Top 1957 Creative Quotes of 2020

“A teacher should have a creative mind.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“I usually work on a film soundtrack for two years, turning in a song every few months, and that keeps my creative energy high, because I’m constantly rotating projects. The trick is to make sure I don’t work too hard and get exhausted.”

― A. R. Rahman

“The more dollars the studio producers put in, the less freedom we have. If the budget hits $100m, they get scared – they’ll take the existing score of a successful movie and expect composers to copy it, like wallpaper. The biggest challenge for any composer in Hollywood is to be as creative as possible within those boundaries.”

― A. R. Rahman

“Creative people have no barriers. Ultimately, it’s connecting with human beings. There’s just one planet. I don’t see it as different countries.”

― Aamir Khan

“Essentially, it is the director who is the creative head of a film. The final authority on all decisions lies with the director. That is how it should be. And then other team members can give their creative inputs.”

― Aamir Khan

“I wasn’t in the art world at all as a kid; I was just creative, and we were always doing arts and crafts.”

― Abbi Jacobson

“My mum is an artist and very into creative expression and freedom.”

― Abbie Cornish

“I grew up in the ’60s, which was a creative time, so it wasn’t that big of a stretch to go from a baseball bat to a guitar to a film camera.”

― Abel Ferrara

“Minister and writer Barbara Kaufmann has addressed the subject of guerrilla decontextualization on both the ‘Voices Compassionate Education’ website and on ‘Inner Michael’, where she offers the kind of insights into the spiritual aspects of Michael Jackson’s creative artistry that mainstream media mostly ignores.”

― Aberjhani

“I didn’t take into account the critical tsunami that comes with having work going out. I’ve gone from being a complete narcissist, someone who googles my own name, to someone who has to work separately from that to avoid creative paralysis.”

― Abi Morgan

“Awards are very important for a show like ‘Rectify.’ We’re a small show; we’re on a more obscure, harder-to-find channel that is very supportive of creative and singular vision.”

― Abigail Spencer

“A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.”

― Abraham Maslow

“Everything is creative. It’s all relative to me. No matter what, you’ve gotta use your imagination, use your senses.”

― Action Bronson

“Creative people are more prone to depression.”

― Adam Ant

“I like being surrounded by all the stuff that makes me feel creative and inspires me.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“To generate creative ideas, it’s important to start from an unusual place. But to explain those ideas, they have to be connected to something familiar.”

― Adam Grant

“Kids who evolve into creative adults tend to have a strong moral compass.”

― Adam Grant

“Creative freedom is a huge carrot.”

― Adam McKay

“Actually, ‘Wayne’s World 2’ I kind of liked. I think ‘Wayne’s World 2’ does have some creative things in it, some ideas in it.”

― Adam McKay

“Film songs have so many creative limitations, but a private album is like an autobiography that reflects your state of mind.”

― Adnan Sami

“I’ve been very lucky to work with great filmmakers. But I think my days of just freely acting regularly, that being my sole creative fulfillment, are gone.”

― Adrien Brody

“I discovered I was passionate about the creative process, the product development, creating a concept around a fragrance or lipstick.”

― Aerin Lauder

“I think it is very important to learn to say ‘No.’ I think it is sometimes important for brands or the creative director to learn to say, ‘This might be on trend, but it is not right for us.’”

― Aerin Lauder

“The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate.”

― Agnes de Mille

“We must nurture creative scientists in an environment that encourages interactions and collaborations across different fields, and support research free from weighty bureaucracies.”

― Ahmed Zewail

“It is important to make your own stuff. Even if you are not an actor, it is important to not stop involving yourself as a creative person.”

― Ajay Naidu

“The world of wine is more creative than the world of cooking.”

― Alain Ducasse

“I’m a creative guy, a designer, a customer.”

― Alan Mulally

“I envision someday a great, peaceful South Africa in which the world will take pride, a nation in which each of many different groups will be making its own creative contribution.”

― Alan Paton

“I decided to combine my musical background, business education and creative abilities – and go into the record business.”

― Alan W. Livingston

“To me the biggest irony of this lifetime that I’m living is that for someone who thrives in the public eye in the creative ways that I do, I actually don’t enjoy being in the public eye.”

― Alanis Morissette

“In the course of my movies, the financing and the releasing were always the tough part. Because I loved the creative; I loved the writing. I loved the making of it. Because, I guess, I never had the giant blockbuster, I never got that sort of ease for the next one.”

― Albert Brooks

“The society based on production is only productive, not creative.”

― Albert Camus

“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”

― Albert Einstein

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

― Albert Einstein

“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”

― Albert Einstein

“I feel like that’s what being creative is: It’s you bouncing with emotion and what you capture in those bounces. Accept where you are and use it.”

― Albert Hammond, Jr.

“The creative process is mysterious; a conversation, a ride in the car, or a melody can trigger something.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“I have a lot of what you might call creative self-loathing – I have pretty high expectations, and they seem to consistently be higher than what I’m able to accomplish.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“Fear of the unknown is a great creative partner.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“I guess when you’re holding the creative reins, you can be across everything, and it’s more authentic. You can control it.”

― Alesha Dixon

“I never wanted to be a creative director.”

― Alessandro Michele

“I’d like to shut off all the noise and allow people to be creative without all the judgments and standards that we think we have to follow.”

― Alessia Cara

“My approach to directing is to not do very much directing. I’m mainly interested in what the creative group individually and together are thinking.”

― Alex Garland

“The creative principle is less about dogma and more about opening ourselves to the evolution of consciousness.”

― Alex Grey

“If I am with one person, I am very talkative, and personable. I will talk your ear off, but if there is another person interjected, I get so awkward. I am like the awkward one in those situations, but I feel like a lot of creative people are.”

― Alexa Bliss

“I feel like a lot of creative people are socially awkward.”

― Alexa Bliss

“I get to work with great photographers, wear lovely clothes, be part of the creative process.”

― Alexa Chung

“I’m more user-experience and technology-minded. James is good at knowing what the user is going to buy, and the creative world he’s buying them into.”

― Alexa Hirschfeld

“I’ve always had a creative urge and I get immense satisfaction from creating something because it feels like I’m making sense of the world and imposing order on it.”

― Alexander McCall Smith

“You take some creative license when you make a movie, and things can be a little bit different.”

― Alexandra Daddario

“I went into academia thinking that there’d be constant reciprocity between my scholarship and my creative work but found that doing one always turned my mind into the sort of tool that was badly suited to doing the other.”

― Alexandra Kleeman

“MS Paint was my creative outlet for many years.”

― Alexandra Petri

“Once the amateur’s naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur.”

― Alfred Eisenstaedt

“Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.”

― Alfred North Whitehead

“The greatest real thrill that life offers is to create, to construct, to develop something useful. Too often we fail to recognize and pay tribute to the creative spirit. It is that spirit that creates our jobs.”

― Alfred P. Sloan

“I’m a writer who stacks cat food for a living. It’s true: I have a master’s degree in creative writing, I’ve published two critically successful books, and I get paid to replenish the shelves of my local food co-op with pet food, sponges and toilet paper. Nine days out of 10, I do it quite happily.”

― Ali Liebegott

“I see the difficulty of kids in going to university, the difficulty of kids in schools getting arts education, so that the arts and drama and the creative arts are extracurricular. They aren’t: they are at the centre, and they are the equipment we so desperately need in the world.”

― Ali Smith

“Baking is more like chemistry, following certain instructions and knowing what comes out in the end. It’s almost reassuring! Songwriting is a creative process where you go into a session with nothing and can come out of it with something incredible in the end. I never feel like I’m taking a risk with baking, but always with songwriting.”

― Alice Merton

“I have complete creative freedom. If I want to put a song on the album, there’s no one stopping me.”

― Alice Merton

“When it comes to your creative life and what it’s going to take, you will do a disservice to everybody if you just dabble.”

― Alice Ripley

“I’m from the middle of nowhere in Somerset, and if I have too much stimulus or chaos, then I tend to not be as creative.”

― Alice Temperley

“And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see – or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.”

― Alice Walker

“Food culture is like listening to the Beatles – it’s international, it’s very positive, it’s inventive and creative.”

― Alice Waters

“Creative collaboration is awesome.”

― Alicia Silverstone

“I wanted to do a movie about being really good at something, yet being socially awkward and not as advanced in your personal life as you are in your creative life.”

― Alicia Witt

“I’m not in it for the money. No, no. I like to run a business that’s successful… I’m a very creative person.”

― Aliko Dangote

“Successful creative adults seem to combine the wide-ranging exploration and openness we see in children with the focus and discipline we see in adults.”

― Alison Gopnik

“Career-wise, I feel very lucky to have always been able to follow my creative path.”

― Alison Jackson

“When you have a creative mind it doesn’t stop going.”

― Alison Moyet

“I took an MA course in creative writing a couple of years back, and I was definitely in the bottom of the class.”

― Allan Guthrie

“I really respect the Coen brothers as directors and as creative individuals and with the way that they handle the industry and the business side of things.”

― Allison Tolman

“I know what I’m like when I don’t have a project coming up, and that’s the mode I’m almost more comfortable in. That’s when I get really scrappy and creative.”

― Allison Williams

“The creative process is not controlled by a switch you can simply turn on or off; it’s with you all the time.”

― Alvin Ailey

“We still spend more time chasing funds than we do in the studio in creative work.”

― Alvin Ailey

“I started doing drag because I needed a creative outlet for myself.”

― Alyssa Edwards

“I’ve always been a creative workaholic. I have never had a period of my life where I didn’t have at least half a dozen projects going on at once.”

― Amanda Palmer

“I suppose I’m happy to sell my time and energy, but I’m not happy to sell my initial creative time.”

― Amanda Palmer

“Writing by myself in my bedroom is definitely where I feel most creative.”

― Amber Mark

“I was always in love with the idea of making music – and always wanted to be involved in either the creative side or the industry side.”

― Amber Mark

“Everyone needs a creative outlet to express themselves, and the arts in school provides that.”

― Amber Riley

“When I was young, I never thought I was going to be a writer! I was academically orientated and active at sports, but I didn’t have one creative bone in my body.”

― Amish Tripathi

“Yes, every venture is always filled with apprehensions. But if we were to conduct ourselves continuously on that aspect, then we would lose the most important reason to be in this profession: to challenge the art of and be part of what is commonly known as our creative instincts.”

― Amitabh Bachchan

“I think that it’s important that actors keep getting challenged every day. For every creative person, it’s a terrible moment when they say they have done all they want to do.”

― Amitabh Bachchan

“Bad writing as a conscious goal is liberating for students: They are freed to be creative in a new and different way.”

― Amitava Kumar

“Some writers such as John Cheever and Raymond Carver seem to draw artistic energy from analyzing the realm of their own experiences – their social circles and memories and mores. I’m one of those who draw creative energy from the opposite.”

