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I am committed to sharing creativity quotes which clear up misconceptions about what creativity means in the 21st century. Are you ready for some creative inspiration and creativity coaching?

How do YOU define creativity? For me it’s the process of imagining possibilities and taking action to make them real. Not all creativity quotes on the internet are created equal! Every quote about creativity on this site is directly related being creative. Research shows people associate great ideas, imagination, inventiveness, out-of-the-box thinking, talent (arts, music, performing, science and more), and strong problem solving or solution finding abilities with creativity. The truth of the matter is - creativity is a human survival skill. We use it every day whether we think we are creative or not. It’s time to explore your favorite forms of creative inspiration and build creative confidence.

When was the last time you solved a problem creatively?  To increase creativity, start exercising your imagining muscles. Creativity is a skill which improves with practice. You and I and the rest of the people on this planet have more creative potential than we could ever use in one lifetime.  Want to kick-start your creativity? Engaging in any activity you enjoy - will creative connections in your brain. Exchanging ideas with others also stimulates creativity. Reading through these creativity quotes and jotting your favorites on Post-It notes is a good way to keep creative inspiration in your home, office – even your car! Find a 'creative tribe' with similar interests, take a class to learn something new, or read a book creativity and build some deliberate creativity skills. Highly recommended: 


What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20” and/or “inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity” – two great books are written by Tina Seelig, a professor at Stanford University I greatly admire.

Remember - every challenge is an opportunity when you approach it from a creative perspective. You can read quotes about creativity all day long, but unless you take action – no creativity will happen. Use these creativity quotes to inspire a ‘creative play date’ doing some fun-for-you form of creative process. The creativity coach in me wants to remind you:  The world is waiting for what only you can create!

If you need help awakening creativity personally or professionally, e-mail: marta@joyofquotes.com

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Be brave enough to live life creatively. 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. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.
Alan Alda

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, and 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

People will be most creative when they feel motivated primarily by the interest, enjoyment, satisfaction and challenge of the work itself.
Teresa Amabile

The best way to help people to maximize their creative potential is to allow them to do something they love.
Teresa Amabile

True creativity is impossible without some measure of passion.
Teresa Amabile

There is room for everybody on the planet to be creative and conscious if you are your own person. If you're trying to be like somebody else, then there isn't.
Tori Amos

Creativity is innocent, playful and simple. When we paint and color and cut with scissors, we are five years old again, absorbed in the moment, ecstatic in joy. Like flesh and blood it is humble. It belongs to all of us.
Dana Lynne Anderson

It is in awareness that we bring everything to life that lives within us. There is no time like the present to give birth to creativity.
Kathleen Anderson

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
Maya Angelou

Creativity does not depend on inherited talent or on environment or upbringing; it is the function of the ego of every human being.
Silvano Arieti

The field of creativity that exists within each individual is freed by moving out of ideas of wrong-doing or right-doing.
Angeles Arrien

I have two questions for you: What do you need to make your creativity shine through? Why do you keep ignoring it?
Lauren Artress

Some people use things; they destroy. You're a creator, a builder.
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Creative individuals place a high value on fun because it enables them to soar in their other pursuits.
Jordan Ayan

A creative person respects the creative spark in other individual men, and in all men (and women).
Frank Barron

Creativity is energy being put to work in a constructive fashion.
Frank Barron

The making of thoughts is the most common instance of human participation in the creative act.
Frank Barron

There is no one definitive creative path. There are as many ways to be creative - not only intuitive ways - but organized, logical ways, too.
Theresa Bayer

There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.
Warren Bennis

Creativity, which is the expression of our originality, helps us stay mindful that what we bring to the world is completely original and cannot be compared.
Brené Brown

There is no such thing as creative and non-creative people, only people who use their creativity and people who don’t.
Brené Brown

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

Creative thinking is more than just coming up with new ideas. It is about living life in a way that is open, authentic and curious. It is a mindset and approach to everything we do.
Cyndi Burnett

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

Everyone who's ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.
Nolan Bushnell

