“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”
~ George Bernard Shaw
“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.”
“To me, all creativity is magic. Ideas start out in the empty void of your head - and they end up as a material thing, like a book you can hold in your hand. That is the magical process. It's an alchemical thing. Yes, we do get the gold out of it but that's not the most important thing. It's the work itself.”
~ Alan Moore
“Non-judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again the doorway to creativity.”
~ Deepak Chopra
There is no such thing as an idle thought. All thought creates form on some level. Every thought leads to either love or fear. ~ A Course in Miracles
“Because you’re a creation of God, you reflect the Divine qualities of creativity, wisdom, and love.”
~ Doreen Virtue
No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit. ~ Ansel Adams Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself. ~ Alan Alda The best way to help people to maximize their creative potential is to allow them to do something they love. ~ Teresa Amabile
True creativity is impossible without some measure of passion.
~ Teresa Amabile People will be most creative when they feel motivated primarily by the interest, enjoyment, satisfaction and challenge of the work itself. ~ Teresa M. Amabile It is in awareness that we bring everything to life that lives within us. There is no time like the present to give birth to creativity. ~ Kathleen Anderson I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare. ~ Maya Angelou You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. ~ Maya Angelou Creativity does not depend on inherited talent or on environment or upbringing; it is the function of the ego of every human being. ~ Silvano Arieti The portal of healing and creativity always takes us into the realm of the spirit. ~ Angeles Arrien I have two questions for you: What do you need to make your creativity shine through? Why do you keep ignoring it? ~ Lauren Artress Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women. ~ Mustafa K. Ataturk Creative individuals place a high value on fun because it enables them to soar in their other pursuits. ~ Jordan Ayan Time is clay. Go make something. ~ Barbara Bach Mortals must do what they are here to do creatively or they will become cranky. ~ Jill Badonsky Enthusaism is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity. ~ Bo Bennett There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation. ~ Henri Bergson 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 Creativity, which is the expression of our originality, helps us stay mindful that what we bring to the world is completely original and cannot be compared. ~ Brene Brown Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. ~ Rita Mae Brown The first step to being creative is to get rid of your own unwritten rules. ~ Mary M. Byers As adults we have quite a bit of work to do, and play seems to function as a protective mechanism against the costs of this work; a buffer against stress, a support during life transitions, a means of forming bonds and alliances, a jump start for creativity and problem-solving. ~ Christine Caldwell Art is not thinking something up; it is the opposite - getting something down. ~ Julia Cameron Creativity – like human life itself – begins in darkness. ~ Julia Cameron Creativity flourishes when we have a sense of safety and self-acceptance. ~ Julia Cameron Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God. ~ Julia Cameron Creativity is our true nature; blocks are an unnatural thwarting of a process at once as normal and as miraculous as the blossoming of a flower at the end of a slender green stem. ~ Julia Cameron Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy. ~ Julia Cameron In a sense, as we are creative beings, our lives become our work of art. ~ Julia Cameron In dance, in composition, in sculpture, the experience is the same: we are more the conduit than the creator of what we express. ~ Julia Cameron In order to have a real relationship with our creativity, we must take the time and care to cultivate it. ~ Julia Cameron Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise. ~ Julia Cameron Next to Morning Pages and Artist Dates, the most potent tool for contacting inner guidance and creativity is walking. ~ Julia Cameron The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. ~ Julia Cameron A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. ~ Frank Capra All creative people are kids at heart. You’ve got to play – do stuff that’s definitely not work to get off the linear approach to creative work. I keep yo-yos in my office and I play solitaire on my computer. ~ Steve Carmichael Instead of looking at life as a narrowing funnel, we can see it ever widening to choose the things we want to do, to take the wisdom we've learned and create something. ~ Liz Carpenter
Enhancing creativity is not only for enrichment; it’s a vital resource for meeting the challenges and dangers, as well as the opportunities, of the accelerated change climate of the twenty-first century.
