Quotes about Creativity

"He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong."

Benjamin Disraeli (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a British Prime Minister, parliamentarian, Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for three decades, twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was the country's first and thus far only Prime Minister who was born Jewish.


"Ideas must work their way through the brains and arms of men, or they are not better than dreams."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.


"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all."

Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. He was an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts movement.


"It is better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life."

Randall Jarrell (May 6, 1914 – October 14, 1965) was an American poet, literary critic, children's author, essayist, and novelist.


"In a war of ideas it is the people who get killed."

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec (6 March 1909 – 7 May 1966) (born Baron Stanislaw Jerzy de Tusch-Letz) was a poet and aphorist of Polish and Jewish noble origin. Often mentioned among the greatest writers of post-WW2 Poland, he was one of the most influential aphorists on the 20th century, known for lyrical poetry and sceptical philosophical-moral aphorisms, often with a political subtext.


"An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it."

Donald Robert Perry Marquis (born July 29, 1878 – died December 29, 1937) was an American humorist, journalist and author. He was variously a novelist, poet, newspaper columnist and playwright.


"A soul preoccupied with great ideas best performs small duties."

Harriet Martineau (June 12, 1802 – June 27, 1876) was an English social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first woman sociologist.


"It's just as sure recipe for failure to have the right ideas five years to soon, as five years too late."

J.R. Platt (-)


"Great ideas are not charitable."

Henry de Montherlant or Henry Marie Joseph Frédéric Expedite Millon de Montherlant (20 April 1895 – September 21, 1972) was a French essayist, novelist and one of the leading French dramatists of the twentieth century.


"A powerful idea commnicates some of its power to the man who contradicts it."

Marcel Proust (10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922) was a French novelist, critic and essayist.