Creativity — that sometimes-elusive spark, the motivation to think more deeply, the chance to innovate, re-think, and renew. Do you ever feel yourself stuck in a rut, unable to come up with any new and creative ideas? Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration to kick start your creativity process. We’ve compiled a list of 30 quotes on creativity from some of the top entrepreneurial and business leadership minds. Everything is explored from the role of fun in business to the hard work invested. In no particular order, enjoy these 30 creativity quotes to stir the creative juices:

30 Quotes on Creativity

“Creative ideas flourish best in a shop which preserves some spirit of fun. Nobody is in business for fun, but that does not mean there cannot be fun in business.”

Leo Burnett

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou

“Creating opportunities means looking where others are not.”

Mark Cuban

“Listen to anyone with an original idea, no matter how absurd it may sound at first. If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need.”

William McKnight

One sure-fire way to stay creative; force yourself to learn something new.

Harvey Mackay

“Stress and worry, they solve nothing. What they do is block creativity. You are not even able to think about the solutions. Every problem has a solution.”

Susan L. Taylor

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”

Erich Fromm

“Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together.”

Vincent Van Gogh

“Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.”

George Kneller

“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, they just saw something.”

-Steve Jobs

“Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation.”

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“You have all the reason to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realisation.”

Denis Waitly

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

Charles Mingus

“There are no old roads to new directions.”

The Boston Consulting Group

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.

Edward de Bono

“If it doesn’t sell; it isn’t creative.”

David Ogilvy

“The important thing for you is to be alert, to question, to find out, so that your own initiative may be awakened.”

Bruce Lee

“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

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”

Leo Burnett

“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

“Think left and think right, and think low and think high; Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.”

Dr. Seuss

“Know where to find the information and how to use it. That’s the secret of success.”

Albert Einstein

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Arthur Ashe

“Creativity requires input, and that's what research is. You're gathering material with which to build.”

Gene Luen Yang

The challenge for leaders is to learn how to think differently - and even more powerfully, how to think differently together.

Nick Udall

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.””

Jack London

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”

Mary Lou Cook

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”

Peter F. Drucker

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”

Albert Einstein

“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem.”

-Hilary Mantel

Some people think that creativity is a gift – you either have it, or you don’t. But what most successful people have learned, however, is that creativity is inside everyone, and it is up to the individual to tap into it, cultivate it, and work hard to make their ideas grow. What quotes inspire your creativity streak? Feel free to place your favorite quotes on creativity in the comment section below!

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