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The world doesn't need an artist who shows reality as it is. (Marina Abramovic)

People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories. (Chinua Achebe)

Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit. (Ansel Adams)

I try to manage my day by my circadian rhythms because the creativity is such an elusive thing, and I could easily just stomp over it doing my administrative stuff. (Scott Adams)

Being creative is not so much the desire to do something as the listening to that which wants to be done: the dictation of the materials. (Anni Albers)

In my basic courses I have always tried to develop discovery and invention which, in my opinion, are the criteria of creativeness. (Josef Albers)

Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem. (Brian Aldiss)

These tools allow anyone, and any group of people, to create beautiful, functional, meaningful places. You can create a living world. (Christopher Alexander)

Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force. He who knows this is ready to become something higher and stronger than a bundle of wavering thoughts and fluctuating sensations. He who does this has become the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers. (James Allen)

Creativity depends on a number of things: experience, including knowledge and technical skills; talent; an ability to think in new ways; and the capacity to push through uncreative dry spells. (Teresa Amabile)

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. (Maya Angelou)

The essential ingredient for creativity is wasting time. (Anonymous)

Once you've established where you are, you go to the character and elaborate on expressions and action. (Sergio Aragones)

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)

No one has ever written or painted, sculpted, modeled, built, invented, except to get out of hell. (Antonin Artaud)

More of your brain is involved when reading than it is when you watch television... because you are supplying just about everything... you're a creator. (Margaret Atwood)

After one month with a saxophone shoved in my mouth, my military combatant's enthusiasm disappeared completely. Instead of flying choppers behind enemy lines, I started to fantasise about living in New York, London or Paris. (Gilad Atzmon)

A poet feels the impulse to create a work of art when the passive awe provoked by an event is transformed into a desire to express that awe in a rite of worship. (W. H. Auden)

The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness. It is not like a drug; it is a particular state when everything happens very quickly, a mixture of consciousness and unconsciousness, of fear and pleasure; it's a little like making love, the physical act of love. (Francis Bacon)

One's head is finite. You pour more and more things into it - surnames, chronologies, affiliations - and it packs them away in its tunnels, and eventually you find that you have a book about something that you publish. (Nicholson Baker)

The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive and more constructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person. (Frank X Barron)

Creativity is a lifestyle, and ideas are the product and lifeblood of that lifestyle. (Miles G. Batt)

There is no one definitive creative path. There are many ways to be creative – not only intuitive ways but organized, logical ways, too. (Theresa Bayer)

Something about making art has to do with overcoming things, giving us a clear opportunity for doing things in ways we have always known we should do them. (David Bayles, Ted Orland)

The true locus of creativity is not the genetic process prior to the work but the work itself as it lives in the experience of the beholder. (Monroe Beardsley)

The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day. (Samuel Beckett)

I change many things, discard others, and try again and again until I am satisfied. Then, in my head, I begin to elaborate the work in its breadth, its narrowness, its height, its depth... I hear and see the image in front of me from every angle, as if it had been cast, and only the labour of writing it down remains. (Ludwig van Beethoven)

There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish. (Warren G. Bennis)

Art lost its basic creative drive the moment it was separated from worship. It severed an umbilical cord and now lives its own sterile life, generating and degenerating itself. In former days the artist remained unknown and his work was to the glory of God. (Ingmar Bergman)

Creation signifies, above all, emotion, and that not in literature or art alone. We all know the concentration and effort implied in scientific discovery. Genius has been defined as an infinite capacity for taking pains. (Henri Bergson)

Virtuosity equals creativity plus facility with tools plus a willingness to 'spend-the-time' and make an investment in the outcome. (Dianne Bersea)

Creativity is not limited to people practising one of the traditional forms of art and, even in the case of artists, creativity is not confined to the exercise of their art. Each one of us has a creative potential, which is hidden by competitiveness and success-aggression. (Joseph Beuys)

Curving back within myself, I create again and again. (The Bhagavad Gita)

To create is a miracle; the result is the marriage of miracle and mystery. (Gemma Billington)

Creation is such an elusive thing, for the more we think we are in control, the more we remove ourselves from the actual creation. (Betty Jean Billups)

Creativity is not a motive, it's simply an attitude of open-mindedness. (Eleanor Blair)

I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare; my business is to create. (William Blake)

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. (Edward de Bono)

