Sensational Quotes for Smart People


Sensational Quotes about Creativity,

Innovation, and Ideas 

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First Top-10 List of Sensational

Quotes about Creativity and Innovation

#1 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes

about Creativity and Innovation

The great creative individual . . . is capable of more wisdom and virtue than collective man ever can be.
— John Stuart Mill

#2 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes

about Creativity and Innovation

We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later.
— Louis Aragon

#3 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes

about Creativity and Innovation

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.
— Mark Twain

#4 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes

about Creativity and Innovation

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
— Albert Einstein

#5 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes

about Creativity and Innovation

Ideas can be brilliant; they can be inventive, imaginative, and ingenious. They can also be magical when supported by inspired action. Ideas can change the world. Ideas can also be too idealistic or just plain idiotic, however. All remarkable and successful ideas, in the long run, are applied commonsense put to great use for the betterment of humanity.
— from Life's Secret Handbook

#6 of To-10 Sensational Quotes

about Creativity and Innovation

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
— Aristotle

#7 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes

about Creativity and Innovation

When starting out, don't worry about not having enough money. Limited funds are a blessing, not a curse. Nothing encourages creative thinking in quite the same way.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

#8 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes

about Creativity and Innovation

When a true genius appears in the world, you will know him by this sign, that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.
— Jonathan Swift

#9 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes

about Creativity and Innovation

A man without imagination is like a bird without wings.
— Wilhelm Raabe

#10 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes

about Creativity and Innovation

Creative people often feel highs of joy and lows of sorrow that others may never experience, and perhaps could not even handle if they did. Little wonder many outside the creative world mistake (or dismiss) eccentric responses of the spirit as weakness or mental illness. But in the end, these dismissive souls will never know what it is to be moved by tears by the beauty of rose or brought to joy by sunlight filtering through the leaves of spring or autumn. The creative walk in glades invisible to those outside their realms.
Duncan Long

Second Top-Ten List of Sensational

Quotes about Creativity and Innovation

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#1 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about 

Innovation and Creativity

Creativity comes by breaking the rules, by saying you're in love with the anarchist.
— Anita Roddick

#2 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about 

Innovation and Creativity

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
— Robert Ingersoll

#3 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about 

Innovation and Creativity

Creativity varies inversely with the number of cooks involved in the broth.
— Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

#4 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about 

Innovation and Creativity

"The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups."
— Charles Bower

#5 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about 

Innovation and Creativity

Very few people do anything creative after the age of thirty-five. The reason is that very few people do anything creative before the age of thirty-five.
— Joel Hildebrand

#6 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about 

Innovation and Creativity

A man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
Mark Twain

#7 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about 

Innovation and Creativity

The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.
— David Ogilvy

#8 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about 

Innovation and Creativity

Creative minds always have been known to survive any kind of bad training. 
— Anna Freud

#9 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about 

Innovation and Creativity

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
— Franklin Roosevelt

#10 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about 

Innovation and Creativity

Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man.
— American Proverb

 More Sensational Quotes about Innovation

and Creativity for Smart People 

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Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica
— Stephen Leacock

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.
— Thomas Edison

What it all gets down to is price paying. If you want to become more creative, you have to be willing to put forth the effort necessary to do the things that lead to increased creativity.
— Robert J. Ringer writing about Creativity

Is there a spiritual element to creativity?
Hell, yes. Our mightiest ally (our indispensable ally)
is belief in something we cannot see, hear, touch, taste, or feel.
— Steven Pressfield

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.
— Christopher Morley

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.
— Dr. E. Land (inventor of the Polaroid Camera)

Why do we admire the true achievers and innovators
of this world such as Steve Jobs? Because they appeal to our
own creative souls, to our own desire to make a difference for humanity and to leave the Universe a better place when we depart than it was when we got here.
— from Life's Secret Handbook (Reminders for Adventurous Souls Who Want to Make a Big Difference in This World)

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.
Henry David Thoreau

You are always alone as a creator.
— Arkadi Kuhlman, Founder of Ing Direct

Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.
— Johann W. von Goethe

              The Originality Paradox:
"There are a billion people trying to do something important for the first time. These people are connected by the net, posting, creating, daring to leap first.
It's hard, because the number of people racing with you to be original is huge.
The numbers are so daunting that the chances that you will create something that resonates, spreads and changes the culture are really close to zero.
But it's also certain that someone will. In fact, there's a 100% chance that someone will step up with an action or a concept so daring that it resonates with us.
Nearly zero and certain. At the same time.
Pick your odds, decide what you care about and act accordingly."
— Seth Godin

