Do you ever feel that your creativity has left you? That you can’t find it anywhere regardless of where you look for it and how long you try to find it? I am guessing that most EtsyChristmasInJuly team members have felt that on occasion.
When I find myself in a creative rut I take a creative break. One of my favorite things to do during my creative break is to peruse my book shelf for inspiration. I have tons of books that speak to the creative process at all different levels. I will surf the internet for articles and blogs that speak to the process of creativity or how a person discovered their own unique way of becoming creatively inspired. One of my favorite things to search for during this mental break are quotes about creativity. Some make me think a lot. Some make me laugh. Some are from famous people, some are not. Some are from long ago, some are recent. Some I can’t relate to. But then there are the handful that somehow start to clear out the cobwebs. I crawl out of that creative rut and move forward again — until the next one that I find myself in!
Here are some of my favorites quotes that I have found over the years:
The chief enemy of creativity is good sense. ~Pablo Picasso
Creativity takes courage. ~Henri Matisse
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
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. ~Albert Einstein
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~Scott Adams
Doors are for people with no imagination. ~Derek Landy
We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. ~Kurt Vonnegut
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ~Pablo Picasso
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. ~Edwin Land
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. ~Charles Brower
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. ~Mary Lou Cook
Do any of these “speak” to you? Do you have a favorite Creativity Quote?