16 of the best quotes on creativity

Nobody knows exactly what creativity is. It allows us to accomplish great things, and we can see it in ourselves and in those around us – but we can’t define it, nor figure out how to become creative at the push of a button. These quotes on creativity will hopefully give you a better insight into the concept, the way others have seen and understood it:

1. “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club”

Jack London

2. “Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources” 

Albert Einstein

3. “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?”

George Bernard Shaw

4. “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” 

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

5. “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

6. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

Albert Einstein

7. “The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.”

Pablo Picasso

8. “Creativity is contagious, pass it on”

Albert Einstein

9. “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it”

Salvador Dali

10. “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while”

Steve Jobs

11. “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people”

Leo Burnett

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

Friedrich Nietzche

13. “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” 

Erich Fromm

14. “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”

Ray Bradbury

 15. “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.” 

Pablo Picasso

16. “Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” 

Beatrix Potter