Creative quotations for brainstorming – be inspired and admired today

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Here is an invaluable list of motivational and inspirational quotations on creativity, lateral thinking and problem solving. Understand their wisdom and use them to motivate yourself and others.

A successful work of art is not one which resolves contradictions in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in its innermost structure.Theodore Adorno
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world!Joel Arthur Barker
When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.Mary Kay Ash
To ask the hard question is simple.W.H. Auden
I’m not young enough to know everything.J.M. Barrie
The sorcery and charm of imagination, and the power it gives to the individual to transform his world into a new world of order and delight, makes it one of the most treasured of all human capacities.Frank Barron
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.Matsuo Basho
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.William Blake
What is now proved was once only imagined.William Blake
Life is “trying things to see if they work”.Ray Bradbury
We have to understand that the world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye… The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.Jacob Bronowski
The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.Charles Brower
God spare me sclerosis of the curiosity, for the curiosity which craves to keep us informed about the small things no less than the large is the mainspring, the dynamo, the jet propulsion of all complete living.John Brown
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Whenever man comes up with a better mousetrap, nature immediately comes up with a better mouse.James Carswell
No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you’re keeping the man-child alive.John Cassavetes
If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen.Cher
One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak.G.K. Chesterton
When the way comes to an end, then change – having changed, you pass through.I Ching
No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time steady eye.Winston Churchill
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.Winston Churchill
Perfect solutions of our difficulties are not to be looked for in an imperfect world.Winston Churchill
Imagination is the living power and prime agent of all human perception.Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Music is the art of thinking with sounds.Jules Combarie
No one travels so high as he who knows not where he is going.Oliver Cromwell
I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.Marie Curie
Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and where appropriate profits.Edward de Bono
It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.Edward de Bono
There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.Edward de Bono
Intelligence is something we are born with. Thinking is a skill that must be learned.Edward de Bono
It is not enough to just do your best or work hard. You must know what to work on.W. Edwards Deming
It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well.Rene Descartes
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.John Dewey
The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.Charles Dickens
Knowledge is being applied to knowledge itself. It is now fast becoming the one factor in production, sidelining both capital and labour.Peter Drucker
Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration.Thomas Edison
The world we have made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them.Albert Einstein
Imagination is more important than knowledge.Albert Einstein
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires a creative imagination and marks the real advances in science.Albert Einstein
Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.Albert Einstein
If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.Albert Einstein
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.Albert Einstein.
Where is the wisdom that we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?T.S. Elliot
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.Ralph Waldo Emerson
People are disturbed, not by things, but by the views they take of them.Epictetus
Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can’t, you’re absolutely right.Henry Ford
The more you think, the more time you have.Henry Ford
In the creative state a man is taken out of himself. He lets down as it were a bucket into his subconscious, and draws up something which is normally beyond his reach. He mixes this thing with his normal experiences and out of the mixture he makes a work of art.E.M. Forster
To take the difficulties, setbacks and sorrows of life as a challenge to overcome makes us stronger, rather than unjust punishment which should not happen to us, requires faith and courage.Erich Fromm
Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further development.Julius Frontinus (Highly respected engineer in Rome, 1st century A.D.)
The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get to the office.Robert Frost
Microsoft is a company that manages imagination.Bill Gates
Persistence is the hard work that you do after you are tired of doing the hard work you already did .Newt Gingrich
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, that they may start of winning game.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you wish to advance into the infinite, explore the finite in all directions.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The ultimate solutions to problems are rational; the process of finding them is not.W. Gordon
To live is to have problems and to solve problems is to grow intellectually.J.P. Guilford
Held in the palms of thousands of disgruntled people over the centuries have been ideas worth millions – if they only had taken the first step and then followed through.Robert M. Hayes
Children between the ages of two and seven are very imaginative. This is the best period for the development of imagination, creativity and thinking abilities.Chiam Heng Keng
People change and forget to tell each other.Lillian Hellman
A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.Oliver Wendell Holmes
The human mind once stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.Oliver Wendell Holmes
The profit of great ideas comes when you turn them into reality.Tom Hopkins
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.Victor Hugo
What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.Dean Inge
In the dim background of our mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.William James
You cannot mandate productivity, you must provide the tools to let people become their best.Steve Jobs
Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.Samuel Johnson
He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet.Joseph Joubert
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.Ursula K. Le Guin
A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.Nikos Kazantzakis
Ideas shape the course of history.John Maynard Keynes
The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerilla wins if they do not lose.Henry Kissinger
