70+ Outstanding Quotes About Creativity {Mind Blowing}

Quotes and creativity are somehow not related, but their relative aspect is worth mentioning, since we have so many authors on creativity quotes.

Human creativity and innovations are what drives us forward as a species.

It’s this unique ability of ours to harness our thoughts and ideas that have been responsible for some of the world’s greatest inventions, from the wheel to the airplane.

Creativity is one of the key ingredients to why the human race has been as successful as it has been. From Art to architecture.

Despite our outstanding capacity for creativity and imagination, many of us understand very little about the creative process.

Where do we actually get our great ideas, and how do we transform this idea of ours into an innovative factor that might change the world?

While we may not fully understand the actual nature of creativity and the creative process, research has shown that being more creative and putting your imagination into practice can make you healthier.

To that end, we’ve gathered the best quotes about creativity, imagination, and innovation all in one place.

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Simple Quotes About Creativity

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”– Albert Einstein

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

“Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true, but its father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife.”– Jonathan Schattke

“All creative people want to do the unexpected.”– Hedy Lamar

“Creativity takes courage.”– Henri Matisse

“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.” – Dorthy Parker

“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas”– Donatella Versace

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Outstanding Quotes About Creativity

“Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.” – Osho

“Some people use things; they destroy. You’re a creator, a builder.”– Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

“Energy is the key to creativity. Energy is the key to life.”– William Shatner

“To be creative means to be in love with life.”– Osho

“Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity. “– Yoko Ono

“There’s no one way to be creative. Any old way will work.”– Ray Bradbury

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”– Sylvia Plath

“Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.” – Earl Nightingale

“Creativity doesn’t need to be a Herculean event. But it does need consistent fostering.”– Carla Johnson

“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”– Edward de Bono

“Creativity is the greatest expression of liberty.” – Bryant H. McGill

“Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”– Arthur Koestler

“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Creativity is just connecting things.”– Steve Jobs

“Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you’re a human being, you feel, you suffer.”– Marilyn Monroe

“Absurdity and anti-absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.”– Karl Lagerfeld

“Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”– Ray Bradbury

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Outstanding Quotes About Creativity

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” – Bill Moyers

“Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.”– George Lois

“Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.”– Edwin Land“Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.”– Gail Sheehy

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”– Leo Burnett

“Creativity is the soul of the true scholar.”– Nnamdi Azikiwe

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

“Creativity is obscured by the conscious mind.” – Naval Ravikant

“Creative thinking – in terms of idea creativity – is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured.”– Edward de Bono

“Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.”– Eric Hoffer

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”– Maya Angelou

“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.”– Albert Einstein

“A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.”– Gerald G. Jampolsky

“Every day is an opportunity to be creative – the canvas is your mind, the brushes and colors are your thoughts and feelings, the panorama is your story, the complete picture is a work of art called, ‘my life’. Be careful what you put on the canvas of your mind today – it matters.”– Innerspace

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”– John Maynard Keynes

“Creativity is seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.”– Michele Shea

“Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is.” – Mason Cooley

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

“When anybody pays you to be creative, you’re very lucky.”– Donald Glover

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Outstanding Quotes About Creativity

“When I am completely myself, entirely alone during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly.”– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”– Neil Gaiman

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

“Anxiety is part of creativity, the need to get something out.” – David Duchovny

“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

“It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville

“Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things . . . Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative.”– Osho

“The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done – men who are creative, inventive and discoverers.”– Jean Piaget

“Creativity is based on the belief that there’s no particular virtue in doing things they way they’ve always been done.”– Rudolph Flesch

“Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. It is a process; it’s not random.”– Ken Robinson

“The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.”– Joan Miró

“Without freedom, there is no creation.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

About Creative Thinking

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”– Peter F. Drucker

“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”– Edward de Bono

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”– John F. Kennedy

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Outstanding Quotes About Creativity

“Held in the palms of thousands of disgruntled people over the centuries have been ideas worth millions – if they only had taken the first step and then followed through.”– Robert M. Hayes

“Find something only you can say.” – James Dickey

“It seems to be one of the paradoxes of creativity that in order to think originally, we must familiarize ourselves with the ideas of others.”– George Kneller

“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

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

“Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.”– Voltaire“An idea is like a virus. Resilient.”– Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception

“Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”– Arthur Koestler

“It seems to be one of the paradoxes of creativity that in order to think originally, we must familiarize ourselves with the ideas of others.”– George Kneller

“Invention strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come from nothing.”– Sir Joshua Reynolds

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”– Oscar Wilde

“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.”– Charles Brower

“Create with the heart; build with the mind.” – Criss Jami

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Outstanding Quotes About Creativity

“To cease to think creatively is to cease to live.”– Benjamin Franklin

“The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

“The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”– Carl Jung

“The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity. He doesn’t need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas.”– Abe Tannenbaum

“Reason is a harmonizing, controlling force rather than a creative one.” – Bertrand Russell

