On Being Creative

‘The kingdom of God is within you.’
— Luke, 17:21

‘The thing that makes a creative person is to be creative and that is all there is to it.’
— Edward Albee

‘The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.’
— Alan Alda

‘The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.’
— Frank Barron

‘Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil.’
— Bernard Mannes Baruch

‘I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare; my business is to create.’
— William Blake

‘I have always regarded manual labour as creative and looked with respect–and, yes, wonder–at people who work with their hands. It seems to me that their creativity is no less than that of a violinist or painter.’
— Pablo Casals

‘When I can no longer create anything, I’ll be done for.’
— Coco Chanel

‘Man is a creative animal, doomed to strive toward a goal, engaged in full-time engineering.’
— Fyodor Dostoevsky

‘Creation is a drug I can’t do without.’
— Cecil B. De Mille

‘If a clever man can figure out how to hold up a cow by its ears, even a moron can milk it.’
— William Durant

‘The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.’
— Albert Einstein

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

‘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

‘Creative people have an abiding curiosity and an insatiable desire to learn how and why things work. They take nothing for granted. They are interested in things around them and tend to stow away bits and pieces of information in their minds for the future use. And, they have a great ability to mobilize their thinking and experiences for use in solving a new problem.’
— Bill Hewlett

‘The wise learn from the experience of others, and the creative know how to make a crumb of experience go a long way.’
— Eric Hoffer

‘There is probably nothing more sublime than discontent transmuted into a work of art, a scientific discovery, and so on.’
— Eric Hoffer

‘The genuine creator creates something that has a life of its own, something that can exist and function without him.’
— Eric Hoffer

‘Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish, when it cannot freely select its methods and objects, when it is deprived of spontaneity, then society severs the root of art.’
— John Fitzgerald Kennedy

‘The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning.’
— Stanley Kubrick

‘Writing is like walking in a deserted street. Out of the dust in the street you make a mud pie.’
— John Le Carré

‘A consistently highly creative person is generally irresponsible.’
— Theodore Levitt

‘It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.’
— Thomas Macaulay

‘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.’
— Abraham Maslow

‘The creative habit is like a drug.’
— Henry Moore

‘We are all Michaelangelos.’
— Tom Peters

‘The important thing is to create. Nothing else matters; creation is all.’
— Pablo Picasso

‘A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.’
— Ayn Rand

‘Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.’
— Isaac Bashevis Singer

‘The art of creation is older than the art of killing.’
— Andrei Voznesensky

‘Every really good creative person in advertising has always had two noticeable characteristics. First, there was no subject he could not easily get interested in…Second, he was an extensive browser in all sorts of fields of information. For it is with the advertising man as with the cow: no browsing, no milk.’
— James Webb Young