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.
— Ann Landers

He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would have been enough.
— Albert Einstein

Ideas in business are a dime a dozen and if you don't do anything with them, they aren't worth a plugged nickel.
— Author Unknown

To be highly creative, experience prosperity-consciousness, and work toward financial independence, you must be able to sit back, ponder the big picture, and take the long-term view. Certain conditions and attitudes tend, more than others, to support the generation of new and blockbuster money-making ideas. The best environment for generating a bigger cash flow over the long term, while also preparing for financial independence, is a relaxed one with few distractions.
— from
The Joy of Not Working by Ernie Zelinski

Prosperity Through The Joy of Not Working

Your security is not your job, or your bank account, or your investments, or your spouse or your parents. Your security is your ability to connect with the cosmic power that creates all things.
— Louise L. Hay

Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.
— Michael Porter

Creativity is not knowing it all.
— Ernie Zelinski

The real source of wealth and capital in this new era is not material things . . . it is the human mind, the human spirit, the human imagination, and our faith in the future.
— Steve Forbes

True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.
— Eckhart Tolle

Creativity is your most valuable asset and your best security.
Thus, ensure that you condition your mind more often than you condition your car. Unless, of course, you value your car more than your mind — then stick with the car.
— from
Life's Secret Handbook

Excessive worry not only hinders creativity; it stifles our goals, hopes, desires, dreams, and prosperity. Worrying about problems is like looking at your nasty neighbors through high-power binoculars. The problems don’t disappear; they end up appearing a lot larger — and much nastier — than they really are.
— from 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting by Ernie Zelinski

You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.
— Unknown wise person

A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person, because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti

Books work as an art form (and an economic one) because they are primarily the work of an individual.
— Seth Godin

Use your brain. It's the little things that count.
— Graffiti

One of your most powerful inner resources is your own creativity. Be willing to try on something new and play the game full-out.
— Marcia Wieder

What Is Your WOW Factor?
This applies to both the service
that you provide to the world
and the way you market it.
Make it edgy, make it snappy,
and make it punchy.
Even make it raunchy — but
make it different!
Real different!
— from Life's Secret Handbook (Reminders for Adventurous Souls Who Want to Make a Big Difference in This World) by Ernie J. Zelinski

Spend your time and energy creating, not criticizing.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or “get rich” in business by being a conformist.
— J. Paul Getty

Being creative in retirement is being able to spend time without spending money.
— Author Unknown

If you follow the crowd, you will likely get no further than the crowd. If you walk alone, you're likely to end up in places no one has ever been before. Being an achiever is not without its difficulties, for peculiarity breeds contempt. The unfortunate thing about being ahead of your time is that when people finally realize you were right, they'll simply say it was obvious to everyone all along. You have two choices in life. You can dissolve into the main stream, or you can choose to become an achiever and be distinct. To be distinct, you must be different. To be different, you must strive to be what no else but you can be.
— Unknown wise person

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
— Jim Rohn

It's not enough to be the best at what you do. You must be perceived as the only one who does what you do.
— Jerry Garcia

When all is said and done, monotony may after all be the best condition for creation.
— Margaret Sackville

Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.
— Dave Barry

The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius.
— Sid Caesar

Creativity is reading inspirational quotations about retirement at work so that I don't have to think about committing suicide.
— Dave Erhard

Keep a note pad and pencil on your bedside table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 A.M.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
— Pablo Picasso

Making the simple complex doesn't take ingenuity.
Making the complex simple, now, that's ingenuity!

— from Life's Secret Handbook by Ernie Zelinski

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
— P. B. Medawar

RULE 1: Break every company rule except this one if you want to be creative. RULE 2: Ignore Rule 1 if you want to continue working
— Workplace graffiti

Creativity is coming up with an idea; innovation is getting off your butt and doing something about it.
— Unknown wise person

The difference between a top-flight creative man and the hack is his ability to express powerful meanings indirectly.
—Vance Packard

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
— Horace

To be yourself in a world that is doing its best, day and night to make you like everybody else — is to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
— e. e. cummings

