Creativity Quotes

I use a lot of different words for God – infinite intelligence, primordial, perfection or universal creativity. All of these, to me, are God. And ‘God’ is a word, I think, that some people feel uncomfortable with, so they can use another word, you know? It’s the great mystery.

— Alex Grey

What we want in students is creativity and a willingness to fail. I always say to students, ‘If you’ve never at some point stayed up all night talking to your new boyfriend about the meaning of life instead of preparing for the test, then you’re not really an intellectual.’

— Alison Gopnik

Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.

— A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

One thing about creativity is, when you feel confident and respected, you’re more likely to pitch more interesting stuff because you’re not as precious with it. You feel like, ‘This is going to land, and I’m going to be supported in this.’

— Aisha Tyler

Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for all of our people. The American democratic system was an early political version of Napster.

— Al Gore

I write a chapter, then edit it and edit it and edit it and edit it. I don’t think we mine creativity from within. It’s bestowed from on high, from God.

— Ann Voskamp

Creativity is an energy. It’s a precious energy, and it’s something to be protected. A lot of people take for granted that they’re a creative person, but I know from experience, feeling it in myself, it is a magic it is an energy. And it can’t be taken for granted.

— Ava DuVernay

I would say I’ve always lived creativity, but now I – I do it with an intention that’s got a completely different power.

— Abigail Washburn

Made with Pencils is grounded in the creativity of a few, propelled by the financial support of many, and most importantly, it’s empowering generations to come. A simple idea, a heartfelt desire, and a world of possibility. A pencil, a promise, and a dream.

— Adam Braun

I’m fascinated with design. I realized early that I had no talent in that direction, but I love talking with architects and designers about what they do. I appreciate applied creativity as a source of pleasure and meaning.

— Alex Steffen

Nonfiction is both easier and harder to write than fiction. It’s easier because the facts are already laid out before you, and there is already a narrative arc. What makes it harder is that you are not free to use your imagination and creativity to fill in any missing gaps within the story.

— Amy Bloom

Tiger parenting is all about raising independent, creative, courageous kids. In America today, there’s a dangerous tendency to romanticize creativity in a way that may undermine it.

— Amy Chua

Work less than you think you should. It took me a while to realise there was a point each day when my creativity ran out and I was just producing words – usually lousy ones – for their own sake. And nap: it helps to refresh the brain, at least mine.

— Amy Waldman

You know, ‘Project Runway’ was a really special show, and we had a great five seasons with it. We loved that show, and we loved the stories that it brought to Bravo and the creativity. And it was a magic five seasons.

— Andy Cohen

Creativity is very selfish. Scandalously so, in fact.

— Athol Fugard

From an early age I didn’t buy into the value systems of working hard in a nine-to-five job. I thought creativity, friendship and loyalty and pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable was much more interesting.

— Adam Clayton

In my own life, I share my home with works by artists like Elizabeth Murray, Martin Puryear, Jackie Windsor and so many others, whose creativity is clear and fresh and compelling the works break through the usual, and they inspire creativity they inspire responses and understanding.

— Agnes Gund

I have the same sense of discovery and exhilaration from objects of design and everyday use – I am inspired by the buildings in my city, by park greenery and dazzling store windows, by the jaunty strollers and umbrellas and billboards I walk past. Just strolling our streets, we encounter creativity every single day.

— Agnes Gund

I really think that if there’s any one enemy to human creativity, especially creative writing, its self-consciousness. And if you have one eye on the mirror to see how you’re doing, you’re not doing it as well as you can. Don’t think about publishing, don’t think about editors, don’t think about marketplace.

— Andre Dubus III

Now that we’ve discovered how to actually develop policies and projects holistically, if we can get the barriers out of the way and release the creativity that’s in our universities, our farming organizations, amongst our farmers and land managers, we’ll be astounded. As I’d like to express it, the human spirit will fly.

— Allan Savory

The subject of my work has a lot to do with general, artistic matters, questions like: What is creativity? Where do we come from? What are our motors? What is coincidence? What is logic?

— Alva Noto

A nation must be embraced, rehabilitated and expressed as a tangible sign of human creativity and as an integral element of mankind’s heritage.

— Abdelaziz Bouteflika

When I put something into motion, the creativity starts to make other people want to jump in, and then a lot of people get employed. I’m just like a shark, in that way. If I stop swimming, I’ll die. But, it really is about that shared experience with people. I’m from theater, and that’s really what theater feels like.

— Adam Shankman

I’ve always been comfortable thinking things through and doing it, more or less, my way. You can be as creative as you want, but if you’re… unwilling to work on the details, to see those put into action, then creativity is just dreams, or worse, hallucinations.

— Aubrey McClendon

I’m feeling more and more thoughts that aren’t songs, just reflections. I’m always been very shy and in some ways a prisoner in one language and I feel that the liberation of creativity has to be in all senses. So I’ve been deciding to publishing something very simple but very small at the same time, nothing egocentric.

— Ana Tijoux

Great creativity is astonishingly, absurdly, rationally, irrationally powerful.

— Andy Hobsbawm

I find human beings to be so complex and full of beauty. Creativity is our way to express and challenge and flow. So, all you humans, create and flow! I’ll be over here thinking you are beautiful and creepy and freaky and wonderful!

— Angela Bettis

If I’m in my position at a company, I may not have the knowledge of the C.E.O., I may not know what’s possible, or I may not have the creativity, but if I can identify a problem, that’s a valuable thing.

— Ben Horowitz

I was no good at anything else at school. But I was good at one thing, which was creativity.

— Bernard Sumner

If I weren’t performing, I’d be a beauty editor or a therapist. I love creativity, but I also love to help others. My mother was a hairstylist, and they listen to everyone’s problems – like a beauty therapist!

— Beyonce Knowles

I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.

— Bill Gates

We all sort of do want incentives for creative people to still exist at a certain level. You know, maybe rock stars shouldn’t make as much who knows? But you want as much creativity to take place in the future as took place in the past.

— Bill Gates

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.

— Bo Bennett

I go through major crises every few months, but then I have great peaks of belief and creativity. I’m a weird kind of animal.

— Brian May

Almost everything I’ve done, I’ve done through my own creativity. I don’t think I ever had to listen to anyone else to learn how to play drums. I wish I could say that for about ten thousand other drummers.

— Buddy Rich

I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few.

— Brene Brown

I didn’t invent satire. I didn’t come up with it. And it will continue to be a very powerful tool to disrupt political taboos and social taboos and religious taboos, because those taboos are always used to control and to curb people’s way of creativity and thinking, by making them feel guilty because they want to make a change.

— Bassem Youssef

Creativity is not the property of artists alone. It’s a basic element of the human character, no matter what culture you’re in, no matter where you are on Earth or in history.

— Bill Viola

When I studied graphic design, I learned a valuable lesson: There’s no perfect answer to the puzzle, and creativity is a renewable resource.

— Biz Stone

Creativity is all around us, and some of the funniest, most beautiful, and touching moments happen when you least expect it.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

I love music, I make films with music, I eat with music, I sleep with music, I think with music. Music makes me dream it strengthens my creativity.

— Bahman Ghobadi

And I found that when I built my own place and just shut the door, the creativity was endless.

— Billy Sherwood

At Brit + Co, our mission is to unlock creativity, so we look for future employees that actively flex their creative muscles. The design of your resume is the first way to let me know more about your aesthetic.

— Brit Morin

Once we decided to do a tower in New York, it had to say something about our group, reflecting the mix of modernity and creativity in our organization. It’s a symbol.

— Bernard Arnault

People put limitations on their creativity, believing they have to rely on what they know and what they have done.

— Bertrand Piccard

Music. It’s all creativity right here, right now.

— Billy Higgins

I think that instead of feminism being a political thing, it should be an act of creativity. It’s more of a rock n’ roll thing.

— Caitlin Moran

Republicans are right to express concern about excessive regulation, and they can do a lot to reduce it, above all by scrutinizing rules on the books and by putting all new proposals through a cost-benefit filter. There’s room for plenty of creativity here.

— Cass Sunstein

I think most serious writers, certainly in the modern period, use their own lives or the lives of people close to them or lives they have heard about as the raw material for their creativity.

— Chaim Potok

Whether it be personal or musical, I just think I’m a walking art piece, just a ball of creativity.

— Chris Brown

In the end, all that time I spent in the ‘Star Wars’ universe fostered galaxies of creativity and made me a better person here on Earth, because it taught me that everyone counts. That’s why I can sincerely and with a straight face say: ‘May the Force be with you.’

— Chris Hardwick

If you are not bored by life, and your primary motto is enthusiasm and if you like your friends, family around you, it all translates into your designs. That’s what keeps the creativity alive.

— Christian Louboutin

I’ve thought about the idea of, ‘Can happiness and creativity co-exist?’ So much of what I’ve done, I think, has been based on being dissatisfied or incomplete or lonely. The answer is, ‘There isn’t an answer, necessarily.’

