Break down your creative blocks, and get inspired, with these quotes about creativity from artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers. These wise sentiments reveal what it means to be a creative, and how to cultivate that force with courage and integrity. Think about keeping these words and thoughts close to your heart: copy them into a notebook or journal, share them on social media, or put them on the walls by your creative space.
On the characteristics of creativity:
What does it mean to be creative? Dig in with these definitions.
Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.
Creativity is what transforms.
Creativity takes courage.
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
― Maya Angelou
Energy is the key to creativity. Energy is the key to life.
On being a creative person:
From scientists to artists, opinions on how to be a creative person.
Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.
– Leo Burnett
If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
–Vincent Van Gogh
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.
– Ray Bradbury
Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.
Creativity is contagious, pass it on.
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