Quotes about Creativity

"The average business executive has spent between 1,000 and 10,000 hours formally learning economics, history, languages, literature, mathematics, and political science ! The same executive has spent less than 10 hours learning about creative thinking."

Tony Buzan (born 2 June 1942) is an author and educational consultant. He is a proponent of the techniques of Mind Mapping and mental literacy.


"To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong."

Joseph Chilton Pearce (born January 14, 1926) is an American author of a number of books on child development.


"The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it."

Dee Ward Hock (born 1929) is the founder and former CEO of the VISA credit card association. In 1968 Hock convinced Bank of America to give up ownership and control of their BankAmericard credit card program. The new company, called National BankAmerica, was a non-stock membership corporation equally owned by its member banks. The name was changed to VISA in 1976.


"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the American creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, business, and general speculation.


"There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish."

Warren Gamaliel Bennis (born March 8, 1925) is an American scholar, organizational consultant and author, widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of Leadership studies.


"Top 10 creative rules of thumb:
1.The best way to get great ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away
2.Create ideas that are 15 minutes ahead of time...not light years ahead
3.Always look for a second right answer
4.It at first you don't succees, take a break
5.Write down your ideas before you forget them
6.If everyone says you are wrong, you're one step ahead. If everyone laughs at you,you're two steps ahead
7. The answer to your problem 'pre-exists'. You need to ask the right question to reveal the answer
8.When you ask a dumb question, you get a smart answer
9.Never solve a problem from its original perspective
10. Visualize your problem as solved before solving it"

Charlie "Chic" Thomson (2 March 1930 – 6 January 2009) was a Scottish football goalkeeper who played for Clyde, Chelsea and Nottingham Forest.He was born in Perth, Scotland.


"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."

Raymond Douglas "Ray" Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer. Bradbury is one of the most celebrated among 20th and 21st century American writers of speculative fiction.


"Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training."

Anna Freud (3 December 1895 – 9 October 1982) was the sixth and last child of Sigmund and Martha Freud. Born in Vienna, she followed the path of her father and contributed to the newly born field of psychoanalysis. Alongside Melanie Klein, she may be considered the founder of psychoanalytic child psychology.


"Confusion is the welcome mat at the door of creativity."

Michael J. Gelb (born 1952) is a writer and trainer who specializes in personal development and corporate training seminars. Gelb is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning and innovative leadership.


"Originality is simple a pair of fresh eyes."

Thomas Wentworth Higginson (December 22, 1823 – May 9, 1911) was an American Unitarian minister, author, abolitionist, and soldier. He was active in the American Abolitionism movement during the 1840s and 1850s, identifying himself with disunion and militant abolitionism.