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”– Charles Mingus

“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.”– Nikos Kazantzakis

“Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.”– Dr. Seuss

“The important thing for you is to be alert, to question, to find out, so that your own initiative may be awakened.”– Bruce Lee

“Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.”– Paulo Coelho

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

“Creative thinking is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured.”– Edward de Bono

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Outstanding Quotes About Creativity

About Creativity {The Genius Minds}

“Truly creative people care a little about what they have done, and a lot about what they are doing. Their driving focus is the life force that surges in them now.”– Alan Cohen

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

“You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”– Benjamin Franklin

“Creative power, is that receptive attitude of expectancy which makes a mold into which the plastic and as yet undifferentiated substance can flow and take the desired form.”– Thomas Troward

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”– Bertrand Russell

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” – Albert Einstein

“The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.”– Anthony Jay

“One of my early mentors, poet David Wagoner, who divides the creative process into three phases – madman, poet and critic – once told me that you need to find your own magic to stay in the world of creative play.”– Sonia Gernes

“Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities.”– Criss Jami

“Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson“The most talented, thought-provoking, game-changing people are never normal.”– Sir Richard Branson

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

“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.”– Edith Södergran

“Your soul is infinitely creative. It is alive and expansive in nature. It is curious and playful, changing with the tides of time.”– Debbie Ford

“The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things-ancient history, nineteenth century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later, or six months, or six years. But he has faith that it will happen.”– Carl Ally

“A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition.”– Charles Caleb Colton

“All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

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Outstanding Quotes About Creativity

“Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.”– Virginia Wolfe

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

“The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.”– Arthur Koestler

“I shut my eyes in order to see.” – Paul Gaugin

“I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.”– Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Rational thoughts never drive people’s creativity the way emotions do.”– Neil Degrasse Tyson

“It is the mystery of the creative act that something other than our conscious self takes over.”– Arthur Erickson

Quotes About Creativity And Innovation

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.”– Alan Alda

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” – Theodore Levitt

“When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.”– Linda Naiman

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Outstanding Quotes About Creativity

“Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.” – Steve Jobs

“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.”– Bruce Garrabrandt

“An artist paints, dances, draws, writes, designs, or acts at the expanding edge of consciousness. We press into the unknown rather than the known. This makes life lovely and lively.”– Julia Cameron

“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 it will be lost.”– Marta Graham

“Held in the palms of thousands of disgruntled people over the centuries have been ideas worth millions – if they only had taken the first step and then followed through.”– Robert M. Hayes

“Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“Creative works may indeed be kind of like property, but it’s property that we’re all building on.”– Kirby Ferguson

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”– Mary Lou Cook

“An artist or a creative person of any kind goes about their work because it’s their path, it’s what excites them, it’s what aligns their soul with who they truly are, who they showed up to be.”– Wayne W. Dyer

“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it” – Nikos Kazantzakis

“If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative.”– David Ogilvy

“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”– Edward de Bono

“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”– Mary Shelly

“Truly creative people care a little about what they have done, and a lot about what they are doing. “– Alan Cohen

“To live is to express, and to express you have to create. Creation is never merely repetition. To live is to express oneself freely in creation.”– Bruce Lee

“When you can do a common thing in an uncommon way; you will command the attention of the world.”– George Washington Carver

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Outstanding Quotes About Creativity

“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” – Julia Cameron

“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

“Replace fear with curiosity.” – Stephen Spielberg

“If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.”– John Cleese

“Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible; he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are.”– Frank Goble

“In order to be creative you have to be allowed to fail” – Julie Walters

“Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.”– Benjamin Franklin

“People have a God-given right to use their creativity to produce things that improve our lives.”– Paul Ryan

“Creativity is people who care enough to keep thinking about something until they find the simplest way to do it.”– Tim Cook“In the end, creativity isn’t just the things we choose to put in, it’s the things we choose to leave out.”– Austin Kleon

Quotes About Creativity Through Art

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

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”– Pablo Picasso

“It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.”– Salvador Dali

“I think the idea of art kills creativity.” – Douglas Adams

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”– George Bernard Shaw

“Outrageous behavior, also known as the lunatic fringe, is the seed bed of innovation and creativity.”– Joel Salatin

“When the uncreative tell the creative what to do, it stops being art.” – Tony Bennett

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”– Brené Brown

“Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”– Scott Adams

“Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage.”– Julia Cameron

“Art, freedom, and creativity will change society faster than politics.” – Victor Pinchuk

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”– Albert Einstein

Art and creativity go hand in hand so check out more great quotes about art if you want more words from your favorite artists.

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Funny Quotes About Creativity

“A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.” – Abraham Maslow

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”– Jack London

“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The road to creativity passes so close to the madhouse and often detours or ends there.”– Ernest Becker

“Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing.”– Austin Cleon

“The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones.” – Unknown

“Creative things have to sell to get acknowledged as such.”– Steve Wozniak

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”– Thomas Edison

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

“The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.”– G.K. Chesterton, The Blue Cross: A Father Brown Mystery

“Written reports stifle creativity.” – H. Ross Perot

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