— Conor Oberst

You don’t have to work for Google, or any of the other firms encouraging staff to pursue personal projects on company time, to use slowness to unlock your creativity. Anyone can do it. Start by clearing space in your schedule for rest, daydreaming and serendipity. Take breaks away from your desk, especially when you get stuck on a problem.

— Carl Honore

Well, I think, you know, the arts are really what – one of the things that make this country strong. We always think it’s our economy or our military power, but in fact, I think it’s our culture, our civilization, our ideas, our creativity.

— Caroline Kennedy

I hope I haven’t grown up. The cliche for all artists is that you don’t want to lose that child inside. I think when you get sedentary and set in your ways, you can lose a lot of that spontaneity and creativity. I hope I’m holding on to that.

— Catherine Hardwicke

Nothing prompts creativity like poverty, a feeling of hopelessness, and a bit of panic.

— Catherine Tate

You’ll find little schools of musicians experimenting with different ways of making music in Brooklyn, all through Manhattan, in Queens, in Jersey, you know? The city is still bubbling with creativity.

— Chick Corea

If you look back at the history of creativity in clothes – the French Revolution, the First World War and the Second World War – they have all been creative reinventions, the moment new forms of luxury come into play.

— Christian Lacroix

There are different types of talents and intelligences, and traditional schools sometimes ignore the creative ones. It is important for us to give kids every platform for them to find what they are good at and what they love. The arts also provide a space for newfound creativity.

— Caity Lotz

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

— 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

I want to put the joy of creativity, of drawing every day, of having a go and being surprised at what one can achieve with just a pencil and an idea at the heart of my term as laureate. I want to make sure people have fun whilst addressing fundamental issues I care about passionately.

— Chris Riddell

Other than much needed infrastructure development, local administrations in Papua must encourage entrepreneurship and creativity.

— Ciputra

If I were to try and find a unifying emotion that kept me calm and focused while I was dancing or writing or solving a math problem, I think the one unifying thing about all those that keeps my interest is creativity.

— Catherine Asaro

My shaven head is my way of saying ‘I wont take no for an answer,’ it is my way of saying ‘I believe in my creativity and artistry.’

— Chrisette Michele

I think there are profound differences between women and men. In intelligence and creativity, there is no difference, but in what one loves, what one likes, the passions – there are differences.

— Christiane Nusslein-Volhard

It felt very natural to me to write a Christmas song, but at the same time I had to really put all sorts of pressure aside and just let the creativity flow and see what came out.

— Christina Perri

The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.

— Dan Stevens

I love being on stage if I’m not on a set. If I’m at home, I’m usually in my office editing or reconstructing my website or whatever it may be. I just love putting creativity into a performance, so if the right script comes along, and I certainly am reading comedies and dramas now, then I’m ready willing and able to give it a shot.

— Dane Cook

You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life.

— Daisaku Ikeda

In all fields of creativity you see the result of work that has become habit. Where the creative impulse has become flaccid or has died out altogether, and yet because it is our work and our life we continue to do it.

— Daniel Day-Lewis

As an actor, there is room for a certain amount of creativity, but you’re always ultimately going to be saying somebody else’s words. I don’t think I’d have the stamina, skill or ability to write a novel, but I’d love to write short stories and poetry, because those are my two passions.

— Daniel Radcliffe

I subscribe to the myth that an artist’s creativity comes from torment. Once that’s fixed, what do you draw on?

— David Byrne

Some folks believe that hardship breeds artistic creativity. I don’t buy it. One can put up with poverty for a while when one is young, but it will inevitably wear a person down.

— David Byrne

Anxiety is part of creativity, the need to get something out, the need to be rid of something or to get in touch with something within.

— David Duchovny

Transcendental meditation is an ancient mental technique that allows any human being to dive within, transcend and experience the source of everything. It’s such a blessing for the human being because that eternal field is a field of unbounded intelligence, creativity, happiness, love, energy and peace.

— David Lynch

A lot of artists think they want anger. But a real, strong, bitter anger occupies the mind, leaving no room for creativity.

— David Lynch

Sometimes I think that creativity is a matter of seeing, or stumbling over, unobvious similarities between things – like composing a fresh metaphor, but on a more complex scale.

— David Mitchell

So the universe is constantly moving in the direction of higher evolutionary impulses, creativity, abstraction, and meaning.

— Deepak Chopra

Many scientists think that philosophy has no place, so for me it’s a sad time because the role of reflection, contemplation, meditation, self inquiry, insight, intuition, imagination, creativity, free will, is in a way not given any importance, which is the domain of philosophers.

— Deepak Chopra

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

— Dee Hock

I think of art as the highest level of creativity. To me, it is one of the greatest sources of enjoyment.

— David Rockefeller

The human brain had a vast memory storage. It made us curious and very creative. Those were the characteristics that gave us an advantage – curiosity, creativity and memory. And that brain did something very special. It invented an idea called ‘the future.’

— David Suzuki

I’m learning more and more to share creativity with the crew and actors. A film crew is more powerful if you listen to them, but it does make my job more tough because I have to listen.

— Denis Villeneuve

I had a very happy childhood, but I wasn’t that happy a child. I liked being alone and creating characters and voices. I think that’s when your creativity is developed, when you’re young. I liked the world of the imagination because it was an easy place to go to.

— David Walliams

I’ve been trying to… Having been an English literary graduate, I’ve been trying to avoid the idea of doing art ever since. I think the idea of art kills creativity.

— Douglas Adams

You can’t fake creativity, competence, or sexual arousal.

— Douglas Coupland

The one thing about my life that’s different from others is that I wake up for no one, and for some reason, that’s just good for your creativity.

— Douglas Coupland

I kind of wonder if creativity is all morphing into one big thing that’s not even art, but something universal and bigger.

— Douglas Coupland

My own mum cared about Hollywood, and I didn’t. I wanted to act, and I loved the creativity of it, but I didn’t care for the lifestyle.

— Drew Barrymore

Sure, one can always get the students to relax and be happy – entertained, but although being laid back and relax can also lead to creativity, mostly it means that nothing much gets done.

— Donald Norman

In an era of parental paranoia, lawsuit mania and testing frenzy, we are failing to inspire our children’s curiosity, creativity, and imagination. We are denying them opportunities to tinker, discover, and explore – in short, to play.

— Darell Hammond

So this is the space during tutoring hours. It’s very busy. Same principles: one-on-one attention, complete devotion to the students’ work and a boundless optimism and sort of a possibility of creativity and ideas.

— Dave Eggers

I actually don’t think there is any difference between French and American cuisine. French cuisine was always about discipline, about ingredient, about creativity, but also about simple. I see America as very similar in these rights.

— Daniel Boulud

In many senses, creativity and ‘plagiarism’ are nearly indivisible.

— David Shields

Of course creativity is a mystery. We don’t know what drives it or what constitutes it. It’s one of those things, like genius, you know it when you see it but it’s impossible to define.

— Daniel Tammet

I spend a lot of time upside down. It increases the blood flow to the brain, so it really helps your creativity.

— Daphne Guinness

Your kids are going to do well in the workplace of the future if they can bring creativity, if they can bring some innovation, if they can bring some entrepreneurialism.

— Dalton McGuinty

In schools giving students a full education, not to create great artists but about the right to have full expression and imagination and creativity, along with an acknowledgement that everybody learns differently. You try and you fail and you try again. All those skills are useful in the workplace, too.

— Damian Woetzel

For me, restrictions are not always negative. Restrictions can push creativity. I like restrictions.

— Dries van Noten

I like being in a collaborative and respectful environment. When you’re in an environment spearheaded by ego and fear, it’s the death of creativity.

— Darren Boyd

So I started chanting when I was nineteen, which was about twelve years ago, and it really had a huge impact on my outlook, happiness, and general creativity.

— Duncan Sheik

I sort of feel like my job is to be a conduit to opportunities, to maximize the creativity of the day itself – because that’s when the cameras are running. That’s the important thing to me. Some of these shots you need to think about in advance you need to have some ideas for them.

— David MacKenzie

I think for me, the thing that gets me in the right mindset is just watching something funny, something light, something that makes me feel good. Regardless of what it is – when you feel good, when you feel upbeat, creativity flows!

— Derek Hough

Genre expectations can kill creativity. If you do something different, it will get hated. The best filmmakers can do everything on the approval list and knock it out of the park. For me, I have a hard time being creative when I have to color in between the lines.

— David Ayer

I like Louboutins, but some women think they can just put on Louboutins and they’re stylish, and that’s not the case. Someone can go into T.J. Maxx or Ross, pick out some clothes and own it. As long as you have that eye for creativity and know how to put it together, it’s so much more interesting.

— Dhani Jones

I’m very antischedule. Except for board meetings, I don’t really schedule things or keep a calendar. I think appointments are caustic to creativity.

— David Karp

Fartlek, or speed play, is variable-pace running that emphasizes creativity. During a 30-minute run, choose objects to run to – telephone poles, trees, buildings, other runners, whatever. Make choices that mark off different distances, so your pickups vary in length from 15 to 90 seconds, and modify your pace to match the distance.

