Quotations The Best Quotes About Creativity  

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

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

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

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

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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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The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. 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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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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True creativity often starts where language ends. Arthur Koestler

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

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

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To create something you must be something. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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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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Michael Jackson National African American Art Examiner Series Aberjhani

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“A poet is a verb that blossoms light in gardens of dawn, or sometimes midnight.” Aberjhani

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The chief enemy of creativity is good taste. Pablo Picasso

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I understood that all the material of a literary work was in my past life, I understood that I had acquired it in the midst of frivolous amusements, in idleness, in tenderness and in pain, stored up by me without my divining its destination or even its survival, as the seed has in reserve all the ingredients which will nourish the plant. Marcel Proust

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I do not seek, I find. Pablo Picasso

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The desire to create continually is vulgar and betrays jealousy, envy, ambition. If one is something one really does not need to make anything --and one nonetheless does very much. There exists above the productive man a yet higher species. Friedrich Nietzsche

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There is the happiness which comes from creative effort. The joy of dreaming, creating, building, whether in painting a picture, writing an epic, singing a song, composing a symphony, devising new invention, creating a vast industry. Henry Miller

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

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

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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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“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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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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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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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