Creativity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old creativity quotes, creativity sayings, and creativity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A good book praises itself.      

German (on books and writers)

A good spectator also creates.      

Swiss (on art and creativity)

A goose quill is more dangerous than a lion's claw.      

English (on books and writers)

A library is a repository of medicine for the mind.      

Greek (on books and writers)

A picture is a poem without words.      

Latin (on art and creativity)

A picture's worth a thousand words.      

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A thousand artisans, a thousand plans.      

Chinese (on art and creativity)

All the world's a stage.      

William Shakespeare

Even the best song becomes tiresome if heard too often.      

Korean (on art and creativity)

Even the best writer has to erase.      

Spanish (on books and writers)

Every age has its book.      

Arabic (on books and writers)

Every picture tells a story.      

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Great ideas are the fuel of progress.      

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Great minds think alike.      

Punch

If you believe everything you read, better not read.      

Japanese (on books and writers)

Imagination is more important than knowledge.      

Albert Einstein

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.      

Charles Caleb Colton

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself but talent instantly recognizes genius.      

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Men willingly believe what they wish.      

Julius Caesar

Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.      

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Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds.      

George Eliot

Quality, not quantity.      

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The sight of books removes sorrows from the heart.      

Moroccan (on books and writers)

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.     

Steve Jobs

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.     

Edward de Bono

Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.     

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Creative thinking - in terms of idea creativity - is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practised and nurtured.     

Edward de Bono

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      

Charles Mingus

Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas      

Donatella Versace

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

When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.     

Linda Naiman

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. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.     

Alan Alda

The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible; he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are.     

Frank Goble

The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things-ancient history, nineteenth century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later, or six months, or six years. But he has faith that it will happen.     

Carl Ally

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.      

Mary Lou Cook

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

The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity. He doesn't need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas      

Abe Tannenbaum

Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.      

Erich Fromm

It seems to be one of the paradoxes of creativity that in order to think originally, we must familiarize ourselves with the ideas of others.      

George Kneller

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.      

Maya Angelou

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.      

Joseph Chilton Pierce

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.     

Arthur Koestler

The things we fear most in organizations - fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances - are the primary sources of creativity.     

Margaret J. Wheatley

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.     

Anthony Jay

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.      

Rita Mae Brown

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.     

Gail Sheehy

Human life is inherently creative. It's why we all have different resumes. It's why human culture is so interesting and diverse and dynamic.      

Ken Robinson

For creativity to flourish [requires] the embrace of loss, the oldest and most constant of human experiences.      

Julie Burstein

Creative works may indeed be kind of like property, but it's property that we're all building on.      

Kirby Ferguson

The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense.      

Pablo Picasso

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.      

Albert Einstein