~ Shelly Carson We are all creative. Creativity is the hallmark human capacity that has allowed us to survive thus far. Our brains are wired to be creative, and the only thing stopping you from expressing the creativity that is your birthright is your belief that there are creative people and uncreative people and that you fall in that second category. ~ Shelly Carson We should not forget to enjoy the experience of daily creativity, whatever that may entail. ~ Diane Carter Contemplation is the root of awareness and creativity. ~ Sandra Chantry Losing touch with spirit does nothing to the field of creativity, which is beyond harm; but it can do much to damage a person's chance in life. ~ Deepak Chopra With spiritual growth comes new creative potential, leading to the realization that you are pure potential, able to fill any creative impulse. ~ Deepak Chopra If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play. ~ John Cleese Laughter is the best creative medicine. ~ John Cleese Each of us possesses a creative self. Claiming that is a transformational art. When you begin to act on your creativity,what you find inside may be more valuable than what you produce for the external world. The ultimate creative act is to express what is most authentic and individual about you. ~ Eileen M. Clegg The difference between famous creators and struggling artists is that the creators know that improving the lives of others deserves the highest reward. ~ Alan Cohen Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. ~ Mary Lou Cook Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is. ~ Mason Cooley Nothing is more exciting and bonding in relationships than creating together. ~ Steven R. Covey Even without success, creative persons find joy in a job well done. Learning for its own sake is rewarding. ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Studying creativity is not an elite distraction, but provides one of the most exciting models for living. ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Creative individuals tend to be smart, yet also naïve at the same time… Creative individuals have a combination of playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility. ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives…most of the things that are interesting, important, and human are the results of creativity…when we are involved in it, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life. ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 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. ~ Miles Davis It's not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change. ~ Miles Davis Sometimes you have to play for a long time to be able to play like yourself. ~ Miles Davis We are weaving the future on the loom of today. ~ Grace Stricker Dawson Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learned. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and, where appropriate, profits. ~ Edward de Bono Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. ~ Edward de Bono Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. ~ Edward de Bono Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. ~ Edward de Bono Creativity is a great motivator because it mades people interested in what they are doing. ~ Edward de Bono Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting. ~ 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. ~ Edward de Bono It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action that man finds his supreme joy. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery You need a room with no view so imagination can meet memory in the dark. ~ Annie Dillard Creativity is work that goes some place: it is sustained effort toward an ideal. ~ Michael Drury Creativity means believing you have greatness. ~ Wayne Dyer
A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way, but intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.
~ Albert Einstein Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. ~ Albert Einstein I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. ~ Albert Einstein I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. ~ Albert Einstein The legs are the wheels of creativity. ~ Albert Einstein To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires a creative imagination and marks the real advances in science. ~ Albert Einstein To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition. ~ Albert Einstein Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity. ~ T.S. Eliot The heart knows what it wants, and it often makes no sense. Intuition, creativity, and listening are all imperative in creating an inspired life. ~ Jonathan H. Ellerby In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson The two terrors that discourage creativity and creative living are fear of public opinion and undue reverence for one's own consistency. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let if first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. ~ Epictetus The most important thing is to hold on, hold out, for your creative life, for your solitude, for your time to be and do, for your very life. ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes Creativity is an act of self-discovery. ~ Sebastian Esteverena Our imagination is boundless. In a split second we can imagine an incredible number of things. To give form to what is imagined takes great creative powers. That's why I believe creativity is giving form to imagination. ~ Fereydoon Family To fully be a human being is to take full responsibility for one’s part in the co-creation of the world. ~ Joel Federman The ability to live in the question long enough for genius to emerge is a touchstone of creative success. ~ Jonathan Fields Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago? ~ Bernice FitzGibbon Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there's no particular virtue in doing things the way they always have been done. ~ Rudolf Flesch I call the age we are entering the creative age because the key factor propelling us forward is the rise of creativity as the primary mover of our economy. ~ Richard Florida Your soul is infinitely creative. It is alive and expansive in nature. It is curious and playful, changing with the tides of time. ~ Debbie Ford Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the Universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request and everything your heart desires must come to you. ~ Shakti Gawain Keeping your mind open in the face of uncertainty is the single most powerful secret of unleashing your creative potential. ~ Michael J. Gelb An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally. ~ Seth Goden Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another. ~ Seth Goden Art is not in the ...eye of the beholder. It's in the soul of the artist. ~ Seth Goden
It's rare to find a consistently creative or insightful person who is also an angry person. They can't occupy the same space, and if your anger moves in, generosity and creativity often move out. It's difficult to use revenge or animus to fuel great work.