― Amor Towles

“School was hard for me. If there had been a school for the creative arts, I might have thrived, but… I needed that creative outlet so much. Also, I’m just bad with numbers.”

― Amy Adams

“I love the creative process. That’s always been the closest thing to my heart, creating something.”

― Amy Lee

“I design a lot of things that I wear onstage, but I’m always looking for unique stuff. I like creative things, so anything I can find at a secondhand costume shop to a Helmut Lang store, it doesn’t matter – just unique stuff.”

― Amy Lee

“I’ve always been driven, and I like the creative aspect of figuring things out.”

― Amy Purdy

“Perhaps it is because cats do not live by human patterns, do not fit themselves into prescribed behavior, that they are so united to creative people.”

― Andre Norton

“Tracey Emin’s ‘Strangeland’ made me see that everything I have to be creative is inside of myself.”

― Andrea Riseborough

“I wanted to make films since I was young. My background had nothing to do with anything creative, so it seemed an impossible task.”

― Andrew Haigh

“I think it’s really important, as an actor in this business, to have another creative outlet.”

― Andrew Keenan-Bolger

“Journalists always want publishers or editors to leave. They’re creative troublemakers – that’s why you hire them.”

― Andrew Neil

“I believe that the ability to innovate and to be creative are teachable processes. There are ways by which people can systematically innovate or systematically become creative.”

― Andrew Ng

“There’s a very long tail of all sorts of creative products – beyond our core web search, image search and advertising businesses – that are powered by deep learning.”

― Andrew Ng

“As an old creative industry full of cruelty and moral sense, British journalism once flourished on the imperative that people required the truth in order to survive. But people don’t require that now. They want sensation and they want it for nothing.”

― Andrew O’Hagan

“As a writer who has struggled with depression, the question is one that has long troubled me. Should I resist treatment, on the off-chance my creative output will somehow be affected?”

― Andrew Shaffer

“Instead of silencing artists, is it possible that antidepressants can actually help them vocalize their creative ambitions?”

― Andrew Shaffer

“After finishing my undergraduate work at the University of Iowa, where I took creative writing classes taught by Writer’s Workshop students, I applied to half a dozen MFA writing programs.”

― Andrew Shaffer

“I knew the Apple II was great when I bought it, but as I dug into the details it just completely blew me away the creative artistic approach that the designers had taken.”

― Andy Hertzfeld

“I don’t want to rap about my car. How generic is that? Be creative.”

― Andy Milonakis

“In an era of social everything, we want to spark possibility and opportunity in the creative arts, in real life, person to person.”

― Angela Ahrendts

“In the early days, I was everything to David. I was his creative partner, his lover, his soul mate.”

― Angela Bowie

“I don’t know how much love David felt – I suspect very little. My main appeal to him was as a nurse, cook, housekeeper, creative ally, and business adviser.”

― Angela Bowie

“The artist in me welcomes another opportunity to be creative.”

― Angela Robinson

“Just be a cool grandpa who’s creative, and hang out and tell stories and read a book in the library.”

― Angelina Jolie

“Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking.”

― Anita Roddick

“I think you have to be creative to make a difference in science.”

― Ann McKee

“I like the way remixes sound. Some of them are really creative.”

― Ann Wilson

“Making your life is ultimately an extraordinarily creative endeavor.”

― Anna Deavere Smith

“Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.”

― Anna Freud

“By the time I came to the States, I really understood how a magazine works. I came to ‘Vogue’ as creative director, and three years later I went back to London to be editor in chief of British ‘Vogue.’”

― Anna Wintour

“My mom was a great cook and also a very creative cook.”

― Anne Burrell

“We’re living in a different world now in terms of employee needs, and companies have to offer alternative methods for getting the work done. Even under the most difficult circumstances you can have creative flexibility.”

― Anne M. Mulcahy

“I didn’t really know anything about Margot Fonteyn. I’d never really been a ballet child, so I had no idea what an incredibly huge icon she was, not just in terms of a creative icon – she was also a style icon. I had no idea she was up there with Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onassis in terms of that kind of image.”

― Anne-Marie Duff

“The bearing, rearing, feeding and educating of children; the running of a house with its thousand details; human relationships with their myriad pulls – women’s normal occupations in general run counter to creative life, or contemplative life, or saintly life.”

― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“You can be creative and not addictive, or addictive and not creative. Most addicted people do not produce anything of remarkable note.”

― Anne Roiphe

“I think being on a constraint with money makes you much more creative.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“As a creative person, you just put something out into the consciousness of the society you live in.”

― Annie Lennox

“When I first became an actress, I expected to do regional and classical theater; I just love the whole creative process.”

― Annie Parisse

“I would never undermine a person’s interpretation of a creative work.”

― Anohni

“I didn’t set out to be a singer. Actually, the earliest creative efforts I made were drawings copied from comics we got every week at the newsagent, or rearranging photos I cut out and pasted in scrapbooks.”

― Anohni

“I like people. Listen, if you’re a hotelier, if you’re a creative person, and you’re working with the things that I do, then you have to like people; otherwise, you simply can’t get anywhere.”

― Anouska Hempel

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.”

― Ansel Adams

“The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.”

― Ansel Adams

“There is the cult of the actor and of the director, and there’s even been the cult of the celebrity chef and gardener, but there has never been a cult of the screenwriter. But I’m happy about that because what I crave – in a completely venal way – is creative opportunities, not recognition.”

― Anthony McCarten

“I started my career because if I’d have done anything else, I would regret it. I truly feel this career chose me more than I chose it. I would say that it’s for something greater than me with a little of the creative fulfillment that comes with it splashed in there.”

― Anthony Ramos

“We’re always looking for ways to use technologies to open up new creative expressions for us artistically. So we’re constantly thinking about where something like VR may lead us in storytelling or what kind of tool that gives us as storytellers.”

― Anthony Russo

“Millennials, as others, want creative, durable, desirable, and beautiful products. But they do add a new criteria: respect.”

― Antoine Arnault

“Once you make decisions, you can’t go back, but in photography, that process can continue. With film, you have to eliminate all the possibilities and make the one possibility work the best for you, so you have to become very creative with the direction you’ve chosen.”

― Anton Corbijn

“A blend of fact and fiction has been used in various forms since the dawn of creative writing, starting with sagas and epic poems.”

― Antony Beevor

“The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.”

― Antony Jay

“You can be more creative in acting by bringing your character to life and bringing a piece of you that wasn’t there before. You could have five different actors play one role, and all five of them would be so different because each person brings a different piece of them into it.”

― Arden Cho

“When we take care of ourselves, we are more effective, we are more creative, and we are more successful in a broad definition of the word.”

― Arianna Huffington

“If we live in a perpetual state of outrage, Trump wins. Because when we become depleted and exhausted and sapped of our energy, we’re not as resourceful, creative, or effective.”

― Arianna Huffington

“Young players need freedom of expression to develop as creative players… they should be encouraged to try skills without fear of failure.”

― Arsene Wenger

“I like acting when I can pick my own roles, and I do. It’s fun. I like being creative, and it’s a creative process.”

― Art Alexakis

“Paul is a very creative artist but I’m more that thorough, meticulous, disciplined nut.”

― Art Garfunkel

“It is the mystery of the creative act that something other than our conscious self takes over.”

― Arthur Erickson

“Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”

― Arthur Koestler

“Classical philosophical theism maintained the ontological distinction between God and creative world that is necessary for any genuine theism by conceiving them to be of different substances, with particular attributes predicated of each.”

― Arthur Peacocke

“I was seven years old when my grandmother stated teaching me to sew, and she always encouraged me to be creative.”

― Ashley Nell Tipton

“I had a hard time with bullying in school, so being creative was my outlet.”

― Ashley Nell Tipton

“I love being creative.”

― Ashley Tisdale

“My favorite subject was English or creative writing. We did poems and making a magazine, and I did one on celebrities. I called it ‘Celebrity Life Magazine.’ I interviewed my good friend Kaley Cuoco.”

― Ashley Tisdale

“I want to be creative, to get on the ball, to play.”

― Ashley Young

“My goal is to embrace the people, the ‘natural resources’ of Israel, and to build businesses with the creative Israelis.”

― Ashton Kutcher

“Writing was my route to creative expression, and I needed to write about the things that interested me.”

― Ashwin Sanghi

“Initial work is on period research where the historical markers are absolutely non-negotiable. Once that is established, a writer can take creative liberties in terms of chronology to suit the story.”

― Ashwin Sanghi

“Within my immediate creative community, I would say gender is something that I’ve always been interested in and always talked about.”

― Asia Kate Dillon

“Google is already overflowing with incredibly creative bright groups already working on lots of the software problems of the world.”

― Astro Teller

“Creative universities are bedrock of every developed nation’s S&T strategy.”

― Atal Bihari Vajpayee

“My parents taught me to believe that through the creative act, we’re able to transcend and give a response to desecration.”

― Atom Egoyan

“I absolutely loved working with Tim Burton because he is just a creative, outside of the box thinker. How he does things is fantastic. It is different – weird different – and he does things that are groundbreaking. They are courageous to do and once you do them you are like, ‘Wow! That really does work!’”

― Atticus Shaffer

“Anytime I get the chance to sing or work with Michael John, it is such an incredibly fertile and incredibly creative and safe and encouraging environment – and challenging, too, because he is so collaborative!”

― Audra McDonald

“I do a lot of co-writing with my producer RedOne, and then a lot on my own. I just like to be creative.”

― Austin Mahone

“I’m a big people watcher and a people talker. The beautiful thing about being an artist and a creative person is that you can get an idea from anywhere, and I’m always on the hunt for them.”

― Ava DuVernay

“Listen, my day job is also Chief Creative Officer for Marvel, and it’s a very painful job because we publish a lot of books, and there are things I see where I can punch people out. Therefore, we have some new people now, and the kids are going to read our books.”

― Avi Arad

“I wrote three novels in six months, with a clarity of focus and attention to detail that I had never before experienced. This type of sublime creative energy is characteristic of the elevated and productive mood state known as hypomania.”

― Ayelet Waldman

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”

― Ayn Rand

“I’m already more famous than I want to be. And yet at the same time, fame feeds your potential as a creative person. You’re in a vacuum if you don’t have a certain amount of fame.”

― B. D. Wong

“I wanted to be a writer first, and I struck out in the world to be a writer first, and then found stand-up as a more creative outlet, as a 3D way to be creative.”

― B. J. Novak

“There are definitely a lot of creative people I want to work with. I wanna work with Drake!”

― Banks

“Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change.”

― Barbara Januszkiewicz

“This invisibility, however, means that the opportunities for creative research are infinite.”

― Barbara Smith

“I think when I was younger, I wanted to be a star, until I became a star, and then it’s a lot of work. It’s work to be a star. I don’t enjoy the stardom part. I only enjoy the creative process.”

― Barbra Streisand

“Now along comes the potential creative destruction brought by a different distribution methodology, the Internet.”

