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You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

While ideas ultimately can be so powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts, so easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily just squished.

There's a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.

All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.

Sensitivity is not possible if you are afraid of this, that, etc.

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.

Rational thoughts never drive people's creativity the way emotions do.

Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.

Imagination is the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not; it is the foundation of all invention and innovation.

Look closely at the present you're constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming.

Imagination is an opportunity to put your mind to work - for good.

The world is but a canvas to the imagination.

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.

My life didn't please me, so I created my life.

Obsession and distance are interesting co-conspirators in the art of creativity.

To live is to express, and to express you have to create. Creation is never merely repetition. To live is to express oneself freely in creation.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

Non-judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again the doorway to creativity.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

I feel there is nothing more artistic than loving people.

Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.

I think boredom is the beginning of every authentic act. Boredom opens up the space, for new engagements. Without boredom, no creativity. If you are not bored, you just stupidly enjoy the situation in which you are.

Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing.

One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new.

Creativity involves not only years of conscious preparation and training but unconscious preparation as well.

Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.

Your own reasons to make are reason enough. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.

Creative thinking is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured.

Our ability to grow is directly proportional to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable.

If you ever find that you're the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.

Not everybody will get it. People will misinterpret you and what you do. They might even call you names. So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored ” the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care.

Your brain gets too comfortable in your everyday surroundings. You need to make it uncomfortable. You need to spend some time in another land, among people that do things differently than you. Travel makes the world look new, and when the world looks new, our brains work harder.

Others inspire us, information feeds us, practice improves our performance, but we need quiet time to figure things out, to emerge with new discoveries, to unearth original answers.

If you're to create something powerful and important, you must at the very least be driven by an equally powerful inner force.

Absurdity and anti-absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.

The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

The value of achievement lies in the achieving.

Action is eloquence.

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

Every artist was first an amateur.

A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

Who, being loved, is poor?

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

This is very important because I work constantly in the moment of sleep. All of my best ideas come through my dreams.

Everything alters me, but nothing changes me.

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Give me two hours a day of activity, and I'll take the other twenty-two in dreams.

So little of what could happen does happen.

I am not strange. I am just not normal.

Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.

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

Creativity is based on the belief that there's no particular virtue in doing things they way they've always been done.

Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.

Creativity is not just for artists. It's for business people looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way.

Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. It is a process; it's not random.

Creativity requires input, and that's what research is. You're gathering material with which to build.

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.

Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.

Creativity is intelligence having fun.

Creativity is a continual surprise.

Creativity is an act of defiance.

Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

Almost all creativity requires purposeful play.

Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.

Pretend to be making something until you actually make something.

There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.

It is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition.

The best people want to work the big challenges.

Have a healthy disregard for the impossible and actually build new solutions.

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.

The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.

Creating opportunities means looking where others are not.

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.

Art is a line around your thoughts.

Great art picks up where nature ends.

Art is communication of feelings.

Requirement to be an artist: purity of heart.

Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things.

Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they're having a piss.

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

I think that you've got to make something that pleases you and hope that other people feel the same way.

The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature: only then can he see clearly.

The public wants work which flatters its illusions.

The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.

The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist's own spiritual nature.

The artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.

If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.

You don't take a photograph, you make it.

You have to do stuff that average people don't understand because those are the only good things.

Art is what you can get away with.

Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.

The best art divides the audience.

Thinking about design is hard, but not thinking about it can be disastrous.

Creativity is people who care enough to keep thinking about something until they find the simplest way to do it.

To make something new in fashion, you have to stay in a little bit of mad place and do a revolution.

In the end, creativity isn't just the things we choose to put in, it's the things we choose to leave out.

Adequate form [in art] requires: 1) Individuality rather than imitative repetitiousness 2) Brevity rather than bulkiness 3) Clarity rather than obscurity 4) Simplicity of expression rather than complexity of form.

It is not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away the unessential! The closer to the source, the less wastage there is.