— Don Kardong

Once you start trying to sell creativity, you’re always going to run into the problem that the people selling it aren’t as creative as the people making it, and the people making it don’t know how to talk business with the people trying to sell it.

— Dave Pirner

I was part of it, and I am still part of it today in terms of what it means to a whole new generation of people who are interested in the enduring energy, achievements, spirit and creativity that exemplified our era.

— David Amram

Festivals promote diversity, they bring neighbors into dialogue, they increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well-being. In short, they make cities better places to live.

— David Binder

The thing with food is that you can give 20 people the same recipe and the same ingredients, and somebody’s going to make it better than somebody else, and that’s the creativity of it. It’s like music. You could have a bunch of people playing the same piece, and somebody’s gonna play it better.

— Dweezil Zappa

Companies like Google and Facebook may offer jobs allowing or requiring imagination and creativity, but the whole of Silicon Valley accounts for only 3 percent of national income and a smaller percentage of national employment.

— Edmund Phelps

As far as I’m concerned, freedom is the most important thing to creativity. You should feel free to write in whatever way, whatever language, feels comfortable to you.

— Edward Hirsch

Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.

— Elizabeth Gilbert

But, ancient Greece and ancient Rome – people did not happen to believe that creativity came from human beings back then, OK? People believed that creativity was this divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source, for distant and unknowable reasons.

— Elizabeth Gilbert

God has given us an imagination, and our imagination is really the principle tool from which all creativity and artistry comes from.

— Erwin McManus

You see a child play, and it is so close to seeing an artist paint, for in play a child says things without uttering a word. You can see how he solves his problems. You can also see what’s wrong. Young children, especially, have enormous creativity, and whatever’s in them rises to the surface in free play.

— Erik Erikson

In making policy designed with copyright in mind, you end up making decisions about whether other important technologies, such as privacy-enhancing or file-search technologies, should be encouraged or discouraged. A collision is happening between creativity and protecting IP.

— Edward Felten

The body, in ‘La Belle Noiseuse,’ was the source of the artist’s creativity.

— Emmanuelle Beart

Part of the joy and pleasure of English is its boundless creativity: I can describe a new machine as bicyclish, I can say that I’m vitamining myself to stave off a cold, I can complain that someone is the smilingest person I’ve ever seen, and I can decide, out of the blue, that ‘fetch’ is now the word I want to use to mean ‘cool.’

— Erin McKean

Twitter has already birthed an entire ecosystem of other sites that extend its power or interact with it. But Twitter isn’t just a platform for technological innovation: It’s showing signs as an engine of creativity for the language, too.

— Erin McKean

The ‘Best of British’ is a positive thing that’s bandied around, but also it’s applied pressure to our country in terms of economic growth. I think we’ve always felt the rest of the world is so much more powerful in terms of being commercially viable, but we can take great pride in our level of creativity.

— Erin O’Connor

I majored in industrial design/painting, but haven’t had time to exercise that creativity.

— Elisabeth Hasselbeck

People are happiest when they’re the most productive. People enjoy tasks, especially creative tasks, when the tasks are in the optimal-challenge zone: not too hard and not too easy. To some extent, that has always been true. But it becomes even more true as work becomes more about brains and creativity.

— Eric S. Raymond

It’s a very hard thing for all of us to accept ourselves at all the different stages – the horrible side, the wonderful side, the adorable side – and who you are as a grownup. And then to bring what you learned as a child to that grownup: that is the magic of creativity.

— Ellen Greene

It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just do.

— Eric Jerome Dickey

Fundamental research is needed to make progress, which you cannot do solely by copying others. If you only do applied research, you quickly lose creativity.

— Francois Englert

All I can say is, hey, if you have fun doing what you do, if you have fun playing soccer, the creativity is just going to come as time goes on.

— Freddy Adu

Creativity is a mansion. If you’re empty in one room, all you have to do is go out into the hallway and enter another room that’s full.

— F. Gary Gray

I cook more theoretically than I do practically. My job is creative, and in the kitchen, the biggest part of my creativity is theoretical.

— Ferran Adria

There’s a lot of creativity in the industry, but I don’t necessarily think that the most creative DJs or producers are always the biggest ones.

— Flume

When you’re heartbroken, you’re at your most creative – you have to channel all your energies into something else to not think about it. Contentment is a creativity killer, but don’t worry – I’m very capable of making myself discontented.

— Florence Welch

Success should stem from entrepreneurial creativity, not political connectivity.

— Foster Friess

It would be too frightening for me to consider myself a role model. But I like the idea of not being afraid of letting your imagination rule you, to feel the freedom of expression, to let creativity be your overwhelming drive rather than other things.

— Florence Welch

You can involve yourself in electronics, computers, puzzles… there’s a lot of creativity and brain working. There’s a lot to model trains that people don’t realize.

— Gary Coleman

I’m probably creative for half an hour a day. The rest of the time, I’m just doing what’s necessary to make that creativity visible.

— Gary Hume

Our decade of change has unleashed the ingenuity, creativity, and character of the most extraordinary people in the world – the people of this state, who come from every corner of the globe.

— George Pataki

I think it’s important for whatever you are doing, even if it’s a collection, to seek outside advice. If your world becomes too insular, it limits your creativity.

— Georgina Chapman

Food to me, in one word, is ‘creativity’ or ‘expression.’ It’s simply, ‘This is who I am at this point in time, and this is what I want to cook for you.’

— Graham Elliot

When I don’t have a good time, it’s usually because there’s a stiffness that stifles creativity.

— Garry Shandling

All too often, legacy management practices reflexively perpetuate the past – by over-weighting the views of long-tenured executives, by valuing conformance more highly than creativity and by turning tired industry nostrums into sacred truths.

— Gary Hamel

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

— Gene Luen Yang

Everybody is so busy talking about ‘Twittering’ and talking about the new technologies and talking about this and that, but they don’t talk about creativity.

— George Lois

Look at the news stand, you know? I mean, it’s a cacophony of famous people or people who want to be famous with blurbs all around it, and it’s supposed to be, you know, that’s supposed to be creativity in journalism. My God, it’s unbelievable. It’s shocking.

— George Lois

I watch people who are not driven by creativity any more, and I think how dull it must be to produce the same kind of thing. If you don’t feel you’re reaching something new, then don’t do it.

— George Michael

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.

— Gilda Radner

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

— Gilda Radner

Television offers a range and scope, and a degree of creativity and daring, that the bottom-line, global-audience-obsessed, brand-driven movie industry just can’t compete with.

— Graydon Carter

You can look at Bad Religion, and, really, almost everything I’ve ever done was an exercise in creativity. I’ve always had a desire to challenge and question authority, and that’s where the fire inside comes from. I challenged authority out of a desire to make things better, not to be nihilistic about it.

— Greg Graffin

For notes related to books I’m writing, I’ve wondered whether I should organize my notes better, but I do find that the action or scrolling through them and seeing odd juxtapositions of ideas helps to stimulate my own ideas and creativity. I worry that if I kept the notes in a highly-structured way, I might lose some of these benefits.

— Gretchen Rubin

An enormous amount of ingenuity and creativity goes into commercials, and they can be fascinating if you pay attention.

— Gretchen Rubin

For one person, organized files might be a crucial tool for creativity another person finds inspiration in random juxtapositions.

— Gretchen Rubin

You are preparing yourself for a scene, and the most important thing is to remain emotionally available and remain in the moment with your scene partner. You don’t want to let your own self-consciousness block the flow of creativity that’s coming out so that you can act and react, and play what the scene is all about.

— Gale Harold

Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.

— Guy Fieri

Business is difficult. But it could be approached two ways: Seriously, or with the same way you’re doing your job, with entertainment aspect, with pleasure, with fun. And we decided to try to make it as fun that we do our creativity.

— Guy Laliberte

I believe in nurturing creativity and offering a haven for creators, enabling them to develop their ideas to the fullest. With more and more talented creators being drawn to Cirque in an environment that fulfills them, these are ideal to continue developing great new shows.

— Guy Laliberte

My parents always pushed creativity on us, but they made it seem like the fun thing to do.

— Gwen Stefani

When I think about my new CD, the word ‘joy’ comes to mind. I sincerely hope that each listener will feel the earth, spirit, and aggressive creativity emanating from this album.

— George Duke

My mother, a teacher, encouraged me to use my creativity as an actual way to make a living, and my father, a Mississippi physician, did two things. First, he taught me that all human beings should be treated equally because no one is better than anyone else, and he never pressured me to become a doctor.

— Greg Iles

In my own life, I’ve written scripts that I want to direct, so I would love to take my own creativity in a way where I could tell my own story. That does inspire me, the idea of becoming a director.

— Heather Graham

I’m 36 and if I met a woman of my own age and married her, I’d also be marrying her former life, her past. It might be OK for some people – I don’t want to judge it or anything – but it’s not for me. It would destroy my creativity.

