"The Creativity Guy"
     Author of the book The Joy of Thinking Big


Quotes and Sayings about
Creativity and Innovation


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 Creativity Quotes and Sayings



Forget about destiny.
You don’t need destiny to soar to greater heights.
You need to tune into higher frequencies.
 from Look Ma, Life's Easy (How Ordinary People Attain Extraordinary Success and Remarkable Prosperity) 

To be open to the great rewards that the Universe wants to bestow on you, you must have an idea or a dream or a passion. And you must act on it. You need to turn the inspiration you feel within yourself into powerful, purposeful action. You must resonate in body, mind, and spirit — and vibrate with the kind of imagination, frequency, and creativity that transcends ordinary human behavior.
 from Life's Secret Handbook: Reminders for Adventurous Souls Who Want to Make a Big Difference in this World

When a true genius appears in the world, you will know him by this sign, that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.
 Jonathan Swift

Creativity is just connecting things.
— Steve Jobs

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
— Milton Friedman

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.
— Cecile B DeMille

He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would have been enough.
— Albert Einstein

The creative thinker must stand sufficiently detached from his work.
— Mary Henle

In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.
— Aristotle (384BC-322BC)

Everybody came here with a Design-O-Life Personal Construction Kit.
Not everyone remembers where they put it.
— Richard Bach from Messiah's Handbook: Reminders for the Advanced Soul

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a creative mind to spot wrong questions.
— Antony Jay

Don't tell the world your problems. The world doesn't care about your problems. Instead, tell the world all the great blockbuster solutions you have generated for all your problems.
— from Life's Secret Handbook

Everybody is creative, and everybody is talented. I just don’t think everybody is Ideas are the seeds, not the substance, of creativity.
— Michael Schrage

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
— John Cleese

It's better to fail in originality than succeed in imitation.
— Herman Melville

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.
- Mark Twain

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.
- Thomas Edison

Ideas can be brilliant; they can be inventive, imaginative, and ingenious. They can also be magical when supported by inspired action. Ideas can change the world. Ideas can also be too idealistic or just plain idiotic, however. All remarkable and successful ideas, in the long run, are applied commonsense put to great use for the betterment of humanity.
- from
Life's Secret Handbook

Imagine creativity works. Now why do you have to imagine this?
- Dave Erhard

Use your brain. It's the little things that count.
- Graffiti

Although prosperity can be viewed as a spiritual goal, it's not something that you easily attain just through affirmations and meditation. It's something that
you magically earn using your creativity and integrity while actively pursuing a worthwile purpose in tune with the Universe.
- from
Life's Secret Handbook

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
- Jim Rohn

Originality is the one thing unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of.
- John Stuart Mill

Genuine creativity isn’t about ideas. It’s about translating ideas into ingenious products, services and solutions.
— Michael Schrage

The law of floatation was not discovered by contemplating the sinking of things.
- Thomas Troward

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
- James Russell Lowell

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
— Ayn Rand

You may want to be known for your spirit, your creativity, and the difference
you make in this world. To be nimble-witted, streetsmart, and spiritually aware is to be abreast of the advanced and magical workings of the universe.
- from
Life's Secret Handbook

All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas
twenty years later.
- Louis Aragon

Creativity varies inversely with the number of cooks involved in the broth.
- Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

The great creative individual . . . is capable of more wisdom and virtue than collective man ever can be.
- John Stuart Mill

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.
— Rita Mae Brown

Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.
— Dee Hock

To be yourself in a world that is doing its best, day and night to make you like everybody else — is to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
- e. e. cummings

More time and logic into solving the problem isn't necessarily the way.
More creativity is often a much better path.
- from
Look Ma, Life's Easy

If you believe it can't be done, at least don't get in the way of the person who is doing it.
- Unknown wise person

When starting out, don't worry about not having enough money. Limited funds are a blessing, not a curse. Nothing encourages creative thinking in quite the same way.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Exceptional talent and extraordinary creativity are irrelevant! It’s what you do with what little you have that counts big time in the end.
— Ernie Zelinski

Both the revolutionary and the creative individual are perpetual juveniles. The revolutionary does not grow up because he cannot grow, while the creative individual cannot grow up because he keeps growing."
- Eric Hoffer

True creativity often starts where language ends.
- Arthur Koestler

You impoverish the world when you don't live your life's purpose with creativity, commitment, and passion. You impoverish yourself even more.
— from Life's Secret Handbook

Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.
- Brian Aldiss

I don't give a damn for any man who can spell a word only one way.
- Mark Twain

Imagination rules the world.
— Napoleon

The chief enemy of creativity is “good” sense.
— Pablo Picasso

If your house is on fire, warm yourself by it.
- Spanish proverb
All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
- John Stuart Mill  

