Quotes on Creativity

"We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once." Nietzsche

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." Vincent van Gogh

"Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind." Samuel Johnson

"Poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge." Brooks Atkinson

"Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work." Carl Sandburg

"Life is very nice, but it has no shape. The object of art is actually to give it some." Jean Anouilh

"To be a wit, intelligence is enough; to be a poet takes imagination." Cardinal de Bernis

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought." Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi

"Stung by the splendour of a sudden thought." Robert Browning

"No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft." H.G. Wells

"When a thing has been said, and well said, have no scruple: take it and copy it." Anatole France

"We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand." Pablo Picasso

"Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none." Jules Renard

"It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation." Herman Melville

"Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood." T.S. Eliot

"Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry." Baudelaire

"I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction." Saul Bellow

"Don't wait until you're inspired, because if you do, you'll never finish anything." Christopher A. Bohialian

"Above all, we ask the poet to teach us a way of seeing…" Diane Ackerman

"An artist cannot talk about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture." Jean Cocteau

"Flout 'em, and scout 'em; and scout 'em, and flout 'em; Thought is free." William Shakespeare

"Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, you have to write. Inspiration? -a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance." Jean Anouilh

"Don't do what you can do -- try what you can't do." William Faulkner

'Technique alone is never enough. You have to have passion." Raymond Chandler

"Technique holds a reader from sentence to sentence, but only content will stay in his mind." Joyce Carol Oates

"There is no method except to be very intelligent." T.S. Eliot

"Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style." Kurt Vonnegut

"It gives a man character as a poet to have a daily contact with a job. I doubt whether I've lost a thing by leading an exceedingly regular and disciplined life." Wallace Stevens

"A poet's mission is to make others confound fiction and reality in order to render them, for an hour, mysteriously happy." Isak Dinesen

"Beware of creating tedium!" Anthony Trollope

"One should always aim at being interesting, rather than exact." Voltaire

"Tell the truth, but make the truth fascinating." David Ogilvy

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