The creative effort is a lot like sex. It's not so much the equipment you have as what is in your mind. The real excitement and beauty is in what we think and feel and what we do about it. (Kelly Borsheim)

Art is always an exaggeration in some sense; in color, in form, even in theme, etc... but it has always been this way. It is the same with the nature of some works by Giotto or Massacio, or the color of life as expressed by Van Gogh. (Fernando Botero)

...these words were just streaming out and there were tears running down my face. But I couldn't stop, they just flew out. It's an odd feeling, like something else is guiding you, although forcing your hand is more like it. (David Bowie)

Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration. (Johannes Brahms)

My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water. (Robert Bresson)

The creative impulses of man are always at war with the possessive impulses. (Van Wyck Brooks)

Creation happens to us, burns into us, changes us, we tremble and swoon, we submit. Creation - we participate in it, we encounter the creator, offer ourselves to him, helpers and companions. (Martin Buber)

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To them... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. (Pearl S. Buck)

Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create - so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating. (Pearl S. Buck)

The human mind cannot create anything. It produces nothing until after having been fertilized by experience and meditation; its acquisitions are the gems of its production. (George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon)

The way to create art is to burn and destroy ordinary concepts and to substitute them with new truths that run down from the top of the head and out of the heart. (Charles Bukowski)

The function of the creative artist consists of making laws, not in following laws already made. (Ferruccio Busoni)

I don't control anything I create. (Rhonda Byrne)

The heart of creativity is an experience of the mystical union; the heart of the mystical union is an experience of creativity. (Julia Cameron)

Creativity is the life force that Dylan Thomas called 'the force that through the green fuse drives the flower.' (Julia Cameron)

Creativity is not and never has been sensible. (Julia Cameron)

The creative act is not hanging on, but yielding to a new creative movement. Awe is what moves us forward. (Joseph Campbell)

The act of creation, making anything, is an alteration. We cannot eliminate the medium or ourselves from the process, and both are limited. We create decisive moments by devoting our time and attention to specific things. This is the greatest gift we can give anyone or anything - pieces of our life. (John Paul Caponigro)

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. (Frank Capra)

For me, creating art is accessing a shining sliver of divinity – which is all positive, loving energy. When I go to a place of negativity and fear, I find that my access is denied. (Michael Carpenter)

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box. (Henri Cartier-Bresson)

Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible. (George Washington Carver)

I have always regarded manual labour as creative and looked with respect - and, yes, wonder - at people who work with their hands. It seems to me that their creativity is no less than that of a violinist or painter. (Pablo Casals)

Creativity is an essential part of being human, a vital force without which we can exist, but not truly live. (Ann Cashman)

The emotional mind creates, and the rational mind explains it. Another way of saying this is, your 'heart' perceives it and your 'head' translates it. (Alvaro Castagnet)

When I can no longer create anything, I'll be done for. (Coco Chanel)

All who are creative, in whatever way, are doing something very important to the well being of the world. (Sandra Chantry)

Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

One of the secrets, and pleasures, of [creating] is to learn to correct something if it goes awry; and one of the lessons is to grin and bear it if it cannot be fixed. (Julia Child)

We are like children building a sandcastle. We embellish it with beautiful shells, bits of driftwood, and pieces of coloured glass. The castle is ours, off limits to others. Yet despite all our attachment, we know that the tide will inevitably come in and sweep the sandcastle away. The trick is to enjoy it fully but without clinging, and when the time comes, let it dissolve back into the sea. (Pema Chodron)

To make art allows one to appreciate others: to see what's happening. To look inside yourself. (Melanie Circle)

One day we will be more creative, more productive and yet more relaxed. Unleash Innovation! (Francesco Cirillo)

Less-creative people can't shift gears. Very creative people move between these two states intuitively. (Guy Claxton)

Creativity is not a talent; it's a way of operating. (John Cleese)

High creativity is responding to situations without critical thought. (John Cleese)

Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings. (John Collier)

Creativity dies in an undisciplined environment. (Jim Collins, author)

There is something about the creative process... which is that you can't talk about it. You try to think of anecdotes about it, and you try to explain, but you're never really saying what happened... it's a sort of happy accident. (Betty Comden)

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. (Mary Lou Cook)

Creativity is a mindset, an attitude. Regardless of how we feel - low or high or in between - creativity is always there. (Nikki Coulombe)

An Artist must surrender to Conscious Delivery or Sub-Conscious Creativity; never must the two ever meet except in passing... (Kris Courtney)

