310 Creativity Quotes That Will Boost Your Work (And Life)

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The chief enemy of creativity is good sense. Pablo Picasso

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The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness. Joan Miró

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He who would be a man must therefore be a nonconformist. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The most talented, thought-provoking, game-changing people are never normal. Richard Branson

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If you’re not doing some things that are crazy, then you’re doing the wrong things. Larry Page

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Create with the heart; build with the mind. Criss Jami

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Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. Jack Kerouac

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The most dangerous idea is silencing people. Naval Ravikant

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Originality is the best form of rebellion. Mike Sasso

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Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. Brené Brown

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The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. Neil Gaiman

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Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. Victor Pinchuk

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Creativity is obscured by the conscious mind. Naval Ravikant

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There is intelligence when you are not afraid. Bruce Lee

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I shut my eyes in order to see. Paul Gauguin

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The Best Creativity Quotes

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That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of our time. John Stuart Mill

If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes. Pablo Picasso Click to tweet

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

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose. James Baldwin

We adore chaos because we love to produce order. M. C. Escher

How to unlock creativity: slow down, study another field, get into nature, get out of office, music (lots), sketch, cardio before/after, nibble on small ideas, throw stuff away, atomize the work, look for orthogonal inspiration, breathe, learn about circadian rhythm, paint. Brian Norgard

When you can do a common thing in an uncommon way; you will command the attention of the world. George Washington Carver

Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together. Vincent van Gogh

If it doesn’t sell; it isn’t creative. David Ogilvy Click to tweet

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Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. Gustave Flaubert

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet

A busy calendar and a busy mind will destroy your ability to do great things in this world. If you want to be able to do great things, whether you’re a musician, or whether you’re an entrepreneur, or whether you’re an investor, you need free time and you need a free mind. Naval Ravikant

In order to create you have to believe in your ability to do so and that often means excluding whole chunks of normal life, and, of course, pumping yourself up as much as possible as a way of keeping on. Sort of cheering for yourself in the great football stadium of life. T.C. Boyle

Social media has colonized what was once a sacred space occupied by emptiness: the space reserved for thought and creativity. Mahershala Ali

The important thing for you is to be alert, to question, to find out, so that your own initiative may be awakened. Bruce Lee

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit. E. E. Cummings

When we build, let us think that we build forever. John Ruskin

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker

It may be that our cosmic curiosity is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder. Neil deGrasse Tyson

The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. Arthur Koestler

Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. Rainer Maria Rilke

So go on, get angry. But keep your mouth shut and go do your work. Austin Kleon (See also: hard work quotes)

Part 2. Creativity Quotes That Are…

Inspirational Creativity Quotes

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Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced. Leo Tolstoy

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. Carl Sagan Click to tweet

The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration. Claude Monet

If you’re to create something powerful and important, you must at the very least be driven by an equally powerful inner force. Ryan Holiday

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Auguste Rodin

Absurdity and anti-absurdity are the two poles of creative energy. Karl Lagerfeld

The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists. Martin Luther King Jr

Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done. Austin Kleon

When I am completely myself, entirely alone during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Mozart

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For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity. Jean Dubuffet

The question isn’t who is going to let me; It’s who is going to stop me. Ayn Rand

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing. Georgia O’Keeffe

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

The first and most important thing an individual can do is to become an individual again, decontrol himself, train himself as to what is going on and win back as much independent ground for himself as possible. William S. Burroughs

Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. Andy Warhol

It seems like the world is crumbling out there, but it is actually a really great time in your life to get a little crazy, follow your curiosity and be ambitious about it. Larry Page (Google)

Your brain is a factory, not a warehouse. Thibaut

Perfection is no small thing, but it is made up of small things. Michelangelo

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Creativity takes courage. Henri Matisse Click to tweet

To be an artist is to believe in life. Henry Moore

Good art inspires; Good design motivates. Otl Aicher

The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic. G.K. Chesterton

The urge to destroy is also a creative urge. Mikhail Bakunin

You are more creative when you don’t need money. @orangebook_

Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. Chuck Close

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

Without freedom, there is no creation. Jiddu Krishnamurti

My humor is my creativity, and my skepticism is a gift. J. Tillman

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old. Peter F. Drucker

Imitation is suicide. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas. Austin Kleon

Creativity is as important as literacy. Ken Robinson

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Replace fear with curiosity. Steven Spielberg

Chance favors the prepared mind. Louis Pasteur

Ideas come from everything. Alfred Hitchcock

Cowardice is the most terrible of vices. Mikhail Bulgakov

Everything is interesting. Look closer.

