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

Author: Mary Lou Cook


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.

Author: Robert Cecil Day-Lewis (1904-1972)

Profession: Irish Poet

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.

Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Profession: British Novelist

It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

Author: E. L. Doctorow (1931)

Profession: American Novelist

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.

Author: Lou Dorfsman


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.

Author: Norman Douglas (1868-1952)

Profession: British Author

All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. This becomes even more obvious when posterity gives its final verdict and sometimes rehabilitates forgotten artists.

Author: Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968)

Profession: French Artist

The legs are the wheels of creativity.

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: German-born American Physicist

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

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: German-born American Physicist

That which builds is better than that which is built.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.

Author: Anna Freud


Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Author: Erich Fromm (1900-1980)

Profession: American Psychologist

Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies.

Author: Erich Fromm (1900-1980)

Profession: American Psychologist

We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create.

Author: Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955)

Profession: Spanish Essayist, Philosopher

We try not to have ideas, preferring accidents. To create, you must empty yourself of every artistic thought.

Author: Gilbert George (1943)

Profession: Italian-born British Artist