Creativity – like human life itself – begins in darkness.
Julia Cameron

Creativity flourishes when we have a sense of safety and self-acceptance.
Julia Cameron

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

Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.
Julia Cameron

Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.
Julia Cameron

In a sense, as we are creative beings, our lives become our work of art.
Julia Cameron

In order to have a real relationship with our creativity, we must take the time and care to cultivate it.
Julia Cameron

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.
Julia Cameron

The heart of creativity is an experience of the mystical union; the heart of the mystical union is an experience of creativity.
Julia Cameron

Creativity is our true nature; blocks are an unnatural thwarting of a process at once as normal and as miraculous as the blossoming of a flower at the end of a slender green stem.
Julia Cameron

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
Frank Capra

All creative people are kids at heart. You've got to play – do stuff that's definitely not work to get off the linear approach to creative work. I keep yo-yos in my office and I play solitaire on my computer.
Steve Carmichael

Enhancing creativity is not only for enrichment; it's a vital resource for meeting the challenges and dangers, as well as the opportunities, of the accelerated change climate of the twenty-first century.
Shelly Carson

We are all creative. Creativity is the hallmark human capacity that has allowed us to survive thus far. Our brains are wired to be creative, and the only thing stopping you from expressing the creativity that is your birthright is your belief that there are creative people and uncreative people and that you fall in that second category.
Shelly Carson

We should not forget to enjoy the experience of daily creativity, whatever that may entail.
Diane Carter

The unfolding of the unexpected becomes the energy that drives you. You discover how thirsty you are for exploration without analysis. You become strangely at home in a place you can't define. You are truly creating.
Michele Cassou

Creativity is the evolutionary impulse in the Universe.
Deepak Chopra

Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.
John Cleese

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

The source and center of all man's creative power is his power of making images, or the imagination.
Robert Collier

As human beings, we are creative beings. When we do not create, we do not learn and grow.
Roisin Connelly

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

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

A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Studying creativity is not an elite distraction, but provides one of the most exciting models for living.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Creative individuals tend to be smart, yet also naïve at the same time… Creative individuals have a combination of playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Creativity is any act, idea, or product that changes an existing domain, or that transforms an existing domain into a new one.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

For better or worse, our future is now closely tied to human creativity.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

It does not seem to be true that work necessarily needs to be unpleasant. It may always have to be hard, or at least harder than doing nothing at all. But there is ample evidence that work can be enjoyable, and that indeed, it is often the most enjoyable part of life.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.
Miles Davis

Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learned. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and, where appropriate, profits.
Edward de Bono

Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea.
Edward de Bono

Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone.
Edward de Bono

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

Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing.
Edward de Bono

Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.
Edward de Bono

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 a drug I cannot live without.
Cecil B. DeMille

Creativity is work that goes some place: it is sustained effort toward an ideal.
Michael Drury

Before you reject an idea, find at least five good things about it.
Thomas Alva Edison

Creativity is the ability to find new solutions to a problem or new modes of expression; thus it brings into existence something new to the individual and to the culture.
Betty Edwards

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.
Albert Einstein

Creativity is intelligence having fun.
Albert Einstein

Creativity is the residue of time wasted.
Albert Einstein

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

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Albert Einstein

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Albert Einstein

The legs are the wheels of creativity.
Albert Einstein

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires a creative imagination and marks the real advances in science.
Albert Einstein

To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.
Albert Einstein

Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.
T. S. Eliot

The two terrors that discourage creativity and creative living are fear of public opinion and undue reverence for one's own consistency.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let the sparks from that which brings you joy fire up your creative soul.
Whitney Ferre

Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago?
Bernice FitzGibbon

Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there's no particular virtue in doing things the way they always have been done.
Rudolf Flesch

Human creativity is the ultimate economic resource.
Richard Florida

I call the age we are entering the creative age because the key factor propelling us forward is the rise of creativity as the primary mover of our economy.
Richard Florida

