A collection of quotes on creativity.


“Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” 



“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” 

Oscar Wilde


“You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.” 

Albert Einstein


“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.” 

Gustave Flaubert


“Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.” 

Henry David Thoreau


“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.” 

G.K. Chesterton


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

Beatrix Potter


“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.” 

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


“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


“You don’t make art out of good intentions.” 

Gustave Flaubert


“Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order” 

Virginia Woolf


“The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain.” 

Nikola Tesla


“Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence.” 

Friedrich Nietzche


“In my view, the novelist has no right to express his opinions on the things of this world. In creating, he must imitate God: do his job and then shut up.” 

Gustave Flaubert


“Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics.” 

Virginia Woolf