The creative urge matters. Stories matter. Images matter. It matters that you were born with a genius, a guiding spirit, a daimon that may know more about your destiny than you do. (Phil Cousineau)

All things are created twice. There's a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation of all things. (Stephen R. Covey)

The making of a work of art is a sort of replay of the birth of consciousness – the separation of object from subject, the world from one's self. (Warren Criswell)

It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God. (Mary Daly)

CREATIVITY. Nothing would evolve and change without creativity - a unique power which is worth uncovering in each of us. (Jack Dickerson)

To be empowered - to be free, to be unlimited, to be creative, to be genius, to be divine - that is who you are. Once you feel this way, memorize this feeling; remember this feeling. (Joe Dispenza)

Going for a walk is a great way to stimulate creativity. (Lorna Dockstader)

Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea. (Lou Dorfsman)

Man is a creative animal, doomed to strive toward a goal, engaged in full-time engineering. (Fyodor Dostoevski)

Creativity is work that goes some place: it is sustained effort toward an ideal. (Michael Drury)

In the creative act, the artist goes from intention to realization through a chain of totally subjective reactions. (Marcel Duchamp)

Like the sand and the oyster, it's a creative irritant. In each poem, I'm trying to reveal a truth, so it can't have a fictional beginning. (Carol Ann Duffy)

things I've learned from my mother: Luxury is nice, but creativity is nicer. (Lena Dunham)

From this [drawing], the treasure secretly gathered in your heart will become evident through your creative work. (Albrecht Durer)

Recent years have shown a growing preoccupation with the circumstances surrounding the creative act and a search for the ingredients that promote creativity. This preoccupation in itself suggests that we are in a special kind of trouble - and indeed we are. (Charles Eames)

Stillness is where creativity and solutions are found. (Meister Johann Eckhart)

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. (Albert Einstein)

Creativity is the residue of time wasted. (Albert Einstein)

In our fine arts, not imitation, but creation is the aim... The details, the prose of nature, he should omit, and give us only the spirit and splendour. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

One often makes music to supplement one's world. (Brian Eno)

Creativity is that marvelous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition. (Max Ernst)

The way to creativity is silence. (Maria Eskenasy)

What I do when I create a character is put in details from all the people I know who might be like that person, and then put in a huge amount of myself. (Jeffrey Eugenides)

I guess when we become creative we move our lives onto a different energy flow or something. (Marnie Evans)

Each of us is an artist, capable of conceiving and creating a vision from the depths of our being. (Dorothy Fadiman)

A created thing is never invented and it is never true: it is always and ever itself. (Federico Fellini)

To be truly creative, you have to work beyond what you know. Pushing the envelope is what being an artist is all about. (John Ferrie)

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 Fitz-Gibbon)

Artistic creation springs from the formative impulse and the craving for emotional expression. (James Fitzgerald)

Just as words have two functions - information and creation - so each human mind has two personalities, one on the surface, one deeper down. The upper personality... is conscious and alert... The lower personality is a... perfect fool, but without it there is no literature... (E. M. Forster)

Creativity sometimes needs the protection of darkness, of being ignored. That is very obvious in the natural tendency many artists and writers have not to show their paintings or writings before they are finished. (Marie-Louise von Franz)

Creativity is a powerful gift and some people are excited by it and want to use it and others are afraid of it. (Nina Allen Freeman)

Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. (Anna Freud)

The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own. There is no other way. (Betty Friedan)

Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. (Erich Fromm)

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)

Being a creation of Man, art re-creates Man. (Naum Gabo)

The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before. (Neil Gaiman)

When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: 'Only stand out of my light.' Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light. (John W. Gardner)

Creativity is dynamic, it asserts life, frees the human spirit, conquers mental lassitude and illness, and makes real the outrageous potential of the universal imagination. (Robert Genn)

Art is a perfectly complete cause. (Sara Genn)

Creativity is not something you pluck off a shelf, it only becomes evident after years of practice, experimentation and effort. (Don Getz)

A creative life is an amplified life. It's a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

Because the truth is, I believe that creativity is a force of enchantment - not entirely human in its origins. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

- unsourced...
As a suffering creature, I cannot do without something greater than I - something that is my life - the power to create. (Vincent van Gogh)

Creativity is no big deal. (Natalie Goldberg)

We make versions, and true versions make worlds. (Nelson Goodman)

I never got a job I didn't create for myself. (Ruth Gordon)

To be creative, relax and let your mind go to work, otherwise the result is either a copy of something you did before or reads like an army manual. (Kenneth H. Gordon, Jr.)

