The following creativity quotations are listed alphabetically, by surname:

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” ~ Howard Aiken

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember: amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic.” ~ Anonymous

“In a truly creative collaboration, work is pleasure and the only rules and procedures are those that advance the common cause.” ~ Warren Bennis

“The organizations of the future will increasingly depend on the creativity of their members to survive.” ~ Warren Bennis

“It may well be that creativity is the last unfair advantage we’re legally allowed to take over our competitors.” ~ William Bernbach

“Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future.” ~ James Bertrand

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” ~ Edward de Bono

“Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone.” ~ Edward de Bono

“Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.” ~ Edward de Bono

“Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.” ~ Tony Buzan

“Stay in tune with your creative brain.” ~ Tony Buzan

“The prime asset of all organisations is intellectual capital.” ~ Tony Buzan

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” ~ John Cage

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head almost nothing.” ~ Marc Chagall

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

“We all operate in two contrasting modes, which might be called open and closed. The open mode is more relaxed, more receptive, more exploratory, more democratic, more playful and more humorous. The closed mode is the tighter, more rigid, more hierarchical, more tunnel-visioned. Most people, unfortunately spend most of their time in the closed mode. Not that the closed mode cannot be helpful. If you are leaping a ravine, the moment of takeoff is a bad time for considering alternative strategies. When you charge the enemy machine-gun post, don’t waste energy trying to see the funny side of it. Do it in the “closed” mode. But the moment the action is over, try to return to the “open” mode—to open your mind again to all the feedback from our action that enables us to tell whether the action has been successful, or whether further action is need to improve on what we have done. In other words, we must return to the open mode, because in that mode we are the most aware, most receptive, most creative, and therefore at our most intelligent.” ~ John Cleese

“There’s a way to do it better. Find it.” ~ Thomas Edison

M. A. Rosanoff: “Mr. Edison, please tell me what laboratory rules you want me to observe.”
Edison: “There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish somep’n!” ~ Thomas Edison

“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination.” ~ Albert Einstein

“In every work of genius, we recognize our once rejected thoughts.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Capital isn’t so important in business. Experience isn’t so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your business and your life.” ~ Harvey Firestone

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

“Out there is an entrepreneur who’s forging a bullet with your company’s name on it. You’ve got one option – to shoot first” ~ Gary Hamel

“If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.” ~ Heraclitus

“Men of talent have to be goaded to engage in creative work. The groans and laments of even the most gifted and prolific echo through the ages.” ~ Eric Hoffer

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” ~ Andrew Jackson

“All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules; otherwise we would never have anything new.” ~ Charles Kettering

“An inventor is simply a person who doesn’t take his education too seriously. You see, from the time a person is six years old until he graduates from college he has to take three or four examinations a year. If he flunks once, he is out. But an inventor is almost always failing. He tries and fails maybe a thousand times. It he succeeds once then he’s in. These two things are diametrically opposite. We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.” ~ Charles Kettering

“Creativity consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.” ~ George Kneller

“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. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” ~ Steve Jobs

“Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.” ~ Chuck Jones, Warner Brothers animator

“Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” ~ Carl Jung

“Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.” ~ Lord Kelvin, President, Royal Society, 1895

“Some men look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of things that are not and ask why not?” ~ Robert Kennedy

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” ~ Edwin Land

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

“Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” ~ Yo-Yo Ma

“Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart.” ~ Mencius (Meng-Tse), 4th century BC

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” ~ Dr. Linus Pauling

“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up” ~ Pablo Picasso

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.” ~ Ken Robinson

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” ~ General Erick Shinseki

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

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” ~ Albert von Szent-Gyorgy

“A relaxed brain is deeply creative.” ~ Nigel Temple

“Marketing is, to a large extent, a creative thinking exercise.” ~ Nigel Temple

“You can’t bore people into buying from you.” ~ Nigel Temple

“True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems is found.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

“It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.” ~ Roger von Oech

“Once an organization loses its spirit of pioneering and rests on its early work, progress stops.” ~ Thomas J. Watson

“If the rate of change on the outside is greater than the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.” ~ Jack Welch

“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘All the Things That Could Go Wrong.’” ~ Marianne Williamson

“What use could the company make of an electric toy?” ~ Western Union, turning down the rights to the telephone in 1878

“Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport.” ~ Robert Wieder

“Challenge everything, assume nothing.” ~ Sergio Zyman

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