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Quotations dealing with the Forces that drive our Creativity, quotes of imagination, ideas, curiosity and drive.

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
-- Ovid

Never ignore a gut feeling, but never believe that it's enough.
-— Kermit the Frog

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
-- Oscar Wilde

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
-- Dr Edwin Land

We adore chaos because we love to produce order.
-- M. C. Escher

'Tis better to be that which we destroy
Than by destruction live in doubtful joy.
-- Lady Macbeth

Our aspirations are our possibilities.
-- Samuel Johnson

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
-- Albert Einstein

To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
-- Plutarch

One hasn't become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating.
-- Niyi Osundare

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
--Nathaniel Hawthorne

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
-- Albert Einstein

Live dangerously and you live right.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.
-- David H. Lawrence

I can create what I can imagine.
-- Charlene Kingston

The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents.
-- Nathaniel Borenstein

I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Chance is always powerful.
-- Ovid

When we put things off until some future — probably mythical — Laterland, we drag the past into the future. The burden of yesterday's incompletions is a heavy load to carry. Don't carry it.
-— Peter McWilliams

Imagination is the beginning of creation.
-- George Bernard Shaw

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet.
-- Joseph Joubert

Learning without thought is labor lost.
-- Confucius

The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas.
-- Linus Pauling

A creative moment is part of a longer creative process which, in turn, is part of a creative life.
-- Tom Wujec

Creative activity increases creative ability.
-- Harry Lorayne

I tell you: one must have chaos in one to give birth to a dancing star. I tell you: you still have chaos in you.
-- Freidrich Nietzsche

Ah good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.
-- Pablo Picasso

You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"
-- George Bernard Shaw

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.
-- Martha Graham

Trust that still, small voice that says, "This might work and I'll try it."
-- Diane Mariechild

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
-- Colette

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.
-- Jean-jacques Rousseau

Basic research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
-- Wernher Von Braun

If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.
-- Juan Ramòn Jimènez

The stars are constantly shining, but often we do not see them until the dark hours.
-- Earl Riney

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
-- Michelangelo

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.
-- Salvador Dali

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
-- Albert Einstein

Imagination is the eye of the soul
-- Joubert

The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts.
-- Henry Moore

Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there is no creation: know the nature of joy.
-- Upanishads

An idea is salvation by imagination.
-- Frank Lloyd Wright

If you can imagine it you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
-- William Arthur Ward

Solitude is the furnace of transformation.
-- Henri Nouwen

Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on one's face.
-- James D. Finley

The impossible is often the untried.
-- Jim Goodwin

What counts is what one wants to do, and not what one does.
-- Pablo Picasso

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