Joy is integral to all creativity. Creativity brings joy.
Matthew Fox

Creativity is an attitude that transcends paradigms and beliefs. It's a soul level yearning to fulfill a purpose, uniquely contribute and leave a mark.
Janice Francisco

Creativity is the ability to see and to respond.
Erich Fromm

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

Creativity begins with an affinity for something. It's like falling in love.
Howard Gardner

The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept.
John W. Gardner

Confusion is the welcome mat at the door of creativity.
Michael J. Gelb

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

It's not where you take things from – it's where you take them to.
Jean-Luc Godard

It's rare to find a consistently creative or insightful person who is also an angry person. They can't occupy the same space, and if your anger moves in, generosity and creativity often move out. It's difficult to use revenge or animus to fuel great work.
Seth Goden

To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All of us can create if we allow ourselves to.
Natalie Goldberg

Creativity is an electrifying force that defines, shapes, and initiates new ways of being, seeing and transforming the world.
Laine Goldman

Creativity is the ideas expressed after summoning everything you've learned and disregarding everything you know. It's the ability to get out of the way of one's originality and imagination.
Dan Greenberger

A lot of creativity comes from just being in a place where it is allowed to happen spontaneously.
Carla Hannaford - Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All In Your Head

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.
Cynthia Heimel

Comfort is the enemy of creativity.
Todd Henry

When we conceive a new idea we are thinking directly from the creativity of God.
Ernest Holmes

Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity.
Jean Houston

We hold these truths to be self-evident; All people are born creative; Endowed by our Creator with the inalienable right and responsibility to express our creativity for the sake of ourselves and our world.
Barbara Marx Hubbard

The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation.
Robert Iger

Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity. There's a light inside of you.
Judith Jamison

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

Create something people want to share.
John Jantsch

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

Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.
Mae Jemison

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.
Steve Jobs

From the living fountain of instinct flows everything that is creative; hence the unconscious is not merely conditioned by history, but is the very source of the creative impulse. It is like nature herself - prodigiously conservative, and yet transcending her own historical conditions in her acts of creation.
Carl Jung

Creativity is not just about producing something novel and useful. It also seems to be linked to a sense of purpose. Human beings long to make connections and expand the meaning of our lives. Creativity is a powerful way to do this because it makes new things possible.
Rex Jung , Creativity Researcher, Mind Research Scientist, and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico

Creative ability is often mistakenly attributed to inborn talent. It is about all the ability to connect one thing with another.
Sister Corita Kent

Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and the pupil are located in the same individual.
Arthur Koestler

Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality.
Arthur Koestler

True creativity often starts where language ends.
Arthur Koestler

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
Edwin Land

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.
Edwin Land

When I look at the success I have, it’s because of my creative thinking skills.
John Lasseter

To be creative you have to contribute something different from what you've done before. Your results need not be original to the world; few results truly meet that criterion. In fact, most results are built on the work of others.
Lynne C. Levesque

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

Creativity is our birthright. It is an integral part of being human, as basic as walking, talking and thinking.
John Daido Loori

One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new.
Harvey Mackay

Creativity is about unleashing the potential of the mind to conceive new ideas. Those concepts could manifest themselves in any number of ways, but most often, they become something we can see, hear, smell, touch, or taste. However, creative ideas can also be thought experiments within one person's mind.
Drew Marshall

Creativity is a characteristic given to all human beings at birth.
Abraham Maslow

The key question isn't ‘What fosters creativity?' But it is why in God's name isn't everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.
Abraham Maslow

We cannot study creativeness in an ultimate sense until we realize that practically all the definitions that we have been using of creativeness are essentially male or masculine definitions of male or masculine products. We’ve left out of consideration almost entirely the creativeness of women.
Abraham Maslow

All people are struggling to be creative in some way, and the artist is the one who has succeeded in this task of life.
Rollo May

By whatever name one calls it, genuine creativity is characterized by an intensity of awareness, a heightened consciousness.
Rollo May

Creativity is the encounter of the intensively conscious human being with his or her world.
Rollo May

