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A list of the best creativity quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous creativity quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic creativity quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

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    A "critic" is a man who creates nothing ... Robert A. Heinlein

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    It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life. Julius Caesar

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    I must create a system or be enslaved by another man s; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create. William Blake

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    All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him. W. H. Auden

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    No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell. Antonin Artaud

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    Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity. Arnold Bennett

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

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    Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen. Robert Bresson

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    The whole difference between construction and creation is this; that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. Charles Dickens

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

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    Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty -- as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt: God did it. Florence King

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    Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. Erich Fromm

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    True creativity often starts where language ends. Arthur Koestler

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    That which builds is better than that which is built. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    The legs are the wheels of creativity. Albert Einstein

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    From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality. That is why you write and for no other reason that you know of. But what about all the reasons that no one knows? Ernest Hemingway

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    Creative powers can just as easily turn out to be destructive. It rests solely with the moral personality whether they apply themselves to good things or to bad. And if this is lacking, no teacher can supply it or take its place. Carl Jung

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    There is in us a lyric germ or nucleus which deserves respect; it bids a man to ponder or create; and in this dim corner of himself he can take refuge and find consolations which the society of his fellow creatures does not provide. Norman Douglas

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    "Like a Passover Poet gliding from house to house and from trembling soul to trembling soul the wind scribbled sonnets of first time love and weeping haikus of last hours on earth." Aberjhani

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    It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection. W. Somerset Maugham

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    Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system. Bruce Lee

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

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    “Creative visualization may be described as an extended meditation session that reaches beyond passive contemplation and achieves transformative action. The uses to which it may be applied are limited only by an individual’s imagination.” Aberjhani

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    I have asked a lot of my emotions --one hundred and twenty stories. The price was high, right up with Kipling, because there was one little drop of something, not blood, not a tear, not my seed, but me more intimately than these, in every story, it was the extra I had. Now it has gone and I am just like you now.

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    Whoever undertakes to create soon finds himself engaged in creating himself. Self-transformation and the transformation of others have constituted the radical interest of our century, whether in painting, psychiatry, or political action. Harold Rosenberg

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    Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will. Paul Klee

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    "When a reader enters the pages of a book of poetry..." Aberjhani

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    We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create. José Ortega y Gasset

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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    "The literary artist lends verbal depth to the visual. The visual artist provides visible articulation for the literary." Aberjhani

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    A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, our stitching and unstinting has been naught. William Butler Yeats

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    "Writing for me is a form of spiritual discipline and creative vision, a means of being in the world and giving one's love to it without compromise or dilution.” Aberjhani

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    “Passion presented with a greater challenge achieves a greater goal.” Aberjhani

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    “These kids will make you cry, laugh… They make you feel all kinds of emotions through their writings and they share a lot with me, as an instructor, that they might not normally share with other people because they are young artists and they need a platform for pulling that stuff out.” Clinton D. Powell

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    “Once you do a piece on the stage, you become that poem or you become that piece. That’s really who you are. I think that’s why some artists have stage names, you know? I don’t have a stage name, it’s pretty much just me.” Clinton D. Powell

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    “Sociologically, politically, psychologically, spiritually, it was never enough for him [James Baldwin] to categorize himself as one thing or the other: not just black, not just sexual, not just American, nor even just as a world-class literary artist. He embraced the whole of life the way the sun’s gravitational passion embraces everything from the smallest wandering comet to the largest looming planet. He both confronted and cultivated creative vision with a drive, passion, and brilliance that few have matched, and simply being able to watch his genius sparkle from one sentence to the next could generate both awe and revelation.” Aberjhani

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    “One of the greatest confirmations of the value of a musician’s work is the passion with which peers and following generations embrace it.” Aberjhani

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    new! "An author accepting language’s invitation to dance steps onto the floor of his her sensibility-charged consciousness and begins to move instinctively––even if with much dread––in ways that synchronize images, ideas, emotions, sounds, smells, ignorance, and knowledge." Aberjhani

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    "While it is unlikely that poetry or art shall eliminate the reality of war in the twenty-first century, it is thrilling to know there remain individuals, and even entire communities, still willing to invest in art and poetry’s own uniquely explosive contributions to the great, and small, dramas of human history." Aberjhani

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    Some collaboration has to take place in the mind between the woman and the man before the art of creation can be accomplished. Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated. The whole of the mind must lie wide open if we are to get the sense that the Virginia Woolf

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    Ideally a painter (and, generally, an artist) should not become conscious of his insights: without taking the detour through his reflective processes, and incomprehensibly to himself, all his progress should enter so swiftly into the work that he is unable to recognize them in the moment of transition. Alas, the artist who waits in ambush there, watching, detaining them, will find them transformed like the beautiful gold in the fairy tale which cannot remain gold because some small detail was not taken care of. Rainer Maria Rilke

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    Man was made at the end of the week's work when God was tired. Mark Twain

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    One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude. Carl Sandburg

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    The creative person, the person who moves from an irrational source of power, has to face the fact that this power antagonizes. Under all the superficial praise of the creative is the desire to kill. It is the old war between the mystic and the nonmystic, a war to the death. May Sarton

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    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

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    The creative process involves getting input, making a recommendation, getting critical review, getting more input, improving the recommendation, getting more critical review... again and again and again.

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    One measure of how creative you are is how you respond to changes in your circumstances and environment. How flexible are you? Consider how water adapts to its environment: evaporation, condensation, snowflake, melting, flowing, goes around rocks, fills containers, etc.

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