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
- Robert Ingersoll

Talking about creativity is useless if you don't do anything magical with yours.
— Ernie Zelinski

True creativity often starts where language ends.
- Arthur Koestler

Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.
- Brian Aldiss

Originality is the one thing unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of.
- John Stuart Mill

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier
to make than an oak.
- James Russell Lowell

If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius.
- Larry Leissner

It seems easier to live the comfortable and conventional, to fit in with the majority. It’s when you live the uncomfortable and unconventional, however, that you make the most of your talents, your creativity, and your actions. That is also when your life starts being fun, satisfying, and meaningful.
- from
Look Ma, Life's Easy: (How Ordinary People Attain Extraordinary Success and Remarkable Prosperity)

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
- Franklin Roosevelt

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
- Pablo Picasso

A man without imagination is like a bird without wings.
- Wilhelm Raabe

If it works, it's obsolete.
- Marshall McLuhan

A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return.
- Francis Bacon

When you find yourself on the side of majority, question yourself about what you are doing and why. It is likely wrong.
- from Look Ma; Life's Easy 

The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.
- Alfred North Whitehead


If you bring forth all the envy and contempt of successful people within you, what you bring forth will only make you more envious and contemptuous of successful people. If, instead, you bring forth all the creativity and high intention within you, what you bring forth will make you successful and prosperous.
— from Life's Secret Handbook

I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
- Duke Ellington

I always read the last page of a book first so that if I die before I finish, I'll know how it turned out.
- Nora Ephron 

Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.
- Johann W. von Goethe

Very few people do anything creative after the age of thirty-five. The reason is that very few people do anything creative before the age of thirty-five.
- Joel Hildebrand

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
- Sir William Bragg

The jean! The jean is the destructor. It is a dictator! It is destroying creativity! The jean must be stopped!
- Pierre Cardin

A man's mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

There are nine ways of poaching eggs, and each of them is worse than the other.
- Robert Lynd

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
- Mark Twain

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
- James Russell Lowell

Inspirational Quotes about Geniuses

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
- Aristotle

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
- Elbert Hubbard

There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased that line.
- Oscar Levant

To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.
- Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Inspiration and genius - one and the same.

- Victor Hugo

Inspirational Quotes about Ideas


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.
- Charlie Brower

A lot of people have great ideas, but nothing in the world is cheaper than a good idea with no action.
- Unknown Wise Person

Ideas, like young wine, should be put in storage and taken up only after they have been given time to ferment and ripen.
- Richard Strauss

Any powerful idea is absolutely fascinating and absolutely useless until we choose to use it.
- Richard Bach


Inspirational Quotes about Imagination

A man without imagination is like a bird without wings.
- Wilhelm Raabe

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
- Paul Valery

When policy fails, try thinking.
- Unknown wise person

If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few.
- From Zen, Beginner's Mind

Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.
- Henry Miller

Freedom, to me, is imagination, the power of imagination to create what we want and be who we want to be.
- Lizzie West

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
- Albert Einstein

Inspirational Quotes - Individuality

There are great rewards and much prosperity for the few individuals who travel the high hard roads using their creativity, but those rewards
may take many years to manifest. So it's easier for most people to settle
for being mediocre, with smaller faster rewards, that bring less satisfaction and less happiness..
- from
Look Ma, Life's Easy: (How Ordinary People Attain Extraordinary Success and Remarkable Prosperity)

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves to be like other people.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

To rebel in season is not to rebel.
- Greek proverb

Be what you is, not what you ain't, 'cause if you ain't what you is, you is what you ain't.
- Luther D. Price

Great innovators and original thinkers and artists attract the wrath of mediocrities as lightning rods draw the flashes.
- Theodor Reik

Each man must have his "I"; it is more necessary to him than bread; and if he does not find scope for it within the existing institutions he will be likely to make trouble.
- Charles Horton Cooley

What is genius - but the power of expressing a new individuality?
- Elizabeth Barrett Brownin

Losing faith in your own singularity is the start of wisdom, I suppose; also the first announcement of death.
- Peter Conrad

The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.
- Japanese proverb.

The definition of the individual was: a multitude of one million divided by one million.
- Arthur Koestler


More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself. Everything one tries to do for the common good ends in failure.
- Albert Camus


Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself.
- Carl Jung

 Our individuality is all, all that we have. There are those who would barter it for security, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures and rides it, in grace and love and wit.
- Tom Robbins

To me, the whole process of being a brushstroke in someone else's
painting is a little difficult.
- Madonna  

Note: A number of the above quotations about creativity appeared in my book on creativity called The Joy of Thinking Big: How to Become a Genius in No Time Flat.

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