180 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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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

Creativity increases when you have peace. Aaron Aalto

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 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

Osho

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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 4. 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 5. 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, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

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14 comments

  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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