Quotes on creative thinking.

Vazhi Katti (by Thru Lens)

  • To create is always to do something new – Martin Luther
  • No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you’re keeping the child in you alive – Anon
  • I invent nothing, I rediscover – Rodin
  • Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again – Goethe
  • Discovery consist of seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what nobody has thought – Anon
  • The essence of the creative act is to see the familiar as strange – Anon
  • To perceive things in the germ is intelligence. Lao-Tzu
  • It is the function of creative people to perceive the relations between thoughts, or things or forms of expression that may seem utterly different, and to combine them into some new forms, the power to connect the seemingly in connected – William Plomer
  • The real magic of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes – Marcel Proust
  • Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered – William Shakespeare
  • Where observation is concerned, chances favor only the prepared mind – Louis Pasteur
  • I have no exceptional talents, other than a passionate curiosity – Einstein
  • Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect – Samuel Johnson
  • Go round asking a lot of dam fool questions and taking chances, only through curiosity can we discover opportunities, and only by gambling can we take advantage of them – Clarence Birdseye.
  • Here is a great observer, and looks quite through the deeds of men. – William Shakespeare
  • If a man looks sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; of though she is blind yet she is not invisible – Francis Bacon
  • A good spectator also creates – Swiss Proverb
  • Give us grace to listen well – John Keble
  • Give every man your ear, but few your voice – William Shakespeare
  • The use of reading is to aid us in thinking – Edward GibbonLearning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back – Chinese proverb
  • A commonplace book contains many notions is garrison, whence the owner may draw out an army into the field on competent warning – Thomas Fuller
  • Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in one where they sprung up – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • If a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he will end with certainties – Francis Bacon
  • Imagination is the vision that sees the possibilities of the materials and resources we have – Anon
  • While the fisher sleeps the net takes the fish – Ancient Greek proverb
  • Thou, O god, dost sell us all good things at the price of labor – Leonard da vinci
  • It is no good trying to shine if you don’t take time to fill your lamp – Robert Frost
  • One should never impose one’s view on a problem; one should rather study it, and in time a solution will reveal itself – Albert Einstein
  • In a million people there are thousand thinkers, in a thousand thinkers there is one self thinker – Anon
  • Criticism often takes from the tree caterpillars and blossoms together – Jean – Paul Sartre
  • To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult – Plutarch
  • Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit – Henry Adams
  • There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory – Sir Francis Drake
  • Day-dreaming is thought’s Sabbath - Amiel
  • To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, require creative imagination and marks real advance in science. It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see – Thomas Carlye
  • An idea is a feat of association – Robert Frost
  • There is an old saying ‘Well begun is half done”. This is bad one. I would use instead, “Not begun at all till half done” – John Keats
  • The creative act thrives in an environment of mutual simulation, feedback and constructive criticism in a community of creativity – Anon
  • Creativeness and a creative attitude to life as a whole is not man’s right, it is his duty – Nikolai Berdyaev
  • If you want to make God smile, tell him your plans – Spanish Proverb
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2 Responses to “Quotes on creative thinking.”


  1. 1 gayathriperumal November 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    this quotes are all very useful to me for my essay quotations

  2. 2 R Kamal September 25, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    really good ones. my favorite one is “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” –Albert Einstein


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