Creativity is yearning for immortality.
Rollo May - The Courage to Create

Creativity occurs as an act of encounter, and is to be understood with this encounter at the center.
Rollo May

Joy is the zest that you get out of using your talents, your understanding, the totality of your being, for great aims…That's the kind of feeling that goes with creativity. That's why I say the courage to create. Creation does not come out of simply what you're born with. That must be united with your courage, both of which cause anxiety, but also great joy.
Rollo May

Something is born, comes into being, something which did not exist before - which is as good a definition of creativity as we can get.
Rollo May

Whereas moral courage is the fighting of wrongs, creative courage is the discovering of new forms, new symbols, new patterns on which a new (consciousness) society can be built.
Rollo May

A person’s license to create is irrevocable, and it opens to every corner of daily life. But it is always hard to see that doubt, fear, and indirectness are eternal aspects of the creative path.
Shaun McNiff

Creative freedom is determined by how we behold the world. Any one of us can make new things with our perceptions that serve as doorways to the creative imagination. No one is excluded.
Shaun McNiff

Creativity can be defined as an original act of imagination that brings something into existence. It is a desire and innate drive to make new connections between things, to give form, and to transform.
Shaun McNiff

We can only learn about creativity through our own experience of it.
Shaun McNiff

To the extent a person makes, invents or thinks something that is new to him, he may be said to have performed a creative act.
Margaret Mead

Creativity is a force for change.
Dimis Michaelides

Creativity can transform lives and change the world. In the context of nature it is called evolution. It is the process of effective change. It is about the beauty of shifting to more elegant forms of action.
Jonathan Milne

We need to make the world safe for creativity and intuition, for it's creativity and intuition that will make the world safe for us.
Edgar Mitchell

You've got to keep the child alive; you can't create without it.
Joni Mitchell

The meaning of life is creative love. Not love as an inner feeling, as a private sentimental emotion, but love as a dynamic power moving out in the world and doing something original.
Tom Morris

Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.
Bill Moyers

The noun of self becomes a verb. This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge.
Stephen Nachmanovitch

What is creativity? I define creativity as the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. Innovation is the production or implementation of a creative idea. If you have ideas, but don't act on them, you are imaginative but not creative.
Linda Naiman

It is better to create than to be learned; creating is the true essence of life.
Geog Niebuhr

Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.
Earl Nightingale

All art requires creativity, but not all creativity requires art.
Marta Davidovich Ockuly

Creativity is imagining possibilities and making them real.
Marta Davidovich Ockuly

I define creativity as the person-centered process of imagining possibilities and taking expressive action to bring ideas to life.
Marta Davidovich Ockuly

It's time to re-define the construct of creativity in evolutionary terms.
Marta Davidovich Ockuly

More than skills, tips, tools, techniques or best practices, teach how to think, with both sides of your brain, creative and critical, fun and function, laughter and laws.
Bill Olsen

Creativity is the mother of all energies, nurturer of your most alive self. It charges up every part of you. When you're plugged in, a spontaneous combustion occurs that ‘artists' don't have a monopoly on.
Judith Orloff

Creative ideas reside in people's minds but are trapped by fear or rejection. Create a judgment-free environment and you'll unleash a torrent of creativity.
Alex Osborn

Creativity is not something we can turn on and off like a faucet. It is an experience and expression in our lives that must be nurtured. This nurturing process means that creativity is at once a skill, an art, and a lifestyle.
Alex Osborn

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom while discouragement often nips it at the bud. Creativity is now something we can turn on and off like a faucet. It is an experience and expression in our lives that must be nurtured. This nurturing process means that creativity is at once a skill, an art, and a life-style.
Alex Osborn

Whatever creative success I gained was due to my belief that creative power can be stepped up by effort, and that there are ways in which we can guide our creative thinking.
Alex Osborn

Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.
Osho

Destroying something, any idiot can do. Creating needs intelligence.
Osho

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

Creativity is best understood through direct observation, intuitive awareness, and participation in creative processes, which serve to balance the linear progression of a scientific research.
Helen Palmer