― Barry Diller

“After I sold my screenplay adaptation of ‘Rain Fall’ to Sony Pictures, I had no more creative involvement.”

― Barry Eisler

“Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.”

― Barry Goldwater

“I think I would’ve found myself in the arts somewhere along the lines. If you’re creative, you find something, eventually.”

― Barry Keoghan

“It’s very hard to teach someone how to write a song if to begin with there’s no creative crop to harvest.”

― Barry Mann

“I love graffiti because it enables kids from every social extraction to do something that brings them closer to art, when they normally wouldn’t be stimulated to be visually creative. Graffiti helps to develop an awareness of immediate expressive and uncontrolled freedom.”

― Barry McGee

“It is very important that a leader in the hotel industry be both creative, I think, and compassionate.”

― Barry Sternlicht

“When I’m doing just music all the time, it can get really overwhelming. It’s always challenging to switch it up a bit. And just because you’re a musician, it doesn’t mean that music is your only creative outlet.”

― Bat for Lashes

“The creative part of your brain needs to be stimulated. Sometimes you get blocked in the thing you do, because there’s so much pressure to do it.”

― Bat for Lashes

“I believe in social dislocation and creative trouble.”

― Bayard Rustin

“I do find walking is fundamental to my creative process.”

― Baz Luhrmann

“The food in Sydney is an Asian Pacific cuisine. It’s eclectic but above all it’s fresh, inventive and creative and that’s what I love about it.”

― Baz Luhrmann

“My greatest role model is my mom because she’s a Renaissance woman. She has had many careers over the course of her life because she really is just an extremely creative, passionate person and is very involved in many different things.”

― Beanie Feldstein

“In politics, it’s very theatrical. There’s a lot of stage craft. The campaign is trying to tell a story that they want people to believe in, and candidates are playing the role, like actors, by a creative personae that people will be attracted to.”

― Beau Willimon

“I just want to stay creative, share my ideas and see where it all leads.”

― Becky G

“I’m not that kind of Bob Dylan, tortured creative.”

― Ben Barnes

“When the economic well-being of their nation demanded a strong and creative response, my colleagues at the Federal Reserve… mustered the moral courage to do what was necessary.”

― Ben Bernanke

“It is unhealthy to live in an environment where every aspect of our culture requires a great sort, where creative talents are for some but not for all, and where performing for the president of the United States becomes a point of regular and significant controversy.”

― Ben Domenech

“I love San Francisco more than any other city outside of Seattle, but I’ve seen it go from a vibrant, creative community to a playground for tech bros.”

― Ben Gibbard

“Reading, like writing, is a creative act. If readers only bring a narrow range of themselves to the book, then they’ll only see their narrow range reflected in it.”

― Ben Okri

“I enjoy the work I do in comedies. It’s a valid test of your creative abilities.”

― Ben Stiller

“The stage sharpened my creative instrument and encouraged me to go deeper and try new things.”

― Ben Vereen

“I was always performing, doing silly voices. The teachers realized I could go one of two ways: be creative or destructive.”

― Benedict Cumberbatch

“Part of your job as an artist is to push yourself and make sure your creative juices are flowing.”

― Benjamin Walker

“When you are on the management side, you still have to understand the artistic sensibility so that there is a dialogue with the creative side.”

― Bernard Arnault

“When I was working in my first job engineering construction, what I liked the most was working with architects and making buildings that had this creative side coming from the architect and that were making them a big success.”

― Bernard Arnault

“Playing live is great, but it’s not a creative thing, really. It’s a reproductive thing.”

― Bernard Sumner

“Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one.”

― Bertrand Russell

“Granny Ditto always referred to perfume as ‘smell good’ and for me it’s an essential. I have a sweetheart who’s extremely allergic to most scents, so I have to be extra careful – as well as creative – in the smell department. The key, I’ve found, are essential oils, which come in all kinds of 100% natural scents.”

― Beth Ditto

“Accessories design is one of the most creative categories. It’s like cooking, like decorating, because it involves the person. They have to choose, and they have to figure out how to wear it and to mix it based on their style.”

― Betsey Johnson

“My favorite era was the ’60s because it was filled with incredible creative newness, from panty hose to landing on the moon to Twiggy and Andy Warhol – I loved them, and they loved to wear my silver clothes.”

― Betsey Johnson

“I do creative visualisation techniques in the morning. It’s only 15 minutes. I used to do hours and hours of it, but I found that 15 minutes has really helped me, and it’s not time-consuming at all.”

― Bianca Andreescu

“As a creative person, you want to start with a blank canvas.”

― Bibhu Mohapatra

“Before I was working professionally, I would do YouTube covers. But as a creative person, it was really hard for me when I wasn’t releasing my own music. That felt unnatural to me.”

― Bibi Bourelly

“A lot of the songs that I wrote during ‘Pt. 1’ and ‘Pt. 2’ are the first songs that I ever wrote that sounded like that. I was in this phase – a certain creative space in my life – personally and musically.”

― Bibi Bourelly

“I’m nocturnal when it comes to recording – I’m just more creative at night.”

― Big Boi

“It seems like music gets put in this hub where you have to rap about this, and the minute you do something else, it’s like you changing. Nah, I’m being creative.”

― Big K.R.I.T.

“We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.”

― Bill Hicks

“I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative.”

― Bill Hicks

“I listen to Emmylou Harris. She’s my favorite. I don’t know why, but I just feel more creative with her playing.”

― Bill Plympton

“The horror fan base is fantastic. It really has devoted fans, and I like that aspect of the genre. The people who are making it are always really wonderfully nerdy, creative people, which I always love.”

― Bill Skarsgard

“Once you have selected a sport or a creative activity, the rules are pretty much the same.”

― Bill Toomey

“The fundamental aspect of video is not the image, even though you can stand in amazement at what can be done electronically, how images can be manipulated and the really extraordinary creative possibilities. For me the essential basis of video is the movement – something that exists at the moment and changes in the next moment.”

― Bill Viola

“I haven’t done many commercials, and I’m very picky about it because it comes down to creative control.”

― Billy Eichner

“Anytime you’re the creative force behind something and in front of the camera – we’re not complaining, but it is an avalanche of work.”

― Billy Eichner

“Favorite subject? I would have to say creative writing.”

― Bindi Irwin

“Pursuing a creative field is giving a piece of your heart over and over, and it’s not generally appreciated – nor should it be. It makes you who you are.”

― Bishop Briggs

“Thankfully, I don’t think you can be creative without being free.”

― Bishop Briggs

“Since my kitchen is the most important part of my home, I want to be creative and innovative, not only in its aesthetic, but also in the tools that I’m using to cook.”

― Blake Lively

“And after about two years, I realized that creative writing was not going to help you ace those biological tests. So I switched over to journalism. I didn’t graduate with honors, but I did graduate on time and with some doing.”

― Bob Schieffer

“But life is tough and if you’re creative, it’s tougher.”

― Bobby Short

“I like stand-up. I’ve done it since I was a teenager, so it’s kind of my first job and first kind of creative way to express myself.”

― Bobcat Goldthwait

“No matter where I am working, I cannot make a film without 100% creative control and final cut. If there is such a guarantee, I can work anywhere.”

― Bong Joon-ho

“I think being open-minded about what Nature is trying to tell you is the key to being creative and successful.”

― Bonnie Bassler

“I am lucky because I get to work with the smartest, most creative, and most devoted group of students and postdoctoral fellows imaginable.”

― Bonnie Bassler

“Oftentimes, when a movie turns into a series, you never retain the creative auspices. You buy the idea, you buy the franchise, and then you bring in a whole new creative team and copy the tone or sensibility.”

― Bonnie Hammer

“When I first landed at Pixar, I felt like I found this creative oasis with John Lasseter… It’s what you thought Hollywood was going to be.”

― Bonnie Hunt

“You’ve got to be able to think on your own; you’ve got to be creative. You can’t be willing to take a backseat.”

― Booker T

“I try to find creative ways to put ideas out to make the ground fertile for organizers.”

― Boots Riley

“Usually when I’m out doing stuff, I’m just out in the wild, doing the wild thing. I don’t really get a chance to just chill out until I come here, in my creative space.”

― Bootsy Collins

“I always found creative ways to make money since I was pretty young kid.”

― Borns

“I have known Tiffany R. Warren for many years, and we have always shared the goal to promote diversity and inclusion in the creative industries.”

― Bozoma Saint John

“The universe is dynamic. When we are creative, we are the most alive and in touch with it.”

― Brad Dourif

“Women are not weaker. Read that again. Women are not weaker. They are just as strong, just as resolute, just as creative, and are filled with just as much potential as any man.”

― Brad Meltzer

“I really worked to try and be creative enough on the guitar parts so those who aren’t real educated would know that there was some difficulty in doing it.”

― Brad Paisley

“I think that what most artists are trying to do is trying to understand. I think what distinguishes creative people and/or artists from another type of person is perhaps a willingness to go headlong into that uncertainty.”

― Brandon Boyd

“So I think it was to Bryan’s credit that he was able to let go of some of those things because you create these scenes and you think you become creative, even I, acting things, you become very creatively taken by it.”

― Brandon Routh

“My introduction to Motown was through The Jackson Five and Michael Jackson. Michael’s been my greatest creative inspiration, so that’s how I really became familiar with Motown as a whole, and as I got older, I learned far more about the other groups.”

― Brandon Victor Dixon

“My personal mission has always been to empower people to be creative. But the Holy Grail of a tinkerer is to make something that makes something.”

― Bre Pettis

“I think whenever you have a product you are always trying to improve it. Whether it is a commercial project out on the market or it’s a creative collaboration, you are always looking to keep you audiences more engaged.”

― Brenda Strong

“All children have creative power.”

― Brenda Ueland

“Families are great murderers of the creative impulse, particularly husbands.”

― Brenda Ueland

“When people take off the headset, they immediately have a creative idea about what they can make in virtual reality, and a lot of them immediately want to get involved.”

― Brendan Iribe

“When it comes time to where the new album gets closer, I start singing the song a cappella; I’ll preview it on my Snapchat and get creative with it – just kind of bringing everybody into more than just listening to the record on album.”

― Brett Eldredge

“A producer is supposed to generate an idea for a movie. And then they’re supposed to create the team, the group of people that are gonna make this movie. And within that team, the producer has to have a creative vision and a fiscal vision, and they have to adhere to both things.”

― Brian Grazer

“I kinda went back to that period between ’88 and ’94 where I felt like I was the most creative, without being hindered by powers that be. I was no longer going to try to hinder myself to what I thought was going to be on the radio.”

― Brian McKnight

“Most creative people fall into one of two categories – either they’re task-oriented, or they’re time-oriented.”

― Brian Stelfreeze

“I think when you’re being creative, you still attach it to reality somehow.”

