Creativity Quotes at Work

hose who have changed the universe have never done it by changing officials, but always by inspiring the people.
Imagination rules the world.
— Napoleon


It all begins when the soul would have its way with you.

Begin at the beginning… and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
— Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll 1832-1898

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
Friedrich Nietzsche

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step
— Lao-tsu c. 604-c.531 BC

Look with favour upon a bold beginning
— Virgil 70-90 BC, Georgics I.L.30

The first beginnings of things cannot be distinguished by the eye.
— Lucretius 99-55 BC On the nature of things.

Individuality of expression is the beginning and end of all art.
— Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) Proverbs in Prose

When the first baby laughed for the first time,the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they went skipping about and that was the beginning of fairies.
— Sir James Mathiew Barrie ( 1860-1937) Peter Pan, Act1.

The births of all things are weak and tender and therefore we should have our eyes intent on beginnings.
— Michel E. Montaigne (1533-1582), Of Managing the Will, Essays

The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1802-1882) Journals

It is better to begin in the evening than not at all.
— English proverb

We will either find a way, or make one
— Hannibal

It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
Howard Ruff

It is necessary; therefore, it is possible.
— Guiseppe Borghese

In creating, the only hard thing’s to begin; A grass-blade’s no easier to make than an oak.
— James Russell Lowell

If not you, who? If not now, when?
The Talmud

Thoughts give birth to a creative force that is neither elemental nor sidereal. Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy, from which new arts flow. When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven.
— Philipus A Paracelsus

“Don´t ask what the world needs.
Rather ask – what makes you come alive?
Then go and do it!
Because what the world needs is people
who have come alive”
— Howard Thurman

True creativity often starts where language ends.
Arthur Koestler (1905 – 1983) Hungarian-English novelist, essayist
The Act of Creation, 1964.

Daydreams are fertile ground for the imagination. While daydreaming rational thought goes out the window, so new perspectives can find their way in.
Linda Naiman (Dynamic Graphics Magazine Dec/Jan 03)

“Throwing away ideas too soon is like opening a package of flower seeds and then throwing them away because they’re not pretty.”
— Arthur VanGundy, Ph.D. (Idea Power, 1992)

If you want to build a boat, do not instruct the men to saw wood, stitch the sails, prepare the tools and organize the work, but make them long for setting sail and travel to distant lands.
— Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

What someone is, begins to be revealed when his talent abates, when he stops showing us what he can do.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
I am an American, Chicago born – Chicago, that somber city – and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent. But a man’s character is his fate, says Heraclitus, and in the end there isn’t any way to disguise the nature of the knocks by acoustical work on the door or gloving the knuckles.
Saul Bellow (First lines of The Adventures of Augie March)
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson


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