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Self-doubt, insecurity, and overthinking are the enemies of creativity. May these 30 inspiring creativity quotes reassure you that every single person, including you, has the power to live a creative life.

"creativity is not just for artists. it's for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way." - Twyla tharp

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.”Maya Angelou, American poet, writer, and civil rights activist
“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” Leo Burnett, an advertising genius
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso, world-renowned artist
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” Kurt Vonnegut, in his novel Mother Night
“The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.” Dan Stevens, editor
“Creativity is an act of defiance.” Twyla Tharpe, American dancer, choreographer, and author
“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.”Erica Jong, American novelist and author of Fear of Flying
“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” Ray Bradbury, American author and screenwriter
“I don’t know what my path is yet. I’m just walking on it.” Olivia Newton-John, English-Australian singer
“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, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”Steve Jobs, American entrepreneur and industrial designer
“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.” Donatella Versace, Italian fashion designer
“Don’t worry, be crappy. Revolutionary means you ship and then test… Lots of things made the first Mac in 1984 a piece of crap – but it was a revolutionary piece of crap.”Guy Kawasaki, American marketing specialist and venture capitalist
“The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances—are the primary sources of creativity.”Margaret J. Wheatley, American writer and management consultant

“Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.”Voltaire, French writer and philosopher
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”George Bernard Shaw, Irish playright and political activist
“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.” Rita Mae Brown, NYT bestselling author of Rubyfruit Jungle and the Mrs. Murphy series
“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”Vincent Van Gogh, famous post-Impressionist painter
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” Diane Ackerman, American poet
“Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.”Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic
“Despite a lack of natural ability, I did have the one element necessary to all early creativity: naïveté, that fabulous quality that keeps you from knowing just how unsuited you are for what you are about to do.”Steve Martin, American actor and comedian
“Some people find this moment – the moment before creativity begins – so painful that they simply cannot deal with it.”Twyla Tharp, American dancer, choreographer, and author
“Cease to be a drudge. Seek to be an artist.” Mary McLeod Bethune, educator and civil rights activist
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”J.K. Rowling, in Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
“Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.”Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist and author of The Alchemist
“People err who think my art comes easily to me…There is not a famous master whose music I have not industriously studied through many times.”Mozart, classical composer and virtuoso pianist
“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”Albert Einstein, German physicist and mathematician
“It’s not about breaking the rules. It is about abandoning the concept of rules altogether.”Paul Lemberg, small businessowner consultant and author of Be Unreasonable: The Unconventional Way to Extraordinary Business Results
“The day you say “that SOB stole my idea” is the day you need to face your own inability to execute.” Jonathan Fields, lawyer and author of How to Live a Good Life

“Consume less. Create more.” Megan Nichole

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