There’s the whole world at your feet. Mary Poppins

Of all lies, art is the least untrue. Gustave Flaubert Click to tweet

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Funny Creativity Quotes

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I don’t need time. What I need is a deadline. Duke Ellington Click to tweet (By the way, did you know that deadlines can actually crush your creativity?)

It’s no accident that AHA and HAHA are spelled almost the same way. Mitch Ditkoff

We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents. Bob Ross

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

Human beings are the only creatures who are allowed to fail. If an ant fails, it’s dead. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

I can always be distracted by love, but eventually I get horny for my creativity. Gilda Radner

Google everything. I mean everything. Google your dreams, Google your problems. Don’t ask a question before you Google it. You’ll either find the answer or you’ll come up with a better question. Austin Kleon

Keep your sense of humor, my friend; if you don’t have a sense of humor it just isn’t funny anymore. Wavy Gravy

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny!’. Isaac Asimov

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

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Part 3. Creativity Quotes About…

Creativity Quotes About Fear, Mistakes

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The thing about creativity is, people are going to laugh at it. Get over it. Twyla Tharp Click to tweet

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

It’s better to create something that others criticise than to create nothing & criticise others. Ricky Gervais

Fear leads to self-doubt which is the worst enemy of creativity. David Ogilvy

While ideas ultimately can be so powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts, so easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily just squished. Jony Ive (Apple)

There’s a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering. Elon Musk

Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are. J.K. Rowling

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

Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. Anais Nin

Sensitivity is not possible if you are afraid of this, that, etc. Bruce Lee

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

If you are not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. Ken Robinson

You have to be willing to ask questions that almost no one else would ask. Samantha Bee

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

In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone. Rollo May

Laughing can serve you in dark moments and even help you crawl your way back out. Ryan Reynolds

It is failure that guides evolution; perfection provides no incentive for improvement, and nothing is perfect. Colson Whitehead

Curiosity will conquer fear more than bravery will. James Stephenson

The field of creativity that exists within each individual is freed by moving out of ideas of wrong-doing or right doing. Angeles Arrien

Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach. Roger Von Oech

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. Kurt Vonnegut

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Creativity Quotes About Imagination, Dreaming

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If your dream only includes you, it’s too small. Ava DuVernay

Use your imagination to fill in the blanks. Barbara Corcoran Click to tweet

One of the only ways to get out a tight box is to invent your way out. Jeff Bezos

I dream my painting and I paint my dream. Vincent van Gogh

All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate. Julio Cortázar

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

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise. Julia Cameron

Rational thoughts never drive people’s creativity the way emotions do. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it. Dee Hock

Imagination is the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not; it is the foundation of all invention and innovation. J. K. Rowling

Look closely at the present you’re constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming. Alice Walker

Imagination is an opportunity to put your mind to work – for good. Sam Horn

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

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

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Creativity Quotes About Life

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Too much planning implies you’ve got it all under control. That’s boring, unrealistic, and dangerous. Twyla Tharp

My life didn’t please me, so I created my life. Coco Chanel Click to tweet

Obsession and distance are interesting co-conspirators in the art of creativity. Brian Norgard

To live is to express, and to express you have to create. Creation is never merely repetition. To live is to express oneself freely in creation. Bruce Lee

Creativity involves not only years of conscious preparation and training but unconscious preparation as well. Oliver Sacks

Half of any creative work is observation. @AmuseChimp

Be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else – that’s how you’ll get ahead. Austin Kleon

