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77 Inspiring Reflections of Creativity


1. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” - Steve Jobs
2. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” - Maya Angelou
3. “The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” - John Maynard Keynes
4. “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” - Albert Einstein
5. “Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” - Johann Wolfgang Goethe
6. “The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. No big laboratory is needed in which to think. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born. That is why many of the earthly miracles have had their genesis in humble surroundings.” - Nikola Tesla
7. “People only see what they're prepared to see.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
8. “Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.” - Morihei Ueshiba
9. “Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one's head.” - Mark Twain
10. “Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth.” - Archimedes
11. “Creativity takes courage.” - Henri Matisse
12. “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” - Henry David Thoreau
13. “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” - Socrates
14. “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” - Oscar Wilde
15. “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” - Sun Tzu
16. “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.” - Bill Gates
17. “Happiness... it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” - Vincent van Gogh
18. “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” - George Bernard Shaw
19. “A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.” - Marilyn vos Savant
20. “Aspire to be like Mt. Fuji, with such a broad and solid foundation that the strongest earthquake cannot move you, and so tall that the greatest enterprises of common men seem insignificant from your lofty perspective. With your mind as high as Mt Fuji you can see all things clearly. And you can see all the forces that shape events; not just the things happening near to you.” - Miyamoto Musashi
21. “Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” - Howard Aiken
22. “Innovators and creative geniuses cannot be reared in schools. They are precisely the men who defy what the school has taught them.” - Ludwig von Mises
23. “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.” - Wayne Gretzky
24. “I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.” - Niccolò Machiavelli
25. "One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.” - Henry Ford
26. “Big results require big ambitions.” - Heraclitus
27. “I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them.” - Charles Darwin
28. “We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.” - Alan Turing
29. “All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.” - Albert Camus
30. “The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.” - Douglas Engelbart
31. “An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” - Charles Dickens
32. “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.” - Thomas Edison
33. “Kowalski was always right, and never afraid. He never wondered, he never doubted. His ego was very secure. And he had the kind of brutal agressiveness that I hate. I'm afraid of it. I detest the character.
(his feelings about one of his most famous characters, Stanley Kowalski from 'A Streetcar Named Desire')”
- Marlon Brando
34. “The talent is in the choices.” - Robert De Niro
35. “I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.” - Buckminster Fuller
36. “Creative things have to sell to get acknowledged as such. Steve Jobs didn't really set the direction of my Apple I and Apple II designs but he did the more important part of turning them into a product that would change the world. I don't deny that.” - Steve Wozniak
37. “An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.” - Pablo Picasso
38. “The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one's self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.” - Michelangelo
39. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo da Vinci
40. “The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.” - Salvador Dali
41. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” - Marie Curie
42. “Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.” - Niels Bohr
43. “The secret of getting things done is to act.” - Dante Alighieri
44. “The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to. ... No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it.” - Richard Feynman
45. “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” - Stephen King
46. “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
47. “Suddenly, the familiar view of our surroundings is transformed in a strange, delightful, or alarming way: it appears to us in a new light, takes on a special meaning.” - Albert Hofmann
48. “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald
49. “Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.” - Edward de Bono
50. “The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
51. “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” - Frank Capra
52. “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” - Aristotle
53. “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” - Erich Fromm
54. “The long path from material through function to creative work has only one goal: to create order out of the desperate confusion of our time. We must have order, allocating to each thing it's proper place and giving to each thing is due according to it's nature.” - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
55. “Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.” - Herodotus
56. “The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.” - Joan Miro
57. “Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.” - Antoni Gaudi
58. “Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity.” - Dorothy Draper
59. “Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience.” - Masaru Ibuka
60. “Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.” - George Orwell
61. “I've always believed no matter how many shots I miss, I'm going to make the next one.” - Jonathan Swift
62. “Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero
63. “He conquers who endures.” - Aulus Persius Flaccus
64. “No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.” - Claude Monet
65. “A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” - Charles F. Kettering
66. “So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.” - Peter Drucker
67. “I seem to have been like a child playing on the seashore, finding new and then a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me.” - Sir. Isaac Newton
68. “He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances” - David Hume
69. “An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.” - Victor Hugo
70. “An idea is salvation by imagination.” - Frank Lloyd Wright
71. “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.” - Edgar Allan Poe
72. “Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.” -Chanakya
73. “Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.” -
T. S. Eliot
74. “I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it. It's the truth.” - Charlie Chaplin
75. “Doubt is the father of invention.” - Galileo Galilei
76. “Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.” - Anna Freud
77. “If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.” - Lao Tzu

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16 Comments


  1. Dave says:

    I love number 23, you only get one shot at life and this is it. Don't waste your life avoiding things, they will be your only regrets.

  2. blurrius says:

    Awesome Collection! Thanks

  3. Bope says:

    I really like Nr 38. Michelangelo : The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms;

  4. Sam Papers says:

    “Innovators and creative geniuses cannot be reared in schools. They are precisely the men who defy what the school has taught them.” - Ludwig von Mises

    I like this one. Good collection..!

  5. Thanks for your efforts/contributions.

  6. Imagination is as universal as memory...all of us are gifted with creative talent. -Alex F. Osborn

  7. Keat Tan says:

    This is the greatest compilation I have ever come across! These 77 inspirational quotes should be introduced to all design students in their 1st year of study.

  8. Great list of quotes, thank you for sharing. I like Frank Capra's quote, "A hunch is creativity telling you to do something"

  9. San says:

    I like No.25 - "One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.” - Henry Ford

  10. POS says:

    great words...

  11. siavash says:

    i love jobs ! great man

  12. justin says:

    they are real creative

  13. I love these quotes not because they are said by some famous and well known people but I somehow try to imply these in my practical and daily life :)

  14. Tedidev says:

    these are all very helpful, tanks for this article

  15. Very inspiring sayings

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