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Creative thinking quotations

Here are some of my favourite creative thinking quotations:

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

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

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

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

“Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.” ~ Edward de Bono

“True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems is found.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

“In a truly creative collaboration, work is pleasure and the only rules and procedures are those that advance the common cause.” ~ Warren Bennis

“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.” ~ Lord Kelvin, President, Royal Society, 1895

“Men of talent have to be goaded to engage in creative work. The groans and laments of even the most gifted and prolific echo through the ages.” ~ Eric Hoffer

“In every work of genius, we recognize our once rejected thoughts.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” ~ General Erick Shinseki

“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“Stay in tune with your creative brain.” ~ Tony Buzan

“Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.” ~ Chuck Jones, Warner Brothers animator

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

“Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” ~ Carl Jung

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” ~ Howard Aiken

“If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.” ~ Heraclitus

M. A. Rosanoff: “Mr. Edison, please tell me what laboratory rules you want me to observe.”
Edison: “There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish somep’n!” ~ Thomas Edison

“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport.” ~ Robert Wieder

“Some men look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of things that are not and ask why not?” ~ Robert Kennedy

“It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.” ~ Roger von Oech

Here is  a longer list of creativity quotations (which I will be expanding).

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