The processes of creativity – the finding of form for thought – have a transformative impact on the sense of self.
Rosika Parker

Creativity pervades human life. It is the mark of individuality. The vehicle of self-expression. The engine of progress in every human endeavor.
Elliot Samuel Paul

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Joseph Pearce

The chief enemy of creativity is good taste.
Pablo Picasso

The important thing is to create. Nothing else matters; creation is all.
Pablo Picasso

The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.
Sylvia Plath

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.
William Plomer

If there is one characteristic that signals creativity in business, it might be follow-through.
Michael Ray

The less judgment the more curiosity, and the more curiosity the more creativity.
Michael Ray

Creativity when not used turns to depression.
Henri Reiman

We have to believe that a creative being lives within ourselves, whether we like it or not, and that we must get out of its way, for it will not give us peace until we do.
M. C. Richards

Creativity challenges the status quo.
Ruth Richards

Creativity is for us all - it's about you, me, and about everyday life. It is about the abundant originality we manifest, and our flexible improvisations, whether teaching a class, raising our kids, fixing the car, helping a client, landscaping the yard, planning a benefit, or trying to figure out why we're on earth.
Ruth Richards

Everyday creativity is not an endeavor focused only on end products, but, rather, involves a healthy way of appreciating life, which connects us more meaningfully to our world.
Ruth Richards

Our creativity is a fundamental survival capacity. Not only does it help us stay alive, it helps us learn what we are living for. Our human creativity must be taken seriously.
Ruth Richards

Our everyday creativity is not only good for us, it's also one of the most powerful capacities we have, bringing us alive in each moment, affecting our health and well-being, offering richness and alternatives in what we do, and helping move us further in our creative and personal development.
Ruth Richards

The construct of everyday creativity is defined in terms of human originality at work and leisure across the diverse activities of everyday life. It is seen as central to human survival, and, to some extent, it is (and must be) found in everyone.
Ruth Richards

We humans are not creatures of instinct who all build our nests in the same way. Throughout our day, whether at home or at work, we humans adapt and innovate, improvise flexibly, at times acting from our 'gut feelings', at times from options we imagine and systematically try out, one after the other. Our creativity may involve anything from making breakfast to solving a major conflict with one's boss.
Ruth Richards

Being creative is at the heart of being human and of all cultural progress.
Ken Robinson

Creativity is the greatest gift of human intelligence.
Ken Robinson

Everyone has huge creative capacities. The challenge is to develop them. A culture of creativity has to involve everybody, not just a select few.
Ken Robinson

Humans are born curious, creative, and intuitive.
Ken Robinson

Imagination is the root of creativity. It is the ability to bring to mind things that aren’t present to our senses. Creativity is putting your imagination to work. It is applied imagination.
Ken Robinson

In a world where lifelong employment in the same job is a thing of the past, creativity is not a luxury. It is essential for personal security and fulfillment.
Ken Robinson

Private imaginings may have no outcomes in the world at all. Creativity does. Being creative involves doing something.
Ken Robinson

Teaching for creativity aims to encourage self-confidence, independence of mind, and the capacity to think for oneself.
Ken Robinson

These powers of imagination and creativity are among the few things that set us apart from the rest of life on Earth. But they make all the difference.
Ken Robinson

The genuinely significant creation, whether an idea, or a work of art, or a scientific discovery, is most likely to be seen at first as erroneous, bad, or foolish. Later it may be seen as obvious, something self-evident to all. Only still later does it receive its final evaluation as a creative contribution. It seems clear no contemporary mortal can satisfactorily evaluate a creative product at the time it is formed, and this statement is increasingly true the greater the novelty of the creation.
Carl Rogers

The mainspring of creativity appears to be the same tendency which we discover so deeply as the curative force in psychotherapy – man's tendency to actualize himself, to become his potentialities. By this I mean the directional trend which is evident in all organic and human life – the urge to expand, extend, develop, mature – the tendency to express and activate all the capacities of the organism, or the self.
Carl Rogers