― Brian Stelfreeze

“There are some projects where you have to just start doing it, and, after a while, the show starts telling you what it wants to be. You put your spirit in and, after a while, something bigger takes over, and it turns out to be much more fun and creative than what it was at the beginning.”

― Brian Stokes Mitchell

“Research has shown that children who play often both solitarily and socially become more creative and imaginative than those whose exposure to play and toys is limited.”

― Brian Sutton-Smith

“A lot of illustrators have one central character and then they develop it, and all their books are based around it. But that was not my wish. I wanted to introduce children to the whole creative side of many aspects of life.”

― Brian Wildsmith

“As far as the creative process goes, I always make sure that anything that gets discussed or talked about in the record is true to form. I make it a point not to sing anything that I haven’t felt or gone through.”

― Bridget Kelly

“I love to cook, and I’ve just gotten more and more into it over the years, just because it’s the best way to stay creative.”

― Brie Larson

“I’m lucky to have met Nicolas Ghesquiere, the creative director of Vuitton. He understands me and knows me, and I admire his sensibility and talent. Karl Lagerfeld is another huge designer and artist for whom I feel affection and admiration.”

― Brigitte Macron

“Most brands want to see their products used in creative ways.”

― Brit Morin

“At Brit + Co , we’re always on the hunt for motivated, smart, and creative folks. And I must admit, we have received some pretty unique resumes.”

― Brit Morin

“That’s what I care about most. That more people are making and more people feel like they are creative.”

― Brit Morin

“I’m definitely picky about what projects I take on. They have to be things I’m passionate about. I actually get to be creative when it comes to my mobile game. It’s really cool.”

― Britney Spears

“Well, yeah, sometimes I get a little too creative.”

― Bruce Dickinson

“I’ve had a bit of experience at lots and lots of different arenas as it were, some of them completely creative, some of them quite technical. The interesting thing is, is that I found that the technical arenas actually are also very creative or can be very creative.”

― Bruce Dickinson

“You’re always in a box, and you’re an escape artist if you do what I do – or if you’re a creative person, period. You build your box, and then you escape from it. You build another one, and you escape from it. That’s ongoing.”

― Bruce Springsteen

“Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science.”

― Bruno Bettelheim

“Advertising seemed almost natural to me because it was a business where you had to inform, persuade and educate. And so from being a junior copywriter to being the creative director of one of the largest advertising agencies in the country took me 4.5 years, which is, well, a fairly spectacular rise.”

― Bryce Courtenay

“There is much more immediate access to creative music through online communities and blogs which have touched all corners of the music world including contemporary classical.”

― Bryce Dessner

“If he’s a true symphony artist, he knows better than that because he knows that the only truly creative musician is the jazz musician.”

― Buddy Rich

“I feel like I introduce another level of my creative ability on every album.”

― Busta Rhymes

“I toured with Lady Gaga, and her choreographer is incredibly talented and develops some crazy routines. Lady Gaga is very involved in the dancing, too, and she always wants to have creative input. I had an incredible time with her!”

― Caity Lotz

“I love puppies, and I love animals in general. Besides that, I do martial arts: extreme martial arts. I also play real guitar and drums, and sing. And I’m taking some college classes, hoping to major in English and creative writing.”

― Cameron Monaghan

“Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.”

― Carl Jung

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”

― Carl Jung

“All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.”

― Carl Jung

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

― Carl Rogers

“One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.”

― Carl Sandburg

“What I’ve realized is that we’re our own harshest critics. We give ourselves limitations. But I want to push through that wall, on a creative and personal level.”

― Carla Gugino

“The possibility of being as free with the camera as we are with the pen is a fantastic prospect for the creative life of the 21st century.”

― Carlos Fuentes

“When I was young I would spend more money than I should with my credit card but my father cut it off, so I had to find creative ways of making money.”

― Carmen Busquets

“Like the sand and the oyster, it’s a creative irritant. In each poem, I’m trying to reveal a truth, so it can’t have a fictional beginning.”

― Carol Ann Duffy

“It’s hard to regulate the speed at which you can achieve something creative and emotional.”

― Carol Kane

“Carl Icahn, corporate raider by trade, is creative, a scrambler, and certainly not to be underestimated.”

― Carol Loomis

“I want to feel creative when I’m working. I don’t want to just work for the sake of working.”

― Carrie-Anne Moss

“Fashion design is an important part of the creative industry that means the most to women.”

― Carrie Lam

“I like being able to marry the actor and the technician inside of me. It’s really fulfilling. It exercises all of my creative muscles.”

― Carrie Preston

“To be straight, I was kind of a dork, and in order to fulfill the creative fires burning inside me, I participated vigorously as a Civil War re-enactor through most of my teenage years, traveling across the country to participate in large scale reenactments – grandiose plays enacted by over weight history buffs and war enthusiasts alike.”

― Cary Fukunaga

“There’s a creative freedom with being under the radar. But I guess if you’re too under the radar, you get canceled?”

― Casey Wilson

“I know this is a weird niche, but a lot of my female friends have these strange stories where there their dads have seen the small successes of their daughters and have decided that they are creative as well.”

― Casey Wilson

“The U.S. is blessed with tremendously creative and imaginative law students at places like Chicago, Harvard, Columbia and Yale.”

― Cass Sunstein

“Louise Frogley is a brilliant designer. I always find her wardrobe fittings really informative and creative. Together, you kick images and ideas around.”

― Cate Blanchett

“You do not want to be in a creative organisation with everybody being like-minded and stroking each other’s creative egos. You want differences of opinion… constructively.”

― Cate Blanchett

“Etsy is fundamentally a creative community. On eBay, or Amazon for that matter, practically anyone can sell practically anything. On Etsy, you can only sell handmade goods, vintage goods over 20 years old, and craft supplies for making.”

― Caterina Fake

“I think at any age, you can stay open and creative and excited.”

― Catherine Hardwicke

“I am a creative person.”

― Catriona Gray

“I’m probably not creative or talented enough to create an especially compelling piece of content, but I really do enjoy watching a great movie or TV show.”

― Chad Hurley

“We always feel pretty creative as far as writing songs. We write them together; we just get in a room, or on occasion in Flea’s garage. We just sort of improvise, like jazz musicians.”

― Chad Smith

“I’m not one of those guys who walks around with a flip phone who doesn’t want to be connected. There are times when I’m tech-friendly, and there are times when I personally do want to shut everything off because I’m more creative when I shut off.”

― Chadwick Boseman

“As an actor, you have a ton of downtime, so it’s always good to have a hobby, especially another creative outlet outside of acting.”

― Chandler Riggs

“I’m thankful for weird people out there ’cause they’re some of the most creative people.”

― Channing Tatum

“The thing I love about hip-hop is that it’s so creative. It’s so creatively rewarding. When you hit it, and you hit it big, there are no words.”

― Chantal Kreviazuk

“It is almost impossible to reconcile self expression with the creative act.”

― Charles Eames

“That is, we believed, the supreme duty of the parent, who only was permitted to claim in some degree the priestly office and function, since it is his creative and protecting power which alone approaches the solemn function of Deity.”

― Charles Eastman

“I had never taken creative writing classes. Hadn’t even considered it.”

― Charles Frazier

“We need a liberal agenda in which government resists the temptation to interfere in the lives of individuals but is equally determined to play an active role where creative action can advance the liberties of all.”

― Charles Kennedy

“Novels are one of the few remaining areas of narrative storytelling where one person does almost all of the creative heavy lifting.”

― Charles Stross

“It used to be that creative music was most of the music that you heard back in the ’30s and ’40s, and now it’s like 3 percent. So, its kind of a struggle getttin’ it out there.”

― Charlie Haden

“You can’t be at your full creative power if you are sedated.”

― Charlie Haden

“Painting and photography keep the creative channel open, and for an actor, it’s to keep alive, it’s to keep awake, it’s to keep watching, it’s to keep feeling, it’s to keep enjoying, to keep that sensuality of feeling alive.”

― Charlotte Rampling

“As an artist, I understand that, and I value the creative input of the artist.”

― Charlton Heston

“The film itself, and my role as Moses, will always remain one of the creative peaks of my career.”

― Charlton Heston

“I went to see ‘The Piano’ with Holly Hunter when I was in a Paula Vogel play, and I was just gone. I couldn’t focus at all. It took that creative part of my brain with it so absolutely.”

― Cherry Jones

“Well, we promised our fans that we’d put out records faster, and that’s what we’re doing. We figured out a way to condense our cycle, so to speak, by… continuing to write, trying to keep the creative ball rolling as often as possible.”

― Chester Bennington

“All of our songs take these really big creative turns and twists throughout the process, so sometimes songs will start out as a melody or some musical chord progressions.”

― Chester Bennington

“What interests me is being alive and being with friends that I care about and being as creative as I can given circumstance.”

― Chevy Chase

“SK will remain the strongest supporter to help creative economy centers become the backbone of the Korean economy.”

― Chey Tae-won

“When someone calls me a blogger, I think, ‘That’s one of the things I used to do.’ I’m a creative director for my shoe brand; I’m the editor-in-chief of ‘The Blonde Salad,’ which is a website and not just a blog anymore.”

― Chiara Ferragni

“Creative writing programmes are not very necessary. They just exist so that people like us can make a living.”

― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“When people get into that fight-or-flight place, then they move away from the creative centers of their brain.”

― Chip Conley

“Frank Sobotka in ‘The Wire’ on HBO was one of the greatest characters I’ve ever played. They cut his throat at the end of that season. There’s something about creative coupling that seems to go with great characters, and the fact that you can never play them again once you’re done.”

― Chris Bauer

“I can act… I do a little writing as well. And I’m good at typing. I’m a creative typist, actually.”

― Chris Colfer

“I got in touch with the creative process between the age of 14 and 16, mainly because I was alone so much.”

― Chris Cornell

“I’ve seen situations where I think comics are really unrealistic about what creative expression and what the artistic freedom, what that entails.”

― Chris Gethard

“The podcast movement was really a creative survival mechanism for standup comics.”

― Chris Hardwick

“The nerdist movement is less about consumers; there is a large contingent that are creative nerdists instead of consumers.”

― Chris Hardwick

“Absolutely, you rise and fall based on your creative team.”

― Chris Meledandri

“Being at the genesis of the creative process is definitely something I want to keep doing. It’s just such a great buzz.”

― Chris O’Dowd

“I’m interested in authentic experience and the essence of that creative place, and where those myths begin and where they become real on any level.”

― Chris Robinson

“If I have a talent, it lies in the creative process.”

― Chris Stapleton

“A lot of directors, they’re creative, but they’re different.”

― Chris Tucker

“I really loved what I was doing being creative and being funny as a stand-up comedian.”

― Chris Tucker

“Music reflects the time that it’s being made in, and so certainly, the music that’s being made in 1986 by a 14-year-old kid will reflect some magic of 1986 for him if he’s an inspired and creative musician.”