Creative novelty springs largely from the rearrangement of the existing knowledge, a rearrangement that is itself an addition to knowledge.J. Kneller
The map is not the territory.Alfred Korzbyski
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.Dr. Edwin Land
In creating, the only hard thing’s to begin; a grass-blade’s no easier to make than an oak.James Lowell
A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things in a vision, a dream of the whole thing.Charles M. Schwab
It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.Thomas Macaulay
A person who can create ideas worthy of note is a person who has learned much from others.Konosuke Matsushita
We are apt to think that our ideas are the creation of our own wisdom but the truth is that they are the result of the experience through outside contact.Konosuke Matsushita
Life changes when we change.Andrew Matthews
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.W. Somerset Maugham
I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird.Paul McCartney
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.Margaret Mead
The obvious is always least understood.Prince Metternich
Focus should be to encourage and develop creativity in all children without the ultimate goal being to make all children inventors, but rather to develop a future generation of critical thinkers.Faraq Mousa
To be a man of knowledge one needs to be light and fluid.Yaqui Mystic
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.Isaac Newton
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.Robert Olson
It is easier to tone down a wild idea than to think up a new one.Alex Osborne
Change only favours minds that are diligently looking and preparing for discovery.Louie Pasteur
The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas.Linus Pauling
The only joy in the world is to begin.Cesare Pavese
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.Pablo Picasso
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Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just stand there.Will Rogers
Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced.Ned Rorem
We would like to believe that we are not in the business of surviving but in being good, and we do not like to admit to ourselves that we are good in order to survive.Dorothy Rowe
That human mind is like a parachute – it functions better when it is open.Cole’s Rules
Children reinvent your world for you.Susan Sarandon
Neccesity is the mother of invention, it is true – but it’s father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife.Jonathan Schattke
Few people think more than two or three times a year. I’ve made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.George Bernard Shaw
Imagination is the beginning of creation.George Bernard Shaw
Musical comedies aren’t written, they are re-written.Stephen Sondheim
The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.Saul Steinberg
There are no foolish questions and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions.Saul Steinberg
Every exit is an entry somewhere else.Tom Stoppard
I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.Igor Stravinsky
You think that because you understand ONE you understand TWO, because one and one makes two. But you must understand AND.Sufi proverb
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.Shunryu Suzuki
To do two things at once is to do neither.Publilius Syrus
Dicovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.Albert Szent-Gyorgyl
Creativity consists of coming up with many ideas, not just that one great idea.Charles Thompson
The world is but a canvas to our imaginations.Henry Thoreau
Our life is frittered away by detail … Simplify, Simplify.Henry Thoreau
Natural resources have dropped out of the competitive equation. In fact, a lack of natural resources may even be an advantage. Because the industries we are competing for – the industries of the future – are all based on brainpower.Lester Thurow
Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life.Alvin Toffler
The man with a new idea is a crank – until the idea succeeds.Mark Twain
Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.Voltaire
Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.Andrei Voznesensky
The art of creation is older than the art of killing.Andrei Voznesensky
Don’t confuse being stimulating with being blunt.Barbara Walters
Problems and solutions nest within a complex array of related systems and problems.Bob Weile
I am a writer who came from a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be daring as well. For all serious daring starts from within.Eudora Welty
We think in generalities, but we live in detail.Alfred Whitehead
Be not afraid of moving slowly, be afraid of standing still.A Chinese Proverb
The mere formulation of a problem is far more often essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.Albert Einstein
A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.unknown
All you ever needed to know you learn in kindergarten.unknown
An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.unknown
Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind.unknown
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by the age of eighteen.unknown
Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.unknown
Doodling is the brooding of the mind.unknown
Every really new idea looks crazy at first.unknown
Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.unknown
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.Albert Enstein
Half the game is 90 percent mental.unknown
Hindsight is always 20:20unknown
How many people know how to use a computer on their desk but don’t know how to use the computer in their head?unknown
How many people use the latest software on their desk computer yet don’t know about the latest software for the computer in their head?unknown
I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare; My business is to create.unknown
If a concept is wrong, no number of ideas will put it right.unknown
Imagination is better than memory.unknown
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.unknown
Martin Luther king said “I have a dream”, not “I have a plan”.unknown
Sense is not common.unknown
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.unknown
The “silly question” is the first intimation of some totally new development.unknown
The more you think, the more time you have.unknown
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.unknown
To err is human but to really foul things up requires a computer.unknown
We do not see the world as it is, we see it as we are.Humberto Maturan
Well begun is half done.“Mary Poppins” the movie by
We solve problems to make money. And that’s it. As long as we always act within the law, we don’t lose points for adapting other people’s ideas.unknown
Knowledge is created by the learner, not given by the teacher.unknown
The balance between benefits and defects is much more easily improved by removing defects than increasing benefits.unknown
Man is the only animal that can get bored.unknown
There is never time to do it right the first time, but there is always time to do it again.unknown
I cannot throw a ball as long as I am holding it in a way as to maintain perfect control of its movement.unknown

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