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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?

  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 T.

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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