Quotes to Motivate Creativity

15 02 2011
The mind is not a bucket to be filled but a fire to be ignited and continually kindled.-Plutarch

 I invent nothing.  I rediscover.

-Auguste Rodin

 The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.

-Arthur Koestler

 The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.

-Linus Pauling

 Invention is a combination of brains and material.  The more brains you use, the less material you need.

-Charles F.  Kettering

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

-Thomas Alva Edison

Ideas do not always have to be useful.  Ideas can be inventions or they can solve problems or they can help people–or they can simply be fun.  The mind is probably the least used source of enjoyment.

-Edward de Bono

Originality is simply a fresh pair of eyes.

-Woodrow Wilson

Creativity is first an act of destruction.


Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they start a winning game.-Anonymous

The Wright brothers flew right through the smokescreen of impossibility.

-Charles Kettering

I skate where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.

-Wayne Gretzky

Walking the tight wire is living; everything else is waiting.

-Karl Wallenda

Good ideas are not adopted automatically.  They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.

-Admiral Hyman Rickover

All glory comes from daring to begin.

-Eugene F.  Ware

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

-Jonathan Kozol

To cease to think creatively is but little different from ceasing to live.

-Ben Franklin

Ride the horse in the direction that it’s going.

-Werner Erhard

It takes courage to be creative.  Just as soon as you have a new idea, you are a minority of one.

-E.  Paul Torrance

Practice and persistence are the necessary ingredients of creativity.





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