Plan of Attack – Quotes from Creative People

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I’ve been devoting a lot of mental time to feeling out a plan of attack for presenting the steps of creative thinking particularly applicable to original fly creation. ┬áIt’s a complicated subject to handle, but there is essential simplicity at its core.

One inspiration is to see what other people of note have to say about the topic.

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
Frank Capra

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
Edwin Land

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
Sylvia Plath

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

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

Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.
T. S. Eliot

Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.
Dee Hock

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.
Gail Sheehy

Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.
Donatella Versace

Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience.
Masaru Ibuka

Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.
Edward de Bono

Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.
Earl Nightingale

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams

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

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

Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.
Bill Moyers

Creativity is the greatest expression of liberty.
Bryant H. McGill

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.
William Plomer

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

Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago?
Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
Erich Fromm

Creativity takes courage.
Henri Matisse

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

Innovation is creativity with a job to do.
John Emmerling

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

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

Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way.
Joichi Ito

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

One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.
Edward de Bono

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

Punishing honest mistakes stifles creativity. I want people moving and shaking the earth and they’re going to make mistakes.
Ross Perot

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.
Shania Twain

Rule of art: “Can’t” kills creativity!
Camille Paglia

The chief enemy of creativity is “good” sense.
Pablo Picasso

You cannot ignore the creativity that computer technology can bring. But you need to be able to move between those two different worlds.
Tadao Ando

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Albert Einstein

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
Sophia Loren

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

True creativity often starts where language ends.
Arthur Koestler

We have run out of creativity for children and teachers alike in the name of pushing up standards.
Shirley Williams

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

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