Quote About Creativity

10 quotes on Creativity and Inspiration to Motivate your team

1. “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainty.”   

This one holds a lot of value for me from the perspective of – in order to be completely creative and think of something different, you often need to let go of what is safe and certain. Many great ideas in the world didn’t start with the word “safe” or “certain.” Let go of your fear and let go of what you know. Push for something new. 

2. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 

Have you ever started to brainstorm ideas and then all of a sudden, you start having a ton of other ideas?  Most times my creative ideas start with a blank sheet of white paper away from my normal environment. Personally, I find a lot of inspiration in the outdoors.  

3. “Do something creative every day.” 

I love this. Each day is a gift – and a beginning to do something new. Challenge yourself to do something creative each day to push yourself. 

4) “Creativity is contagious – pass it on.”

Can you think of a time when you were part of a team brainstorm and all of a sudden one idea stems into a ton of other ideas? I’ve had the fortune to be a part of some really great brainstorming sessions. Everyone came to these meetings with an open mind, ready to start rolling with ideas. Following was laughter, inspiration, smiles, and a ton of really great ideas. When you start brainstorming with a team where egos are left at the door, everyone is there to support each other’s ideas, and you have a theory of “no idea is a bad idea,” it’s amazing what can happen. Try it. 

5. “When you are stuck, walk away from the computer and draw. It will teach you how to see.” 

I touched on this one a little in #2 above. During the day, if you are stuck, take a quick walk. Get some fresh air. Instead of typing, try drawing something out. Maybe use a color crayon to draw out an idea or highlighters. This can give you a fresh perspective away from the computer and keyboard. 

6. “Good teams become great ones, when members trust each other enough to surrender the ‘me’ for the ‘we.’”        

Having a great team, fostered by great culture, is based on creating an environment where everyone feels valued, empowered, and feels their voice can be heard. Great things can come from teamwork and building trust within a team. Do you empower those around you on your team?  Here is a great article on culture. Also, if you are looking for some team-building exercises, here is another great link to check out from Forbes!  

7. “There is no ‘I’ in team but there is in win.” 

Isn’t this great? Think of a time when you were part of a successful team. And think of how it felt. Whether it’s a sports team or a work team, it feels incredible. As important as it is to win new business, I think it’s also as important to take a minute to celebrate your success. There will always be challenges and new mountains to conquer, so take time to enjoy your wins and if there are losses along the way, learn from them, move forward, and try again. Always.

8. “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not” 

How many times have you told yourself you couldn’t do something? I know I have done this to myself. Here is a message to both of us. Stop. Today is the day to not let anything hold you back. If you have an idea, go for it. If you want something, ask. This one I keep as an inspiration when I have any self-doubt.

9. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” 

When you have a great working team, it’s like a well-oiled wheel. Success doesn’t have to be measured in moments or wins alone. If you have a team who works well together, think of it alone as a great success. Together, great things can happen.

10. “The goal as a company is to have customer service that is not just the best but legendary.” 

In business and personally, I’ve developed a strong work ethic. It’s always been important to me to not just do a good job, but to do a great job (with a smile). In business, it’s important to put one thing first – the customer. They are the reason you are in business. Provide people with more than they expect. Wow them. Create an impression they will remember. I’ve certainly had some lasting impressions from businesses I will remain loyal to. Challenge yourself to create legendary customer service. Every. Single. Day.

10 positive quotes to inspire creativity

1) “The creative adult is the child who survived.”

2) “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.”

 

3) “Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.”

 

4) “Everything you can imagine is real.”

 

5) “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.” 

 

6) “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

 

7) “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” 

 

8) “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”

 

9) “The chief enemy of creativity is “good” sense.”

 

10) “Creativity involves breaking out of expected patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”

 

The best quotes about being creative

 

  1. “Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.”
  2. “Everything you can imagine is real.” 
  3. “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.” 

 

  1. You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” 
  2. “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”
  3. “If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
  4. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
  5. “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”
  6. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.”
  7. When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, economy flourishes.”
  8. “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.”
  9. “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.” 
  10. “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.”
  11. “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.” 
  12. Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.”
  13. “There’s 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.”

Creativity Quotes

“Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources”

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

“Creativity takes courage. ”

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking”

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

“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.”

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”

“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

 

This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose…

 

…Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty – describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. – And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.”

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun”

“Doors are for people with no imagination.”

“When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time. ”

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.”

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.”

“You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.”

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

“A tragedy is a tragedy, and at the bottom, all tragedies are stupid. Give me a choice and I’ll take A Midsummer Night’s Dream over Hamlet every time. Any fool with steady hands and a working set of lungs can build up a house of cards and then blow it down, but it takes a genius to make people laugh.”

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

“The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.”

Inspiring Creativity Quotes To Spark Fresh Thinking

 

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.”

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”

“I dwell in possibility.”

“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.”

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”

“The best way out is always through.”

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

“Put your good where it will do the most.”

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.”

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”

“There is no such thing as a new idea. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope.”

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

“One must dare to be happy. “

“The world doesn’t care how many times you fall down, as long as it’s one fewer than the number of times you get back up.”

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.”

“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.”

“You cannot be really first rate at your work if your work is all you are.”

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace. Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Doors are for people with no imagination.”

“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.”

“Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.”

“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.”

“But unless we are creators we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.”

“That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.”

“What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul.”

“Anymore, no one’s mind is their own.”

“We must be careful not to discourage our twelve-year-olds by making them waste the best years of their lives preparing for examinations.”

“The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.”

“All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.”

“All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.”

“I’ve always felt that the best whips and chains are in the mind. With a little creativity, the physical ones are hardly necessary.”

“When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, economy flourishes.”

“Creative activity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”

“Routine kills creative thought.”

“Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man’s physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.”

“If a composer suffers from loss of sleep and his sleeplessness induces him to turn out masterpieces, what a profitable loss it is!”

“Artists are those who can evade the verbose.”

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense”

“The works must be confused with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness”

“The most talented, thought-provoking, game-changing people are never normal”

“If you’re not doing some things that are crazy, then you’re doing the wrong things”

“Create with the heart; build with the mind”

Fiction is the lie that tells the truth.

“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”

“The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity.”

“Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.”

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun”

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

“Leap, and the net will appear.”

“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.”

“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.”

“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.”

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.”

“When you reach for the stars, you might not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.”

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”

“Done is better than good.”

Whether or not creativity can be taught is open to debate.

That said:

When I find a great creativity quote, I sometimes use it as a writing prompt to overcome problems like writer’s block.

I write the quote at the top of the page and spend a little time freewriting what the creativity quote means to me.

When I’m done, I remove the quote and keep what I’ve written.

I also keep a file with some of the best quotes about creativity in my computer that I draw upon when looking for something special to sprinkle over a piece of writing.

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