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. Frida Kahlo

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

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

Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures. Lovelle Drachman

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Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. Martin Luther King Jr Click to tweet

Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it. Twyla Tharp

Routine kills creative thought. Scarlett Thomas

Your ego can become an obstacle to your work. If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity. Marina Abramovic

Reading, conversation, environment, culture, heroes, mentors, nature – all are lottery tickets for creativity. Scratch away at them and you’ll find out how big a prize you’ve won. Twyla Tharp

You don’t make art out of good intentions. Gustave Flaubert

The road to creativity passes so close to the madhouse and often detours or ends there. Ernest Becker

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. Sophia Loren

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. Martha Graham

Great ideas come from two places: solitude and conversation. Sahil Lavingia

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Creativity Quotes About Love

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Non-judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again the doorway to creativity. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. Martin Luther King Jr

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. Carl Jung

I feel there is nothing more artistic than loving people. Vincent van Gogh

Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane. Criss Jami

Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience. Henry David Thoreau

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion. Simon Sinek

Your own reasons to make are reason enough. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. Elizabeth Gilbert (Author of the book Eat, Pray, Love)

Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape and one to be creative.

The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses. Edith Södergran

There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time. Coco Chanel

Creativity Quotes About Work, Boredom, Time

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Genius is only a great aptitude for patience. George-Louis Leclerc Click to tweet

Solitude is creativity’s best friend, and solitude is refreshment for our souls. Naomi Judd

It’s only after you’re bored that you’re gonna have the great ideas. Naval Ravikant

Involve groups in the creative process and you inevitably end up with a pile of pleasing, socially-acceptable lies. Naval Ravikant

Consistency, like scheduling, is not the optimal way to do creative work. Best creative work is often done when you are in the mood. It cannot be scheduled in advanced or rationed equally between working days. The Ancient Sage

The more time you spend being quiet and looking in, your intuition grows and you trust it more. Rick Rubin

If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. Hilary Mantel

You’re probably on the right track if you feel like a sidewalk worm during a rainstorm. Larry Page (Google)

What is the one sentence summary of how you change the world? Always work hard on something uncomfortably exciting! Larry Page (Google)

It’s easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It’s a lot more difficult to perform one. Chuck Palahniuk

Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity. Robert M. Pirsig

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

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

When you’re in a rut, you have to question everything except your ability to get out of it. Twyla Tharp

Your job is to collect good ideas. The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced by. Austin Kleon

Not everybody will get it. People will misinterpret you and what you do. They might even call you names. So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored — the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care. Austin Kleon

Your brain gets too comfortable in your everyday surroundings. You need to make it uncomfortable. You need to spend some time in another land, among people that do things differently than you. Travel makes the world look new, and when the world looks new, our brains work harder. Austin Kleon

Others inspire us, information feeds us, practice improves our performance, but we need quiet time to figure things out, to emerge with new discoveries, to unearth original answers. Ester Buchholz

I think boredom is the beginning of every authentic act. Boredom opens up the space, for new engagements. Without boredom, no creativity. If you are not bored, you just stupidly enjoy the situation in which you are. Slavoj Žižek

Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing. Austin Kleon

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Creativity Quotes About Education, Learning

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One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new. Harvey Mackay

Creative thinking is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured. Edward de Bono

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. Jacob Bronowski

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. William Ward

Our ability to grow is directly proportional to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable. Twyla Tharp

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. Beatrix Potter

If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room. Austin Kleon

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

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

Almost all creativity requires purposeful play. Abraham Maslow

Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library. John Waters

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. Ernest Hemingway

Pretend to be making something until you actually make something. Austin Kleon

Creativity Quotes About Innovation

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There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about. Helen Frankenthaler

It is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. Larry Page (Google)

The best people want to work the big challenges. Larry Page (Google)

Have a healthy disregard for the impossible and actually build new solutions. Larry Page (Google)

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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

Creating opportunities means looking where others are not. Mark Cuban

Outrageous behavior, also known as the lunatic fringe, is the seed bed of innovation and creativity. Joel Salatin

