Creativity Quotes

This page is for sharing Creativity Quotes that I find as I continue my Creativity journey around the world and through the WWW.

NEW!  May 8th, 2015

Dimis Michaelides – creativity colleague from Cyprus

Creativity isn’t what it used to be

Make no mistake. Your mistakes are your best friends.

Be yourself. If it doesn’t work at first keep trying.

Leadership advice: Be yourself. You can’t be a good leader by being someone else (even if you have those 7 or 8 habits)

Another source of great quotes

100 Creativity Teaching Quotes

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a creative school for teaching creativity creatively….THE LEARNING CONNEXTION in Wellington, New Zealand. take a look at it

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First Creativity Quotes Book

Second Book of Creativity Quotes

gathered by Robert Alan Black, Ph.D., CSP

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click to download a FREE e-book (see second at end of page below)

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Creativity Quotes from Around the World

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Since I went to my first CPSI – Creative Problem Solving Institute I have been collecting quotes about creativity, creative thinking, problem solving and innovation.  In this e-pamphlet are a sampling from a mix of websites.

I hope you find them inspirational and mind expanding too!


This is a visually fun quote page from Crayola.  Click on the crayola art pieces to read the quotes.

The following is meant as a sampling of quotes.

My only caution with all quotes….remember they are generally out of context and may not represent the original meaning of the author/creator.


“I never met a man I didn’t like.”

Quoted daily by hundreds or thousands and given credit to Will Rogers, political humorist.

That was taken out of context.  The complete statement was…

“I never met a man I didn’t like, until he opened his mouth.”

Creativity Quotes

“If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.”

— Abraham Sutzkever

Abraham Sutzkever is a Yiddish poet and editor who remains one of the most distinguished poets of the Holocaust. He was born in 1913 in the city of Smorogon, near Vilna, in what is today Lithuania. At a young age he joined a group of artists and poets called “Young Vilna” and had his first book of poems published in Warsaw.

At the same time

“If you lose your childhood you lose your life.”

Robert Alan Black, July 14, 2006 sparked by Sutzkever’s quote

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Charles Darwin, scientist

“If you’re a truly creative person, you know that feeling insecure and lonely is par for the course. You can’t have it both ways: You can’t be creative, and conform too. You have to recognize that what makes you different also makes you creative.”

Arno Penzias, Noble Prize winner for physics

“Without deviation, progress is not possible.”

Frank Zappa, musician

“You have to be deviant if you’re going to do anything new.”

David Lee, producer of TV show Frasier

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

Robert Alan Black, Ph.D., CSP

Creative Thinking Consultant, Creative Problem Solver, Idea Generator, Creativity speaker and consultan