Creativity, Imagination, Ideas, and Originality

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
-Judy Garland 


You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
-Maya Angelou


Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
-Mary Oliver


A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.
-Charles Brower


How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be some one.
-C Chanel



This above all else: to thine own self be true.
-William Shakespeare 


A lack of seriousness has led to all sorts of wonderful insights.
-Kurt Vonnegut


Do not go we are the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson 


Anyone who has not made a mistake has never tried anything new.
-Albert Einstein 


The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.
-Alan Alda


And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-Anais Nin


Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his nature into his pictures.
-Henry Ward Beecher


So you see, imagination needs moodling - long inefficient, happy, idling, dawdling and puttering.
-Brenda Ueland


Listen to anyone with an original idea, no matter how absurd it may sound at first. If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need. 
-William McKnight


You write your first draft with your heart and you re-write with your head. The first key to writing is to write, not think. 
-Sean Connery
Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.
- Janis Joplin 


Life is a great, big canvas and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
-Danny Kaye 


If you hear a voice within you say, 'You cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and the voice will be silenced.
-Vincent van Gogh


Sometimes ideas just come to me. Other times I have to sweat and almost bleed to make ideas come. It's a mysterious process, but I hope I never find out exactly how it works.
-J.K. Rowling 


A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. 
-Lou Holtz


It seem sto be one of the paradoxes of creativity that in order to think originally, we must familiarize ourselves with the ideas of others.
-George Kneller


I can't understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I'm frightened by the old ones.
-John Cage


To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. 
-Joseph Chilton Pierce


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brillian, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
-Marianne Williamson 



Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi 


To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
-e.e. cummings


Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
-Albert Einstein


 Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
-George Bernard Shaw




There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns. 
-Edward de Bono


Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things. 
-Theodore Levitt


The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. 
-John Maynard Keynes


Life is trying things to see if they work.
-Ray Bradbury


Live with intention
Walk on the edge
Listen hard
Practice wellness
Play with abandon, Laugh
Choose with no regret
Continue to learn
Appreciate your friends
Do what you love
Live as if this is all there is.

-Mary Ann Radmacher

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