Top 21 Creativity Quotes


We’re big fans of quotes on the subject of creativity, inspiration and imagination. So, we thought we’d provide you a list of our favorites for those times when your inspiration level is a little down. Well, what are we waiting for?

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

‎”If you want to build a boat, do not instruct the men to saw wood, stitch the sails, prepare the tools and organize the work, but make them long for setting sail and travel to distant lands.” — Antoine De Saint-Exupery

‎”Creativity is the greatest expression of liberty.” — Bryant H. McGill

‎”It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” – Howard Ruff

‎”Everyone is a genius at least once a year. A real genius has his original ideas closer together.” – Georg C. Lichtenberg

‎”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 Douglas Bradbury

‎”The sorcery and charm of imagination, and the power it gives to the individual to transform his world into a new world of order and delight, makes it one of the most treasured of all human capacities.” — Frank Barron

‎”Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling.” — Madeleine L’Engle

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

“The stone age didn’t end because they ran out of stones.” — Anonymous

‎”The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” — Michelangelo

‎”The creative adult is the child who survived after the world tried killing them, making them “grown up.” – Ursula LeGuin

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

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

‎”Neither intelligence nor judgment are creative. If a sculptor is nothing but science and intelligence, his hands will have no talent.” –Antoine de St. Exupery

‎”Creativity defeats complication with simplicity, overcomes fear with empowerment, and discovers order by achieving balance.” –Michael Rawls

‎”The man with a new idea is a Crank until the idea succeeds.” – Mark Twain

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” — Goethe

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” –Herman Melville

‎”Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” — Sir Cecil Beaton

‎”Creativity comes with being human; it is the power to think new, to imagine, to see a metaphor. Animals make by instinct. People get new ideas. All you need is an open mind.” –Jean Unsworth

‎”If you wait for opportunities to occur, you will be one of the crowd.” — Edward de Bono

About the Author

Harry Hoover
Harry Hoover is a partner in My Creative Team, the agency that makes Fortune 1000 clients look good. His communications career spans 35 years and runs the gamut from print and broadcast journalism, government and corporate communications to advertising and public relations agencies. He is the author of Born Creative: Free Your Mind, Free Yourself and Moving to Charlotte: The Un-Tourist Guide.

1 Comment on "Top 21 Creativity Quotes"

  1. CCtv karachi | November 2, 2011 at 2:02 AM |

    You have some interesting thoughts! Perhaps we should contemplate about attempting this myself.

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