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There are many definitions of creativity. Here are just a few, let along what all the dictionaries say!

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art, being creative, ideas, innovation*


‘Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.’

Scott Adams

‘Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.’

Brian Aldiss

‘Creativity is the marvellous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition.’

Max Ernst

‘Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.’

Erich Fromm

‘Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.’

Eric Hoffer

‘Creativity is what makes humanity move. We were created to participate.’

Keith Jarrett

‘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. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences than other people.’

Steve Jobs

‘That which is creative must create itself.’

John Keats

‘Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.’

Edwin Land

‘Creativity is the defeat of habit by imposing originality and change.’

Andy Law

‘Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.’

Theodore Levitt

‘To create is divine, to reproduce is human.’

Man Ray

‘The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.’

Carl Rogers

‘Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature.’

Lucius Seneca

‘Creativity is the only American competitive advantage left.’

John Young



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