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Creativity quotes and quotations

Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.
Virginia Woolf

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
Linus Pauling

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

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

There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.
Marie Antoinette

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

The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.
Saul Steinberg

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

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

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
Buckminster Fuller

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
Niels Bohr

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

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.
Edwin Land

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
A. A. Milne

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

You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.
Albert Einstein

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Pablo Picasso

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

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

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
Albert Einstein

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.
Edward de Bono

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
Oscar Levant

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

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

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

Technological change is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
Albert Einstein

Life is "trying things to see if they work."
Ray Bradbury

The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas.
Linus Pauling

The things we fear most in organizations -- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances -- are the primary sources of creativity.
Margaret J. Wheatley

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
Buckminster Fuller

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.
Carl Sagan

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
Victor Hugo