It can all become a bit odd. But I like the lateral process. It can go in so many directions. (Alexander Gorlizki)

Creativity and love surely come from the same source, and both have no boundaries. It all depends on how we use them. (Nancy Green)

I must confess that both the creation of a good painting and/or a truly fine photograph give me an equal degree of satisfaction. (Douglas Greetham)

I am a night painter, so when I come into the studio the next morning the delirium is over. (Philip Guston)

While dreams are the language of the soul, creativity is its voice. (Hap Hagood)

I only ever really take out my guitar when I'm miserable, which isn't necessarily a very good time to do it. (Glen Hansard)

Creativity is not reliant on limiting access to media. Neither is the use of media, of new techniques just to 'see' what they can do as a form of art... Is the artist saying something we can hear... no matter what the language? (Cherie Hanson)

You can have no recipe with art. If you follow a recipe, you're negating the creative act. (Denise Hare)

The creative urge we humans feel from birth – to draw, paint, sing, dance and decorate ourselves and our surroundings – is largely stifled by left-brained, bottom-line driven education and lifestyle. (Pat Hart)

-putting on good clothes before composing...
I'm going to commune with God and I must be appropriately dressed! (Joseph Haydn)

The stuff comes alive and turns crazy on ya. (Ernest Hemingway)

The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable. (Robert Henri)

Art comes from everywhere. It's your response to your surroundings. (Damien Hirst)

I think that some works are more accessible than others. (Jim Hodges)

There is no ritual that enhances creativity other than just starting. (John Hodgman)

Creation is dominated by three absolutely different factors: First, nature, which works upon us by its laws; second, the artist, who creates a spiritual contact with nature and his materials; third, the medium of expression through which the artist translates his inner world. (Hans Hofmann)

-on The Group of Seven...
A representative painting of a mountain is simply a copy of what is reflected on the eye's retina. A true painting of a mountain is a more or less imperfect record of what transpires in the soul of the person behind the retina. (F. B. Hoosier)

Creative activity is more than a mere cultural frill, it is a crucial factor of human experience, the means of self-revelation, the basis of empathy with others; it inspires both individualism and responsibility, the giving and the sharing of experience. (Tom Hudson)

It always amazes me when a spark of something I've started takes on a life of its own, and suggests steps to take in its own formation. (Marvin Humphrey)

Research clearly indicates that Theta waves increase creativity, super learning, integrative experiences, and memory. (Michael Hutchison)

It is not certainty which is creative, but the uncertainty we are pledged to in our works. (Edmond Jabes)

Exaggeration and modification are the undisputed prerogative of the creative artist. (Charles Sargeant Jagger)

The more you create, the less you need the perfect conditions in which to create. (Melissa Jean)

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)

None of us are as creative as all of us. (Steve Jobs)

Creativity is the art of courage. (Anne Michelle Johal)

If I didn't have my films as an outlet for all the different sides of me, I would probably be locked up. (Angelina Jolie)

One is trying to make a shape out of the very things of which oneself is made. (David Jones)

Creativity isn't a switch that's flicked on or off; it's a way of seeing, engaging and responding to the world around you. (Rod Judkins)

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. (Carl Gustav Jung)

The heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hands to execute. (Junius)

In this country we encourage 'creativity' among the mediocre, but real bursting creativity appalls us. We put it down as undisciplined, as somehow 'too much.' (Pauline Kael)

The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need. The world never needed Beethoven's Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it. (Louis Kahn)

The true work of art is born from the Artist: a mysterious, enigmatic, and mystical creation. It detaches itself from him, it acquires an autonomous life, becomes a personality, an independent subject, animated with a spiritual breath, the living subject of a real existence of being. (Wassily Kandinsky)

Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is 'to fit together' and we all do this every day. (Corita Kent)

The creative process for me unfolds in three stages that I call the search, focus and application. (Earl Grenville Killeen)

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

I try and reduce myself to an almost blank slate and hope to God that I am creative. (Ben Kingsley)

The creation lives as genesis beneath the visible surface of the work. All intelligent people see this after the fact, but only the creative see it before the fact – in the future. (Paul Klee)