~ Seth Goden A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe All of us can create if we allow ourselves to. ~ Natalie Goldberg Creativity is the ideas expressed after summoning everything you've learned and disregarding everything you know. It's the ability to get out of the way of one's originality and imagination. ~ Dan Greenberger Every act of creating is an act of power, an act of hope. ~ Pam Grout The ultimate solutions to problems are rational; the process of finding them is not. ~ J. P. Guilford The human urge to create comes from the play impulse. ~ Carla Hannaford Thought, creativity and learning arise from experience. ~ Carla Hannaford When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap. ~ Cynthia Heimel When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for a better understanding. ~ Robert Henri Most people are much more unusual and complicated and eccentric and playful and creative than they have time to express. ~ Oliver Herring The genuine creator creates something that has a life of its own, something that can exist and function without him. ~ Eric Hofer When we conceive a new idea we are thinking directly from the creativity of God. ~ Ernest Holmes We hold these truths to be self-evident; All people are born creative; Endowed by our Creator with the inalienable right and responsibility to express our creativity for the sake of ourselves and our world. ~ Barbara Marx Hubbard
All this creative power of the mind amounts to no more than the faculty of compounding, transposing, augmenting, or diminishing the materials afforded us the by senses and experience.
~ David Hume The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation. ~ Robert Iger Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity. There’s a light inside of you. ~ Judith Jamison The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions. ~ Anthony Jay 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 The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. ~ Steve Jobs All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination. ~ Carl Jung From the living fountain of instinct flows everything that is creative; hence the unconscious is not merely conditioned by history, but is the very source of the creative impulse. It is like nature herself - prodigiously conservative, and yet transcending her own historical conditions in her acts of creation. ~ Carl Jung
Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
~ Carl Jung The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. ~ Carl Jung All human knowledge thus begins with intuitions, proceeds thence to concepts, and ends with ideas. ~ Immanuel Kant Playology is about waking up our senses, infusing our organs of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting - and the higher cognitive senses as well, with the spirit of play. Play ignites creativity and spontaneity. Playing together leads to trust and cooperation. ~ Ellie Katz To fully nurture the creative potential of others requires modeling the behaviors, attitudes and actions consistant with a creative learner. Development of one's creative expression is therefore first. ~ Susan Keller-Mathers Life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and the pupil are located in the same individual. ~ Arthur Koestler Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality. ~ Arthur Koestler An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. ~ Edwin Land Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity. ~ Edwin Land To be mindfully engaged is the most natural, creative state we can be in. ~ Ellen Langler Creativity is a catchall term for a variety of distinct thought processes. ~ Jonah Lehrer Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things. ~ Theodore Levitt
Nothing feeds the center of being so much as creative work.
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. ~ George Lois Creativity is our birthright. It is an integral part of being human, as basic as walking, talking and thinking. ~ John Daido Loori There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ~ Sophia Loren Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found. ~ James Lowell
In creating, the only hard thing's to begin; a grass-blade's no easier to make than an oak.