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

The closer man gets to the unknown, the more inventive he becomes – the quicker he adopts new ways. Buckminster Fuller

Remember this when you’re struggling for a big idea. You’re much better off scratching for a small one. Twyla Tharp

If you only do what you know and do it very, very well, chances are that you won’t fail. You’ll just stagnate, and your work will get less and less interesting, and that’s failure by erosion. Twyla Tharp

Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step. Karl Lagerfeld

Innovation is simply seeing and connecting new dots in new ways. It is doing the opposite of the always. Sam Horn

Creativity Quotes About Children

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Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart. Mencius Click to tweet

Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more. Loris Malaguzzi

The thing is to become a master and, in your old age, to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing. Ernest Hemingway

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

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

A child’s mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled. Dorothea Brande

Creativity Quotes About Art, Writing

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Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. Twyla Tharp Click to tweet

Life is short, art is long. Hippocrates

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist. René Magritte

Art is a line around your thoughts. Gustav Klimt

Great art picks up where nature ends. Marc Chagall

Art is communication of feelings. Bruce Lee

Requirement to be an artist: purity of heart. Bruce Lee

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

Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss. Banksy

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. Stella Adler

I think that you’ve got to make something that pleases you and hope that other people feel the same way. Thomas Keller

The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature: only then can he see clearly. Julian Barnes

The public wants work which flatters its illusions. Gustave Flaubert

The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art. Junot Diaz

The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist’s own spiritual nature. George Inness

The artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist. Ananda Coomaraswamy

If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. Edward Hopper

You don’t take a photograph, you make it. Ansel Adams

You have to do stuff that average people don’t understand because those are the only good things. Andy Warhol

Art is what you can get away with. Andy Warhol

Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else. Sydney Gurewitz Clemens

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Creativity Quotes About Design

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The best art divides the audience. Rick Rubin Click to tweet

Thinking about design is hard, but not thinking about it can be disastrous. Ralph Caplan

Creativity is people who care enough to keep thinking about something until they find the simplest way to do it. Tim Cook

To make something new in fashion, you have to stay in a little bit of mad place and do a revolution. Alessandro Michele

In the end, creativity isn’t just the things we choose to put in, it’s the things we choose to leave out. Austin Kleon

Adequate form [in art] requires: 1) Individuality rather than imitative repetitiousness 2) Brevity rather than bulkiness 3) Clarity rather than obscurity 4) Simplicity of expression rather than complexity of form. Bruce Lee

It is not daily increase but daily decrease – hack away the unessential! The closer to the source, the less wastage there is. Bruce Lee

It is indeed difficult to convey simplicity. Bruce Lee

Simplicity and complexity need each other. John Maeda

Creativity Quotes About Self-Expression

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Self-expression is important. Only the self-sufficient stand alone – most people follow the crowd and imitate. Bruce Lee Click to tweet

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do. Edgar Degas

I’d rather believe in my own choice and see it all go wrong than do something I’m not fully convinced of and later feel guilty about it. Alicia Keys

It took me a long time to accept myself, people, and once I did, it was on and crackin. Leslie Jones

What sets you apart can feel like a burden, and it’s not. A lot of the time, it’s what makes you great. Emma Stone

Be Yourself. Embrace your quirks. Ed Sheerhan

One must not merely copy but try to convey the significance of what you see. Bruce Lee

All I’m writing is just what I feel, that’s all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland. Jimi Hendrix

Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities. Criss Jami

I have nothing to explain. As for being misunderstood, I have grown accustomed to that. Fan BingBing

The key question isn’t “What fosters creativity?” But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? Abraham Maslow

Why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything. Abraham Maslow

You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. John Mason Click to tweet

Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started. Austin Kleon

To express oneself honestly, not lying to oneself; that, my friend, is very hard to do. Bruce Lee

Everyone has their own ways of expression. I believe we all have a lot to say, but finding ways to say it is more than half the battle. Criss Jami

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. Rumi

Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express. Brenda Ueland

Find something only you can say. James Dickey Click to tweet

Part 4. Creativity Quotes By The Most Creative People Ever

Thomas Edison

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To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. Thomas Edison