— Henry Rollins

I have more faith in doing something creative for a cable station or something like Yahoo or Google or Amazon. What Netflix did with ‘House of Cards’ and David Fincher was brilliant. That is inspiring to me. I think there is more chance for creativity in animation, it just hasn’t happened there yet.

— Henry Selick

Having to make a blockbuster every time puts unhealthy pressure on creatives. The pressure on the filmmakers is so intense, I think it stifles the creativity.

— Henry Selick

One, I love the creativity. I love the ability to create a capital structure that is appropriate for a company, no matter what field it happens to be in.

— Henry Kravis

As the Indian government has embraced greater economic openness, the creativity and expertise of the Indian workforce has been unleashed onto the world economic stage.

— Henry Paulson

As we get older, we tend to become more risk averse because we tend to find reasons why things won’t work. When you are a kid, you think everything is possible, and I think with creativity it is so important to keep that naivety.

— Heston Blumenthal

My belief in why America has been doing so well up to now is that we have been propelled by our immigrants and our encouragement of technical innovation and, indeed, creativity across the board.

— Howard Gardner

London, a city where creativity and innovation have always flourished, provides a significant home for Starbucks and a significant gateway into Europe.

— Howard Schultz

Science means constantly walking a tightrope between blind faith and curiosity between expertise and creativity between bias and openness between experience and epiphany between ambition and passion and between arrogance and conviction – in short, between an old today and a new tomorrow.

— Heinrich Rohrer

I describe management as arts, crafts and science. It is a practice that draws on arts, craft and science and there is a lot of craft – meaning experience – there is a certain amount of craft meaning insight, creativity and vision, and there is the use of science, technique or analysis.

— Henry Mintzberg

I wanted to improve the suburban office building to create a great urban space in a suburban environment with all that implies about interaction, collaboration and creativity.

— Helmut Jahn

People gave us everything for free. We were allowed only so much film per picture, but there was no limit to the creativity. I like to say that they let us loose like wild dogs in the streets of Paris.

— Helmut Newton

We are the only living creatures who can create a context, and as far as we know, everything else can only follow a context, without recognizing the context as such. Herein lies the source of creativity and the genuinely new.

— Hubert Burda

Fashion is not art. Fashion is a business that requires discipline and attention to detail and very organized systems of logistics and operations and processes. But even with the most smoothly oiled machine to manage the business, without creativity, fashion could not exist.

— Imran Amed

Whether it’s music or acting, that creativity all comes from the same source.

— Idris Elba

The anger and the creativity are so closely intertwined with me, and there’s plenty of anger left.

— Ingmar Bergman

Creativity is down the tube. And people give a lot of lip service to individuality. I know they all appreciate it, but they all say they would like to do it, but they don’t want to work at it, and it doesn’t come out of the sky.

— Iris Apfel

Simply, the majority of the most interesting filmmakers are the ones confronted with difficult situations. Their creativity blows a hole in the wall and lets in the light.

— Isabelle Adjani

I love design in general, the creativity. Whether it is golf courses, my apparel line, ads we do or our business with AriZona, design is fun.

— Jack Nicklaus

In the Eighties, Japanese fashion designers brought a new type of creativity they brought something Europe didn’t have. There was a bit of a shock effect, but it probably helped the Europeans wake up to a new value.

— Issey Miyake

Femininity is not just lipstick, stylish hairdos, and trendy clothes. It is the divine adornment of humanity. It finds expression in your qualities of your capacity to love, your spirituality, delicacy, radiance, sensitivity, creativity, charm, graciousness, gentleness, dignity, and quiet strength.

— James E. Faust

Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.

— James Russell Lowell

Humor has bailed me out of more tight situations than I can think of. If you go with your instincts and keep your humor, creativity follows. With luck, success comes, too.

— Jimmy Buffett

That’s exactly why I came into music in the first place: to be inspired by what I hear to make it something else, to make it my own. That’s how culture, creativity, moves, isn’t it?

— Jimmy Page

Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs.

— Joe Biden

Obviously, Kanye and I are very different in the way we express ourselves publicly. He’s so passionate… about art, about culture, about creativity. And he’s really good at it. And that honesty manifests itself in ways that are not politically correct, not socially acceptable sometimes.

— John Legend

Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.

— John Updike

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

— Julia Cameron

Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage.

— Julia Cameron

For most people, creativity is a serious business. They forget the telling phrase ‘the play of ideas’ and think that they need to knuckle down and work more. Often, the reverse is true. They need to play.

— Julia Cameron

I grew up in what you might call a relentlessly creative household. We were given art supplies, music supplies… Our mother knew enough to get us started and then stand back and not meddle. My parents never said to us, ‘Don’t you think you’ll need something to fall back on?’ They acted as though creativity was completely normal.

— Julia Cameron

When I ask for help with my creativity, I get it.

— Julia Cameron

I think that ‘Floor Sample’ is a story of resiliency, a lifelong spiritual search, and a lifelong sense of spiritual companionship that is most often expressed as creativity. My desire in writing the book was to step from behind the icon of ‘Julia the teacher’ and introduce ‘Julia the artist.’

— Julia Cameron

Faith is almost the bottom line of creativity it requires a leap of faith any time we undertake a creative endeavor, whether this is going to the easel, or the page, or onto the stage – or for that matter, in a homelier way, picking out the right fabric for the kitchen curtains, which is also a creative act.

— Julia Cameron

So much of our mythology around money centers on the illusion that if we had ‘more,’ we would be more comfortable and more able to access our creativity. But creativity and prosperity are spiritual matters, not fiscal ones.

— Julia Cameron

What distinguishes a great mnemonist, I learned, is the ability to create lavish images on the fly, to paint in the mind a scene so unlike any other it cannot be forgotten. And to do it quickly. Many competitive mnemonists argue that their skills are less a feat of memory than of creativity.

— Joshua Foer

The years after 50 can be a time of great productivity, meaningful work, pleasure, creativity, and innovation. It’s a huge opportunity.

— Jane Pauley

I love creating new things. It’s difficult to be creative once a restaurant’s open. People want the same dishes. For me, the creativity is in opening a new place and starting a new menu.

— Jean-Georges Vongerichten

In Australia, there aren’t a lot of people committed to art, so these communities form that are dedicated to music, theater, cinema, but they’re very small. So, they tend to move ahead on the power of collaboration, enthusiasm and creativity.

— Joel Edgerton

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

— Joel Salatin

A theory of creativity is actually just a metaphor. A pool of ideas, a well of memories, a voice.

— Jane Smiley

I’m very organic in nature with my creativity. It just kind of wraps around me, or it’s a moment I have, a click of inspiration. It’s never calculated.

— Jeremy Scott

The truth is, we have this idea that late night is about creativity and being cool, but that’s not our job. Our job is to get as many people watching the commercials in between our show. That’s the reality of it.

— Jimmy Kimmel

Life is entirely unthinkable without any of the creative arts, and they’re all a continuum – the force in question is creativity, not its mode of expression.

— John Darnielle

You might not think that programmers are artists, but programming is an extremely creative profession. It’s logic-based creativity.

— John Romero

Performance art is the ultimate in creativity. Since it has so many possibilities at creativity, it’s essence tends to become creativity.

— Jack Bowman

I started homeschooling when I was 13. I wasn’t really doing the social media thing yet I didn’t have any fans, but I knew that public school wasn’t the place for me. It was draining my creativity, and so both my parents supported me in being homeschooled, and they really gave me a chance to focus on getting good at guitar.

— Jacob Whitesides

I still feel like a novice when it comes to classical theater, but I don’t ever want to become comfortable with anything. The greatest creativity comes from being nervous and uncomfortable.

— Jesse Tyler Ferguson

The Producers Guild represents the creativity, innovation and dynamism that sets our industry apart from all others.

— Jon Feltheimer

I love how people in this business push themselves to know themselves, the world, and their creativity better.

— Josh Lucas

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

— J. Tillman

If you want creativity, take a zero off your budget. If you want sustainability, take off two zeros.

— Jaime Lerner

You can’t suppress creativity, you can’t suppress innovation.

— James Daly

Just as there are moments when the words flow and it feels like the easiest job in the world, there are many more when I think I have nothing to say, and my journalism training taught me that writing is a job, that you write whether you are inspired or not, and that the only way to unlock creativity is to write through it.

— Jane Green

When there is a huge force pressing down on freedoms, sub-cultures with more creativity and power are likely to form.

— Joichi Ito

It’s incredible to see the creativity, beauty and hardships people capture when filmmaking is opened up and shared with the world.

— Jehane Noujaim

I turned everybody on so, psychologically, I guess I was pushing the boundaries creativity.

— Jim Capaldi

I think some people in their 20s really get it, that acting is about creativity and the work. They get their maturity from their work.

— Jane Badler

Our dreams are firsthand creations, rather than residues of waking life. We have the capacity for infinite creativity at least while dreaming, we partake of the power of the Spirit, the infinite Godhead that creates the cosmos.

