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Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes. 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.

Author: Frank Goble


A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

To create something you must be something.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality. That is why you write and for no other reason that you know of. But what about all the reasons that no one knows?

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

It seems safe to say that significant discovery, really creative thinking, does not occur with regard to problems about which the thinker is lukewarm.

Author: Mary Henle


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?

Author: Karen Horney (1885-1952)

Profession: American Psychiatrist

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.

Author: Jean Houston


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.

Author: I Ching

Profession: Chinese Book of Changes

Genius is initiative on fire.

Author: George Holbrook Jackson (1874-1948)

Profession: British Essayist, Literary Historian,

A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.

Author: Gerald G. Jampolsky

Profession: American Psychiatrist, Lecturer, Author

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.

Author: Carl Jung (1875-1961)

Profession: Swiss Psychiatrist

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.

Author: John Kellogg


Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty -- as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt: God did it.

Author: Florence King (1936)

Profession: American Author, Critic

Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.

Author: Paul Klee (1879-1940)

Profession: Swiss Artist

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.

Author: George Kneller