Quotes about Creativity

"The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds."

Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry (October 30, 1871 – July 20, 1945) was a French poet, essayist, and philosopher. His interests were sufficiently broad that he can be classified as a polymath.


"Ideas are the factors that lifts civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs."

John Heyl Vincent (February 23, 1832 – May 9, 1920) was an American Methodist Episcopal bishop.


"The only people in the world who can change things are those who can sell ideas."

Lois Wyse (October 30, 1926 - July 6, 2007) was an American advertising executive, author and columnist. At the time of her death, Wyse was credited with writing more than 60 books on diverse topics such as business, love and family.


"An idea is salvation by imagination."

Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 projects, which resulted in more than 500 completed works.


"The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them."

Alfred North Whitehead (15 February 1861 – 30 December 1947) was an English mathematician who became a philosopher. He wrote on algebra, logic, foundations of mathematics, philosophy of science, physics, metaphysics, and education.


"Everyone is a genius at lease once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas close together."

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1 July 1742 – 24 February 1799) was a German scientist, satirist and Anglophile. As a scientist, he was the first to hold a professorship explicitly dedicated to experimental physics in Germany.


"Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats."

Howard Hathaway Aiken (March 8, 1900 – March 14, 1973) was a pioneer in computing, being the original conceptual designer behind IBM's Harvard Mark I computer.


"Do something. If it doesn't work, do something else. No idea is too crazy."

James Allen "Jim" Hightower (born January 11, 1943) is an American syndicated columnist, populist activist and author.


"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."

John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, philosopher, poet, music theorist, artist, printmaker, and amateur mycologist and mushroom collector. A pioneer of chance music, electronic music and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th.


"Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle."

Ken Hakuta (-) known as "Dr. Fad" since 1983, is an American inventor and television personality. Hakuta, as Dr. Fad, was the host of the popular kids invention TV show, The Dr. Fad Show, which ran from 1988 to 1994. The show featured kids' inventions, and promoted creativity and inventiveness in children.