15 Great Quotes on Creativity

To kickoff the creative juices today, let’s go back to the heart of our creativity: inspiration to create. Every now and then, we need to remind ourselves that we are not going it alone, and many successful creators have designed before us.

Here are a few choice words from creative people you should listen to.

Dr. Seuss:

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.

Steve Jobs:

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, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.

Vincent Van Gogh:

If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

Salvador Dali:

Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.

Leo Burnett:

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.

Pablo Picasso:

Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.

George Bernard Shaw:

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.

Charles Mingus:

Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

Ray Bradbury:

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.

Cecil B DeMille:

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.

Albert Einstein:

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.

Donatella Versace:

Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.


Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.

What others think creativity is happens to be as important, if not more important, than what you think it is. For example, some say originality is just really good remix of other people’s creations. Others think very strongly that originality is still done every day — designs that are without source inspiration.

So I will leave you with one additional quote. Put creativity under the lens of thoughtful examination. Mortimer Adler:

Do not say you agree, disagree or suspend judgement until you can say “I understand.”

(Via Twisted Sifter)

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.