The creation of a work of art must of necessity, as a result of entering into the specific dimensions of pictorial art, be accompanied by distortion of the natural form. For, therein is nature reborn. (Paul Klee)

I remain detached and distant, but it is under my eyes and my orders that the work of art must create itself... Then, when the creation starts, I stand there, present at the ceremony, immaculate, calm, relaxed... ready to welcome the work of art that is coming into existence in the tangible world... (Yves Klein)

Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. (George Kneller)

Build Yourself Wings. Fly straight ahead. Walk a straight line. Visit. Leave a special sign on the door. Make a gift of words. Mark your path with books. With clothes. With food. Join two distant places. Two rocks. Two people. Bridge a river. Build a city of sand. Raise up a mound. (Milan Knizak)

Creativity is harnessing universality and making it flow through your eyes. (Peter Koestenbaum)

We are asking a really fundamental question whether thought can ever be creative. If thought is not the ground of creation then what is creation? Is love the only factor that is creative? (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

The creative ability of an artist is manifested only if he succeeds in transforming the natural phenomena into 'another reality.' This part of the creative process as an independent element, if conscious and developed, hints at the possibility of creating a painting. (Frantisek Kupka)

But unless we are creators, we are not fully alive. (Madeleine L'Engle)

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity. (Edwin Land)

That frame of mind that you need to make fine pictures of a very wonderful subject, you cannot do it by not being lost yourself. (Dorothea Lange)

What we call creative work, ought not to be called work at all, because it isn't. I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a day's work in his last fifty years. (Stephen Leacock)

Creativity without implementation is irresponsibility. (Ted Leavitt)

The one thing that cannot be outsourced is creativity. We have to find ways to support creative people because the only way we are going to improve our laws... is by creating our way out of it. (Adam Leipzig)

Creativity needs to be exercised to grow strong. (Nita Leland)

Creation always involves building upon something else. There is no art that doesn't reuse. And there will be less art if every reuse is taxed by the appropriator. (Lawrence Lessig)

The work of the painter, the poet or the musician, like the myths and symbols of the savage, ought to be seen by us, if not as a superior form of knowledge, at least as the most fundamental and the only one really common to us all; scientific thought is merely the sharp point - more penetrating because it has been whetted on the stone of fact, but at the cost of some loss of substance... (Claude Levi-Strauss)

Another possibility is that evolution selected creativity in general as a marker of sexual fitness. (Daniel J. Levitin)

Let a human being throw the energies of his soul into the making of something, and the instinct of workmanship will take care of his honesty. (Walter Lippmann)

Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found. (James Russell Lowell)

Virtually any kind of creative activity lifts us out of the brutish existence and simple survival grind of making a living. The human mind wants to be creatively active. It is part of a fulfilling, dignified life, it is part of being human. (Ernst Lurker)

One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new. (Harvey Mackay)

The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube. (Norman Mailer)

Creativity is the gift that keeps on giving. (Eric Maisel)

Creativity is the marriage humanity makes with eternity. (Eric Maisel)

When you see a thing clearly in your mind, your creative success mechanism within you takes over and does the job much better than you could do it by conscious effort or willpower. (Maxwell Maltz)

The creative process spurs a joyous leisure where you lose yourself to find yourself again. You don't distract yourself with creativity, you immerse yourself in it. You feel alive with your senses alert in a good way. (Debbie Mandel)

It's always been my philosophy to try to make art out of the everyday and ordinary... it never occurred to me to leave home to make art. (Sally Mann)

Creativity is a commodity that must be paid for. (Stanley Marcus)

What you're trying to create is a certain kind of an indispensable presence, where your position in the narrative is not contingent on whether somebody likes you, or somebody knows you, or somebody's a friend, or somebody's being generous to you. (Kerry James Marshall)

The process of creating is an attack on, and excavation of, the demons that intimidate and guard at the gates of the art that one seeks to attain, and how necessary is the fight to get through and pass them. (Jo Ann Martielli)

Apparently one impression we are making... is that creativeness consists of lightning striking you on the head in one great glorious moment. (Abraham Maslow)

Use your creative mind. Give it a chance to come out and play. You will find it is unique and different from all others. (Billie F. Mathis)

Creativity takes courage. (Henri Matisse)

Things do not exist until they begin to appear. (Humberto R. Maturana)

Creativity occurs in an act of encounter and is to be understood with this encounter as its center. (Rollo May)