― Chrissie Hynde

“I like to think of myself as a creative player.”

― Christian Pulisic

“My name is out there right now. I’m creative and innovative. I should capitalize on it.”

― Christian Siriano

“Hef is a man of the big picture. He is a creative force.”

― Christie Hefner

“I’m a bit of a night owl because that’s when I feel the most creative and alive.”

― Christina Aguilera

“Whether I’m making a gluten-free cookie or a lactose-free milkshake, my end goal is always to make it so awesome, clever, and creative that you’ll want to indulge whether you have a sensitivity, dietary nuance, or don’t.”

― Christina Tosi

“My parents are creative on many fronts, and they pushed me to be that way, too. They wanted me to write, actually.”

― Christine Elise

“Unlike other peoples the United States found their origin in a deliberate act of corporate self-assertion, and ever since the Revolution every little American has been taught to associate himself personally with this creative act.”

― Christopher Dawson

“Basically, I would be happy with any profession where I got to be creative and make things.”

― Christopher Paolini

“I’m a little insane, and I’m going to be a little different. But hopefully, somewhere in there, in that creative arena, something will emerge that is new and different and unique.”

― Christopher Priest

“One of the great, and largely forgotten, triumphs of American society and government has been how smoothly U.S. farmers and their communities negotiated the creative destruction of the early 20th century and emerged triumphant when it was over.”

― Chrystia Freeland

“There’s tons of creative people in television that have one failure after another, and they just step up higher. I could never get over that. When I had a failure, there was no such thing as just getting over it.”

― Chuck Barris

“I like Ben Stein. I think he’s funny, creative, and an insightful commentator on a host of issues.”

― Chuck Norris

“I love when people have their own creative vision, when a person stands out and tries different things.”

― Ciara

“My creative is for the world.”

― CL

“There’s a lot of creative freedom. Acting is a whole boatload of fun, but I prefer to do it on my own terms.”

― Clara Mamet

“Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.”

― Clare Boothe Luce

“Cooking is an art form, a creative thing.”

― Clarence Clemons

“I like trying to be creative.”

― Clint Dempsey

“It’s easier to destroy than it is to create, but I’ve always enjoyed the creative aspect of the game.”

― Clint Dempsey

“Man becomes his most creative during war.”

― Clint Eastwood

“A huge amount of our everyday thinking – powerful, creative, and resonant stuff – is done socially: talking to other people, arguing with them, relying on them to recall information for us.”

― Clive Thompson

“If you’re a photographer, you end up being the raw creative force that allows other people to see what kind of narrative you want to be giving or what kind of art that you want people to see.”

― Cole Sprouse

“My sights have always been on acting, on the creative process, never the lifestyle. Growing up in Northern Ireland when I did, everything was against you if you wanted to do something like that. But I was determined.”

― Colin Morgan

“Michael Giacchino is a fiercely creative musical mind and a true ‘Jurassic Park’ fan.”

― Colin Trevorrow

“Oftentimes, when I’m trying to get inspired, I’ll find myself just staring at the wall and let the fans inspire me to get creative.”

― Colleen Ballinger

“The vision people have of a director is completely flawed – someone with a crystalline vision of everything they’re going to do. How boring would that be? It’s a creative and collaborative process.”

― Colm McCarthy

“Doing acting opened up other creative outlets; it made me feel freer as an artist.”

― Common

“It’s the best thing, when you are in a creative space, discovering something and being enamored with it and excited by it.”

― Connie Nielsen

“My first semester, I got a D in creative writing.”

― Conrad Hall

“The dynamic, creative present, however conditioned and restricted by the effects of prior presents, possesses genuine initiative.”

― Corliss Lamont

“I made a promise to be as creative as I could, even outside of music.”

― Coy Bowles

“We can all accept criticism of creative work, but to be publicly ridiculed for it is incredibly difficult to deal with.”

― Craig David

“People sometimes have a view of programming that is something solitary and very technical. But programming is among the most creative, expressive, and social careers.”

― Craig Federighi

“It’s fun being creative and that’s satisfying.”

― Craig Kilborn

“Basicly I’m in charge of all creative aspects of the show.”

― Craig McCracken

“I was the only person at Univision who had complete creative control of my own show, by contract. They didn’t like that. I was the executive producer; I owned the studio where we taped. I decided who went on my show and who didn’t.”

― Cristina Saralegui

“As an actor you have to bring to the table your creative input. But when a director like Ridley Scott says I want you to do this this way, you know when he gets to the editing room he has a reason for it. It’s like watching a masterpiece.”

― Cuba Gooding, Jr.

“When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.”

― Cynthia Heimel

“We all have fertile creative periods and times when we can’t figure out how we ever did it.”

― Cynthia Weil

“We are the yin and the yang of the creative process.”

― Cynthia Weil

“There is the great creative part of it. The writing is the best part.”

― Cynthia Weil

“Young people must feel that they can be real actors in our economy and be creative and be imaginative and be innovative.”

― Cyril Ramaphosa

“Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can’t invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.”

― D. H. Lawrence

“I have so much drive and passion for this industry and the creative arts, and I want other kids to have that kind of drive, and to have a fire in their belly for whatever industry that they want to get into.”

― Dacre Montgomery

“Both my parents are creative. My dad did act when he was younger, but they’re both very creative.”

― Daisy Ridley

“I grew up around really not-normal people. My family is general Hollywood. They’re all artists; they’re creative people who are advocates for expressing themselves. But I also have to say I’m not impressed with Hollywood.”

― Dakota Johnson

“I want to be as creative as I want. I don’t ever want to have to compromise; I don’t ever want anybody ever to tell me what to do, I don’t ever want to argue with somebody because of my vision.”

― Damon Dash

“Unrequited affection is very painful for the lover, but it can have unexpected, creative consequences.”

― Damon Galgut

“I love finding new creative partnerships but then continuing the partnerships I’m already in.”

― Damon Lindelof

“Sometimes we have to take on jobs that we don’t love, and I always encourage any creative person to use those as the fuel to do the things that you do love to do, even if they don’t pay.”

― Dan Bucatinsky

“The creative works of the entertainment industry belong to the millions of people who make them and are not for others to steal or unlawfully distribute.”

― Dan Glickman

“In Don Mills in the Sixties, nothing comes close to the humiliation of losing an argument. In our weird little creative circle, no one cares who has faster fists, but to lose an argument suggests inferior intelligence.”

― Dan Hill

“Due to my work as a musician, songwriter, recording artist and author, hundreds of people stream in and out of my basement studio to help me with my creative projects.”

― Dan Hill

“It’s like everybody is shooting something, and everybody’s a filmmaker; everybody can shoot a cat video and post it. So the big thing now is – for people that have talent and have something to say, and are creative, and are capable of making something good – is how do they get attention to it?”

― Dana Brunetti

“If you’re clever enough and creative enough to get a good film made, then you should be clever enough and creative enough to find ways to get it out there, one being something like Jameson First Shot.”

― Dana Brunetti

“Actors may not realize the extent of their own power. Acting is creation. It’s them bringing their own stuff, letting it marinate in their soul, in their creative engine.”

― Danai Gurira

“If you write memoir, it can’t be about blame or hurt; it has to be creative.”

― Dani Shapiro

“A lot of white-collar work requires less of the routine, rule-based, what we might call algorithmic set of capabilities, and more of the harder-to-outsource, harder-to-automate, non-routine, creative, juristic – as the scholars call it – abilities.”

― Daniel H. Pink

“A lot of my creative energy is spent coming up with a concept that, once I get it, I feel like it writes itself.”

― Daniel Mallory Ortberg

“Anything where I get to write a lot of jokes and have a lot of creative control – that’s all I want.”

― Daniel Mallory Ortberg

“In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country of few but nonetheless good films, it is almost impossible to produce a film without access to various European initiatives and funds. Creative Europe and its media program are essential for our film industry.”

― Danis Tanovic

“If we talk about literacy, we have to talk about how to enhance our children’s mastery over the tools needed to live intelligent, creative, and involved lives.”

― Danny Glover

“I’ve never been good in the financial and business arenas. I handle the creative side of things.”

― Daryl Hannah

“What I want to happen is to be really creative, and to play something new in the improvisations, every time.”

― Dave Brubeck

“As creators, we feel constant demand for innovation from the world. This puts immense pressure on the creative process and oftentimes can have a dampening effect.”

― Dave Morin

“The power of procreation is spiritually significant. Misuse of this power subverts the purposes of the Father’s plan and of our mortal existence. Our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son are creators and have entrusted each of us with a portion of Their creative power.”

― David A. Bednar

“I wanted something where I could have the clearest and most unfiltered artistic and creative voice.”

― David Alan Grier

“I’m not mad about movies, there are too many people involved in the making of them, and they lack a definitive creative focus.”

― David Bailey

“Reciprocity helps us balance the need for self-determination and creative individuality with mutual hope and, therefore, what might be described as ‘solidarity.’”

― David Blunkett

“I have a very clear vision as to what I want at the end of my prep, and then I throw it out and let the creative process take over.”

― David Boreanaz

“The Enlightenment diamond-shaped society, with a huge, prosperous, socially-mobile, empowered middle class, is by far the most productive and creative system the world has ever seen.”

― David Brin

“Do creative, social, and civic attitudes change depending on where we live? Yes, I think so.”

― David Byrne

“Technology is us. There is no separation. It’s a pure expression of human creative will. It doesn’t exist anywhere else in the universe. I’m rather sure of that.”

― David Cronenberg

“The majority of advertising agency creatives are creative people, but we’ve disciplined ourselves to think within traditional formats. I want to change that.”

― David Droga

“As a typical creative, I am all ego and insecurity!”

― David Droga

“I’m not an executive. I’m a creative person.”

― David Droga

“It can become an exercise in trying to get the reader to like and admire you instead of an exercise in creative art.”

― David Foster Wallace

“When I went to college I took a creative writing class and decided in a week to be a writer.”

― David Guterson

“I want to be able to manipulate and control my career from the creative side.”

― David Henrie

“The school was prone to dishing out punishments for anything creative that didn’t fit with expectation – I just followed the logic and figured the folk club was probably much the same.”

― David Knopfler

“I learned to not separate writing, shooting, and editing, it’s all sort of one big mess of creative output.”

― David Lowery

“I believe in creative control. No matter what anyone makes, they should have control over it.”

― David Lynch

“The profession of being a creative thinker is not so obvious.”

― David M. Kelley

“A novel is a big thing. It’s difficult to hold the whole story in your mind, especially when you’ve finished a first draft and are still giddy from the flow of creative juices.”

― David Macinnis Gill

“Filmmaking is hard. I mean, it’s not that hard, but it is hard to find your way through a system because there’s a lot of people, there’s money, there’s a big machine to kind of make it – and how to find methods and processes that allow it to continue to be a lively process and a creative process.”

