20 Famous Quotes on Creativity

Creativity. It’s one of the world’s most valuable natural resources, and sometimes in order to connect with your inner creative guru, you need a little motivation. Because even the most innovative people in the world need a little inspiration to keep those creative juices flowing, we’ve collected some quotes to get you ready to take on any project that comes your way.

On creativity

1. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
– Scott Adams

2. “Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.”
– Dorothy Parker

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

4. “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit."
– E. E. Cummings

5. “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

On deciding what to create

6. “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."
– 
Austin Kleon

7. “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”
– 
Neil Gaiman

8. “Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn't to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”
― Stephen King

On the importance of curiosity

9. “Replace fear with curiosity.”
– Steven Spielberg

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

11. “Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are.”
– J.K. Rowling

On creating things

12. “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things”
– Ray Bradbury

13. “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
– 
Pablo Picasso

14. ”You should bring something into the world that wasn't in the world before. It doesn't matter what that is. It doesn't matter if it's a table or a film or gardening--everyone should create. You should do something, then sit back and say, ‘I did that.’”
– 
Ricky Gervais

On coming up with new ideas

15. “The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity.”
– Dan Stevens

16. ”Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a f**king sharp knife to it."
– Banksy

17. “A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.”
— Charles Brower

On how to explore your creativity

18. “Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert

19. “What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications.”
― Nora Ephron

20.  “The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”
— Henry David Thoreau

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