There’s a way to do it better – find it. Thomas Edison

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Thomas Edison

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Edison

There are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something. Thomas A. Edison

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison

To have a great idea, have a lot of them. Thomas Edison

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t. Thomas A. Edison

Albert Einstein

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Logic will get you from a to b. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein

A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein

I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking Albert Einstein

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. Without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. Albert Einstein

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future. Albert Einstein

The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity… Out of discord, harmony… And out of difficulty, opportunity. Albert Einstein

The value of achievement lies in the achieving. Albert Einstein

Know where to find the information and how to use it. That’s the secret of success. Albert Einstein

I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express in words afterwards. Albert Einstein

The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. Albert Einstein

The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working. Albert Einstein

Steve Jobs (Apple founder)

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Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Steve Jobs

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. Steve Jobs

You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out. Steve Jobs

We are gambling on our vision, and we would rather do that than make ‘me-too’ products. For us, it’s always the next dream. Steve Jobs

The people who made Mac are sort of on the edge. Steve Jobs

I think the artistry is in having an insight into what one sees around them. Generally putting things together in a way no one else has before and finding a way to express that to other people who don’t have that insight.

Dr. Seuss

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Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Dr. Seuss

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

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. Dr. Seuss

Lady Gaga

This is who the fuck I am. Lady Gaga

Ignore all hatred and criticism. live for what you create, and die protecting it. Lady Gaga

Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. Lady Gaga

When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time. Lady Gaga

Even if the world gives up on you, you always have yourself. Lady Gaga

Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on some sunglasses. Lady Gaga

Walt Disney

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If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and trying new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Walt Disney

The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique. Walt Disney


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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

Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny – he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally–you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you. Osho

Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence. Osho

You have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. Osho

Life begins where fear ends. Osho Click to tweet

Pablo Picasso

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. Pablo Picasso

Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working. Pablo Picasso

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. Pablo Picasso

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

Good artists copy, great artists steal. Pablo Picasso

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. Pablo Picasso

William Shakespeare

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There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. William Shakespeare

Action is eloquence. William Shakespeare

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare

We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

William James

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

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. William James

Oscar Wilde

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Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. Oscar Wilde

Who, being loved, is poor? Oscar Wilde

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. Oscar Wilde

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet

I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there. Oscar Wilde

Salvador Dali

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Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it. Salvador Dali

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. Salvador Dali

This is very important because I work constantly in the moment of sleep. All of my best ideas come through my dreams. Salvador Dali

Everything alters me, but nothing changes me. Salvador Dali

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. Salvador Dali

Give me two hours a day of activity, and I’ll take the other twenty-two in dreams. Salvador Dali

So little of what could happen does happen. Salvador Dali

I am not strange. I am just not normal. Salvador Dali

Part 5. What Is Creativity Exactly?

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

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

Creativity is based on the belief that there’s no particular virtue in doing things they way they’ve always been done. Rudolph Flesch

Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. Bill Moyers

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

Creativity is not just for artists. It’s for business people looking for a new way to close a sale; it’s for engineers trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way. Twyla Tharp

Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. It is a process; it’s not random. Ken Robinson

Creativity requires input, and that’s what research is. You’re gathering material with which to build. Gene Luen Yang

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

Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas. Donatella Versace

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. Albert Einstein

Creativity is intelligence having fun. Albert Einstein

Creativity is a continual surprise. Ray Bradbury

Creativity is an act of defiance. Twyla Tharp Click to tweet

Part 6. Conclusion

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Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to“. Jim Jarmusch Click to tweet

Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook.

Creation Date

October 16, 2017

Last Update

September 22, 2020


  1. I love all these quotes were placed together, they provided me with new insights and thoughts to keep going forward and to staying creative. Thanks and Appreciated.

  2. My favorite quote on this list is the one from Michelangelo about perfection. In which he implied that perfection comes from dedicating efforts to every miniature detail.

  3. SO many great quotes, very inspiring. And I LOVE that your biography section includes “bananas” among your other “notable interests.” Amen!

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