― David MacKenzie

“Fear, conformity, immorality: these are heavy burdens. They drain us of creative energy. And when we are drained of creative energy, we do not create. We procreate, but we do not create.”

― David McCallum

“I’m not a perfectionist at all. I find perfectionists boring because the real creative heart is in the mess somewhere.”

― David Morrissey

“In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.”

― David Ogilvy

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

― David Ogilvy

“When you work for somebody who is very technical, and understands and has creative solutions to your problems, it spurs you along and stops you making excuses for things. And I found that very useful.”

― David Perry

“Film and the other creative industries are being transformed by digital technologies.”

― David Puttnam

“It is difficult to be creative and enthusiastic about anything for which we do not feel affection.”

― David Whyte

“I set writing aside when I went into theater, and then I set theater aside and subsequently had about a 25-year career in software development. Which, by the way, is a very creative field. I equate it more to kinetic sculpture than anything else, as an activity.”

― David Wroblewski

“I’d only do a deal with a label if it allowed me to still be indie and have that indie mentality. I have to have creative control.”

― Dawn Richard

“The more I can stay on the creative side, the happier I am.”

― Dawn Steel

“I’m really excited because Interscope is really focused on artists. They’ve been working side by side with me creatively and allowing me to make a lot of the creative decisions, which you don’t always hear about. That’s why I didn’t want to sign originally with a major label.”

― Daya

“There is no creative process to come up with a character of Dean Ambrose.”

― Dean Ambrose

“Visual storytelling combines the narrative text of a story with creative elements to augment and enhance the traditional storytelling process. By design, it is a co-creative process resulting in an intimate, interpretive, expressive technique.”

― Debbie Millman

“I now find magic in the mundane. I’m also more creative – better able to look beyond the obvious and come up with new story angles.”

― Deborah Norville

“I thought that marketing was a way to be creative in business but quickly learned all creative stuff happens at the ad agency.”

― Dee Rees

“I tested the waters on producing a record, but I’m more of a creative guy. I can’t get into minute details.”

― Dee Snider

“Being more aware creates responsibility. What does responsibility mean? It means the ability to respond. The more conscious you are in your ability to respond, the more creative you’ll be.”

― Deepak Chopra

“We can actually accelerate the process through meditation, through the ability to find stillness through loving actions, through compassion and sharing, through understanding the nature of the creative process in the universe and having a sense of connection to it. So, that’s conscious evolution.”

― Deepak Chopra

“Mature workers are less impulsive, less reactive, more creative and more centered.”

― Deepak Chopra

“I basically was in charge of the Jackson 5 – all their creative, when it came down to the studio, and all their musical endeavors.”

― Deke Richards

“I basically was in charge of the Jackson 5 – all their creative, when it came down to the studio, and all their musical endeavors. I tried to create a Hitsville on the West Coast.”

― Deke Richards

“As a creative person, you want to have a foothold and sense of progress.”

― Demetri Martin

“I have a passion for my work, and that sometimes triggers creative conflicts.”

― Demi Moore

“I believe in creative work.”

― Demian Bichir

“Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.”

― Denis Diderot

“We are exploring creative models to pursue innovation outside the confines of our normal process, taking calculated risks and learning from them.”

― Denise Morrison

“The best thing that can happen to people entering creative professions is the dwindling of all other possibilities.”

― Dennis Lehane

“Therapy, as opposed to analysis, is a whole construct of myth, beautiful and creative.”

― Dennis Potter

“I feel responsible; I feel I’ve got to do something that will leave the kids a place where they can live healthy, safe, productive, creative and prosperous lives.”

― Dennis Weaver

“The thing I wonder about is where does Brian’s creative spark come from? Not his subjects or anything, but his spark. What makes it so great for me is that I really don’t know. There’s a mystery behind Brian, even to me.”

― Dennis Wilson

“Growing up in Carol City, it was always a creative place for me to be because it was mad influential, especially going to Carol City High.”

― Denzel Curry

“If I have a message to send, I’m going to send it in the most creative and yet crazy way I can.”

― Denzel Curry

“I think that I, because of student government and because of working in Baltimore, knew how to be creative with very little resources.”

― DeRay Mckesson

“I’m very creative – making music, making puppets, that’s my thing – but mainstream success and the demands that brings? No, not really for me.”

― Devin Townsend

“Luckily, my creative juices are pretty much on tap. If I’m compelled to do something, I can go for it and get it done.”

― Devin Townsend

“A challenging economy is always good for design. It unites necessity and functionality. You are forced to be creative with poor materials.”

― Diane von Furstenberg

“If we want our nuclear stockpile to truly serve the interests of our country in a strategic, balanced manner, we have to change course. That means pursuing creative options such as reducing the weapons held in reserve.”

― Dianne Feinstein

“My life has been going in ways I never could have dreamed of – doing the closing celebration for the Olympic Games and being appointed the creative chair for jazz at the L.A. Philharmonic. So I’ve just decided I’ll go with my flow and be very prepared.”

― Dianne Reeves

“’The Dick Van Dyke Show’ was the most fun I ever had and the most creative period of my life.”

― Dick Van Dyke

“With creative people, truly new horizons open up.”

― Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

“Which is why, in my lieder concerts, I always strove, when possible, to sing only the works of a single composer, so that the audience could be gradually drawn into a particular creative genius’ way of thinking, and could follow him.”

― Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

“Where can I earn money if not from my work? We do some films for money and some for creative satisfaction.”

― Dimple Kapadia

“Being a creative person, I’m naturally drawn towards art of any kind. But I’m more attracted to paintings because they radiate an aura of their own.”

― Dimple Kapadia

“I feel really relevant and creative, and I don’t think I would’ve made an album if I didn’t feel relevant. I wouldn’t have said a word.”

― Dion DiMucci

“I’m a designer, producer and I am hands-on for every project I undertake. The creative side of what I do is really something I think people overlooked for a while.”

― Dita Von Teese

“You don’t need money to be creative. The ghetto builds champions every day.”

― DJ Snake

“In my family, it was always encouraged to become a creative person. I became a doula instead, then I married an actor, and my sisters became famous almost overnight.”

― Domino Kirke

“For me, it’s always just been about finding material that I think is creative and interesting and fun and something that can expand me and that I can hopefully do something with.”

― Don Cheadle

“When you have bad teams, you’ve got to be creative to win games you’re not supposed to win.”

― Don Nelson

“I did a few movies, but the word ‘star’… I cannot compare to a star like Clint Eastwood. I used to call Clint ‘Larry Dickman’ when he would come to my show; then, he started using the name when he would go under cover in a ‘Dirty Harry’ movie. That’s why he’s a movie star… he’s so creative.”

― Don Rickles

“Magic Johnson was in the seventh year of his Hall of Fame career when thoughts of his basketball afterlife led him to the office of uber-executive Michael Ovitz, co-founder of Creative Artists Agency, Hollywood’s most powerful agency.”

― Don Yaeger

“I’m creative; I’m not re-creative.”

― Donald Byrd

“When anybody pays you to be creative, you’re very lucky.”

― Donald Glover

“Fashion needs fresh blood, and London is the most creative place for that.”

― Donatella Versace

“New York is full of creative people, not only in fashion.”

― Donatella Versace

“I wouldn’t be who I am without my husband, who handled the business end of Donna Karan so I could be creative.”

― Donna Karan

“The people who succeed are those who are aware of the rules; they respect the rules. But they make up their own rules. They create for creative sake.”

― Donna Lynne Champlin

“It has always been important to me to be a creative artist, not to be a star, not to be rich, not to be famous.”

― Donna McKechnie

“I love the rush of being creative. I really think I live for it.”

― Donnie Wahlberg

“I go to bed late. My mind starts going at night – that’s when those creative juices begin flowing.”

― Donny Osmond

“I never considered writing as a career – it was always a creative outlet for me and something I just loved to do.”

― Doreen Cronin

“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict – alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.”

― Dorothy Thompson

“The ‘Station to Station’ film is a fast-moving journey through the modern creative landscape. It’s a kaleidoscope of voices and impressions rather than a standard linear film.”

― Doug Aitken

“The route may, say, go across the field for 22 yards. I know I have to be there, but how I get there is where they allow me to be creative.”

― Doug Baldwin

“For me, the scale of the budget is part of the creative process. ‘Swingers’ is the movie it is because we made it for exactly the right budget. Had it been made for a higher number, it would not have been as imaginative as we had to make it, given the budget constraints we had.”

― Doug Liman

“Storytelling is ultimately a creative act of pattern recognition. Through characters, plot and setting, a writer creates places where previously invisible truths become visible. Or the storyteller posits a series of dots that the reader can connect.”

― Douglas Coupland

“What has always been at the heart of film making was the value of a script. It was really the writer who could make or break a film. But as we all know, the writer has always been at the bottom of the creative heap.”

― Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

“I believe Photoshop is in some way the contemporary darkroom, the creative area that all photographers have available today.”

― Douglas Kirkland

“No matter how much control kids get over the media they watch, they are still utterly powerless when it comes to the manufacturing of brands. Even a consumer revolt merely reinforces one’s role as a consumer, not an autonomous or creative being.”

― Douglas Rushkoff

“One of my favorite things about working on ‘Liv and Maddie’ is the creative environment that has been designed for us by our lovely director, producers, and writers.”

― Dove Cameron

“I’ve been living the American Dream for over 25 years – just being able to do what I do, be creative, and make money out of it. It’s incredible.”

― Dr. Dre

“Some of our best episodes of ‘Buffy’ were written over a weekend. You can really get in touch with your creative spirit when you’re at your most desperate.”

― Drew Goddard

“I got to the point of insanity, but I also got out, but during the insane times, I felt invincible, and I felt creative and wonderful, too, but I was also hiding something.”

― Duff McKagan

“My priority is having the ability to be creative and to come up with the right decisions and not be fettered. If there are a lot of people involved in decision making, it can become frustrating.”

― Duncan Jones

“There are definitely people who disagree with certain creative decisions you make. Pleasing everyone is pretty hard.”

― Dwayne Johnson

“My mom is a painter and photographer and my grandfather was an artist, so I’ve always been surrounded by creative people.”

― Dylan Lauren

“I love Janet Jackson and her creative set design.”

― Dylan Lauren

“Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.”

― E. M. Forster

“It is not possible, given any degree of optimism and generosity in regard to people in general, to set a time limit on creative reflection or a limitation on the number of people involved in the creation.”

― Earle Brown

“Most of the best writing, the most creative writing, the most interesting, the most out-of-the-box kind of stuff, is being done on cable, you know, and on the computer. I mean, whatever it is, Amazon or Netflix or something. Because they’re just willing to take chances, you know, and there’s a market for it.”

― Ed Harris

“I’m mad creative for acting.”

― Ed Skrein

“BaoHaus is idiosyncratic, creative, and artistic. My restaurant doesn’t look like a Taiwanese restaurant.”

― Eddie Huang

“If you get anything creative going, then the work and play thing is the same thing, I feel.”

