21 Quotes on Creativity

This week, I decided to share the wisdom of others. Here are 21 hand-picked quotes on creativity:

1. “Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘All the Things That Could Go Wrong.'”

Marianne Williamson

2. “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

General Erick Shinseki

3. “Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”


4. “Out there is an entrepreneur who’s forging a bullet with your company’s name on it. You’ve got one option – to shoot first”

Gary Hamel

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

John Steinbeck

6. “Once an organization loses its spirit of pioneering and rests on its early work, progress stops.”

Thomas J. Watson

7. “The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”

M. Scott Peck

8. “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

9. “Challenge everything, assume nothing.”

Sergio Zyman

10. “Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.”

Thomas Edison

11. “If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head almost nothing.”

Marc Chagall

12. “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”

Ferdinand Foch

13. “Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future.”

James Bertrand

14. “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember: Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”


15. “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in a world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.”

adidas Mission Statement

16. “Growth and comfort seldom ride the same horse.”


17. “You cannot look in a new direction by looking harder in the same direction.”

Edward deBono

18. “You can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark but not an adult who is afraid of the light.”


19. “If the rate of change on the outside is greater than the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.”

Jack Welch

20. “Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn’t hear the music.”


21. “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones”

John Cage

Enjoy, and I hope you have an inspired week…

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