— Jackie Gleason

I’m a big believer in creating parameters for creativity. I think parameters make people more creative. So that starts with my budgets. I only do low budget movies, and I think that makes the movies better.

— Jason Blum

Without sounding pretentious, it’s nice to always be surrounded by creative people who inspire me and keep my levels of creativity charged.

— Jaime Winstone

We danced on the lip of the volcano, so to speak. We were young, too. And New York was still a big, open city where anything could happen and anyone could be star. Rents were cheap, creativity was encouraged, and bottle service was still 20 years away. That was the era the Club Kids came into.

— James St. James

Watch MTV and you can see what the music scene is like in England. The Spice Girls? Not a lot of creativity in the commercial area. There are still great musicians in England, but not a lot being heard that much.

— Jimmy Carl Black

But the – look, I think that this – the United States of America is still the most powerful economy in the world. It is an incredible engine for creativity and innovation. And it has the most – smartest, most effective workforce in the world. So we have a lot going for us, in spite of the fractiousness of our politics.

— Jay Carney

Creativity is an advertising agency’s most valuable asset, because it is the rarest.

— Jef I. Richards

Usually, I create tunes that are fragmented. I think the biggest obstacle for people with their creativity is that they feel they have to sit down and create this finished, polished product.

— Jeff Mangum

I don’t spend a lot of time watching my performances after the fact. I suck at playing video games, but I’m a fan of the creativity, the brilliance, and the possibility of the industry.

— Jennifer Hale

Education is the foundation for all we do in life, it shapes who we are and what we aspire to be. Creativity fuels innovation, and it’s what all states should strive to instill in the next generations.

— Jim Hunt

I’m a believer in just open, free-form creativity, and you never know the surprises that life has in store, and that, purely on a creative level, there’s no such thing as rules.

— Josh Trank

I think shoppers are looking for newness and creativity. Look at C. Wonder, for instance. They’re dancing in our stores. We don’t believe in retail like retail was done in the past. We believe in disrupting the whole environment, offering them amazing value in an amazing package of fun, excitement and whimsy.

— J. Christopher Burch

We know the Republicans are happy to keep the country in the dark, and if we Democrats are to recapture the power necessary to assert our values, we must find the energy, courage, creativity and unity to map out a brighter day for the people we sincerely want to serve.

— John Yarmuth

Many creative people are finding that creativity doesn’t grow in abundance, it grows from scarcity – the more Lego bricks you have doesn’t mean you’re going to be more creative you can be very creative with very few Lego bricks.

— Jorgen Vig Knudstorp

If the rules of creativity are the norm for a company, creative people will be the norm.

— Jim Gilmore

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

— Jean Dubuffet

I firmly believe that all human beings have access to extraordinary energies and powers. Judging from accounts of mystical experience, heightened creativity, or exceptional performance by athletes and artists, we harbor a greater life than we know.

— Jean Houston

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.

— Jean Houston

I was very shy and I was very introverted as a kid, but whenever I set foot on stage, I kind of opened up, and I think a lot of kids need an outlet to express their creativity. And a lot of kids are scared to do that if there’s not a safe environment for that.

— Jeremy Jordan

We must prepare the ground for creativity. And if this also gives rise later to success in the economic sense, success in terms of Euros and Cents, this will by no means reduce my joy.

— Johannes Rau

It takes a lot of energy and creativity to make such screwed up lives carry on. And the kind of will people have to survive, year after year, dealing with that stuff, is weirdly impressive.

— Jon McGregor

What you discover when you look at creativity from the perspective of the brain is that it is universal. We’re all creative all of the time, we can’t help but be creative.

— Jonah Lehrer

I think if I had been writing fiction, where the work is entirely dependent on the writer’s creativity and the potential directions the narrative might take are infinite, I might have frozen.

— Laura Hillenbrand

I don’t know that my schooling was conducive to wild ideas and creativity, but it gave me discipline, drive. They taught me how to think. I really know how to think.

— Lady Gaga

The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity.

— Lewis Mumford

Creativity is essential to particle physics, cosmology, and to mathematics, and to other fields of science, just as it is to its more widely acknowledged beneficiaries – the arts and humanities.

— Lisa Randall

We have a massive system to regulate creativity. A massive system of lawyers regulating creativity as copyright law has expanded in unrecognizable forms, going from a regulation of publishing to a regulation of copying.

— Lawrence Lessig

If the only way a library can offer an Internet exhibit about the New Deal is to hire a lawyer to clear the rights to every image and sound, then the copyright system is burdening creativity in a way that has never been seen before because there are no formalities.

— Lawrence Lessig

It’s not that I don’t believe in creativity and innovation and new ideas, and the creativity that comes with fashion, which I really respect. But one of my biggest concerns is just how cheap we expect everything to be.

— Lily Cole

There’s an inherent contradiction between appreciating the beauty of clothes and creativity and individuality, and the waste around the ideas of trends and seasons.

— Lily Cole

To come to grips with creativity, I must ask creative, adventurous questions – the kind which, in all likelihood, cannot be answered.

— Lukas Foss

I don’t understand why women journalists always ask women about motherhood? It’s far more important and interesting for women to talk about their work, their thoughts, their creativity and their individual identity.

— Laetitia Casta

It’s our privilege to work with College Track students as they chart their course toward a college degree – they bring persistence, creativity, and extraordinary discipline throughout their academic journey.

— Laurene Powell Jobs

As is the case with all good things in life – love, good manners, language, cooking – personal creativity is required only rarely.

— Leon Krier

What I would say to filmmakers, if I may be so bold or so arrogant, is to draw inspiration from other filmmakers, but go to the place in your own gut where everything is nothing. That’s a very Zen thing to say, but that place of nothing is where real creativity comes out of.

— Lawrence Bender

Being scared is really a good thing. It’s being scared of being scared that’s bad. Being scared of walking through your fear, going to a place of true creativity – that’s what an artist is, that’s what he does. If you do that, then being inspired by your contemporaries or people from the past is really great.

— Lawrence Bender

What we need to do is really improve energy efficiency standards, develop in full scale renewable and alternative energy and use the one resource we have in abundance, our creativity.

— Lois Capps

Lauryn Hill might have cursed a couple of times in her music, and Missy Elliot definitely just doesn’t care. I’m really more inspired by their creativity more so than just the cursing. I’m really impressed by clean music.

— Lil Mama

I think if you’re everyone’s cup of tea, that probably means you’re a little bit boring, or you’re not pushing yourself. Creativity happens where it’s dangerous and scary: where you’re not comfortable.

— Kacey Musgraves

The concept of commercialism in the fashion and art world is looked down upon. You know, just to think, ‘What amount of creativity does it take to make something that masses of people like?’ And, ‘How does creativity apply across the board?’

— Kanye West

There’s a wealth of talent that lies in all of us. All of us, including those who work in schools, must nurture creativity systematically and not kill it unwittingly.

— Ken Robinson

Creativity is as important as literacy and numeracy, and I actually think people understand that creativity is important – they just don’t understand what it is.

— Ken Robinson

Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.

— Ken Robinson

I believe this passionately: that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out if it.

— Ken Robinson

I’ve never been a very prolific person, so when creativity flows, it flows. I find myself scribbling on little notepads and pieces of loose paper, which results in a very small portion of my writings to ever show up in true form.

— Kurt Cobain

Running fills a need so we make fewer demands on others. Running reveals the roots of negative thinking, so the weeds can be pulled. Running reconnects the soul to the source, inspiring hope and creativity.

— Kristin Armstrong

One of the biggest mistakes people make is to think that what you need to write a novel is imagination, creativity and a facility with words. Yes, you need all those things, but a novel is a highly complex organism that needs to be dealt with in quite a logical manner.

— Kate Forsyth

I remember someone once said there is a practical aspect to my designs, and I remember thinking, ‘That doesn’t sound so creative,’ but that is actually the truth. There is a practicality to it. I don’t design just to design. There is a reason and, hopefully, an interesting reason behind it – that is where my creativity comes in.

— Kate Spade

My parents were funny. My brothers were funny. We just laughed and had a good time. Growing up, it breeds that. It breeds your funny. It breeds your creativity.

— Kym Whitley

I think what’s wrong with the fashion world, particularly men’s fashion, is the lack of creativity behind it.

— Macklemore

I’m encouraging other people, whether they’re professionals or not, to use their creativity to express themselves, to get a conversation going, to get the party started, really.

— Madonna Ciccone

The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin even, or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity.

— Mae Jemison

Whether it’s an $11 flip-flop or a $2 key ring or a $2,000 dress, they’re all done with integrity. They’re all done with a design sense. As long as the creativity exists, then I don’t think it’s a sellout. A sellout is putting your name on any piece of crap and then expecting people to buy it because it’s got your name on it.

— Marc Jacobs

A great deal of creativity is about pattern recognition, and what you need to discern patterns is tons of data. Your mind collects that data by taking note of random details and anomalies easily seen every day: quirks and changes that, eventually, add up to insights.

