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Creative Quotes

Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness. | Pablo Picasso

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

I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste. | Marcel Duchamp

For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity. | Jean Dubuffet

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

I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking. | Albert Einstein

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 Bradbury

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. | Leonardo da Vinci

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Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. | Henry Thomas Buckle

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. | Osho

You have to do stuff that average people don’t understand because those are the only good things. | Andy Warhol

All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace arise from beyond the mind. | Eckhart Tolle

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You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic. | Bill Watterson

As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course. | Martin Luther King Jr.

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. | Martha Graham

This tremendous world I have inside of me. How to free myself, and this world, without tearing myself to pieces. And rather tear myself to a thousand pieces than be buried with this world within me. | Franz Kafka

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Creativity is intelligence having fun. | Albert Einstein

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

I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare. | Maya Angelou

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. | Scott Adams

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Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. | Albert Einstein

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit. | Ansel Adams

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. | Steve Jobs

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

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A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. | Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things–childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves–that go on slipping , like sand, through our fingers. | Salman Rushdie

But unless we are creators we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career. | Madeleine L’Engle

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The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses. | Edith Södergran

Put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it. | Colette

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. | Brené Brown

Nothing is more creative… nor destructive… than a brilliant mind with a purpose. | Dan Brown

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And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. | Sylvia Plath

If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world. | Ray Bradbury

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

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. | William S. Burroughs

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Some might think that the creativity, imagination, and flights of fancy that give my life meaning are insanity. | Vladimir Nabokov

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

Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity. | T.S. Eliot

For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication. | Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through. | Ira Glass

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos. | Mary Shelley

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


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