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)

Creating art and creating ourselves are the same act; art, world, ourselves - these are continuous with one another. (Deena Metzger)

- Cracking Creativity...
Much of creative genius hinges on the willingness to creatively observe the seemingly irrelevant and find the latent potential. (Michael Michalko)

Creativity, it could be said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. (Michael Michalko)

The great creative individual... is capable of more wisdom and virtue than collective man ever can be. (John Stuart Mill)

The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate. (Agnes de Mille)

Creativity is the very source and the wonder of your experience. (Kenneth G. Mills)

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. (Charles Mingus)

The creative process is the most amazing mystery for me - I don't know where art comes from, but I am grateful to be granted access to its source. (Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki)

You've got to keep the child alive; you can't create without it. (Joni Mitchell)

Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you're a human being, you feel, you suffer. (Marilyn Monroe)

It is because he was unhappy that God created the world. (Henri de Montherlant)

Now I really make the little idea from clay, and I hold it in my hand. I can turn it, look at it from underneath, see it from one view, hold it against the sky, imagine it any size I like, and really be in control, almost like God creating something. (Henry Moore)

Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. (Daniel Patrick Moynihan)

The noun of self becomes a verb. This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Who knows where the art world is going? You cannot care about how you fit in... it is most vital to listen to and honor creative muse... and then create! (Catherine Nash)

Poetry arrived in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where it came from, from winter or a river. I don't know how or when... (Pablo Neruda)

My work is about rhythm, relationships, continuity with the past... the stuff beneath the skin of life. I follow the dictum of Anais Nin: 'Create against destruction.' (Sandra Nickeson)

Creativity is a fragile, delicate flower which must be cautiously cared for and protected from the harsh elements of 'human weather.' (Elle Nicolai)

You cannot govern the creative impulse; all you can do is eliminate obstacles and smooth the way for it. (Kimon Nicolaides)

It is better to create than to be learned; creating is the true essence of life. (Barthold Georg Niebuhr)

I desire that your conjectures should not reach beyond your creative will. Could you create a god? Then do not speak to me of any gods. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

The creative personality never remains fixed on the first world it discovers. It never resigns itself to anything. (Anais Nin)

It's impossible for a creative artist to be either a Puritan or a Fascist, because both are a negation of the creative urge. The only things a creative artist can be opposed to are ugliness and injustice. (Liam O'Flaherty)

Like the pioneers of old, a creative person breaks new ground daily. (Anna Olson)

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. (Osho)

- The Art of Invention...
Creation is never an act of comfort. (Steven J. Paley)

Creation and creativity are inextricably linked. (Freeman Patterson)

We must accept that this creative pulse within us is God's creative pulse itself. (Joseph Chilton Pearce)

I was not born into the world of the stuntman and the daredevil; I was born into the world of theater and writing and sculpting and classical music. (Philippe Petit)

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction. (Pablo Picasso)

The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense. (Pablo Picasso)

The right brain is finally being taken seriously. (Daniel H. Pink)

Creating is a response to the gift of life. (Rosalind Pinsent)

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected. (William Plomer)

Creativity is connected to passion - that light inside that drives you. (Amy Poehler)

- The War of Art...
The part we create from can't be touched by anything our parents did, or society did. That part is unsullied, uncorrupted; soundproof, waterproof, and bulletproof. In fact, the more troubles we've got, the better and richer that part becomes. (Steven Pressfield)

Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors - it's how you combine them that sets you apart. (Wolfgang Puck)

Every act of creation is like a newborn child, needing loving care and lots of attention, consuming your time and energy, and not necessarily profit-making. (Faith Puleston)

There are people who are just plain supposed to be writing – or painting or sculpting or dancing or... This isn't optional, and often isn't even fun – it's as important as breathing. (Darylynn Starr Rank)

The trick to being truly creative... is to be completely unselfconscious. To resist the urge to self-censor. To not-give-a-shit what anybody thinks. That's why children are so good at it. And why people with Volkswagens, and mortgages, Personal Equity Plans and matching Louis Vuitton luggage are not. (Linds Redding)

- Out Of the Picture: Milton Resnick and the New York School by Geoffrey Dorfman...
You have to become complete in some way; a universe - a complete thing in yourself - in order to reach across and breathe some unity onto this thing you're faced with. If you intentionally avoid that unity that is within yourself then you will avoid unity in your work. (Milton Resnick)

