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It is wise to learn; it is God like to create. – John Saxe


Creativity in its purest form is a reflex--a flash of inspiration coming forth from the artist who has glimpsed the splendor of the Divine. – Matt Redman


Man was made at the end of the week's work when God was tired. – Mark Twain


Ideas are the root of creation. – Ernest Dimnet


Yet a life of creativity is all about change—moving forward, taking chances, exploring new frontiers. – Austin Kleon


The joy is in creating, not maintaining. – Vince Lombardi, NFL Hall of Fame Coach


Originality is the art of concealing your source. – Thomas Edison, Inventor


Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. – Pablo Picasso


Highly creative people are dedicated to ideas. They don’t rely on their talent alone; they rely on their discipline. Their imagination is like a second skin. They know how to manipulate it to its fullest. – Annette Moser-Wellman, The Five Faces of Genius: The Skills to Master Ideas at Work


Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein


Truly groundbreaking ideas are rare, but you don’t necessarily need one to make a career out of creativity. My definition of creativity is the logical combination of two or more existing elements that result in a new concept. The best way to make a living with your imagination is to develop innovative applications, not imagine completely new concepts. – Sam Weston, Creator of the popular action figure GI Joe


In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service. – Steve Jobs


There is a correlation between the creative and the screwball. So we must suffer the screwball gladly. – Kingman Brewster, Diplomat and longtime president of Yale University


Creativity is especially expressed in the ability to make connections, to make associations, to turn things around and express them in a new way. – Tim Hansen, Graphic Designer


Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – Author Unknown


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


Creativity is being able to see what everyone else has seen and think what nobody else has thought so that you can do what nobody else has done. – John C. Maxwell, Thinking For A Change


You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou, Poet


“If you don’t ask the, ‘Why this?’ often enough, somebody will ask, ‘Why you?’” – Tom Hirschfield, Physicist


The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from the old ones. – John Maynard Keynes, Economist


You are the only person on earth, who can use your ability. – Zig Ziglar


If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail; If you can’t be the sun, be a star; For it isn’t by size that you win or you fail—Be the best of whatever you are. – Douglas Mallock


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


The world is but a canvas to our imaginations. – Henry David Thoreau


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


The trouble with creative work: Sometimes by the time people catch on to what’s valuable about what you can do, you’re either a) bored to death with it, or b) dead. You can’t go looking for validation from external sources. Once you put your work into the world, you have no control over the way people will react to it. ...So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored--the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care. – Austin Kleon


Our need to become is intimately connected with our need to create. You cannot engage the future without activating your creative nature. – Erwin Raphael McManus, Soul Carvings


The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. – Albert Einstein


Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Scott Adams, US Cartoonist


Take time to mess around. Get lost. Wander. You never know where it’s going to lead you. – Austin Kleon


Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. – Gustave Flaubert


There is an order to the creative process: we dream, we risk, we create. We cannot create without risk. – Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul


In the end, creativity isn’t just the things we choose to put in, it’s the things we choose to leave out. – Austin Kleon


Each moment deserves our creative engagement. – Erwin Raphael McManus


If you breathe you are creative. – Jim Collins


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


Art in its purest form is an extension of the soul. This is exactly what life is supposed to be. Which leads us to this realization: the only art we can create is that which authentically reflects who we are. Our soul is the material for all we create. Thus, to nurture the artisan soul, essence is far more important than talent. – Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul


The stupidest possible creative act is still a creative act. On the spectrum of creative work, the difference between the mediocre and the good is vast. Mediocrity is, however, still on the spectrum; you can move from mediocre to good in increments. The real gap is between doing nothing and doing something. – Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus


The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes. – Annie Dillard


Fear is the shadow of creativity. When we choose to create, we bring light to our fears. The darkness does not prevail over us. The creative act is inherently an act of courage. We are born to far too many fears and far too great a darkness. It is only when we find the courage to create that we are freed from those fears and that darkness. The past will be our future until we have the courage to create a new one. To make our lives a creative act is to marry ourselves to risk and failure. – Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul


Teaching people doesn’t subtract value from what you do, it actually adds to it. When you teach someone how to do your work, you are, in effect, generating more interest in your work. People feel closer to your work because you’re letting them in on what you know. – Austin Kleon


We cannot live to create and be surprised that we have traveled through failure. We cannot live a life of passion and not know sorrow. To pursue a dream is to invite a nightmare! To live a life of love is to know betrayal and loss. The soul is both fragile and resilient. The artisan soul embraces the essential nature of both vulnerability and efficacy. All creativity emerges from struggle. – Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul


Everything is created with intention. Nothing is arbitrary or meaningless. Humanity is God's culminating act of creativity, designed with the highest intention to reflect most personally the likeness of God. – Erwin Raphael McManus


There are really three parts to the creative process. First there is inspiration, then there is the execution, and finally there is the release. – Eddie Van Halen


My [art] pieces are an emerging process, part planned, part creative accident... – Lola Donoghue, Irish Artist


It's always a mistake to equate productivity and creativity. They are not the same. In fact, they're frequently at odds with each other: You're often most creative when you're the least productive. – Austin Kleon, Keep Going


In my own work I do everything by hand. My hand will always be imperfect, because it’s human.... If I spend a lot of time going over the line and over the line trying to make it straight, I’ll never be able to make it straight. You can always see the line waver, and I think that’s where the beauty is. – Margaret Kilgallen


When people use the word "creative" as a job title, it not only falsely divides the world into "creatives" and "non-creatives," but also implies that the work of a "creative" is "being creative." But being creative is never an end; it is a means to something else. Creativity is just a tool. – Austin Kleon


I think I need to keep being creative, not to prove anything but because it makes me happy just to do it... I think trying to be creative, keeping busy, has a lot to do with keeping you alive. – Willie Nelson

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