― Eddie Izzard

“Magic symbolises the subconscious – that part of us that is creative and powerful that we sometimes don’t tap into.”

― Eddie Marsan

“There are really three parts to the creative process. First there is inspiration, then there is the execution, and finally there is the release.”

― Eddie Van Halen

“I think there’s no creative process that goes without injuries and scratches and punches. You get beat up somehow, and that’s part of the commitment. You have to be open to that.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“I like to be doing something creative.”

― Edge

“I was quite satisfied with my creative life. I’ve always had reinforcement from a small but devoted readership.”

― Edith Pearlman

“The thing that makes a creative person is to be creative and that is all there is to it.”

― Edward Albee

“I don’t think there’s any show that really escapes it: It’s very rare that a creative producer stays with the show. As soon as the producer leaves, they cut the budget.”

― Edward Albert

“Creative thinking – in terms of idea creativity – is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practised and nurtured.”

― Edward de Bono

“When I taught at the University of Houston in the Creative Writing program, we required the poets to take workshops in fiction writing, and we required the fiction writers to take workshops in poetry.”

― Edward Hirsch

“A standard international language should not only be simple, regular, and logical, but also rich and creative.”

― Edward Sapir

“After Pixar’s 2006 merger with the Walt Disney Company, its CEO, Bob Iger, asked me, chief creative officer John Lasseter, and other Pixar senior managers to help him revive Disney Animation Studios. The success of our efforts prompted me to share my thinking on how to build a sustainable creative organization.”

― Edwin Catmull

“Programmers are very creative people. And animators are problem solvers, just as programmers are.”

― Edwin Catmull

“The skill of a good creative leader is being comfortable with blowing up an idea and knowing it will get better.”

― Edwin Catmull

“I think women need to hear more encouragement in any field, because I see it – I teach creative writing. And even though it’s mostly women in the room, they’re not often – or they didn’t used to be the ones who went on to publish books. I know this sounds like a tautology, but encouragement is the key.”

― Eileen Pollack

“Most applicants to creative writing programs submit stories about the angst of their suburban childhoods.”

― Eileen Pollack

“I write and teach creative nonfiction. I was a reporter.”

― Eileen Pollack

“Creative instinct is personal.”

― Ekta Kapoor

“My creative team filters the scripts before they reach me and a few others. We evaluate them, ponder over the budget, and think of various possibilities to get the viewer excited.”

― Ekta Kapoor

“To survive in a creative economy, you need basic instinct! You have to know and smell your viewer.”

― Ekta Kapoor

“I think that’s what fiction writing is actually all about. It’s about trying to solve problems in creative ways.”

― Eleanor Catton

“Creative writing and shooting are muscles that atrophy. But when you work them, you become a self-generator who can branch out.”

― Eli Roth

“It was when I got to NXT with Dusty Rhodes, being the creative force he was, and told us to bring our most creative side every single week. One of those weeks, I brought the guitar and started telling stories while I played, and it just evolved from there.”

― Elias

“Actually, I’ve taught creative writing in Turkey, at an English language university, where the students were native Turkish speakers, but they were writing their essays in English, and they were very interesting – even the sense of structure, the conventions of writing, the different styles of writing.”

― Elif Batuman

“I grew up in a really small town: LaGrange, Georgia. There weren’t a lot of creative outlets there, so I did local castings.”

― Elijah Kelley

“I’ve come to realize that the contemporary creative culture is not generating the best possible outcome.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

“It’s very tough when two creative people are together.”

― Elizabeth McGovern

“Americans are fighters. We’re tough, resourceful and creative, and if we have the chance to fight on a level playing field, where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot, then no one – no one can stop us.”

― Elizabeth Warren

“Bruce Springsteen really got any creative person’s dream career, and his good-heartedness and good-spiritedness are part of it: both because it made the people behind the scenes want to do their jobs that much better, but it also means that he connects with an audience in a way that holds them close.”

― Elizabeth Wurtzel

“I like acting; I like being lost in the creative process.”

― Ellar Coltrane

“I just want to keep being creative, and I want to feel inspired by a role, and I want to keep acting.”

― Ellen Wong

“I wouldn’t ask any of my employees to do anything I wouldn’t do. And I work as hard, if not harder than the rest of the staff, to set an example. I also believe in giving my employees a lot of room to be creative and to express themselves.”

― Emeril Lagasse

“I did go to UCLA for art, but the other option was going to Sarah Lawrence and doing creative writing all the way. So that is part of the reason I love to read so much.”

― Emily Ratajkowski

“I’ve always been creative, I think.”

― Emily Watson

“The ideal intern is committed, creative, organized, ambitious, independent, and able to crack a smile, whether meeting a celebrity or folding socks.”

― Emily Weiss

“Women are clear-headed, they are more creative and for this reason, sometimes, also more fragile.”

― Emma Bonino

“We love having the freedom that we have with the web; I mean, we don’t have to answer to anybody. We have complete creative control; we don’t have to worry about FCC regulations.”

― Emma Caulfield

“The fascination of somebody with original creative gifts is something that’s always drawn me. I get attached to them, but I can’t call it being in love, because the words are so debased.”

― Emma Tennant

“If you’re actually allowing your creative part to control your writing rather than a more commercial instinct or motive, then you’ll find that all sorts of interesting things will bubble up to the surface.”

― Emma Thompson

“Sometimes I know a film might not pull the audience to the theatres and have a great collection at the box office. But I need to do these films for creative satisfaction and give something different to the audience.”

― Emraan Hashmi

“There hasn’t been one moment in my career where I felt I didn’t have any control over the creative aspects of my records.”

― Enrique Iglesias

“The only thing I have no control over is the politics that goes on within the record company. It’s always been the same, but it’s far tougher now, because record companies are run by financial people; before, they were run by creative people.”

― Enrique Iglesias

“As with anything creative, change is inevitable.”

― Enya

“My background was producing and writing and performing in television when I started out, and I really missed that, that whole creative process that comes from sort of ‘me’ storytelling.”

― Eric Bana

“I never got close to the creative in AWA; not only was I not close to it, I wasn’t allowed to be in a room close to it when they were talking about creative. That is how tightly held Verne Gagne believed in kayfabing people who he didn’t believe needed to be in the process.”

― Eric Bischoff

“I had zero exposure to creative in WCW up until 1993, 1994. Even then, I was at a distance.”

― Eric Bischoff

“When I ran WCW, I obviously had a lot of control over the business, but when I was in TNA, I had no control over anything other than creative.”

― Eric Bischoff

“Which, of course, isn’t the point of writing – but it would be nice if, along with the creative satisfaction of writing and seeing my work in print, I could do more than merely scrape a living. Okay, moaning over.”

― Eric Brown

“Why my interest in writers? Well, I’m one, and many of my friends are writers. I know what it’s like to write. I’m interested in the creative process. I’m fascinated by the disparity between who we are on the outside, and what we have bubbling away inside us.”

― Eric Brown

“The rock biz is the low end of the creative world. Faces come and go so fast.”

― Eric Burdon

“Even as a footballer, I was always being creative.”

― Eric Cantona

“If you can last long enough, in success, you have to get really creative and come up with new stuff.”

― Eric McCormack

“When are programmers happy? They’re happy when they’re not underutilized – when they’re not bored – and also when they’re not overburdened with inappropriate specifications or meaningless bureaucracies. In other words, programmers are happiest when they’re working efficiently. This is a general preference in creative work.”

― Eric S. Raymond

“You have to squeeze every creative moment and be grateful.”

― Erica Durance

“In the U.S. and Europe, there has been a lot of creative hobby innovation, and that’s great.”

― Erik Hersman

“I’m really happy with everything that I’ve been fortunate enough to do and with the creative outlets I’ve been blessed to have.”

― Erin Wasson

“I’m wondering how people are so creative, and how many things were born out of and inspired by the Cube.”

― Erno Rubik

“People lie, and they always are very very creative in finding new ways to lie.”

― Errol Morris

“It is the creative and enterprising spirit of people that is indispensable. Everything else is supplemental.”

― Erwin McManus

“I have an incredible confidence in the resilience of the human spirit and the creative ability of the Holy Spirit. So, if you can get people asking the right questions, it really will start moving in the right direction.”

― Erwin McManus

“If I’m out of town and I’m in a situation where I have to be creative, it has to be hot dogs because that’s my comfort food.”

― Ester Dean

“The theater, for me, has always been a place where I’m free to be more creative, a place to sharpen my tools.”

― Ethan Hawke

“Strangely, Dante’s Divine Comedy did not produce a prose of that creative height or it did so after centuries.”

― Eugenio Montale

“Ryan Murphy’s a brilliant director to work with who’s very fun and creative.”

― Evan Peters

“I have many creative outlets. I sing, I like music, I like art, I paint, I draw. I like buying art. I read a lot, too. I love books. And I’m working on a clothing line, too.”

― Evan Ross

“A creative project is a moving target. You never end up where you start.”

― Evangeline Lilly

“It is a very frustrating thing to be the face of a creative project and yet essentially have zero creative control over that project. Essentially, you’re a pawn in the system.”

― Evangeline Lilly

“It’s very joyful to be in a productive, creative mood, but I find a lot of joy in learning and being told stories.”

― Evelyne Brochu

“For decades, as literary editor, I have followed the growth of our creative writing in English. In my Solidaridad Bookshop, half of my stock consists of Filipino books written in English and in the native languages.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“That’s always the time to quit – when you have nothing to say as an artist and creative person.”

― Fantastic Negrito

“The more time you have, you should dedicate it to do creative work.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“Any creative process comes with a level of self-analysis and self-criticism. There’s a lot of waking up in the middle of the night going, ‘Oh, I wish I had done that differently.’”

― Felicity Jones

“I had a holiday job in a kitchen, but I think we’ll draw a polite veil over that. There was nothing joyous or creative about it. And none of this helped my studies.”

― Fergus Henderson

“I cook more theoretically than I do practically. My job is creative, and in the kitchen, the biggest part of my creativity is theoretical.”

― Ferran Adria

“You have to recognize at some point that even though you have the passion and creative level to be able to do something, you might have to do a lot of prep. Sometimes you just can’t do it as quickly as you want to do it.”

― FKA twigs

“Twigs has been my nickname for years, and I guess a lot of people close to me called me Twigs, like, as a nickname. Before I even did dancing properly or anything, like, substantially creative, I was still Twigs.”

― FKA twigs

“I have creative energy in me that needs to come out one way or another, but that’s where Revamp comes in.”

― Floor Jansen

“There’s a lot of creativity in the industry, but I don’t necessarily think that the most creative DJs or producers are always the biggest ones.”

― Flume

“I’ve never been one to want to be the center of attention and be put up on stages every night. That’s just not really my personality. I’m comfortable with it now, but my real passion is being creative.”