~ James Lowell It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection. ~ Thomas Macaulay One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new. ~ Harvey Mackay A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate symphony. ~ Abraham Maslow Almost all creativity involves purposeful play. ~ Abraham Maslow Creativity is a characteristic given to all human beings at birth. ~ Abraham Maslow The key question isn’t ‘What fosters creativity?’ But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything. ~ Abraham Maslow Trust the process of the subtle push toward art and creative expression from inside you – it is the gentle call of your heart and renewed search for soul. It is an opening to expansion of your expressive abilities and the discovery of hidden limitations ready to be challenged. Be open to what it means, it has many possibilities for action in every part of your life. Ultimately it will lead to significant personal changes – to living life in a new way with new tools of creative expression. ~ Donald William Mathews All changes, even positive ones, are scary. Attempts to reach goals through radical or revolutionary means often fail because they heighten fear. But the small steps of kaizen disarm the brain’s fear response, stimulating rational thought and creative play. ~ Robert Maurer To be a leader you must be able to create positive change. ~ John C. Maxwell …what the artist or creative scientist feels is not anxiety or fear; it is joy. I use the word in contrast to happiness or pleasure. The artist, at the moment of creating, does not experience gratification or satisfaction…Rather, it is joy, joy defined as the emotion that goes with heightened consciousness, the mood that accompanies the experience of actualizing one's own potentialities. ~ Rollo May All people are struggling to be creative in some way, and the artist is the one who has succeeded in this task of life. ~ Rollo May Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one’s death. ~ Rollo May Creativity occurs as an act of encounter, and is to be understood with this encounter at the center. ~ Rollo May Joy is the zest that you get out of using your talents, your understanding, the totality of your being, for great aims…That's the kind of feeling that goes with creativity. That's why I say the courage to create. Creation does not come out of simply what you're born with. That must be united with your courage, both of which cause anxiety, but also great joy. ~ Rollo May Something is born, comes into being, something which did not exist before - which is as good a definition of creativity as we can get. ~ Rollo May We cannot will to have insights. We cannot will to have creativity, but we can will to give ourselves to the creative experience with intensity of dedication and commitment. ~ Rollo May We express our being by creating. Creativity is a necessary sequel to being. ~ Rollo May What anxiety means is it's as though the world is knocking at your door, and you need to create, you need to make something, you need to do something. I think anxiety, for people who have found their own heart and their own souls, for them it is a stimulus toward creativity, toward courage. It's what makes us human beings. ~ Rollo May Whatever sphere we may be in, there is a profound joy in the realization that we are helping to form the structure of the new world. This is creative courage, however minor or fortuitous our creations may be. ~ Rollo May The world leaders in innovation and creativity will also be world leaders in everything else. ~ Harold R. McAlindon Creation is a sentient and instinctual flow that determines where to go and what to change or omit. ~ Shaun McNiff Creative expression requires an ability to work with feelings and channel them. Frustration, dissatisfaction, and even a sense of desperation may help you access an eloquence you never knew existed. ~ Shaun McNiff To the extent a person makes, invents or thinks something that is new to him, he may be said to have performed a creative act. ~ Margaret Mead Art lives on constraint and dies of freedom. ~ Michelangelo Can you imagine experiencing the world as a great sandbox given for us to play in like we did as children? As we play, we can also open ourselves to the exploration of our edges, always creating new adventures of self-exploration as we let go of old out-dated beliefs about ourselves. ~ Judith-Annette Milburn Drawing is a door to discovering your own creativity. ~ Jonathan Milne Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. ~ Charles Mingus We need to make the world safe for creativity and intuition, for it’s creativity and intuition that will make the world safe for us. ~ Edgar Mitchell You've got to keep the child alive; you can't create without it. ~ Joni Mitchell Creativity, not normality, has become the paradigm of mental health. ~ Stephen Mitchell
Imagination is the fundamental expressive tool of the soul.
~ Bruce L. Moon
Relief from boredom, anxiety, depression, and addictions are the pleasant side effects of engaging the imagination, and of restoring the soul.
~ Bruce L. Moon The mind needs exercise as much as the body does. ~ John Morgan Curiosity is the key to creativity. ~ Akio Morita The meaning of life is creative love. Not love as an inner feeling, as a private sentimental emotion, but love as a dynamic power moving out in the world and doing something original. ~ Tom Morris Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. ~ Bill Moyers The power of mistakes enables us to reframe creative blocks and turn them around…The troublesome parts of our work, the parts that are most baffling and frustrating, are in fact the growing edges. We see these opportunities the instant we drop our preconceptions and our self-importance. ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of ones chosen form. ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch The most potent muse of all is our own inner child. ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch The noun of self becomes a verb. This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge. ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch What is creativity? I define creativity as the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. Innovation is the production or implementation of a creative idea. If you have ideas, but don't act on them, you are imaginative but not creative. ~ Linda Naiman Life is an endlessly creative experience, and we are shaping ourselves at every moment by every decision we make. ~ Kent Nerburn An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. ~ Isaac Newton It is better to create than to be learned; creating is the true essence of life. ~ Geog Niebuhr Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. ~ Earl Nightingale Everything begins with an idea. ~ Earl Nightingale
Instead of competing, all we have to do is create.
