives society a chance of directing its inevitable movement along constructive instead of destructive lines.

ARNOLD TOYNBEE, Widening Horizons in Creativity

Creativity is the ability each of us has to create something new by bringing together two or more different elements in a new context.

ANDY GREEN, Creativity in Public Relations

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

EDWARD DE BONO, Lateral Thinking for Management

Creativity is the soul of the true scholar.

NNAMDI AZIKIWE, speech, Nov. 11, 1934

Properly practiced creativity can make one ad do the work of ten.

WILLIAM BERNBACH, Bill Bernbach Said...

Creativity is the source of novelty and of the creative advance, which leads to the concretion of actual entities that have not previously existed.

FRIEDRICH RAPP, Whitehead's Metaphysics of Creativity

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.

FRANK CAPRA, attributed, The New Scriptwriter's Journal

Contradictions if well understood and managed can spark off the fires of invention. Orthodoxy whether of the right or of the left is the graveyard of creativity.

CHINUA ACHEBE, Anthills of the Savannah

The fear of being wrong is the prime inhibitor of the creative process.


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, Developing Creativity in Organizations

Creativity perpetually invents itself.

PAUL PALNIK, Creative Consciousness

To me, creativity is a vision and the actualization of that vision. This vision is a unit; it is complete and pregnant. Just as night gives birth to day, the seed to a plant, an ovum to a child; so too a creative vision gives birth indefinitely and its actualization produces scientific, artistic or religious forms.

A. REZA ARASTEH & J. D. ARASTEH, Creativity in the Life-cycle

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

ANDY GREEN, Creativity in Public Relations

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, Lateral Thinking for Management

The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.

GEORGE LOIS, The Art of Advertising

Never create anything, it will be misinterpreted, it will chain you and follow you for the rest of your life.

HUNTER S. THOMPSON, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Creativity can replace conformity as the primary mode of social being.... We can cling to that which is passing, or has already passed, or we can remain accessible to--even surrender to--the creative process, without insisting that we know in advance the ultimate outcome for us, our institutions, or our planet. To accept this challenge is to cherish freedom, to embrace life, and to find meaning.


The creative is always an act of recombination, with something added by new juxtaposition—as making a spark requires two things struck together.

JANE HIRSHFIELD, Words with Writers interview, Dec. 5, 2011

To think outside of the box you must be outside of the box.

ALFREDA DOYLE, Poetry about Creativity

That's the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.

RAY BRADBURY, Zen in the Art of Writing

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