On Stimulation

‘It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places, in which…you may find really marvellous ideas.’
— Leonardo Da Vinci
‘The history of scientific and technical discovery teaches us that the human race is poor in independent and creative imagination. Even when the external and scientific requirements for the birth of an idea have long been there, it generally needs an external stimulus to make it actually happen; man has, so to speak, to stumble right up against the thing before the idea comes.’
— Albert Einstein
‘The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.’
— Albert Einstein
‘God could cause us considerable embarrassment by revealing all the secrets of nature to us: we should not know what to do for sheer apathy and boredom.’
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
‘Never compose anything unless the not composing of it becomes a positive nuisance to you.’
— Gustav Holst
‘Sit in reverie and watch the changing colour of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.’
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
‘Reading supplies bread for imagination to feed on and bones for it to chew on.’
— Alex Osborn
‘When all is said and done, monotony may after all be the best condition for creation.’
— Margaret Sackville
‘There is an incessant influx of novelty into the world, and yet we tolerate incredible dullness.’
— Henry David Thoreau