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veryone needs inspiration sometimes, especially for those of you who have to be creative for a living. Inspiration can come from art, music, poetry, inventions, or books. It can fuel your next project or art piece. Something as simple as a memorable quote could motivate you to do something great. To bring out your inner creative genius, we’ve hand-picked quotes from famous modern and historical creative geniuses from all walks of life. From Albert Einstein to Andy Warhol, some of the authors may surprise you.

Albert Einstein - Creativiy is intelligence having fun quote

  1. “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ― Albert Einstein
  2. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ― Albert Einstein
  3. “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” ― Albert Einstein
  4. “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” ― Albert Einstein
  5. “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” ― Steve Jobs
  6. “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.” ― Steve Jobs
  7. “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” ― Stephen Hawking
  8. “It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward.” ― Stephen Hawking
  9. “Whether or not you can become great at something, you can always become better.” ― Neil Degrasse Tyson
  10. “What does it mean to be creative? It means there’s something that you’ve never seen before, and you put it together into something that is brand new. That others had not seen. You saw what they saw, but now you’ve created a new idea, a new product, a new brand, a new path to solve a problem. Not everyone does that.” ― Neil Degrasse Tyson
  11. “Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.” ― Vincent Van GoghWalt Disney - Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it's done right.
  12. “Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.” ― Walt Disney
  13. “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” ― Walt Disney
  14. “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”― Pablo Picasso
  15. “All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that’s why it takes so long.” ― Steven Spielberg
  16. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ― Ansel Adams
  17. “You shouldn’t do things differently just because they’re different. They need to be… better.” ― Elon Musk
  18. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ― Dr. Seuss
  19. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ― Benjamin Franklin Orson Welles - An artist has always to be out of step with his time
  20. “I passionately hate the idea of being ‘with it.’ An artist has always to be out of step with his time.” ― Orson Welles
  21. “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” ― Orson Welles
  22. “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” ― Michelangelo
  23. “A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” ― Michelangelo
  24. “The great creative individual… is capable of more wisdom and virtue than collective man ever can be.” ― John Stuart Mill
  25. “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” ― Henry David Thoreau
  26. “I change many things, discard others, and try again and again until I am satisfied. Then, in my head, I begin to elaborate the work in its breadth, its narrowness, its height, its depth… I hear and see the image in front of me from every angle, as if it had been cast, and only the labour of writing it down remains.” ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  27. “It is the first line that gives the inspiration and then it’s like riding a bull. Either you just stick with it, or you don’t.” ― Bob Dylan
  28. “Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.” ― George LucasSalvador Dali - Have no fear of perfection _you'll never reach it.
  29. “Have no fear of perfection—you’ll never reach it.” ― Salvador Dali
  30. “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” ― Salvador Dali
  31. “Art is anything you can get away with” ― Andy Warhol
  32. “I am simply conscious of the forces I am using and I am driven on by an idea that I really only grasp as it grows with the picture.” ― Henri Matisse
  33. “Don’t wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working.” ― Henri Matisse

 

Sometimes it just takes a few words of encouragement from some great, influential people to get you going. We hope that this list of quotes sparks your next project and motivates your inner creative genius.

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