There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.
The key question isn't "What fosters creativity?" But it is why in God's name isn't everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
The theoretician believes in logic and believes that he despises dreams, intuition, and poetry. He does not recognize that these three fairies have only disguised themselves in order to dazzle him.... He does not know that he owes his greatest discoveries to them.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.
One of the first things a relationship therapist learns is that couples argue to burn up energy that could be used for something else. In fact, arguments often serve the purpose of using up energy, so that the couple do not have to take the courageous, creative leap into an unknown they fear. Arguing serves the function of being a zone of familiarity into which you can retreat when you are afraid of making a creative breakthrough.
I remembered a story of how Bach was approached by a young admirer one day and asked, "But Papa Bach, how do you manage to think of all these new tunes?" "My dear fellow," Bach is said to have answered, according to my version, "I have no need to think of them. I have the greatest difficulty not to step on them when I get out of bed in the morning and start moving around my room."
Laurens Van der Post
A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree; or draw a child by studying the outlines of its form merely . . . but by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature and can then draw him at every attitude .
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To encourage our own creativity we need to lighten up a little bit, have some fun, be adventurous. We need to take some risks to express ourselves in new and different ways.
Shakti Gawain, The Path of Transformation How Healing Ourselves Can Change The World
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
George Bernard Shaw
The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.
Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you're a human being, you feel, you suffer.
I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.
Creativity, by its very nature, often explores off of the beaten path and goes against the grain.
John C. Maxwell, Thinking For A Change
An inventor lives asking the question, "What's missing in this picture?" and then answers it by inventing the missing piece that makes the picture whole.
Michael E. Gerber, Awakening the Entrepreneur Within