It is indeed difficult to convey simplicity.

Simplicity and complexity need each other.

Self-expression is important. Only the self-sufficient stand alone - most people follow the crowd and imitate.

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.

I'd rather believe in my own choice and see it all go wrong than do something I'm not fully convinced of and later feel guilty about it.

It took me a long time to accept myself, people, and once I did, it was on and crackin.

What sets you apart can feel like a burden, and it's not. A lot of the time, it's what makes you great.

Be Yourself. Embrace your quirks.

One must not merely copy but try to convey the significance of what you see.

All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland.

Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities.

I have nothing to explain. As for being misunderstood, I have grown accustomed to that.

The key question isn't What fosters creativity? But it is why in God's name isn't everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled?

Why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.

You were born an original. Don't die a copy.

Don't wait until you know who you are to get started.

To express oneself honestly, not lying to oneself; that, my friend, is very hard to do.

Everyone has their own ways of expression. I believe we all have a lot to say, but finding ways to say it is more than half the battle.

Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.

Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.

Find something only you can say.

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

There are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.

To have a great idea, have a lot of them.

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't.

Logic will get you from a to b. Imagination will take you everywhere.

A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. Without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.

The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity... Out of discord, harmony... And out of difficulty, opportunity.

Know where to find the information and how to use it. That's the secret of success.

I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express in words afterwards.

The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working.

Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something.

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Think left and think right, and think low and think high; Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.

This is who the fuck I am.

Ignore all hatred and criticism. live for what you create, and die protecting it.

Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams.

When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you're writing about at the time.

Even if the world gives up on you, you always have yourself.

Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on some sunglasses.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and trying new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.

To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.

Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny - he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally-you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.

Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.

You have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.

Good artists copy, great artists steal.

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

You are more creative when you don't need money.

Replace fear with curiosity.

Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.

When all think alike, then no one is thinking.

There is intelligence when you are not afraid.

Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are.

If you are not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.

You have to be willing to ask questions that almost no one else would ask.

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.

Laughing can serve you in dark moments and even help you crawl your way back out.

It is failure that guides evolution; perfection provides no incentive for improvement, and nothing is perfect.

Curiosity will conquer fear more than bravery will.

The field of creativity that exists within each individual is freed by moving out of ideas of wrong-doing or right doing.

Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.

Use your imagination to fill in the blanks.

One of the only ways to get out a tight box is to invent your way out.

If your dream only includes you, it's too small.

I dream my painting and i paint my dream.

Half of any creative work is observation.

Be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else - that's how you'll get ahead.

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.

Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience.

Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.

Too much planning implies you've got it all under control. That's boring, unrealistic, and dangerous.

Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it.

Routine kills creative thought.

Your ego can become an obstacle to your work. If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity.

Reading, conversation, environment, culture, heroes, mentors, nature - all are lottery tickets for creativity. Scratch away at them and you'll find out how big a prize you've won.

You don't make art out of good intentions.

The road to creativity passes so close to the madhouse and often detours or ends there.

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love.

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.

Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape and one to be creative.

The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.

There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.

Genius is only a great aptitude for patience.

Solitude is creativity's best friend, and solitude is refreshment for our souls.

It's only after you're bored that you're gonna have the great ideas.

Involve groups in the creative process and you inevitably end up with a pile of pleasing, socially-acceptable lies.

Consistency, like scheduling, is not the optimal way to do creative work. Best creative work is often done when you are in the mood. It cannot be scheduled in advanced or rationed equally between working days.

The more time you spend being quiet and looking in, your intuition grows and you trust it more.

If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem.

You're probably on the right track if you feel like a sidewalk worm during a rainstorm.

What is the one sentence summary of how you change the world?

It's easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It's a lot more difficult to perform one.

Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better.

When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.

When you're in a rut, you have to question everything except your ability to get out of it.

Your job is to collect good ideas. The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced by.

Outrageous behavior, also known as the lunatic fringe, is the seed bed of innovation and creativity.

Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.

The closer man gets to the unknown, the more inventive he becomes - the quicker he adopts new ways.

Remember this when you're struggling for a big idea. You're much better off scratching for a small one.

If you only do what you know and do it very, very well, chances are that you won't fail. You'll just stagnate, and your work will get less and less interesting, and that's failure by erosion.

Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.

Innovation is simply seeing and connecting new dots in new ways. It is doing the opposite of the always.

Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart.

Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.

The thing is to become a master and, in your old age, to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing.

Creativity is an area in which younger people have a tremendous advantage, since they have an endearing habit of always questioning past wisdom and authority.

A child's mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

Life is short, art is long.

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.

Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of our time.

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.

So go on, get angry. But keep your mouth shut and go do your work.

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.

For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.

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.

Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use - do the work you want to see done.

When I am completely myself, entirely alone during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly.

The question isn't who is going to let me; It's who is going to stop me.

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

The first and most important thing an individual can do is to become an individual again, decontrol himself, train himself as to what is going on and win back as much independent ground for himself as possible.

Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.

It seems like the world is crumbling out there, but it is actually a really great time in your life to get a little crazy, follow your curiosity and be ambitious about it.

Perfection is no small thing, but it is made up of small things.

Creativity takes courage.

I shut my eyes in order to see.

To be an artist is to believe in life.

Good art inspires; Good design motivates.

The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.

Without freedom, there is no creation.

My humor is my creativity, and my skepticism is a gift.

Imitation is suicide.

Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas.

Creativity is as important as literacy.

Chance favors the prepared mind.

Ideas come from everything.

Cowardice is the most terrible of vices.

Everything is interesting. Look closer.

There's the whole world at your feet.

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.

I don't need time. What I need is a deadline.

It's no accident that AHA and HAHA are spelled almost the same way.

We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents.

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

Human beings are the only creatures who are allowed to fail. If an ant fails, it's dead.

I can always be distracted by love, but eventually I get horny for my creativity.

Google everything. I mean everything. Google your dreams, Google your problems. Don't ask a question before you Google it. You'll either find the answer or you'll come up with a better question.

Keep your sense of humor, my friend; if you don't have a sense of humor it just isn't funny anymore.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny!'.

The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.

The thing about creativity is, people are going to laugh at it. Get over it.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

It's better to create something that others criticise than to create nothing & criticise others.

Fear leads to self-doubt which is the worst enemy of creativity.

When we build, let us think that we build forever.

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

It may be that our cosmic curiosity is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder.

The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.

The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.

The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.

The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.

He who would be a man must therefore be a nonconformist.

The most talented, thought-provoking, game-changing people are never normal.

If you're not doing some things that are crazy, then you're doing the wrong things.

Create with the heart; build with the mind.

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.

The most dangerous idea is silencing people.

Originality is the best form of rebellion.

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.

If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.

We adore chaos because we love to produce order.

Creativity is obscured by the conscious mind.

How to unlock creativity: slow down, study another field, get into nature, get out of office, music , sketch, cardio before/after, nibble on small ideas, throw stuff away, atomize the work, look for orthogonal inspiration, breathe, learn about circadian rhythm, paint.

When you can do a common thing in an uncommon way; you will command the attention of the world.

Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together.

If it doesn't sell; it isn't creative.

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

A busy calendar and a busy mind will destroy your ability to do great things in this world. If you want to be able to do great things, whether you're a musician, or whether you're an entrepreneur, or whether you're an investor, you need free time and you need a free mind.

In order to create you have to believe in your ability to do so and that often means excluding whole chunks of normal life, and, of course, pumping yourself up as much as possible as a way of keeping on. Sort of cheering for yourself in the great football stadium of life.

Social media has colonized what was once a sacred space occupied by emptiness: the space reserved for thought and creativity.

The important thing for you is to be alert, to question, to find out, so that your own initiative may be awakened.

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.