Let these Creativity Quotes inspire you to break through the humdrum, get back on your game, and in the groove. Creativity, whether in the arts, business, or science, is that sunshine on a rainy day that makes everything old new again and sometimes a little helpful advice from other creative souls can help you find your way back there.
- “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” Frank Capra directed the classic films “It’s A Wonderful Life,” (1946) “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” (1939) and “It Happened One Night” (1934). As part of the early silent movie days, he was one of the creators of the Hollywood dream factory we know today. So take a clue from Mr. Capra, and listen to that inner voice.
- "The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind." Albert Einstein, originator of the Theory of Relativity, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Call someone an “Einstein” and you are appointing them a genius. Rather than curing a dry spell through busyness, activities, shopping or debauchery, perhaps silence is the cure.
- “The first prerogative of an artist in any medium is to make a fool of himself.” Pauline Kael, seminal movie critic for “The New Yorker” had exquisite taste, without being a boring elitist about that most accessible of arts, the movies. In other words, she understood the importance of a good belly laugh. There’s nothing like a chuckle, whether at your expense or not, to break through to the other side of boredom.
- “Living creatively is really important to maintain throughout your life. And living creatively doesn't mean only artistic creativity, although that's part of it. It means being yourself, not just complying with the wishes of other people.” Matt Groening, creator of “The Simpsons,” has certainly followed his inner muse to a remarkably successful series (22 seasons and counting), and has managed to keep the content fresh and relevant. Though he long ago had complete creative control, he earned it by following his own inner chuckle.
- “The chief enemy of creativity is "good" sense.” Pablo Picasso, the most famous and arguably the most influential painter of the 20thcentury, helped define the radical departure from the “good taste” of realism to the messier, modern approach of Cubism. Although he received classical art training as a youth in his native Spain, he achieved a breakthrough by disregarding conventional ideas of beauty and aesthetics. Throughout his long and prolific career, he found new and daring approaches by his willingness to always set aside what was, even in regard to his own work.