- Out Of the Picture: Milton Resnick and the New York School by Geoffrey Dorfman...
If there's no unity in your work, then you've deliberately made yourself into that kind of person. You don't want that unity in your work. You've made some kind of satisfactory arrangement with your culture. (Milton Resnick)

Creativity helps us realize that we don't have to understand everything. We can enjoy something - feel it and use it - without ever fully comprehending it. (Faith Ringgold)

Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. (Sir Ken Robinson)

I think of art as the highest level of creativity. To me, it is one of the greatest sources of enjoyment. (David Rockefeller)

We were most creative when our back was against the wall. (Anita Roddick)

- On Becoming a Person, 1961...
The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it. (Carl Rogers)

Whoever undertakes to create soon finds himself engaged in creating himself. (Harold Rosenberg)

Take the best that exists and make it better. If it doesn't exist, create it. (Henry Royce)

If you can see yourself as an artist, and you can see that your life is your own creation, then why not create the most beautiful story for yourself? (Don Miguel Ruiz)

Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one. (Salman Rushdie)

Creativity involves the depth of a mind, and many, many depths of unconsciousness. (Oliver Sacks)

It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science. (Carl Sagan)

To create is to manifest what you feel. (Marjory L. Sampson)

CREATIVE isn't the way I think, it's the way I like to live. (Paul Sandip)

To reform means to shatter one form and to create another, but the two sides of this act are not always equally intended nor equally successful. (George Santayana)

While in the process of executing an idea, creativity happens not with one brilliant flash but in a chain reaction of many tiny sparks. (R. Keith Sawyer)

The way you look at the world determines how creative you can be. (R. Keith Sawyer)

Preconceptions and knowledge really only get you to the edge of where creativity begins. Then intuition and faith take over, hopefully. (Judith Schaechter)

Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

Creativity is a god who comes around only when he pleases, and it isn't very often. But when he does come around, he sits at my desk and folds his wings and I offer him whatever he wants. (Gary D. Schmidt)

Creativity is not enough... the skill of the true artist is to show the real in the light of the ideal and so transfigure it. (Roger Scruton)

A good short story would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit. (David Sedaris)

Stretching a canvas has physical limits. Stretching artistic creativity is only limited by one's imagination. (Ian Semple)

Creativity is about intention, expression, and choice... At once cerebral and yet visceral, it is what you think about in your head and what you feel in your gut. (Randall Sexton)

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 can be described as letting go of certainties. (Gail Sheehy)

Phases of the creative process: Preparation - gathering impressions. Incubation - letting go of certainties. Immersion/Illumination - creative intervention/risk. Revision - conscious structuring and editing of creative material. (Gail Sheehy)

Creativity gives new forms, new patterns, new ideas, new art forms. And we don't know where creativity comes from. Is it inspired from above? Welling up from below? Picked up from the air? What? Creativity is a mystery wherever you encounter it... (Rupert Sheldrake)

Draw a crazy picture, / Write a nutty poem, / Sing a mumble-gumble song, / Whistle through your comb. / Do a loony-goony dance / 'Cross the kitchen floor, / Put something silly in the world, / That ain't been there before. (Shel Silverstein)

To be creative requires willingness to be misunderstood, sometimes for long periods of time, despite conventional wisdom. (Peter Sims)

Creativity is as much about identifying possibilities as it is to do with flashes of clear direction. (Tony Smibert)

If you told me to write a love song tonight, I'd have a lot of trouble. But if you tell me to write a love song about a girl with a red dress who goes into a bar and is on her fifth martini and is falling off her chair, that's a lot easier, and it makes me free to say anything I want. (Stephen Sondheim)

A creator is so completely contemporary that he has the appearance of being ahead of his generation. (Gertrude Stein)

...there never was a world for her. Except the one she sang and singing made. (Wallace Stevens)

- The Real You: How to Energize your Authentic Self...
Don't make me think. Let me create. (Stoney Stonebraker)

Some split between the inner world and outer world is common to all behaviour, and the need to bridge the gap is the source of creative behaviour. (Anthony Storr)

The world speaks to me in colours, my soul answers in music. (Rabindranath Tagore)

Like a researcher in his laboratory, I am the first spectator of the suggestions drawn from the materials. I unleash their expressive possibilities, even if I do not have a very clear idea of what I am going to do. As I go along with my work I formulate my thought, and from this struggle between what I want and the reality of the material - from this tension - is born an equilibrium. (Antoni Tapies)

