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You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou, poet
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It's important to create what you desire to, not what people expect you to. Shigeru Miyamoto, designer
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A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve,not by the desire to beat others. Ayn Rand, writer
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No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist. Salvador Dali, painter
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A lot of people have taste, but they don’t have the daring to be creative. Bill Cunningham,
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look for a long time at what pleases you, and longer still at what pains you... Colette,
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Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity. Bo Bennett, entrepreneur
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I will master something, then the creativity will come. Japanese Proverbs,
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The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. Albert Einstein, physicist
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I do not seek, I find. Pablo Picasso, painter
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We have no hope of solving our problems without harnessing the diversity, the energy, and the creativity of all our people. Roger Wilkins,
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It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life. Julius Caesar, leader
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Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. Edward De Bono, psychologist
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We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. Kurt Vonnegut, author
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Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. Erich Fromm, psychologist
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Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. Rita Mae Brown, writer
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Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore, the latter are stronger. Coco Chanel, designer
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The chief enemy of creativity is "good" sense. Pablo Picasso, painter
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Man was made at the end of the week's work when God was tired. Mark Twain, author
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For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity. Jean Dubuffet, artist
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Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system. Bruce Lee, actor
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A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations. Gerald G. Jampolsky,
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Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better. John Updike, novelist
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A great book provides escapism for me. The artistry and the creativity in a story are better than any drugs. Wentworth Miller, actor
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And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. Sylvia Plath, poet
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Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way. Joichi Ito, businessman
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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams, cartoonist
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The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate. Agnes De Mille, dancer
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Panic is the great access of creativity because that's the only way to get rid of your mind. Shekhar Kapur,
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The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
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Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen. Robert Bresson, director
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To create something you must be something. Johann von Goethe, writer
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I do my best work when I am in pain and turmoil. Sting, musician
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Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity. T. S. Eliot, poet
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Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources Albert Einstein, physicist
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You can have manic-depression without having an ounce of creativity. Patty Duke, actress
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Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity. Arnold Bennett, novelist
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Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. Anna Freud, psychologist
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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm, psychologist
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We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create. Jos,
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The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing. Rainer Maria Rilke, poet
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You can't fake creativity, competence, or sexual arousal. Doug Coupland, author
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Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise. Julia Cameron, author
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Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable. William Pollard, clergyman
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No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell. Antonin Artaud, dramatist
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Creativity is a highfalutin word for the work I have to do between now and Tuesday. Ray Kroc, businessman
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Serious people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious. Paul Ambroise Valery,
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We will not know unless we begin. Peter Nivio Zarlenga,
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If the rules of creativity are the norm for a company, creative people will be the norm. Jim Gilmore,
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The new meaning of soul is creativity and mysticism. These will become the foundation of the new psychological type and with him or her will come the new civilization. Otto Rank, psychologist
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Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas. Donatella Versace, designer
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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, poet
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If one finds the strength to deal with small things, one finds it to deal with the large ones as well. Etty Hillesum, lawyer
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Genius is initiative on fire. Holbrook Jackson, writer
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True creativity often starts where language ends. Arthur Koestler, novelist
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The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it. Carl R. Rogers,
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Anxiety is part of creativity, the need to get something out, the need to be rid of something or to get in touch with something within. David Duchovny, actor
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In all matters of creativity, rules are meant to be broken when necessary. Haley Langford,
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Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos. Mary Shelley,
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The mind uses its faculty for creativity only when experience forces it to do so. Henri Poincare, mathematician
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I think of art as the highest level of creativity. To me, it is one of the greatest sources of enjoyment. David Rockefeller, businessman
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Creativity is intelligence having fun. Albert Einstein, physicist
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We are all cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. Ray Bradbury, writer
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A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. Frank Capra, director
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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, musician
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The legs are the wheels of creativity. Albert Einstein, physicist
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That which builds is better than that which is built. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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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 Gustav Jung,
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An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously. Charles Franklin Kettering,
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Whoever undertakes to create soon finds himself engaged in creating himself. Self-transformation and the transformation of others have constituted the radical interest of our century, whether in painting, psychiatry, or political action. Harold Rosenberg, writer
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One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude. Carl Sandburg, poet
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It is wise to learn; it is God-like to create. John Saxe,
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A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, our stitching and unstinting has been naught. William Butler Yeats, poet
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We create stories to define our existence. If we do not create the stories, we probably go mad. Shekhar Kapur,
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How do I create something out of nothing? And how do I create my own life? I think it is by questioning, and saying to myself that there are no absolute truths. Amy Tan, novelist
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We need creativity in order to break free from the temporary structures that have been set up by a particular sequence of experience. Edward De Bono, psychologist
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Creativity - like human life itself - begins in darkness. Julia Cameron, author
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Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty - as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt: God did it. Florence King, writer
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Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity. Chuck Jones, director
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I don't think that a company should own a studio and the network, and program for their own network. It hurts the creativity - it is not a level playing field. Scott Bakula, actor
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You can involve yourself in electronics, computers, puzzles... there's a lot of creativity and brain working. There's a lot to model trains that people don't realize. Gary Coleman, actor
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When I think about my new CD, the word "joy" comes to mind. I sincerely hope that each listener will feel the earth, spirit, and aggressive creativity emanating from this album. George Duke, musician
