100 Quotes About Creativity, Innovation and Imagination


No matter who you are, what you do, or where you’re from, your life can benefit tremendously from a healthy amount of creativity, innovation and imagination.

Having a great imagination makes even the most mundane things in your daily life more fun, and tapping into your creativity every now and then both helps you de-stress as well as broadens your understanding of yourself and the world. And for those creators and entrepreneurs out there, innovation is crucial to set the ball rolling on your next big project or endeavor.

Whether you’re actively looking for a little creative motivation or you’d just like a bit of positive inspiration to boost your day, here are 100 great creativity, innovation, and imagination quotes.

100 Quotes About Creativity, Innovation and Imagination:

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

“Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.” – Dee Hock

“Imagination gallops; judgment merely walks.” – Proverb

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton

“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.” – Dorothy Parker

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem

“Imagination will often carry us to world that never were, but without it we go nowhere.” – Carl Sagan

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we create the world.” – The Buddha

“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” – William Plomer

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” – Dr. Seuss

“Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.” – Danny Kaye

“One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.” – Henri Matisse

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” – Louisa May Alcott

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence, nor imagination, nor both together, go to the making of genius. Love, Love, Love. That is the soul of genius.” – Mozart

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” – Theodore Levitt

“What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul.” – Deepak Chopra

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” – John F. Kennedy

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” – William Wordsworth

“You can, you should and if you’re brave enough to start, you will” – Stephen King

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.” – Hugh MacLeod

“We are what we imagine ourselves to be.” – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Ken Robinson

“Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.” – Alfred North Whitehead

“You will never find the time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” – Charles Burton

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of the imagination.” – John Dewey

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” – Bill Moyers

“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.” – Albert Camus

“There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.” – Martha Graham

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” – Carl Jung

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” – Goethe

“Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.” – Luis Bunuel

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.” – Edith Södergran

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau


“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.” – Coco Chanel

“The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the imagination.” – Emily Dickenson

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook

“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.” – Pablo Picasso

“Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.” – Arthur Koestler

“Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart.” – Mencius (Meng-Tse)

“It’s easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It’s a lot more difficult to perform one.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.” – Stephen Nachmanovitch

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

“Life is trying things to see if they work.” – Ray Bradbury

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” – Albert von Szent-Gyorgy

“Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.” – Ralph Gerard

“There is only one thing stronger than all the armies of the world: and that is an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun” – Pablo Picasso

“We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Eliot

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” – Frank Capra

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” – David Lloyd George

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” – Abraham Maslow

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” – Charles Brower

“When all think alike, then no one is thinking.” – Walter Lippman

“Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.” – George Kneller

“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” – Jonathan Swift

“Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future.” – James Bertrand

“All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules; otherwise we would never have anything new.” – Charles Kettering

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” – Bertrand Russell

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” – Steve Jobs

“The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.” – Charles Peguy

“Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.” – James Russell Lowell

“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.” – William J. Cameron

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

“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 things we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances—re the primary sources of creativity.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

“You can only be as good as you dare to be bad.” – John Barrymore

“Innovation is an evolutionary process, so it’s not necessary to be radical all the time.” – Marc Jacobs

“Imagination is the eye of the soul.” – Joseph Joubert

“Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. It is a process; it’s not random.” – Ken Robinson

“Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.” – W. Somerset Maugham

“A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with – a man is what he makes of himself.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.” – Duane Michals

“Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.” – Gail Sheehy

“I am not afraid… I was born to do this.” – Joan of Arc

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand

“Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” – George Lois

“There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.” – Edmund Burke

“One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination.” – Sam Levenson

“Creative expression is the grand driver and amplifier of satisfaction in life.” – Brendon Burchard

“Talent works, genius creates.” – Robert Schumann

“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect momentsout of ordinary ones.” – Bruce Garrabrandt

“Boredom comes simply from ignorance and lack of imagination.” – Susan Ertz

“Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence” – Osho

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo

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