— Margaret Heffernan

If the company depends entirely on you – your creativity, ingenuity, inspiration, salesmanship or charisma – nobody will want to buy it. The risk and the dependency are too great.

— Margaret Heffernan

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

Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you’re a human being, you feel, you suffer. You’re gay, you’re sick, you’re nervous or whatever.

— Marilyn Monroe

Use anything you can think of to understand and be understood, and you’ll discover the creativity that connects you with others.

— Martha Beck

Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is.

— Mason Cooley

Living creatively is really important to maintain throughout your life. And living creatively doesn’t mean only artistic creativity, although that’s part of it. It means being yourself, not just complying with the wishes of other people.

— Matt Groening

A good memory is surely a compost heap that converts experience to wisdom, creativity, or dottiness not that these things are of much earthly value, but at least they may keep you amused when the world is keeping you locked away or shutting you out.

— Michael Leunig

In my experience, poor people are the world’s greatest entrepreneurs. Every day, they must innovate in order to survive. They remain poor because they do not have the opportunities to turn their creativity into sustainable income.

— Muhammad Yunus

Unprecedented technological capabilities combined with unlimited human creativity have given us tremendous power to take on intractable problems like poverty, unemployment, disease, and environmental degradation. Our challenge is to translate this extraordinary potential into meaningful change.

— Muhammad Yunus

I was taught to think outside the box. Before my grandfather was one of the original Mad Men, he and a group of other Air Force Intelligence officers formalized brainstorming as a problem solving technique. He taught the concept that creativity can be taught at Buffalo University. My dad invented toys. My mom was a photographer.

— M. J. Rose

I don’t like the idea of spirituality done the way it’s done. The only way I could understand it was through creativity, not by going to an Ashram, or finding a guru or joining a temple. I made work out of it.

— M.I.A.

What I wanted to do was use literature and different kinds of stories and poems as a springboard, tapping into the creativity of our teens – I wanted teenagers to come up with their own creative responses to literature – using books themselves as a starting point.

— Malorie Blackman

There are parallels between the music and film worlds, but they’re really very different. I feel like they’re just two different ways to channel my creativity.

— Mandy Moore

I like the creativity of planning a party, or cooking and taking care of people, creating a memorable meal or event.

— Martina McBride

Human nature is not amenable to prediction based on the trends or tendencies prevailing at the time. It is amenable to startling creativity of the kind practiced by great artists, directors, writers, musicians, actors, who know how to touch a chord in humans everywhere.

— Maurice Saatchi

Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling.

— Madeleine L’Engle

When we were children, every day after school, my brother and sister and I would go to my mother’s office. It was full of pencils and marker and fabrics and beads. It was so much fun to be a child and to express my creativity through drawing and to playing dress-up in all of the wonderful and colorful clothes.

— Margherita Missoni

Almost everything has been stolen from us by the patriarchy. Our creativity has been stolen, our creative energies, our religion. I want it back.

— Mary Daly

I think that everything is part of creativity – the more you create, the more you have ideas, and the more you meet people.

— Melanie Laurent

If architecture is, as is sometimes said, music set in concrete, then football and basketball may be said to be creativity embodied in team sports.

— Michael Mandelbaum

Could I have worked under a system where there were Draconian controls on my creativity, meaning budget, time, script choices, etc.? Definitely not. I would have fared poorly under the old studio system that guys like Howard Hawks did so well in. I cannot.

— Michael Mann

The biggest mistake you can make is assuming that creativity will hit you all at once and the muse will carry you to the end of the book on feather wings while ‘Foster the People’ plays gently in the background. Storytelling is work. Pleasurable work, usually, but it is work.

— Maggie Stiefvater

On the mountains mistakes are fatal. In politics, mistakes are wounding emotionally, but you recover. Personally, wilderness helps me get back in touch with natural rhythms, helps me reflect and, in the process, restore my creativity.

— Mark Udall

Creativity runs on automatic, no matter what’s happening in other parts of my life. I can’t help myself. It’s been in me, and it evolves in me over the years. It’s a condition in me.

— Mickey Drexler

Art in the classroom not only spurs creativity, it also inspires learning.

— Mickey Hart

Creativity is much better when it’s free. Someone can take it and sell it if that’s what it needs, and from that standpoint, you have to have a label. If you could make your music and just give it away and somehow make a living – that would be the best scenario.

— Matthew Sweet

A wonderful emotion to get things moving when one is stuck is anger. It was anger more than anything else that had set me off, roused me into productivity and creativity.

— Mary Garden

Fashion is my passion, and I respect the creativity that you find in its different levels.

— Max Azria

I always liked creativity, whether it was to draw or sew – any creative assignment I was getting from school, or just on my own.

— Moran Atias

Problems are hidden opportunities, and constraints can actually boost creativity.

— Martin Villeneuve

Your priority has to be the creativity – and build a brand. That’s what everybody did – Balenciaga, Dior, Saint Laurent. That’s the smart thing to do.

— Nicolas Ghesquiere

Google the name Prometheus, and see how often it has been given to innovations in many different fields, notably science, medicine and space exploration. The fire he stole can be seen, too, as the spark generating all artistic creativity.

— Neil MacGregor

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

— Naomi Judd

I used to trade stocks online, and I kind of felt gross, like, all I’m doing is making money off other people’s creativity, and I’m not creating anything myself.

— Nathan Fielder

Humans have always used our intelligence and creativity to improve our existence. After all, we invented the wheel, discovered how to make fire, invented the printing press and found a vaccine for polio.

— Naveen Jain

Adults, who outnumber kids four or five to one, are in charge. We wield the resources, run the world, and completely thwart kids’ creativity.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

You can’t train kids in a world where adults have no concept of what science literacy is. The adults are gonna squash the creativity that would manifest itself, because they’re clueless about what it and why it matters. But science can always benefit from the more brains there are that are thinking about it – but that’s true for any field.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

There is just a lot of creativity and theatricality in performers who happen to be gay. Maybe there’s a success in numbers, so by the law of averages we are going to get these jobs.

— Neil Patrick Harris

Anytime I have an idea, I’ll make sure that I put it down so that when we do sit down to write an album, I don’t have to dream it all out of thin air. I don’t have to be creative on the spur of the moment, or spontaneously artistic. I just take advantage of whenever creativity strikes.

— Neil Peart

When the Internet first came into public use, it was hailed as a liberation from conformity, a floating world ruled by passion, creativity, innovation and freedom of information. When it was hijacked first by advertising and then by commerce, it seemed like it had been fully co-opted and brought into line with human greed and ambition.

— Neil Strauss

More than just a zoo, the Animal Kingdom is an extraordinary experience of animals, rides and performances. The exhibits have the scale and creativity you associate with Disney. The African safari ride is terrific and worth riding several times.

— Newt Gingrich

The funny thing is that when you have any form of presentation to your band, meaning you have the foresight to see outside of your creativity, you have a bigger vision.

— Nikki Sixx

I’m not religious, but by nature I am spiritual. I’m an artist, and creativity seems to go hand in hand with spirituality. But I have a knee-jerk reaction against organized religions. Actually, I have knee-jerk reactions against anything that’s organized.

— Nikki Sixx

One of the big concerns I have is that most of the HR departments in a lot of companies are hiring away from creativity and they don’t know it. For instance, they are requiring everybody to have a college degree. The most creative people I know couldn’t deal with college.

— Nolan Bushnell

I guess I’d like to be known for being an innovator, fostering creativity, thinking outside the box. You know, keeping people playful.

— Nolan Bushnell

Creativity is every company’s first driver. It’s where everything starts, where energy and forward motion originate. Without that first charge of creativity, nothing else can take place.

— Nolan Bushnell

Surely in a world of email, video conferencing and virtual assistants, isn’t being expected to show up at the office extremely anachronistic? Yet to date it seems that where one works does matter. That creativity and innovation do feed off physical interactions between people.

— Noreena Hertz

I’m great at a deathbed. I’ve never given tranquillisers or psychiatric medicine. I’ve given love and fun and creativity and passion and hope, and these things ease suffering.

— Patch Adams

Taylor Swift dates guys so she can write a breakup song about them. I don’t think she’s dating for love – I think she’s dating for creativity. So let’s get her off the market and put her in dating detox. If she really wants love, she has to stop writing music about them.

— Patti Stanger

When you start fooling around with drugs, you’re hurting your creativity, you’re hurting your health. Drugs are death, in one form or another. If they don’t kill you, they kill your soul. And if your soul’s dead, you’ve got nothing to offer, anyway.

— Paul Stanley

The highest ideals are human intelligence, creativity and love. Respect these above all.

— Penn Jillette

I found out that total creativity involves a certain intellectual rebellion – not to become a criminal, but somehow. to be totally creating, you have to do things that are a little bit forbidden. You have to feel free, and we know freedom is a hard thing to get.

— Philippe Petit

What I think tailors the creativity of most people are the rules that we learn from the age we are very small – in school, our parents.

