Quotes about Creativity

"The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it."

Sir Peter Brian Medawar (28 February 1915 – 2 October 1987) was a British zoologist. Medawar's work on graft rejection and the discovery of acquired immune tolerance was fundamental to the practice of tissue and organ transplants. He was awarded the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet.


"A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled."

Sir Barnett Cocks (-)


"If an idea's worth having once, it's worth having twice."

Sir Tom Stoppard (born 3 July 1937) is an influential British playwright, knighted in 1997.


"You give birth to that on which you fix your mind."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900—31 July 1944) was a French writer and aviator.


"The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new ideas. It is better to have enough ideas. It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong than to be always right by having no ideas at all."

Edward de Bono (born 19 May 1933, in Malta) is a physician, author, inventor, and consultant. He is known as the originator of the term lateral thinking, wrote a best selling book Six Thinking Hats and is a proponent of the deliberate teaching of thinking as a subject in schools.


"Nuture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think."

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.


"Trust your hunches. They are usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level."

Joyce Brothers (born September 20, 1927) is an American psychologist and advice columnist, publishing a daily syndicated newspaper column since 1960.


"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones."

John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes (5 June 1883 – 21 April 1946) was a British economist whose ideas have profoundly affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, as well as the economic policies of governments.


"It is a very dangerous thing to have an idea that you will not practice."

Phyllis Forbes Dennis (May 31, 1884 – August 22, 1963) was a British novelist and short story writer who wrote under her birth name, Phyllis Bottome


"The key is to look at things in the context of a very small idea. It it works, it is very easy to expand and grow. But you must first be succesful. To build a wall, you start with the first bricks and then carefully add more bricks. Sometimes you cann't visualize how big a wall you are building. If I had visualized the wall that is our group today, I wouldn't have known where to begin. I don't think too far ahead, then you get caught up in the planning rather than the doing."

William Ellwood Heinecke (born 1949) is a businessman in Thailand. He is the CEO and Chairman of Minor Corporation, the CEO and Chairman of Minor International, and Chairman of Minor Food Group.