We all need a little inspiration sometimes.
When you’re stuck or feeling creatively drained, the best place to look is often in the writings of creative people you admire.
I’ve gathered 20 top creativity quotes that inspire me and other writers and you can find them below.
Pablo Picasso − Pablo Picasso: Metamorphoses of the Human Form : Graphic Works, 1895-1972
“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”
Sylvia Plath − The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
Derek Landy − Skulduggery Pleasant
“Doors are for people with no imagination.”
Jacob Bronowski − The Ascent of Man
“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.”
John Steinbeck − East of Eden
“Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.”
Austin Kleon − Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.”
Madeleine L’Engle − Walking on Water
“But unless we are creators we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.”
Ray Bradbury − Zen in the Art of Writing
“That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.”
Deepak Chopra − Life After Death: The Burden of Proof
“What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul.”
Chuck Palahniuk − Lullaby
“Anymore, no one’s mind is their own.”
Freeman Dyson − Infinite in All Directions
“We must be careful not to discourage our twelve-year-olds by making them waste the best years of their lives preparing for examinations.”
G.K. Chesterton − The Blue Cross: A Father Brown Mystery
“The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.”
Julio Cortázar − Around the Day in Eighty Worlds
“All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.”
Jim Butcher − Blood Rites
“I’ve always felt that the best whips and chains are in the mind. With a little creativity, the physical ones are hardly necessary.”
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam − Indomitable Spirit
“When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, economy flourishes.”
Arthur Koestler − Drinkers of Infinity: Essays 1955-1967
“Creative activity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”
Scarlett Thomas − PopCo
“Routine kills creative thought.”
Charles Baudelaire − The Painter Of Modern Life And Other Essays
“Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man’s physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry − Night Flight
“If a composer suffers from loss of sleep and his sleeplessness induces him to turn out masterpieces, what a profitable loss it is!”
Haruki Murakami − Kafka on the Shore
“Artists are those who can evade the verbose.”
When I find a great creativity quote, I sometimes use it as a writing prompt to overcome problem’s like writer’s block. I write the quote at the top of the page and then spend a little time freewriting about what the creativity quote means to me. Then when I’m done, I remove the quote and keep what I’ve written.
I also keep a file of quotes in my computer that I draw upon when I’m looking for something special to sprinkle over a piece of writing.
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