Creativity Quotes

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?