Top-Ten Creativity Quotes


Here are my top ten creativity quotes. I included three longer statements because of their genuine truth. If you have a favorite quote on creative thinking, feel free to add it below.

By Robert Gerlach

10. Once you hit the bottom, that’s when you create the best work of your life.
– Meredith Graves, vocalist

9. I’m from no generation, I’m part of no group, I’m totally floating and this is the whole story and why I can survive.
– Karl Lagerfeld, fashion designer

8. The horizon of many people is a circle with zero radius which they call their point of view.
– Albert Einstein, physicist

7. Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant – there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing – and keeping the unknown always beyond you.
– Georgia O’Keeffe, painter

6. Here is 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 following the rules and they have no respect for the status quo. 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 others may seem them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
– Apple Commercial “Think Different” 1997

5. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked Why?!
– Bernard Baruch

4. I don’t care that they stole my idea. I care that they don’t have any of their own.
– Nikola Tesla, inventor 

3. The joy of the creative process, digging and aspiring for an answer, becomes euphoric when you finally get the big idea. That joy of the creative process, minute by minute, hour after hour, day by day, is the sublime path to true happiness.
– George Lois, American advertising legend

2. Being right is based upon knowledge and experience and is often provable. Knowledge comes from the past, so it’s safe. It is also out of date. It’s the opposite of originality. Experience is built from solutions to old solutions and problems. The old situations are probably different from the present ones, so that old solutions will have to be bent to fit new problems (and possibly fit badly). Also, the likelihood is that, if you’ve got the experience, you’ll probably use it. This is lazy. Experience is the opposite of being creative.
– Paul Arden, British advertising legend

1. For certain you have to get lost to find the places that can’t be found. Elseways everyone would know where it was.
– Captain Barbossa, Pirates of the Caribbean


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about Robert Gerlach

Robert Gerlach

Hi, I’m Robert, a German-born creativity teacher and author. My teaching focuses on creative thinking for knowledge workers and leaders.

Driven by the question: “Why am I creative in one company and not in another?”, I founded the training academy iQudo sport of ideas in 2006. Since then, I have pioneered the invention of new methodologies to help facilitate creative knowledge to designers, employees, and managers of numerous companies, such as Amway, Microsoft BASF, SAP, and Samsung. To stay on top of the creativity game, I mentor theses at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT-EnTechnon). A perfect day to me is being able to express myself in six languages: English, German, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Dancing.

Email me at: r{dot}gerlach{at}iQudo{dot}com



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