Quotes about Creativity and Ideas

If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.
-- Hal Abelson
Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
-- Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle
Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
-- Howard Aiken
Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions.
-- Anonymous
A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow.
-- Charles Brower
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
-- John Cage
If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.
-- Dale Carnegie
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
-- Winston Churchill
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
-- Stephen Covey
It is not good enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
-- Rene Descartes
Joy is but the sign that creative emotion is fulfilling its purpose.
-- Charles Du Bos
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
-- Albert Einstein
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
-- Albert Einstein
There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald
There's a saying among prospectors: "Go out looking for one thing, and that's all you'll ever find."
-- Robert Flaherty
To die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.
-- Anatole France
When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
-- Anatole France
Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
In the sciences, we are now uniquely privileged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
-- Gerald Holton
There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world; and that is an idea whose time has come.
-- Victor Hugo
If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.
-- Isaac Newton
If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
-- George S. Patton, Jr.
Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers.
-- William Penn
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.
-- Pablo Picasso
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not a poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
-- Will Rogers
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
-- Bertrand Russell
The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
-- Publilius Syrus
Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else does and thinking something different.
-- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, 1937 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
-- Mark Twain

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