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. (Mother Teresa)

The thing about creativity is, people are going to laugh at it. Get over it. (Twyla Tharp)

True creativity flows only from stillness. When stillness becomes conscious, the spiritual dimension enters your life and you begin to be guided by an intelligence far greater than the human mind. (Eckhart Tolle)

The idea of beauty is the fundamental idea of everything. In the world we see only distortions of the fundamental idea, but art, by imagination, may lift itself to the height of this idea. Art is therefore akin to creation. (Leo Tolstoy)

Artistic creativity is a whirlpool of imagination that swirls in the depths of the mind. (Robert R. Toth)

The creative zone is to position oneself in a place of opportunity for what is possible. (Robert R. Toth)

Right mindfulness does not simply mean being aware; it is like creating a work of art. You can therefore trust what you are doing; you are not threatened by anything. You have room to dance in the space, and this makes it a creative situation. The space is open to you. (Chogyam Trungpa)

I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another. (Brenda Ueland)

Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better. (John Updike)

Leonardo da Vinci paints only what he sees, but I create. (Arthur Villeneuve)

The painter's mind is a copy of the divine mind, since it operates freely in creating the many kinds of animals, plants, fruits, landscapes, countrysides, ruins, and awe-inspiring places. (Leonardo da Vinci)

The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker. (Voltaire)

Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something. (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)

And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see - or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read. (Alice Walker)

- The Art of Thought...
There are four stages of creativity: preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification. (Graham Wallas)

When you're creating you have to descend to depths. You've just got to go there – to the boredom, the banality, the loneliness and all that. Those moments of really feeling in the flow are fleeting... (Errollyn Wallen)

Gift to the creative artist: positive images in, positive images out. On the other hand, garbage in, garbage out. (Don Watson)

- The Path to New Music...
And the works that endure and will endure for ever, the great masterpieces, cannot have come into being as humanity... imagines. Man is only the vessel into which is poured what "nature in general" wants to express. (Anton Webern)

Creativity is the power to reject the past, to change the status quo, and to seek new potential. Simply put, aside from using one's imagination - perhaps more importantly - creativity is the power to act. (Ai Weiwei)

There are creative seeds buried in people, no matter how oppressed they have been, and you can find these seeds in their stories. (Jerry Wennstrom)

The creative force in man recognizes and records these rhythms with the medium most suitable to him... To see the Thing Itself is essential: the quintessence revealed direct without the fog of impressionism - the casual noting of the superficial phase, a transitory mood. (Edward Weston)

One of your most powerful inner resources is your own creativity. Be willing to try on something new and play the game full-out. (Marcia Wieder)

I don't understand some of the images coming out of my studio, but it's wonderful to watch them emerge. (Virginia Wieringa)

Create beauty. Give everything you have to creating. No matter what you have to do to get by each day, never stop creating. If it is an actual art form, you will likely master it. But if it is just how you live, you'll be very alive and far happier. (J. Bruce Wilcox)

The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates. (Oscar Wilde)

In the end it all comes down to enthusiasm. Your creativity is basically your expression of God-force. (Stuart Wilde)

My purpose is to acknowledge the wonder of being part of Creation. Though I myself don't create anything, I make from what has been created. (Joel Peter Witkin)

I bring you with reverent hands / The books of my numberless dreams. (William Butler Yeats)

An artist doesn't really create anything - he just rearranges what is already there. (Paramahansa Yogananda)

Create all that you are capable of doing. Your disabilities can be turned into capabilities. You really can overcome and prosper. (Miles Patrick Yohnke)

To create a lively painting on a dead canvas is like hearing the unheard, feeling the unseen, painting the absence, moving the unmoveable, speaking to the silence and bringing it to a meaningful conversation. (Mona Youssef)

To create is to celebrate one's connection to the cosmos. (Burnell Yow!)

Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity. (Erik Christopher Zeeman)

Self-censorship, whether known or unknown, is an unwelcome brake on creativity; it stifles self-expression and hence prevents a work from reaching the heights of great art. (Semir Zeki)

Creativity is a celebration of one's grandeur, one's sense of making anything possible. (Joseph Zinker)

You cannot find your soul with your mind, you must use your heart. You must know what you are feeling. If you don't know what you are feeling, you will create unconsciously. (Gary Zukav)