Creativity is a beautiful thing, but the actual process of producing something fresh and exciting is a difficult task. As employers and employees, we spend a lot of time thinking about creativity and about the problems and challenges that the future of work will bring to our profession.
When your job depends on being innovative on a routine basis, you're likely to think about things like these very frequently. Thankfully, many of the inventors and bright minds we admire have been sharing their ideas on these matters for decades.
For help, I have collected a few wise words from these legends, which are enlightening and seem useful. As we all know, quotes are a source of constant inspiration. Be it in our office desk or at our at-home workstation, we can make use of these quotes to keep bettering ourselves while working.
Here are some of the most inspiring quotes about creativity, which I'd like to share with you.
35 Best Quotes About Creativity To Inspire Employees
1. Charles Mingus
Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that's easy. What's hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
2. Leo Burnett
A company in which anyone is afraid to speak up, to differ, to be daring and original, is closing the coffin door on itself.
3. Nancy Andreasen
Creative people are better at recognizing relationships, making associations and connections, and seeing things in an original way—seeing things that others cannot see… Having too many ideas can be dangerous. Part of what comes with seeing connections no one else sees is that not all of these connections actually exist.
4. Steve Jobs
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. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.
5. Edward de Bono
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.
6. Edward de Bono
It is no longer inspiration or being creatively talented. Anyone can be creative – provided they learn and develop their skills.
7. Ray Bradbury
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.
8. Ray Bradbury
How working for the wrong motives poisons our creativity and warps our ideas of success and failure.
9. George Bernard Shaw
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
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.
11. Pablo Picasso
The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.
12. Scott Adams
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
13. Dr. Seuss
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.
14. Albert Einstein
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
15. Vincent van Gogh
If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
16. Richard Florida
Access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron ore was to steel-making.
17. Robert Frost
The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get to the office.
18. Linda Naiman
Creativity is the power to create something new, to reach deep into our subconscious for that “aha” solution. Sometimes it happens in a nanosecond, and sometimes that solution can take a lifetime to reveal itself.
19. Linda Naiman
For innovation to flourish, organizations must create an environment that fosters creativity; bringing together multi-talented groups of people who work in close collaboration together — exchanging knowledge, ideas and shaping the direction of the future.
20. Maya Angelou
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
21. Miles Davis
I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.
22. Brene Brown
There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.
23. Neil Gaiman
Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.
24. Bruce Garrabrandt
Creativity doesn't wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.
25. Mary Lou Cook
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
26. Arthur Ashe
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
27. Paulo Coelho
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.
28. Napoleon Hill
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
29. Tom Wolfe
Put your good where it will do the most.
30. John Steinbeck
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
31. John Maynard Keynes
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
32. Sylvia Plath
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
33. Scarlett Thomas
Routine kills creative thought.
34. Pablo Picasso
Everything you imagine is real.
35. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, the economy flourishes.