~ Earl Nightingale If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied. ~ Alfred Nobel Creativity is imagining possibilities and making them real. ~ Marta Davidovich Ockuly
Creativity is our human capacity to imagine and express new possibilities.
~ Marta Davidovich Ockuly
Creativity is the process of expressing and applying imagination.
~ Marta Davidovich Ockuly Surprises are the joy of living. Surprises directly touch the soul. Good surprises energize and bad surprises teach. ~ Alev Oguz Creativity is the mother of all energies, nurturer of your most alive self. It charges up every part of you. When you’re plugged in, a spontaneous combustion occurs that ‘artists’ don’t have a monopoly on. ~ Judith Orloff Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom while discouragement often nips it at the bud. Creativity is now something we can turn on and off like a faucet. It is an experience and expression in our lives that must be nurtured. This nurturing process means that creativity is at once a skill, an art, and a life-style. ~ Alex Osborn Each of us has an Aladdin's Lamp which psychologists call creative imagination. ~ Alex Osborn It is easier to tone down a wild idea than to think up a new one. ~ Alex Osborn Whatever creative success I gained was due to my belief that creative power can be stepped up by effort, and that there are ways in which we can guide our creative thinking. ~ Alex Osborn Destroying something, any idiot can do. Creating needs intelligence. ~ Osho You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty. ~ Osho Creativity pervades human life. It is the mark of individuality. The vehicle of self-expression. The engine of progress in every human endeavor. ~ Elliot Samuel Paul
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
~ Joseph Pearce The normal person classifies an object, and then forgets about it. The creative person, by contrast, is always open to new possibilities. ~ Jordan Peterson Every act of creation begins with an act of destruction. ~ Pablo Picasso The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt. ~ Sylvia Plath Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected. ~ William Plomer While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness. ~ Gilda Radner A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. ~ Ayn Rand By picturing ourselves creating at our highest levels, imagining the finished product and the deep joy that comes from creating, we move closer to our dreams. Visualizing the end result from our creative effort helps us achieve it. ~ Salli Rasberry Serving others helps strengthen your creativity by providing low-risk avenues of self-expression while making a difference in the lives of others. The joy of giving, the joy of creating, and the joy of helping come from service. ~ Salli Rasberry Spending time in nature both reduces stress and enhances creativity. ~ Salli Rasberry Creativity when not used turns to depression. ~ Henri Reiman We have to believe that a creative being lives within ourselves, whether we like it or not, and that we must get out of its way, for it will not give us peace until we do. ~ M. C. Richards Creativity challenges the status quo. ~ Ruth Richards Creativity is for us all - it's about you, me, and about everyday life. It is about the abundant originality we manifest, and our flexible improvisations, whether teaching a class, raising our kids, fixing the car, helping a client, landscaping the yard, planning a benefit, or trying to figure out why we're on earth. ~ Ruth Richards
Our creativity is a fundamental survival capacity. Not only does it help us stay alive, it helps us learn what we are living for. Our human creativity must be taken seriously.
~ Ruth Richards Our everyday creativity is not only good for us, it's also one of the most powerful capacities we have, bringing us alive in each moment, affecting our health and well-being, offering richness and alternatives in what we do, and helping move us further in our creative and personal development. ~ Ruth Richards
We humans are not creatures of instinct who all build our nests in the same way. Throughout our day, whether at home or at work, we humans adapt and innovate, improvise flexibly, at times acting from our 'gut feelings', at times from options we imagine and systematically try out, one after the other. Our creativity may involve anything from making breakfast to solving a major conflict with one's boss.
