The Components of Creativity (An Introduction to Creative
In 1986, while living in Zaire (now
Congo), I made my first quotation calendar as a gift for my wife. Browsing
through a copy of The Shorter Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, I
became hooked on quotes, especially quotes about creativity. I now have
20,000 quotations in my collection, and have prepared sets Creative Quotations
for 1,400 famous people. Each quotation is carefully selected and linked
to one of five components of creativity (see table below).
Creative Quotations to Inspire
designed to learn from the insights of famous creative people:
The wisdom of the wise and the
experience of the ages may be preserved in quotations.
-- Isaac D'Israeli.
Creative Quotations also
challenge readers to look for connections between quotations and the creative
Creativity is the power to connect
the seemingly unconnected.
Reflecting is generating lots of ideas
selecting an idea
improving your idea
Knuckling Down is never giving up
Man must go back to nature for information. -Thomas Paine
I dreamfor a living. -Steven Spielburg
I invent nothing. I rediscover. -Auguste Rodin
There is a right physical size for every
idea. -Henry Moore
A thick skin is a gift from God. -Adenauer Konrad
Foraging is . . .
being on the outlook and exploring your environment for new
seeking inspiration through nature;
getting an education,
developing your abilities and talents.
Here are some quotes which illustrate the spirit of Foraging
. . .
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly
making exciting discoveries. --A.A. Milne
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from
time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught.-Oscar Wilde
It takes little talent to see what is under one's nose, a good
deal of it to know in what direction to point that organ.-W.H.
Creative minds always have been known to survive any kind of
bad training. -Anna Freud
Anyone can look for history in a museum. The creative explorer
looks for history in a hardware store. - Robert Wieder
generating lots of ideas
Reflecting is . . .
questioning the information which you have collected;
using your imagination;
thinking, pondering, and daydreaming;
brainstorming and "what-if-ing."
Some good examples of Reflecting quotes are:
Imagination rules the world. -Napoleon Bonaparte
There is a correlation between the creative and the screwball.
So we must suffer the screwball gladly.-Kingman Brewster
It may be that those who do most, dream most. Stephen
One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth
to a dancing star. -Friedrich Neitzsche
Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else
and thinking something different. -Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
is embracing an idea
Adopting means . . .
selecting among your generated ideas;
borrowing ideas from others;
inventing and innovating.
Some Adopting quotes which I particularly like are:
It is the function of creative man to perceive and to connect
the seemingly unconnected.-William Plommer
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom
nobody can imitate.-Francois Rene Chateaubriand
Inventions that are not made, like babies that are not born,
are not missed. - John Kenneth Galbraith
Wisdom consists in being able to distinguish among dangers and
make a choice of the least harmful. -Niccolo Machiavelli
I waited for the idea to consolidate, for the grouping and composition
of themes to settle themselves in my brain. When I felt I held enough cards
I determined to pass to action, and did so. -Claude Monet
is improving your idea
Nurturing requires . . .
objectively evaluating an idea and rejecting what doesn't
simplifying the over-complicated;
lots of hard work;
failing and trying again (over and over again).
Some good Nurturing quotes are:
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated
simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. -Charles Mingus
Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no
data at all. -Charles Babbage
Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave
men, or they are no better than dreams. - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
-Saki (H. H. Munro)
Down is never giving up
Knuckling Down means . . .
marketing your idea;
dealing with critics;
maturing with courage and patience; and
Some particularly fine quotes about Knuckling Down are:
Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is
the quality that most frequently makes for success. -Dale Carnegie
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying
to please everybody. -Bill Cosby
God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas,
but for scars. -Elbert Hubbard
Eighty percent of success is showing up. -Woody Allen