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Monday, May 23, 2011

Creativity...in the words of others

Creativity is one of those concepts that people know when they encounter it; but ask them to define creativity, and most will sputter and give a "cop-out" definition (like Webster's does), such as "the act of being creative." Very helpful, Mr. Webster.

Below are some quotes from some great minds, creative minds, and humorous minds on the essence of creativity. Enjoy!

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

     ~Scott Adams, Cartoonist


“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, Writer


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

   ~Pablo Picasso, Artist


“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”

   ~Edward de Bono, Psychologist & Writer


"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."

   ~Joseph Chilton Pearce, Author


“A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.” 
   ~Gerald G. Jampolsky, Psychologist & Writer


"The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept."
   ~John W. Gardner, Educator

 

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