— Philippe Petit

One of the great joys of life is creativity. Information goes in, gets shuffled about, and comes out in new and interesting ways.

— Peter McWilliams

I do think that there is a profound reservoir of creativity and imagination in everyone I’ve ever met, and sometimes if someone is persistent and perversely obstinate enough to persevere, then they want to be helped. There is a way to help them.

— Philip Schultz

I lived in the States from 1996 till 2000. I attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1997. But I wasn’t the most hard-working student. I rarely went to school. At that time, I seriously doubted that you could learn creativity in school. Music isn’t something you can just learn from other people. Sometimes I regret missing classes.

— Psy

Girls shouldn’t throw away their lives. They have the opportunity to not have 25 children – to make something of themselves, and use their brains and creativity. I’m just thrilled about that.

— Pam Ferris

Creativity is the key for any child with dyslexia – or for anyone, for that matter. Then you can think outside of the box. Teach them anything is attainable. Let them run with what you see is whatever they need to run with.

— Orlando Bloom

Instead of abandoning competition and giving banks protected monopolies once again, the public would be better served by making it easier to close banks when they get into trouble. Instead of making banking boring, let us make it a normal industry, susceptible to destruction in the face of creativity.

— Raghuram Rajan

A lot of people who watch DVDs are people who are interested in, if not moviemaking, then creativity in general.

— Robert Rodriguez

It is instructive, for instance, to trace the computer industry’s decline in vision, idealism, creativity, romance and sheer fun as it becomes more and more important and prosperous.

— Robert Shea

I enjoy getting things done. My philosophy is the edge, the edge of something. There’s where we have to go in local government, in not only the philosophy but the creativity in people around you. They have to go to the edge.

— Richard M. Daley

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

One of the ironies of a conference dedicated to all things digital and virtual is that the best ways to connect with people are surprisingly old-school. Social media tools can improve the odds of a serendipitous encounter at SXSW, but old-fashioned hustle, palm-pressing and – above all – creativity go a long way.

— Ryan Holmes

I love to cook comfort food. I’ll make fish and vegetables or meat and vegetables and potatoes or rice. The ritual of it is fun for me, and the creativity of it.

— Reese Witherspoon

An Internet meme is a hijacking of the original idea. Instead of mutating by random change and spreading by a form of Darwinian selection, Internet memes are altered deliberately by human creativity. There is no attempt at accuracy of copying, as with genes – and as with memes in their original version.

— Richard Dawkins

My theory about creativity is that the more money one has, the more creative one can be.

— Robert Mapplethorpe

I think there are things in my story that have helped my creativity. Your father being killed, for instance, is one of the best things that could happen to a kid if he’s going to write poetry or songs.

— Roger Waters

Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one’s death.

— Rollo May

If you define eccentricity as creativity, then yes, creativity is eccentricity.

— Russell Smith

With light field technology, there is a huge opportunity for creativity in photography that hasn’t been available in the past.

— Ren Ng

The model a lot of companies use is a very pyramidal model which sort of designates that all creativity, all wisdom flows from the top. We think that’s the absolute wrong model.

— Richard Hayne

We must permeate the stores with creativity and offer service when and to the degree the customer wants it. Of course, it means offering all the omni bells and whistles they want, like in-store pickup, same-day delivery, and mobile point of sale, and all of this must be done every hour of every day the store is open.

— Richard Hayne

There are divisions between a culinary chef and a dessert chef, also called a pastry chef. There are specializations within the pastry chef field. Some pastry chefs specialize in baking breads, while others are master cake designers. Each field requires an exceptional level of creativity and attention to detail.

— Ron Ben-Israel

The British system denied any role for human creativity, and instead argued, that if man merely followed his hedonistic desires, pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain, objective laws would naturally guide society to achieve the best allocation of wealth.

— Robert Trout

I’ve always loved writing, and the impulse for me is storytelling. I don’t sit down and think: ‘What political message can I sell?’ I love the creativity of it.

— Randa Abdel-Fattah

In my mind, creativity is consciousness.

— RJ Cyler

Without creativity, I’d be just ‘blah blah blah.’

— RJ Cyler

What a fine line there is between artistry and insanity. There’s no formula for it, and I think a lot of people when they’re around you – even those closest to you – when you’re in that whirl of creativity and you’re grabbing those things out of the air, there’s no rational process.

— Ronnie Dunn

Somebody informed me recently that the key to every art, from writing to gardening to sculpture, is creativity. I beg to differ.

— Roy Blount, Jr.

I think of myself as Rebecca Wells from Lodi Plantation, in Central Louisiana, a girl who was lucky enough to be born into a family that encouraged creativity and didn’t call me lazy or nuts when I dressed up in my mother’s peignoirs and played the piano, having painted a small sign decorated in glitter that read ‘The Piano Fairy Girl.’

— Rebecca Wells

I am severely dyslexic, so I’m not the person who can do a lot of typing, writing and mathematics. I don’t excel in anything except in things that had to do with creativity and things with my hands. I like to build things and take things apart.

— Raha Moharrak

We need to have a modicum of faith in people’s common sense, creativity and will to survive and prosper even in the face of great difficulties and obstacles. If people could keep society running in the aftermath of the Black Death, they could keep it running after the U.S. government defaulted on its debt.

— Robert Higgs

Creativity can release you from the limitations that the world has constructed around you the everyday, mundane, 9-5 jail cell where everybody is waiting for the weekend to party so they can get outside of their head.

— Robert LaSardo

Early in my career, having many visible tattoos created obstacles and presented quite a challenge to move forward. I’ve heard comments like, ‘actors don’t have tattoos.’ The notion of typecasting was a reoccurring theme despite my passion toward creativity and personal expression.

— Robert LaSardo

We have no hope of solving our problems without harnessing the diversity, the energy, and the creativity of all our people.

— Roger Wilkins

I try to manage my day by my circadian rhythms because the creativity is such an elusive thing, and I could easily just stomp over it doing my administrative stuff.

— Scott Adams

In fact, most people are being squeezed in their little cubicle, and their creativity is forced out elsewhere, because the company can’t use it. The company is organized to get rid of variants.

— Scott Adams

We’ll be ‘outsourcing’ our creativity and our thought processes to manufactured components that could be inconspicuously implanted beneath our coiffeurs. Welcome to the Borg. You might not be entirely comfortable with such cybernetic enhancements, but all the smart money says it’s going to happen.

— Seth Shostak

In the world of creativity, laziness translates into an inability to be rigorous enough to create fearlessly. It makes us plagiarise or water our creativity down to make it more acceptable to the public.

— Shah Rukh Khan

I love reading about history. Sometimes, I feel I was born in the wrong era. There was more creativity in the air when people were still discovering new worlds.

— Shakira

Putting a stamp on things just helps you say, ‘Hey, yesterday I was there, and today I’m here.’ It’s another step forward, and it feels like another turning point and an unleashing of creativity, and now I’m going to start focusing on the show and the production, the fun stuff that comes with it.

— Shania Twain

It was just like a dream. I could have ended up with an album that’s not all that different from anything else coming out of Nashville. Mutt made the difference. He took these songs, my attitude, my creativity, and colored them in a way that is unique.

— Shania Twain

In Israel, a land lacking in natural resources, we learned to appreciate our greatest national advantage: our minds. Through creativity and innovation, we transformed barren deserts into flourishing fields and pioneered new frontiers in science and technology.

— Shimon Peres

Creativity has always depended on openness and flexibility, so let us hope for more of both in the future.

— Siri Hustvedt

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. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.

— Steve Jobs

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

— Sylvia Plath

We all fantasize about work that uses our creativity, is self-directed, happens during the hours we choose, and occurs in an attractively lit setting with fascinating people – you know, jobs like women have on TV.

— Sandra Tsing Loh

I don’t think that a company should own a studio and the network, and program for their own network. It hurts the creativity – it is not a level playing field.

— Scott Bakula

I think after ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still,’ I really stopped thinking strategically about my career. I just did. At that point, it became crystal clear to me that you can strategise your career all you want, but it’s so difficult to get a movie made, and creativity shouldn’t be subjected to that kind of strategic thinking.

— Scott Derrickson

I allow people to create, but I’m also marshalling everybody, which is difficult for my creativity, as I’m like a referee. Everybody else is kicking a ball. It is very messy. From the mess, though, you refine what is there.

— Simon McBurney

What I really need is for people to know that I don’t just do this, I do this and this and this and this. We all have creativity in us and we all are multi-dimensional and we are all interested in a lot of things and that women are fabulous. We can handle a lot of things.

— Suzanne Somers

I’ve always thought it was important not to attach too much superstition to the space where you’re writing, because once you get into the mindset that you can only do it a certain way in a certain place, your creativity can get blocked.

— Sadie Jones

Films are not mathematics – that’s the first thing you need to understand. At least, that’s how I feel. They are not words on paper. Films are made with people, with teams and with individual bundles of creativity coming together to fulfill the vision of an individual who is the director of the film.