The artist is of no importance. Only what he creates is important, since there is nothing new to be said. Shakespeare, Balzac, Homer have all written about the same things, and if they had lived one thousand or two thousand years longer, the publishers wouldn't have needed anyone since.
— William Faulkner

Expressing what you are is taking action. You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, no reward.
– Miguel Angel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
— Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Today the greatest single source of wealth is between your ears.
— Brian Tracy

To rebel in season is not to rebel.
— Greek Proverb

The wrong way always seems more reasonable.
— George Moore

Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
— George Bernard Shaw

Creativity is a spiritual issue.
— Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop
trying to conform to our own or to other peoples' models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.
— Shakti Gwain

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

Workaholism is an addiction, and like all addictions,
it blocks creative energy.
— Julia Cameron, writing in The Artist's Way

I have never listened to authority. It is not in my DNA.
— Gary Vaynerchuk, Best-selling author, blogger, and entrepreneur (founder of Wine Library and Vayner Media)

The more you reason the less you create.
— Raymond Chandler

Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one.
— Bertrand Russell

To create, you must empty yourself of every artistic thought.
— Gilbert

Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an after-life.
— Arianna Stassinopoulos

I must create a system or be enslaved by another
 man's; I will not reason and compare: my business is to
— William Blake

Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty— as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt: God did it.
— Florence King

It's easy to live the expected and conventional. It's when you live the unexpected that you start having fun with your life.
— from Messiah's Handbook: Reminders for the Advanced Soul by Richard Bach

If you want to express your creativity, then don’t choose a path where someone else tells you what to do and how to do it. Choose a path where creativity is rewarded, not punished.
— Steve Pavlina

We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create.
— José Ortega y Gasset

An original is a creation motivated by desire.
Any reproduction of an original is motivated be necessity . . .
It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates
gratuitous forms.
To create is divine, to reproduce is human.
— Man Ray

Don’t be different. Be unique. Anybody can be different. All that means is “to stand out.” Unique means “the only one.” Be the only one.
— Scott Ginsberg

If everybody thinks you’re out of your mind, you just might be onto something.
— Jack Canfield

That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.
— John Stuart Mill

Question everything, even if it represents generations of conventional wisdom.
— Robert J. Ringer

Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form
of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
— Dame Edith Sitwell

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.
— Charles Kettering

Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigour, and moral courage which it contained.
— John Stuart Mill

The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind — computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind — creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. These people — artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers — will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.
— Dan Pink, A Whole New Mind

Faced with having to change our views or prove that there is no need to do so, most of us immediately get busy on the proof.
— John Kenneth Galbraith

To be willing to suffer in order to create is one thing; to realize that one's creation necessitates one's suffering, that suffering is one of the greatest of God's gifts, is almost to reach a mystical solution of the problem of evil. 
— J. W. N. Sullivan

People who create things nowadays can expect to be prosecuted by highly moralistic people who are incapable of creating anything. There is no way to measure the chilling effect on innovation that results from the threats of taxation, regulation and prosecution against anything that succeeds. We'll never know how many ideas our government has aborted in the name protecting us.
— Joseph Sobran

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
— Horace Walpole

If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it. 
— S. I. Hayakawa

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its
— Unknown wise person

What is genius — but the power of expressing a new individuality?
— Elizabeth Barrett Brownin

You have to be original. If you're like everyone else, what do they need you for?
— B. Peters

People will accept your idea much more readily if you tell them that
Benjamin Franklin said it first.
— David H. Comins

Great innovators and original thinkers and artists attract  the wrath of mediocrities as lightning rods draw the flashes.
— Theodor Reik

In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.
— Raoul Vaneigem

Social Security is a creative way to find great pleasure in being terribly deceived.
— The Creativity Guy writing on his Redroom Author's Blog

Even a crackpot can occassionally come up with a great idea.
But that's as far as most great ideas go — ideas and no more.
Any amazing idea of yours will always remain amazing in your mind — and absolutely without merit in the real world — as long as you are afraid to do something with it.
— from Life's Secret Handbook

Words that do not match deeds are not important.
— Ernesto Che Guevara

It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes.
— Elias Canetti

It's the creative people throughout the ages — the ones willing to risk, think differently, challenge the status quo, and ruffle a few feathers — who have made the biggest difference in this world. With a little more imaginative thinking, you can be one of these people.
— from Life's Secret Handbook

