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George PattonIf everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.

 - George Patton

Elon MuskThe problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You're encouraged to behave like a little gear in a complex machine. Frankly, it allows you to keep people who aren't that smart, who aren't that creative.

 - Elon Musk

You should bring something into the world that wasn't in the world before. It doesn't matter what that is. It doesn't matter if it's a table or a film or gardening - everyone should create. You should do something, then sit back and say, "I did that.” - Ricky Gervais

 - Ricky Gervais

John SteinbeckIdeas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

 - John Steinbeck

Robin WilliamsYou're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.

 - Robin Williams

Pearl BuckThe truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.

 - Pearl S. Buck

Carl JungThe creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

 - Carl Jung

Carl JungWithout this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.

 - Carl Jung

OshoTo be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.

 - Osho

Garry KasparovHaving spent a lifetime analyzing the game of chess and comparing the capacity of computers to the capacity of the human brain, I've often wondered, where does our success come from? The answer is synthesis, the ability to combine creativity and calculation, art and science, into a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts. Chess is a unique cognitive nexus, a place where art and science come together in the human mind, and are then refined and improved by experience.

 - Garry Kasparov

Abdul KalamWhen learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, economy flourishes.

 - A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Ayn RandA creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

 - Ayn Rand

Isaac AsimovMy feeling is that as far as creativity is concerned, isolation is required. The creative person is, in any case, continually working at it. His mind is shuffling his information at all times, even when he is not conscious of it.

The presence of others can only inhibit this process, since creation is embarrassing. For every new good idea you have, there are a hundred, ten thousand foolish ones, which you naturally do not care to display.

 - Isaac Asimov

Steve JobsHere's to the crazy ones -- the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently - they are not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can ‘t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

 - Steve Jobs

John KeatsMany have original minds who do not think it - they are led away by custom - Now it appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own citadel.

 - John Keats

Jean PiagetThe principal goal of education is to create people who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done -- people who are creative, inventive discoverers.

 - Jean Piaget

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.

 - Cynthia Heimel

Florence NightingaleThe world is put back by the death of every one who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality.

 - Florence Nightingale

Joseph AddisonThere is sometimes a greater judgement shewn in deviating from the rules of art, than in adhering to them; and...there is more beauty in the works of a great genius who is ignorant of all the rules of art, than in the works of a little genius, who not only knows but scrupulously observes them.

 - Joseph Addison

Sophia LorenThere is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

 - Sophia Loren

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeShakespeare is of no age -- nor of any religion, or party or profession. The body and substance of his works came out of the unfathomable depths of his own oceanic mind.

 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

J.K. RowlingImagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not. And therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revolutionary capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.

 - J.K. Rowling