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Quotes on Creativity
Great thoughts on creativity, sorted alphabetically by source. A thru M:

"I believe that a focus on creativity is absolutely essential for current business success. I define creativity as producing novel, workable ideas and solutions to problems; innovation is implementing those ideas within an organizational context. You need novel and useful ideas at all stages of a process, from early idea generation up through successful implementation. I maintain that creativity is possible and desirable in all forms of work, no matter what people are doing. In particular, knowledge workers require creativity."
-- Theresa Amabile, The Power of Ordinary Practices (Harvard Working Knowledge, Sept.20, 2006)

"You can't use up creativity, creative thinking builds on itself and increases the creativity of the thinker...You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
-- Maya Angelou

"It is the process of being creative, not the product, that awakens us to a fuller experience of all that we are.

Every arrangement of flowers made, every castle sculpted in sand, or closet reorganized touches upon our creative potential. To do creative acts with regularity nourishes us and helps us to integrate past and present events in our lives. Thus we become open to a richer experience of here and now."
-- Barbara Barry, Art For Self-Discovery

"The gift of imagination is by no means an exclusive property of the artist; it is a gift we all share; to some degree or other all of us, all of you, are endowed with the powers of fantasy."
--Leonard Bernstein

"The most important thing for every artist and writer to remember is this... do work which delights you. If you're working only to delight others, you will shrivel up inside. Working honestly, working from the heart, is essential — that's what keeps you coming back to the page, the pen, the paintbrush. If you work hard, and write honestly, it will bring you rubies and pearls — here, or in the sweet hereafter."
-- Molly J. Anderson-Childers, Creating A Fun, Fabulous Career In The Arts

"Will you ever run out of creative ideas and expressions? Ha! The more creative ideas you have, the more you will discover. Creativity is a tree with countless branches that never stop blossoming."
-- Alan Cohen.

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

"It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God."
-- Mary Daly

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

"Creativity is free. It doesn’t cost a thing. You were born with it. Still, there is one thing you will have to pay for it – and that is your attention. If you want to create something new, you will need to attend to two things: 1) The subtle indicators of what’s going on inside you – dreams, intuitions, feelings and ideas and; 2) The not-so-subtle indicators of what’s going on outside you – trends, market shifts, feedback, and the needs of others."
-- Michael Ditkoff, The Shining Diamond of Creativity...

"Creativity: Our unique abilities, when put together, naturally create something new…this is called creativity. The process of creativity involves conscious thought, sub conscious feeling, plus the skill to put ideas together. Each of these activities has its own individualism. Creativity provides human expressions that can aid the progress and welfare of mankind. The products of creativity help satisfy our ever-increasing needs."
-- Alden B. Dow, from A Way Of Life Cycle

"Creativity is creating something out of nothing by asking BIG questions."
-- Scott Ginsberg

"A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Creativity results from self-generated impulses under your control. The outer conscious self is capable of stimulating the inner self into obeying its orders.  'Today I will be more creative'
By simply saying to yourself or, more to the point, to your inner self, “Today I will be more creative” - or if you prefer to identify your inner self, “Today we will be more creative!”—wheels will start rolling, producing the creativity you desire."
-- Burt Goldman

"I do believe it is possible to create, even without ever writing a word or painting a picture, by simply molding one’s inner life."
-- Esther Hillesum

"Both the revolutionary and the creative individual are perpetual juveniles. The revolutionary does not grow up because he cannot grow, while the creative individual cannot grow up because he keeps growing."
-- Eric Hoffer

"The Paleolithic hunters who painted the unsurpassed animal murals on the  ceiling of the cave at Altamira had only rudimentary tools. Art is older than production for use, and play older than work. Man was shaped less by what he had to do than by what he did in playful moments. It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities."
-- Eric Hoffer

"Beauty, truth, friendship, love, creation – these are the great values of life. We can’t prove them, or explain them, yet they are the most stable things in our lives."  
-- Jesse Herman Holmes

"Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted."
-- George Kneller

"True creativity often starts where language ends."
-- Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)

"Creativity is not about doing something better than others, it is about thinking, exploring, discovering, and imagining. Creativity is found in the obvious art and music, but can also be found in science and play."
-- MaryAnn Kohl, Fostering Creativity

"There is a fountain of youth; it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you will learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age." -- Sophia Loren

"In creating, the only hard thing's to begin;
A grass-blade's no easier to make than an oak."
-- James Russell Lowell

"Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with books on algebra etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the creative bug is just a wee voice telling you, 'I’d like my crayons back, please.'"
-- Hugh Macleod, gapingvoid, How To Be Creative

"Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively. You either have no goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts in a striving toward an important goal."
-- Maxwell Maltz, from The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz and Dan Kennedy

"Fostering your sense of creativity can give you feelings of freedom, delight and passion. It can help you see your life in a new light and help you to tackle situations that you thought were hopeless. When you express yourself through creative action you find gifts such as: happiness, self worth, healing, and inner joy."
-- Ami McKay, in her article Connecting With Your Creative Soul

"Creative geniuses do not wait for the gifts of chance; instead, they actively seek the accidental discovery."
-- Michael Michalko, in Cracking Creativity, The Secrets of Creative Geniuses

"Creativity is bringing new ideas. While I believe talent is genetic, I think everyone has creativity. Everybody has good days when they come up with decent ideas. So one of the things I try to do is get people to recognize what it is they do on their good days so they can do it more frequently. Interestingly, highly realized creative people tend to be very conscious about creativity, but most people are unconscious about how they think. So I put them in situations that force inspiration and show them that they can force it to happen every day."
-- Tom Monahan, quoted in an interview and article describing a creativity workshop in Capetown

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