~ Ruth Richards Don't apologize for who your are or the art you create. ~ C.J. Rider All of our existing ideas have creative possibilities. ~ Sir Ken Robinson Creativity involves putting your imagination to work. In a sense, creativity is applied imagination. ~ Sir Ken Robinson Creativity is a process more often than it is an event. ~ Sir Ken Robinson Creativity is the greatest gift of human intelligence. ~ Sir Ken Robinson Everyone has huge creative capacities. The challenge is to develop them. A culture of creativity has to involve everybody, not just a select few. ~ Sir Ken Robinson Helping people to connect with their personal creative capacities is the surest way to release the best they have to offer. ~ Sir Ken Robinson Innovation is applied creativity. By definition, innovation is always about introducing something new, or improved, or both and it is usually assumed to be a positive thing. ~ Sir Ken Robinson Private imaginings may have no outcomes in the world at all. Creativity does. Being creative involves doing something. ~ Sir Ken Robinson
Teaching for creativity aims to encourage self-confidence, independence of mind, and the capacity to think for oneself.
~ Sir Ken Robinson To realize our true creative potential - in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities - we need to think differently about ourselves and towards each other. We must learn to be creative. ~ Sir Ken Robinson
The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
~ Auguste Rodin Creativity is like freedom: once you taste it, you cannot live without it. It is a transformational force, enhancing self-esteem and self-empowerment. ~ Natalie Rogers Fostering creativity within yourself and others revitalizes the ability to feel, express, and act constructively – crucial competencies for our world. ~ Natalie Rogers Those of us who can facilitate the healing of the grief, anger, and sense of hopelessness that exist today are called to help humanity recover joy, creativity, and a sense of personal empowerment within community. ~ Natalie Rogers Enterprise is first creativity. You need creativity to see what’s out there and shape it to your advantage. You need creativity to look at the world a little differently. You need creativity to take a different approach, to be different. ~ Jim Rohn You need courage to be creative. You need the courage to see things differently, courage to go against the crowd, courage to take a different approach, courage to stand alone, if you have to, courage to choose activity over inactivity. ~ Jim Rohn Grace, not willpower, is what ultimately empowers us to live loving lives. Creativity, both in what spawns within the artist and the artifact, can be a vital source of that grace. ~ Ron Rolheiser Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt There are certain things that our age needs. It needs, above all, courageous hope and the impulse to creativeness. ~ Bertrand Russell It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stuffing and unexpected findings of science. ~ Carl Sagan True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery To live creatively free, do what you know how to do now, then ‘act as if’ you know how to do the rest. ~ SARK
A daily creative project is like a marathon. It’s a ridiculously daunting task, but making an original creation every day gives you an incredible sense of accomplishment. It also forces you to push beyond your mental and physical barriers (especially the ones you’ve erected for yourself). You’ll be amazed at what you produce and what you learn about yourself in the process.
~ Noah Scalin Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true, but its father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife. ~ Jonathan Schattke The spirit of entrepreneurship includes imagination, inventiveness and openness to the new. This spirit of creative response aligns with the capacity to exercise moral imagination and to see ethical problems in a new light. To be sure, our most fundamental ethical values -- values such as honesty, avoiding doing harm, keeping commitments -- are grounded in timeless traditions and are not likely to be soon abandoned. But it is in the application of these ethical values to emerging, unique situations, where moral imagination and the entrepreneurial spirit can make a decisive difference. ~ David Schmidt It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed. ~ Vida D. Scudder The truth is there is more than enough love, creative ideas, power, joy, happiness to go around. ~ “The Secret” The great news is that our brains are built for creative problem solving, and it is easy to both uncover and enhance our natural inventiveness. ~ Tina Seelig If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. ~ George Bernard Shaw Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~ George Bernard Shaw 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. ~ Michele Shea Creativity consists of coming up with many ideas, not just that one great idea. ~ Charles Thompson All true artists, whether they know it or not, create form a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. ~ Eckhart Tolle Sustained enthusiasm brings into existence a wave of creative energy, and all you have to do is ‘ride the wave’. ~ Eckhart Tolle Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful. ~ Alice Walker Creativity is a rare part of living. It's fundamental. None of us can squelch our creativity without feeling less than whole, incomplete and depressed. ~ Lynn Weiss We were born with a natural tendency to focus on love. Our imaginations were creative and flourishing, and we knew how to use them. We were connected to a richer world, a world full of enchantment and a sense of the miraculous. What happened? ~ Marianne Williamson As we transcend our past in the things we do, we also become who we can be. Thus creativity is those attitudes by which we fulfil ourselves.
~ John G. Young
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