Jan 30, 2019

15 Famous Quotes on Creativity

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The Sifter spent last night poring over hundreds of famous and inspirational quotes on creativity. Below is a collection of our 15 favourites. Let us know which ones resonate with you the most, and feel free to counter any you disagree with. There are infinite views on creativity, here are fifteen famous ones for inspiration on your next endeavour 🙂



Pablo Picasso


“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso



Vincent Van Gogh


“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



Salvador Dali


“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” – Salvador Dali



Leo Burnett


“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett



Jack London


“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club” – Jack London



George Bernard Shaw


“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” – George Bernard Shaw



Dr. Seuss


“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” – Dr. Seuss



Charles Mingus


“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity” – Charles Mingus





“Originality is nothing but judicious imitation” – Voltaire



Donatella Versace


“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas” – Donatella Versace



Ray Bradbury


“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” – Ray Bradbury



Steve Jobs


“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, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs



Cecil B. DeMille


“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without” – Cecil B. DeMille



George Bernard Shaw


“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?” – George Bernard Shaw



Albert Einstein


“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein






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