If creativity is a habit, then the best creativity is the result of good work habits. They are the nuts and bolts of dreaming.

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Science is not a heartless pursuit of objective information; it is a creative human activity.

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Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

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Why should we use our creative power…? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.

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The trick to creativity, if there is a single useful thing to say about it, is to identify your own peculiar talent and then to settle down to work with it for a good long time. Everyone has an aptitude for something. The trick is to recognize it, to honor it, to work with it. This is where creativity starts.

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Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

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Creativity is inexhaustible. Experiment, play, throw away. Above all be confident enough about creativity to throw stuff out. If it isn’t working, don’t cut and paste – scrap it and begin again.

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As long as there’s a head, many hats can be worn.

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Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.

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Our most original compositions are composed exclusively of expressions derived from others.

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That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.

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People tend to forget that play is serious.

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I'll play it first and tell you what it is later.

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It’s in my stars to invent; I was born on Madame Currie’s birthday. I have this need for originals, for innovation.

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It turns out that creativity suffers if you’re too sad or too happy all the time. Ups and downs are good, and unhelpful myths about what it takes to make art distract from the fun of zeroing in on easel time’s most basic movements — what I call, “organic plodding with joy.

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Friendship requires a great waste of time, and much idleness; creative thinking requires a great deal of idleness.

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Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.

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Creativity plus iterative development equals innovation.

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When you cease to fear your solitude, a new creativity awakens in you. Your forgotten or neglected wealth begins to reveal itself. You come home to yourself and learn to rest within. Thoughts are our inner senses. Infused with silence and solitude, they bring out the mystery of inner landscape.

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You’re entirely bonkers.But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

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Whatever it is that you produce, a baby, a book, or a theory, it is a piece of the magic of creation. You are producing something that you do not fully understand.

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A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.

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Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.

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There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation.

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The creative mind plays with objects it loves.

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Whatever it is you are pursuing, whatever it is you are seeking, whatever it is you are creating, be careful not to quit too soon.”

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It is almost banal to say so yet it needs to be stressed continually: all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis.

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Writing or making anything - a poem, a bird feeder, a chocolate cake - has self-respect in it. You're working. You're trying. You're not lying down on the ground, having given up.

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Creative people have to be fundamentally egoistic – to build something where there is nothing requires deep concentration.

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What I've learned is simple: if you nurture it, it will expand, and it will nurture you in return. I have also learned that it is a kind of salvation. Sometimes it's more than enough and sometimes it's not enough - by that I mean one's own creativity. If you can truly tap in to the creative process, you know it's there all the time, and then you probably don't need saving.

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It’s not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous. It’s more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.

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The creative adult is the child who has survived.

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