The society based on production is only productive, not creative.
— Albert Camus

Much of our American progress has been the product of the individual who had an idea; pursued it; fashioned it; tenaciously clung to it against all odds; and then produced it, sold it, and profited from it.
— Hubert H. Humphrey

A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.
— Catharine the Great

The only place opportunity cannot be found is in a closed-minded person.
— Bo Bennett

Only the most foolish of mice would hide in a cat's ear. But only the wisest of cats would think to look there.
— Andrew Mercer

When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
— Goethe

Imagination allows you to think of the journey worth making. Motivation gets you started. But, it's patience and perseverance that get you there.
— from Life's Secret Handbook 

A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.
— Richard Branson

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
— Albert Einstein

Business is not financial science; it's about trading, buying, and selling. It's about creating a product or service so good that people will pay for it.
— Anita Roddick

Machines should work; people should think.
— Unknown Former IBM Wise Employee

A Bit of Craziness Is Good for Business
— from Career Success Without a Real Job

The things we fear most in organizations — fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances — are the primary sources of creativity.
— Margaret J. Wheatley

Those who are different change the world.
Those who are ordinary do their best to keep it the way it is.
— Unknown wise person

I shall make electricity so cheap that only the rich can afford to burn candles.
— Thomas Edison

I have always been driven to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they've been.
— Sam Walton

Ideas, like young wine, should be put in storage and taken up only after they have been given time to ferment and ripen.
— Richard Strauss

There is a correlation between the creative and the screwball. So we must suffer the screwball gladly.
Kingman Brewster

If an idea does not appear bizarre, there is no hope for it.
— Niels Bohr

Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost

There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased that line.
— Oscar Levant

The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own.
— Michael Korda

In the modern world of business it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.
— David M. Ogilvy

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
— John F. Kennedy

Don't play for safety. It's the most dangerous game in the world.
— Sir Hugh Walpole

Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.
— Walter Lippmann

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn: it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.
— Charlie Brower

Originality is the one thing unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of.
— John Stuart Mill

Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.
— Sigmund Freud

There is no monument dedicated to the memory of a committee.
— Lester J. Pourclau

I have not failed. I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.
— Thomas Alva Edison

Both the revolutionary and the creative individual are perpetual juveniles. The revolutionary does not grow up because he cannot grow, while the creative individual cannot grow up because he keeps growing.
— Eric Hoffer

The real sadness of fifty is not that you change so much but that you change so little.
— Max Lerner

Surround yourself with problem solvers, not problem creators.
— Robert J. Ringer

True creativity often starts where language ends.
— Arthur Koestler

Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.
— Brian Aldiss

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn: it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.
— Charlie Brower

A lot of people have great ideas, but nothing in the world is cheaper than a good idea with no action.
— Unknown Wise Person

Ideas, like young wine, should be put in storage and taken up only after they have been given time to ferment and ripen.
— Richard Strauss

Any powerful idea is absolutely fascinating and absolutely useless until we choose to use it.
— Richard Bach

I don't give a damn for any man who can spell a word only one way.
— Mark Twain

If your house is on fire, warm yourself by it.
— Spanish proverb

If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few.
— from Zen, Beginner's Mind
All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
— John Stuart Mill

The jean! The jean is the destructor. It is a dictator! It is destroying creativity! The jean must be stopped!
— Pierre Cardin

A man's mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Freedom is the only law which genius knows. 
— James Russell Lowell

There are nine ways of poaching eggs, and each of them is worse than the other.
— Robert Lynd

There are two principles for creative success — one general and one definitive.
The general principle is that everyone has the ability to be creative and make a big difference in this world.
The definitive principle is that almost everyone has volunteered to be exempt from the general principle.
Choose to be in the minority and you will have little competition in your quest for creating something spectacular.
— from Life's Secret Handbook

Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas.
— Paula Poundstone

By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.
— Confucius

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
— Mark Twain

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
— James Russell Lowell

If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius.
— Larry Leissner

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
— Albert Einstein

If it works, it's obsolete.
— Marshall McLuhan

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us will put out more and better ideas if ou efforts are appreciated.
— Alex F. Osborn

A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return.
— Francis Bacon

When you find yourself on the side of majority, question yourself about what you are doing and why. It is likely wrong.
— from
Look Ma, Life's Easy (An Inspirational Novel about How Ordinary People Attain Extraordinary Results)

The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.
— Alfred North Whitehead

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
— James Russell Lowell

All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.
— Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

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