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Creativity shouldn't be following radio; it should be the other way around. Herbie Hancock, musician
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The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists. Martin Luther King, leader
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Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Walt Disney Company,
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life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one Stella Adler, actress
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A wonderful emotion to get things moving when one is stuck is anger. It was anger more than anything else that had set me off, roused me into productivity and creativity. Mary Garden,
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The thing that makes a creative person is to be creative and that is all there is to it. Edward Albee, dramatist
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Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem. Brian W. Aldiss,
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Had I been present at the creation of the world I would have proposed some improvements. Alfonso X,
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The lash may force men to physical labor, it cannot force them to spiritual creativity. Sholem Asch, novelist
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All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him. W. H. Auden, poet
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Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar. Nnamdi Azikiwe, statesman
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An inventor a man who looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor
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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 Bennis, writer
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The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups. Charles Browder,
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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. GeorgesLouis Leclerc Buffon,
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Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. Mary Lou Cook,
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The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee . . . gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own. Leonardo DaVinci, painter
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First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand. Robert Cecil DayLewis,
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The whole difference between construction and creation is this; that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. Charles Dickens, novelist
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It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. E. L. Doctorow, author
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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,
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There is in us a lyric germ or nucleus which deserves respect; it bids a man to ponder or create; and in this dim corner of himself he can take refuge and find consolations which the society of his fellow creatures does not provide. Norman Douglas, writer
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Joy is but the sign that creative emotion is fulfilling its purpose. Charles Du Bos,
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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, psychologist
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We try not to have ideas, preferring accidents. To create, you must empty yourself of every artistic thought. Gilbert George,
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It seems safe to say that significant discovery, really creative thinking, does not occur with regard to problems about which the thinker is lukewarm. Mary Henle,
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I do believe it is possible to create, even without ever writing a word or painting a picture, by simply molding one's inner life. And that too is a deed. Etty Hillesum, lawyer
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Is not the tremendous strength in men of the impulse to creative work in every field precisely due to their feeling of playing a relatively small part in the creation of living beings, which constantly impels them to an overcompensation in achievement? Karen Horney, psychologist
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Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity. Jean Houston, author
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Creativity comes from awakening and directing men's higher natures, which originate in the primal depths of the uni- verse and are appointed by Heaven. I Ching,
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Creative powers can just as easily turn out to be destructive. It rests solely with the moral personality whether they apply themselves to good things or to bad. And if this is lacking, no teacher can supply it or take its place. Carl Gustav Jung,
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The power in which we must have faith if we would be well, is the creative and curative power which exists in every living thing. John Kellogg,
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Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty -- as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt: God did it. Florence King, writer
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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,
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Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual. Arthur Koestler, novelist
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When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge. Tuli Kupferberg,
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Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity. Edwin H. Land,
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The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail. Edwin H. Land,
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Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by orginality, overcomes everything. George Lois,
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It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection. W. Somerset Maugham, playwright
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Creation is a drug I can't do without. Cecil B. De Mille,
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There is the happiness which comes from creative effort. The joy of dreaming, creating, building, whether in painting a picture, writing an epic, singing a song, composing a symphony, devising new invention, creating a vast industry. Henry Miller, author
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If we were to bring creativity down to earth, it would not have to be reserved for exceptional individuals or identified with brilliance. In ordinary life creativity means making something for the soul out of every experience. Thomas Moore, poet
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Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form. Stephen Nachmanovitch,
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The most potent muse of all is our own inner child. Stephen Nachmanovitch,
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The desire to create continually is vulgar and betrays jealousy, envy, ambition. If one is something one really does not need to make anything --and one nonetheless does very much. There exists above the productive man a yet higher species. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher
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Thoughts give birth to a creative force that is neither elemental nor sidereal. Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy, from which new arts flow. When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven. Philipus A. Paracelsus,
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To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. Joseph Chilton Pearce, writer
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Out of nothing can come, and nothing can become nothing. Persius,
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The chief enemy of creativity is good taste. Pablo Picasso, painter
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Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with it apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence. Norman Podhoretz,
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An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human. Man Ray, photographer
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If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not a poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place. Rainer Maria Rilke, poet
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After some time passed in studying - and even imitating - the works of others, I would recommend the student to endeavour to be original, and to remember that originality should not be undiscovered plagiarism. H P (Henry Peach) Robinson,
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When all is said and done, monotony may after all be the best condition for creation. Margaret Sackville,
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The person who can combine frames of reference and draw connections between ostensibly unrelated points of view is likely to be the one who makes the creative breakthrough. Denise Shekerjian,
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Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an after-life. Arianna Stassinopoulos,
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Creative power, is that receptive attitude of expectancy which makes a mold into which the plastic and as yet undifferentiated substance can flow and take the desired form. Thomas Troward,
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The creative process involves getting input, making a recommendation, getting critical review, getting more input, improving the recommendation, getting more critical review... again and again and again. Source Unknown,
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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, author
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The things we fear most in organizations -- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances -- are the primary sources of creativity. Margaret J. Wheatley, writer
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Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport. Robert Wieder,
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It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses. Tennessee (Thomas Lanier) Williams,
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Some collaboration has to take place in the mind between the woman and the man before the art of creation can be accomplished. Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated. The whole of the mind must lie wide open if we are to get the sense that the Virginia Woolf, author
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For creativity to flourish [requires] the embrace of loss, the oldest and most constant of human experiences. Julie Burstein,
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The story that we all live [is] the cycle of creation and destruction, of control and letting go, of picking up the pieces and making something new. Julie Burstein,
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You take existing songs, you chop them up, you transform the pieces, you combine them back together again. ... These aren't just the components of remixing, I think these are the basic elements of all creativity. Kirby Ferguson,
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