As we allow ourselves to dance, paint, sing, write, and improvise without concern for the product, we stimulate our childlike energy. We have vast resources of personal energy that we hold in tightly, fearing disapproval and judgment. Creativity is a dynamic energy source that anyone can tap at any time.
Natalie Rogers

Creativity is like freedom: once you taste it, you cannot live without it. It is a transformational force, enhancing self-esteem and self-empowerment.
Natalie Rogers

In early times people knew well that dance, song, art, and storytelling were all part of the same process: that of being fully functioning and creatively human.
Natalie Rogers

Enterprise is first creativity. You need creativity to see what's out there and shape it to your advantage. You need creativity to look at the world a little differently. You need creativity to take a different approach, to be different.
Jim Rohn

Knowing a lot…is a springboard to creativity.
Charlie Rose

It is human nature to be creative.
Mark Runco

The definition of creativity as construction of personal meaning is also consistent with the notion that creativity is a kind of self-expression and self-actualization.
Mark Runco

There are certain things that our age needs. It needs, above all, courageous hope and the impulse to creativeness.
Bertrand Russell

It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stuffing and unexpected findings of science.
Carl Sagan

The way you look at the world determines how creative you can be.
Keith Sawyer

Creativity is an endlessly renewable resource, and we can tap into it at any time.
Tina Seelig

We are all inventors of our own futures. And creativity is the heart of invention.
Tina Seelig

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
George Bernard Shaw

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 can be described as letting go of certainties.
Gail Sheehy

We cannot know the river unless we are physically in it; play is the river of creativity, where one can learn to flow with it, instead of pushing it.
Celeste Snowber

Creativity is our highest and greatest response to all that is within us, and all that surrounds us, and, thus, it is our raison d'etre, individually and collectively.
Algene Steele

In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?
Igor Stravinsky

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

Creativity is one of our greatest sources of energy, and creative expression is what makes it operational in our lives.
Peggy Taylor

Creativity is an act of defiance.
Twyla Tharp

Creativity is more about taking the facts, fictions, and feelings we store away and finding new ways to connect them.
Twyla Tharp

Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it.
Twyla Tharp

The thing about creativity is - people are going to laugh at it. Get over it.
Twyla Tharp

Your creative endeavors can never be thoroughly mapped out ahead of time. You have to allow for the suddenly altered landscape, the change in plan, the accidental spark – and you have to see it as a stroke of luck rather than a disturbance of your perfect scheme. Habitually creative people are, in E.B. White's phrase, ‘prepared to be lucky.'
Twyla Tharp

Creativity consists of coming up with many ideas, not just that one great idea.
Charles Thompson

The freedom of personal expression, ideas and imagination, working in collaboration with people from diverse backgrounds – is what’s needed to spawn creativity.
Larry R. Thompson

Sustained enthusiasm brings into existence a wave of creative energy, and all you have to do is ‘ride the wave'.
Eckhart Tolle

Creativity is a distinctive trait of human excellence in all domains of behavior.
E. Paul Torrance

One of the most powerful wellsprings of creative energy, outstanding accomplishment, and self-fulfillment seems to be falling in love with something - your dreams, your image of the future.
E. Paul Torrance

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Why should we all use our creative power….? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.
Brenda Ueland

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.
John Updike

Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.
Donatella Versace

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.
Voltaire

Any human act that gives rise to something new is referred to as a creative act, regardless of whether what is created is a physical object or some mental or emotional construct that lives within the person who created it and is known only to him.
L. S. Vygotsky

Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.
Alice Walker

The things we fear most in organizations – fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances – are the primary sources of creativity.
Margaret J. Wheatley

We can't be creative if we refuse to be confused.
Margaret J. Wheatley

The highest prize we can receive for creative work is the joy of being creative. Creative effort spent for any other reason than the joy of being in that light filled space, love, god, whatever we want to call it, is lacking in integrity.
Marianne Williamson

During those rare moments of creativeness, when an ordinary person has something in common with the making of the universe, he feels a sense of transcendence, of moving beyond his daily life. What could be a greater reward?
Joseph Zinker



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