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25 Creativity Quotes to Inspire Innovation

Need a little inspiration? The top 25 creativity quotes of all time from the smartest, most innovative people in our world, today, tomorrow and yesterday. Any quotes to add?
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  1. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams
  1. “Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.” – Bo Bennett
  2. Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.” – James Russell Lowell
  3. “Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse
  4. “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” – Charles Mingus
  5. “Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.” – T.S. Eliot
  6. “Your ego can become an obstacle to your work. If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity.” – Marina Abramovic
  7. “The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense.” – Pablo Picasso
  8. “Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.” – Donatella Versace
  9. “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” – Frank Capra
  10. “The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation.” – Bob Iger
  11. “Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is.” – Mason Cooley
  12. “Creative thinking – in terms of idea creativity – is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured.” – Edward de Bono
  13. “Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” – William Plomer
  14. “Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling.” – Madeleine L’Engle
  15. “Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.” – Earl Nightingale
  16. “Innovation is creativity with a job to do.” – John Emmerling
  17. “Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. It is a process; it’s not random.” – Ken Robinson
  18. “Success is fickle, but creativity is a gift.” – Tommy Shaw
  19. “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  20.  “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali
  21.  “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” – Leo Burnett
  22. “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
  23. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.” – Dr. Seuss
  24.  “Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.” – Voltaire

One more for good luck: “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

Which is your favorite quote? Any faves to add?

About Blakely Thomas-Aguilar

Blakely is a work-life juggler with three little monsters, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book-a-holic, Atlanta transplant and PR/social/content strategist (and presentations nerd) for PGi.

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