— Shahid Kapoor

One of the changes I’m driving within Nokia is to adopt what we call ‘the challenger mindset.’ Let’s understand that we have to fight, we have to fight our way through the difficulties, we have to listen to consumers, we have to both deliver what they need and also have some creativity and insight and deliver what the don’t yet know they need.

— Stephen Elop

Extending our lives, extending our creativity, opening up the mysteries of the brain. All those things that are really exciting – that’s kind of the basis of ‘Neon Future,’ and that’s why I interviewed Ray Kurzweil and Aubrey de Grey.

— Steve Aoki

When I think how art education is eliminated whenever we get a budget crunch in the schools, I have to stand up and say that even when there was dire poverty ten blocks away from Tiffany Studios in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, there was art and creativity within.

— Susan Vreeland

The lash may force men to physical labor, it cannot force them to spiritual creativity.

— Sholem Asch

Where I grew up, there was a mysticism and creativity to everything. Everyone made things with their hands.

— Shea Hembrey

The biggest thing I’m seeing – and I have to be careful what I say here – is that people are tired of the old guard and the familiar brands. They’re looking for more individuality and creativity, and that’s coming out of this whole new wave of younger brands: Thom Browne, Michael Bastian, Robert Geller, myself.

— Simon Spurr

What we do now is to be valued – but we need to do more, so that it’s more exciting to other people, and therefore that excitement shines back on us and we’re able to have the energy to do more, to widen our creativity.

— Siobhan Davies

The Nobel Prizes are much more than awards to scholars they are a celebration of civilization, of mankind, and of what makes humans unique – that is their intellect from which springs creativity.

— Stanley B. Prusiner

I think of childhood as an explosion of creativity. For most people, growing up and earning a living means leaving all that behind. But an artist never leaves that behind. Edwin Mullhouse was my way of exploring the child as artist and, under the guise of childhood, something larger.

— Steven Millhauser

If we just stick to one kind of music, our creativity is limited. We wanted to extend the audience for the cello, especially the younger people, and to show them how cool and how powerful and how diverse the cello can be.

— Stjepan Hauser

Before my first child was born, I had nothing going on professionally really, and it’s been a very blessed period of creativity for me since he arrived. It’s very surreal. It’s almost as if the babies are out there pulling strings somewhere, deciding what kind of life they want to be born into.

— Seth Gabel

My creativity all comes from the same place. I wear one very comfortable, large hat.

— Taylor Negron

Success is fickle, but creativity is a gift.

— Tommy Shaw

Mind mapping is a technique based on memory and creativity and comprehension and understanding, so when the student or a child uses the mind map, they are using their brain in the way their brain was designed to be used, and so the mind helps them in all learning and cognitive skills. It simply helps them in what the brain does naturally.

— Tony Buzan

A critic is not a creative artist, is a commenter, a midwife of creativity, but not creative himself.

— Terry Teachout

I view my role more as trying to set up an environment where the personalities, creativity and individuality of all the different employees come out and can shine.

— Tony Hsieh

A lot of people forget how important it is to be creative. We get caught up in getting ahead and in day-to-day minutiae. But creativity is a fundamental mode of expression, as is being tenacious and standing by your own convictions and passions, even if it’s not the ‘popular’ choice.

— Tabatha Coffey

Creativity runs across many categories in life, from the arts-and-crafts project a mum or dad does with their kids, to the bestselling author’s manuscript, to the designs of the hairdresser, to the creations of the computer programming genius.

— Tabatha Coffey

The natural creativity of the staff morphed ‘The Daily Beast’ very fast into what has become a newsroom. Aggregation lives on the Cheat Sheet, the video player, and in the breaking news slot in the first big box. The rest is all original, generated by Beast writers and editors.

— Tina Brown

Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.

— Tina Turner

It’s a representation of yourself, and you can express a lot of your creativity with what your wearing.

— Tom Brady

The modern notion of art is an essentially religious or magical one in which the artist is viewed as a holy beast who in some way, big or small, receives flashes from the godhead, which is known as creativity.

— Tom Wolfe

The way popular music is categorized and formatted cuts down on everyone’s options. And although people don’t talk about it, there are a lot of issues of race determining musical categories of what’s rock, R&B, or even folk. It ends up restricting creativity.

— Tracy Chapman

Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.

— Twyla Tharp

Any kind of creativity is not settling down into a happy little space. I don’t try to be mellow or anything. I think I have quite… my voice is what it is, no matter what I’m singing, it’s always going to sound like me. There’s not too far I could go. I sound like myself. I hope that I haven’t put any boundaries on anything.

— Teddy Thompson

I’m a Marvel fan, and I think this particular world that ‘Doctor Strange’ goes into is really, really, really exciting. I’m really interested as both an actor and a fan to see what’s done in this particular world. It’s all about creativity. It’s not about everything exploding at the end. It’s about something very different.

— Tilda Swinton

Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth.

— Tom Barrett

If you’re a director, your entire livelihood and your entire creativity is based on your self-confidence. Sometimes that’s dangerously close to arrogance.

— Trevor Nunn

! want to leverage the creativity of researchers across mathematics, statistics, data mining, computer science, biology, medicine, and the public at large.

— Tan Le

It’s hard to predict and to say what goes on inside the minds of an artist, but that’s what makes them an artist. That sense of creativity. That thing that makes them tick is probably the very thing that pushes them to the extremes that sometimes can cause, you know, fatalities and things that, you know, that end up not being good.

— Tommy Mottola

Disney truly stands alone, not only because of the company’s phenomenal creativity, but also because of the thousands of remarkable people who make it such an extraordinary place.

— Thomas O. Staggs

Certainly, light fiction exists and encompasses mysteries or second-class romance novels, books that are read on the beach, whose only aim is to entertain. These books are not concerned with style or creativity – instead they are successful because they are repetitive and follow a template that readers enjoy.

— Umberto Eco

Creativity can only be anarchic, capitalist, Darwinian.

— Umberto Eco

Yeah, I think that his great creation was not any one product but a company in which creativity was connected to great engineering. And that will survive at least while the current people who trained under Steve are there.

— Walter Isaacson

Common Core reminds us what testing can do right. Modeled on standards of the world’s education superpowers, questions demand critical thinking and creativity. Students are asked to write at length, show their work, and explain their reasoning.

— Wendy Kopp

I think the worst that can happen in filmmaking is if you’re working with a storyboard. That kills all intuition, all fantasy, all creativity.

— Werner Herzog

I’m not there to tailor the role to me: I’m there to tailor me to the role. That guarantees me something, a precious thing, which is creativity. I’m guaranteed that I will have a creative experience, because I will go to it, not demand that it comes to me.

— William Hurt

But the person who scored well on an SAT will not necessarily be the best doctor or the best lawyer or the best businessman. These tests do not measure character, leadership, creativity, perseverance.

— William Julius Wilson

Properly practiced creativity must result in greater sales more economically achieved. Properly practiced creativity can lift your claims out of the swamp of sameness and make them accepted, believed, persuasive, urgent.

— William Bernbach

Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.

— William Pollard

The phenomenon of creativity, we know, is closely related to the ability to yoke together separate, and even seemingly incompatible, matrices.

— Wole Soyinka

I wanted to define the vocabulary of a wedding both visually and intellectually. The book is about more than weddings or wedding dresses. It’s a metaphor for women’s lives, their creativity.

— Vera Wang

Action set pieces are my absolute favorite thing to write. I’m pretty much always in the mood to do them, but music certainly helps the process. I usually brainstorm out the dynamics and choreography of a fight to music beforehand – it gives me the little sparks of imagination when I get to the gaps in my own creativity.

— Victoria Aveyard

Creativity is how we cope with creation. While creation sometimes seems a bit un-graspable, or even pointless, creativity is always meaningful.

— Vik Muniz

Sexual living is a reflection of God’s love for us. It has two key qualities, which is faithfulness and creativity of new life.

— Vincent Nichols

When ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ premiered on the WB Network in 1996, American culture was in trouble. Americans were bowling alone, pursuing individual interests to the detriment of the communal good. Business leaders were celebrating creativity and neglecting discipline. Nike’s ‘Just do it’ ads were teaching young people to break the rules.

— Virginia Postrel

Creativity is an inherent human quality of the highest order. When we create, we become more than the sum of our parts.

— Yanni

The development of beauty in chess never depends on you alone. No matter how much imagination and creativity you invest, you still do not create beauty. Your opponent must react at the same highest level.

— Vladimir Kramnik

Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.

— Yo-Yo Ma

I always believed that my work should be unfinished in the sense that I encourage people to add their creativity to it, either conceptually or physically. Back in the 1960s, I was calling for ‘Unfinished Music,’ number one, and number two, with my artwork – I was taking unfinished work into the gallery. And that’s how I was looking at it.

— Yoko Ono

I don’t fight creativity. I don’t fight against not being creative. If I’m not being creative, I’m not forcing it.

— Ziggy Marley

I love the creativity of New York, but I don’t enjoy the city – I don’t like living here.

— Zubin Mehta
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