Creativity Quotes


Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.

Creativity    Invention    Quip    Wings    Writing

Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

Creativity takes courage.

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

Art    Creativity    Motivational    Picasso    Rules    Writing

I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking

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."
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MovieMaker Magazine
#53 - Winter, January 22, 2004 ]

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

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.

Beauty    Creative    Creativity    Dance    Life    Music

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

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.
This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple I must, then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose...
...Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty - describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. - And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun

Doors are for people with no imagination.

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.

Art    Craft    Creativity    Music    Writing

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.

The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.

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

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.

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.

Advice    Apple    Business    Creativity    Ileadership    Leadership    Mac    Macintosh

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

Le Petit Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Le Petit Prince

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that
without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.

If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.

The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.

There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.

Art    Creativity    Life    Love    Monotony    Passion    Time    Variety    Work

Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.

I think that you’ve got to make something that pleases you and hope that other people feel the same way.

Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.

life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one

The knowledge of all things is possible

Creativity could be described as letting go of certainties.

In the world of the dreamer there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment of preparation for living. They took place in solitude. But with action came anxiety, and the sense of insuperable effort made to match the dream, and with it came weariness, discouragement, and the flight into solitude again. And then in solitude, in the opium den of remembrance, the possibility of pleasure again.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.

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

Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they're having a piss.

Art    Creativity    Graffiti    Humor    Voice

Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.

There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.
There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination
they produce more hues than can ever been seen.
There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of
them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted.

I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.

People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.

Alone    Charge    Creativity    Designer    Energy    Fame    Fashion    Karl lagerfeld    Loneliness    Lonely    Media    Quote    Quotes    Recharge    Solitude    Victory

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, 'I'd like my crayons back, please.

Advice    Art    Crayons    Creativity    Humor    Writing

Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity

Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.

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