Imagination, Inspiration, Creativity & Originality

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few."
 – Shunryu Suzuki

"A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition."
 – Charles Caleb Colton

"Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish to the crowd. "
 – …I Ching

"You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus."
 – John F. Kennedy

"True imagination is not moving the blocks of our reality from one spot to another, rather it is the pouring forth of an entirely new reality according to the wellspring of the dreams within our hearts."
 – Robert Tennyson Stevens

"When you think about it, most people really don't want to be creative – it's dangerous and uncomfortable – like being the passenger in a car driven by a maniac."
 – Randall Anway

"Creativity: a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual."
 – Arthur Koestler

"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

"When I began to draw and paint, I did not say to myself, "Behold Kahlil Gibran. There are ahead of you so many ways to art: The classic, the modern, the symbolistic, the impressionistic, and others. Choose for yourself one of them." I did nothing of the sort. I simply found my pen and brush, quite of themselves, recording symbols of my thoughts, emotions, and fancies. Some think the business of art to be a mere imitation of nature. But Nature is far too great and too subtle to be successfully imitated. No artist can ever reproduce even the least of Nature's surpassing creations and miracles. Besides, what profit is there in imitationg Nature when she is so open and so accessible to all who see and hear? The business of art is rather to understand Nature and to reveal her meanings to those unable to understand. It is to convey the soul of a tree rather than to produce a fruitful likeness of the tree. It is to reveal the conscience of the sea, not to portray so many foaming waves or so much blue water. The mission of art is to bring out the unfamiliar from the most familiar."
 – Kahlil Gibran
mystic, poet and artist
(1883-1931)

"If there were two men alike, the world would not be big enough to contain them."
 – Kahlil Gibran

"Look at every thing as though you were seeing it for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory."
 – Betty Smith

"Art is a step in the known toward the unknown."
 – Kahlil Gibran

"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come."
 – Victor Hugo

"To create is to boggle the mind and alter the mood. Once the urge has surged, it maintains its own momentum. We may go along for the ride, but when we attempt to steer the course, the momentum dies."
 – Sue Atchley Ebaugh

"A mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions."
 – Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple."
 – C.W. Ceran

"Enthusiasm is the greatest asset—more than power or influence or money."
 – Unknown

"When you are creating something, especially if you are forging new ground by moving beyond the ingrained accepted reality of the moment – it can be a very hard road to travel. Many show up to rail against you. Where is the scientific proof they ask? But they don't really want it, because they have no intention of changing their views. They just want to throw rocks in your path. That happens, but each time it does, many, many more show up to support."
 – Rhio

"Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one."
 – E. B. White

"What is writing? Distilling your thoughts in the still of your mind and collecting their essence. It doesn't need any fancy devices — a five-cent pencil works just as well as a $50 gold-tipped 'writing instrument'. A beach cottage might not yield a writer any loftier fruits than a tiny room, with a window perhaps, to stare out and do nothing. Ah! What could be easier… or more difficult?"
 – Anu

"If, at first, an idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it."
 – Albert Einstein

"Before you can do something that you've never done,
you have to be able to imagine it is possible."
 – Jean Shinoda Bolen

"Poetry is what gets lost in translation."
 – Robert Frost
  poet
(1874-1963)

"Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine,
and at last you create what you will."
 – George Bernard Shaw
Irish-born British playwright, Nobel Prize winner

"Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future."
 – Charles Franklin Kettering
American electrical engineer and manufacturer

"Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
 – Pablo Picasso

"A painting is a poem without words."
 – Kung-Fu-Tse

"By logic and reason we die hourly. By imagination we live."
 – William Butler Yeats

"A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places."
 – Paul Gardner, painter

"If you don't execute your ideas, they die. "
 – Roger von Oech
author and consultant

"A pattern that others made may prevail in the world…
however, following THAT thread we may miss OUR OWN design!"
 – unknown

"Easy reading is damned hard writing."
 – Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer
(1804-1864)

"Words are things; and a small drop of ink
Falling like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. "
 – Lord Byron
 poet
(1788-1824)

"Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions."
– Albert Einstein

"You become writer by writing. It is a yoga."
 – R.K. Narayan
 novelist
(1906-2001)

"No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist."
 – Ludwig Van Beethoven,
 composer
(1770-1827)

"The pain of a new idea is one of the greatest pains in human nature… Your favorite notion may be wrong, your firmest beliefs ill founded. And your favorite foods may be the root cause of your greatest pains! It's a fact of life that people find it much easier to believe a lie they've heard a thousand times than a fact they've never heard before."
 – Daniel P. Reid
The Tao of Health

"I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thiking."
 – Albert Einstein
(1879-1955)

"Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training."
 – Anna Freud
Austrian psychoanalyst
(1895-1982)

"What is art but a way of seeing?"
 – Thomas Berger
  writer
(1924)

"The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new 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

"Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable."
 – Francis Bacon

"Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study."
 – Francis Bacon
   Essays

 "Everything that people create is a projection of what's inside them."
 – Stuart Lichtman

"One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire."
 – John W. Foster
clergyman
(1770-1843)

"A human being is a thinking center, capable of original thought. If a person can communicate his thought to original thinking substance, he can cause the creation, or formation, of the thing he thinks about."
 – Wallace D. Wattles
The Science of Getting Rich

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
 – Scott Adams
cartoonist
(1957)

"Ability is what you're capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it."
 – Lou Holtz

"We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make our world."
 – Gautama Buddha

"Words are but the signs of ideas."
 – Samuel Johnson
lexicographer, essayist, poet, critic
(1709-1784)

"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge."
 – Albert Einstein

"The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange."
 – G.K. Chesterton
essayist and novelist
(1874-1936)

"In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm, in the real world, all rests on perseverance."
 – Goethe

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
 – Michelangelo Buonarroti
sculptor, painter, architect, and poet
(1475-1564)

"The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger."
 – W. Somerset Maugham
 writer
(1874-1965)

"Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up."
 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
US Supreme Court Justice
(1841-1935)

"A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket."
 -Charles Peguy
poet and essayist
(1873-1914)

"But words are things, a small drop of ink,
Falling like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think."
 – Lord Byron
 poet
(1788-1824)

"Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them."
 – Nathaniel Hawthorne
 writer
(1804-1864)

"The best writing is rewriting."
 – E.B. White
 writer
(1899-1985)

"The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews."
 – William Faulkner
(1897-1962)

"My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life."
 – Miles Davis
(1926-1991)

"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it."
 – J.D. Salinger,
writer (1919- )

"Creativity is allowing to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
 – Scott Adams

"If you have the same ideas as everybody else but have them one week earlier than everyone else then you will be hailed as a visionary. But if you have them five years earlier you will be named a lunatic."
 – Barry Jones, politician, author
(1932- )

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