About Creativity

In the beginners mind there are many possibilities, but in the experts mind there are few.

- Suzuki, Shunryu

Learning is movement from moment to moment

- Krishnamurti, J.

The “silly question” is the first intimation of some totally new development.

- Whitehead, Alfred North

Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on one’s face.

- Finley, James D.

The whole life lies in the verb seeing.

- De Chardin Teilhard

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom while discouragement often nips it at the bud.

- Osborn, Alex

It takes a lot of time to be a genius,

you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.

- Stein, Gertrude

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion,

follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.

- Huxley, Thomas

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

- Proust, Marcel

People only see what they are prepared to see.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo

The man who has no inner life is a slave to his surroundings.

- Amiel, henri-Frederic

Water which is too pure has no fish

- Ts’ai Ken T’an

Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.

Freud, Sigmund

But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling, like dew,

upon a thought produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.

- Lord Byron

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 it will be lost.

- Graham, Martha

Just as appetite comes by eating so work brings inspiration

- Stravinsky, Igor

What will nurture the creative vision necessary to turn around a world possibly heading toward its own destruction? Music.

- Hollander, Lorin

Surrounded by the right sounds, we all can be invigorated, energized, and balanced.

- Diamond, Dr. John

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

- Eden Phillpotts

“The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.”

- Julia Cameron

“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than

live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”

-  Henry Emerson Fosdick

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”

- Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”

- Confucius

“Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting. ”

- Karl “The Great” Wallenda

“The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine! Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.”

- Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

God gave us a memory so that we could have roses in December.

- Anonymous

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.

- Moore, Marianne

Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else,

is always a portrait of himself.

- Butler, Samuel

To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious

- Butler, Samuel

Learn to see, and then you’ll know there is no end to the new worlds of our vision.

- Castaneda, Carlos

The more you know the less you understand.

- Tao Te Ching

A mind too active is no mind at all.

- Roethke, Theodore

The world of reality has limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

- Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

Ah good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.

- Picasso, Pablo

The creative thinker is flexible and adaptable and prepared to rearrange his thinking.

- Cropley, A. J.

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Huxley, Aldous

There is nothing better than music as a means for uplifting the soul.

- Khan, Hazrat Inayat

Imagination is intelligence having fun.

- anonymous

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

- Confucius

My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through earth’s loveliness.

- Michelangelo

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.

- Ovid

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.

- Inmon, Raymond

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

- Rumi

The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

- Proust, Marcel

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

- Einstein, Albert

Muddy water when still becomes clear.

- Progoss, Ira

Life is not an exact science. It is an art.

- Butler, Samuel

Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.

- Hakuta, Ken

No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.

- Newton, Isaac

I do not know what I may appear to the world;

but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore,

and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary,

whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

- Newton Isaac

The soul looketh steadily forwards creating a new world before her,

leaving worlds behind her.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,

we must carry it with us or we would find it not.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo

The first key to wisdom is assiduous and frequent questioning.

- Abelard, Peter

The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me.

I’m overwhelmed when I see in an immense sky, the crescent of the moon, or the sun.

- Miro’, Joan

No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.

- Bagehot, Walter

Solitude is the furnace of transformation.

- Nouwen, Henri

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

- Leach, Reggie

Become as little children.

- Jesus

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.

- Plutarch

Creativity can solve almost any problem.

The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything

- Lois, George

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”

- John Cage

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.

- M.C. Escher

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

- Rudyard Kipling

The impossible is often the untried.

- Jim Goodwin

Man is a make-believe animal – he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.

- William Hazlitt

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

- Berthold Auerbach

.Memory is the greatest of artists, and effaces from your mind what is unnecessary.

- Maurice Baring

We live in a rainbow of Chaos

- Paul Cezanne

Imagination is a poor substitute for experience.

- Havelock Ellis

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

- Herman Melville

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.

- John Stuart Mill

All art is but immitation of nature.

- Seneca

You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way.

- Marvin Minsky

How glorious it is — and also how painful — to be an exception.

- Alfred de Musset

The stories of childhood leave an indelible impression,

and their author always has a niche in the temple of memory

from which the image is never cast out to be thrown on the rubbish heap of things that are outgrown and outlived.

- Howard Pyle

“Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.

Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

- Betty Smith

A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate.

Behind the need to communicate is the need to share.

Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.

The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved.

And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others.

- Leo Rosten

Every writer is a narcissist.

This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed.

- Leo Rosten

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