Creativity Quotes


"People deep in an act of creation
take their whole lives with them into that act;
and the world outside becomes shadowy
until the act is completed."
-- Robertson Davies / LYRE OF ORPHESUS --

"The whole difference between construction
and creation is exactly this:
that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed;
but a thing created is loved before it exists."
-- G.K. Chesterton / Preface to THE PICKWICK PAPERS --

"Spontaneous creation comes from our deepest being,
and is immaculately and originally ourselves.
What we have to express is already with us, IS us,
the work of creativity is not a matter of making the material come,
but of unlocking the obstacles to its natural flow."
-- Stephen Nachmanovitch / FREE PLAY

"A pearl within the brain,
Secretion of the sense;
Around a central grain,
New meaning grows immense."
-- Theodore Roethke --

"'Flow' is the state in which people become
so involved in what they are doing,
that the activity feels spontaneous and automatic,
and the process becomes more important than the outcome."
-- Tony Schwartz / WHAT REALLY MATTERS --

"Many things remain non-existent if you wish.
Their non-existence depends on you."

-- Paul Valery / MONSIEUR TESTE --