― Flume

“I want to be creative in as many different environments as possible, whether it’s doing film scores, writing for TV ads or video games – all sorts of stuff, as long as it requires writing music.”

― Flume

“I like when my mind is being stimulated and challenged, and I’m forced to be creative.”

― Flying Lotus

“Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs did not start out wealthy, and actually added to income inequality, but we all benefit from their creative effort.”

― Foster Friess

“My undergrad degree was in graphic design, and I don’t work in that anymore, but I obviously do a lot of design and editing and Photoshopping, and the Adobe Creative Cloud is essential!”

― Franchesca Ramsey

“With ‘Decoded,’ the goal is to just keep pushing forward and challenging ourselves to tackle important subjects in creative and funny ways.”

― Franchesca Ramsey

“I realized I probably wouldn’t make another film that cuts through commercial and creative things like ‘Godfather’ or ‘Apocalypse.’”

― Francis Ford Coppola

“You think 24-7 when you’re a creative person. And I find pleasure in everything – if I’m in a flea market, I’m there on my downtime, but I’m also there searching for the collection. I don’t separate the two.”

― Francisco Costa

“Kate Moss makes you dream. She has such a passion for art and the creative process.”

― Francois Nars

“Anytime you put yourself in a creative box, it’s going to stifle you; it’s not conducive to the writing or recording process.”

― Frank Iero

“I’m in this business to be creative – I’ll even diminish it and say to be a content provider.”

― Frank Ocean

“Instagram really gives me a chance to be creative.”

― Frankie Grande

“There was always a creative impulse in me but I never felt rooted to anything.”

― Fred Ward

“Given New York City’s cultural diversity, it has always attracted creative people.”

― Fred Wilson

“That man is a creature who needs order yet yearns for change is the creative contradiction at the heart of the laws which structure his conformity and define his deviancy.”

― Freda Adler

“From a creative perspective, we’ve been very fortunate in that doing it the ‘VGHS’ way gave us unlimited freedom. Whatever we wanted to do, however we wanted to do it, we had that.”

― Freddie Wong

“We have full creative control, we have a giant audience that loves what we do, and we can make whatever we want.”

― Freddie Wong

“We are not frou-frou creative types. We have done both sides of the business and are constantly asking ourselves, ‘How are we going to pay for this?’ But the criteria is that it must fit with our world.”

― Freddie Wong

“Kickstarter has shifted from funding creative projects to funding products and videogames; the biggest funded are consumer electronics and video game projects.”

― Freddie Wong

“It’s rare to find a corporate partner who encourages true creativity, but our meetings with Lionsgate’s creative team convinced us that this is the right move for RocketJump and our millions of fans.”

― Freddie Wong

“When you get into the game you’ve got be thinking, when I get into the attacking third I’m gonna be freakin’ creative.”

― Freddy Adu

“Whatever I ended up picking or choosing was always going to be a creative outlet for me.”

― Freya Tingley

“Every man is a creative cause of what happens, a primum mobile with an original movement.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“It hinders the creative work of the mind if the intellect examines too closely the ideas as they pour in.”

― Friedrich Schiller

“I just like being versatile, giving new styles and being creative.”

― Future

“My favorite rappers are, I can’t really say. I like Kanye because he’s so creative. He’ll just do anything. I like what Kanye’s bringing to the game. Lil Wayne. I like Wayne.”

― Future

“In Atlanta, there’s no limitation to where you can take your music. You can be as creative as you want to be.”

― Future

“If you look at any creative person’s work, you can see bits and pieces of their influences. That’s what an artist does.”

― G-Eazy

“’Downtown Love.’ I made that with one of my homies in New Orleans. The story is tragic, and the song is emotional. It’s my favorite. I’m most proud of that; it’s such a creative piece.”

― G-Eazy

“I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art.”

― G. H. Hardy

“Brazilians are very creative, not only in football but in life as well.”

― Gabriel Jesus

“I feel more comfortable in a place like Brighton – a town, with one centre, one bus station, one train station. And there are so many arty, creative people, and things are less rushed, less stressed.”

― Gabrielle Aplin

“I knew I wanted to do something creative, and you don’t necessarily go to Harvard to do that. It’s not the best choice for creative writing.”

― Gabrielle Zevin

“From my years of teaching creative writing, I know that new writers take the setting for granted, as simply a place to set the action, but setting is a vital element in fiction writing and deserves serious treatment.”

― Garry Disher

“The reason I dislike talking about the creative process is that I do have a creative process that is a winner and it’s a sure thing.”

― Garth Hudson

“I think if you are creative then it’s an unstoppable thing. It just keeps coming throughout your entire life.”

― Gary Numan

“The only things standing between you and the compassionate, wise, and creative person you want to be are matters of choice. Your choice. No one can occupy your generosity except you.”

― Gary Zukav

“Shah Rukh is very talented with design, and he is extremely creative.”

― Gauri Khan

“I was an arts student. I did graphic design. Being an artist, I did a lot of paintings. I have always had that creative side to me.”

― Gauri Khan

“I want to reiterate the fact that at the core of it all, I am a designer, a creator, and as a creative person, I will choose to be limitless in the extension models of my various ideas on design.”

― Gauri Khan

“Craft is part of the creative process.”

― Gavin Bryars

“It’s really hard to go into a creative process and not think, ‘I might or might not get nominated for a Tony.’”

― Gavin Creel

“Involvement in the arts engages kids in their community, improves self-esteem, reclaims at-risk youth, and builds the creative skills that are required of a 21st century workforce.”

― Gavin Newsom

“Founders Den provides the kind of collaborative and creative atmosphere to foster new ideas not only for emerging new businesses, but government as well.”

― Gavin Newsom

“I have a very, very creative family.”

― Gemma Ward

“I minored in creative writing in college, and I’ve played with the idea of doing something more hybrid, but comics are my first love.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg are fantastic producers and showrunners, and they lead a very, very positive, fun, creative environment to work in and to work with.”

― Geoff Johns

“As the Internet of things advances, the very notion of a clear dividing line between reality and virtual reality becomes blurred, sometimes in creative ways.”

― Geoff Mulgan

“I’m the culinary and creative consultant for The Water Club.”

― Geoffrey Zakarian

“I’ve had some success at writing and directing, and I like it. It’s infinitely more creative than just acting, and I have things I want to say and do.”

― George Clooney

“The poet craves emotion, and feeds the fire that consumes him, and only under this condition is he baptized with creative power.”

― George Edward Woodberry

“The ultimate creative capacity of the brain may be, for all practical purposes, infinite.”

― George Leonard

“I’m sounding like an old fart talking about how bad advertising is today, but it’s true. Advertising sucks. Guys like me and Bob Gage and certainly Bill Bernbach and two or three other guys, we exemplified and led the creative revolution.”

― George Lois

“The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. And I really believe that. And what I try to teach young people, or anybody in any creative field, is that every idea should seemingly be outrageous.”

― George Lois

“There’s no such thing as a cautious creative.”

― George Lois

“Trends can tyrannize; trends are traps. In any creative industry, the fact that others are moving in a certain direction is always proof positive, at least to me, that a new direction is the only direction.”

― George Lois

“I’ve never been that much of a money guy. I’m more of a film guy, and most of the money I’ve made is in defense of trying to keep creative control of my movies.”

― George Lucas

“It may be tripe, but it’s my tripe – and I do urge other authors to resist encroachments on their brain-children and trust their own judgment rather than that of some zealous meddler with a diploma in creative punctuation who is just dying to get into the act.”

― George MacDonald Fraser

“Acting is all about creative ideas and sharing, so the more places those ideas come from, the better.”

― George MacKay

“For a creative writer possession of the ‘truth’ is less important than emotional sincerity.”

― George Orwell

“Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.”

― George Santayana

“I’ve had the thought that a person’s ‘artistic vision’ is really just the cumulative combination of whatever particular stances he has sincerely occupied during his creative life – even if some of those might appear contradictory.”

― George Saunders

“Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.”

― George Washington Carver

“I was allowed to wander where I could. Here is a case in which you search for your independence and allow something creative to come out of that.”

― George Woodcock

“People that I have known that have been extremely creative, people in the business, they have always been influenced by their mothers. Their mothers are the ones that created whatever it is – the urge to create.”

― Georgia Holt

“It’s funny, because I sometimes feel that I’m most creative when I’m pregnant.”

― Georgina Chapman

“A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.”

― Gerald Jampolsky

“Literature – creative literature – unconcerned with sex, is inconceivable.”

― Gertrude Stein

“I’ve only ever taken a playwriting class, but I like creative writing and writing screenplays.”

― Gia Coppola

“I knew I wanted to be creative but didn’t know how.”

― Gia Coppola

“I’m really excited for the future, and I’m a very extremely creative person.”

― Gigi Gorgeous

“Creating content on YouTube played a huge role in helping define myself, as making videos was and still is a creative outlet for me – a way to express myself.”

― Gigi Gorgeous

“I was just a very creative kid.”

― Gigi Gorgeous

“I’ve now returned to the business again because I finally realised that I really enjoy the creative process.”

― Gil Gerard

“I did an art foundation course, and I knew I wanted to do something in a creative field. And fashion just seemed like the most fun.”

― Giles Deacon

“Creative work gives you an almost indissoluble connection with people.”

― Giorgio Armani

“Why do I put myself in a position to be cast aside or not considered as I would like to? Because I am a creative mind, because I still aspire to be one.”

― Giorgio Armani

“I believe, however, that such abnormal moments can be found in everyone, and it is all the more fortunate when they occur in individuals with creative talent or with clairvoyant powers.”

― Giorgio de Chirico

“Now, the DJ becomes a star in itself because of the way he programs the songs with lows and then highs and then slowing it down. The big DJs, like Tiesto and Deadmau5 and all those guys, they are very, very creative.”

― Giorgio Moroder

“I like to stay busy. I am a workaholic, and I like to be creative.”

― Glenn Danzig

“It’s what’s missing, I think, from most music – the rebellious part. That rebelliousness is part of great rock music or great literature or any great creative stuff.”

― Glenn Danzig

“I’m fascinated with what happens to the creative output when you isolate yourself from the approval and disapproval of the people around you.”

― Glenn Gould

“Ultimately, the reason privacy is so vital is it’s the realm in which we can do all the things that are valuable as human beings. It’s the place that uniquely enables us to explore limits, to test boundaries, to engage in novel and creative ways of thinking and being.”

― Glenn Greenwald

“All creative people should be required to leave California for three months every year.”

― Gloria Swanson

“I’ve experienced a lot of creative freedom because I’m on a family label. It was nice to put out what I wanted to say and do what I wanted to do.”

― Goapele

“In my own case, I’m an artist, and I’m really interested in expanding the vocabulary of human action, and basically empowering people through interactivity. I want people to discover themselves as actors, as creative actors, by having interactive experiences.”

― Golan Levin

“Sadly, so many arts programs have been eliminated from schools due to budget constraints. These creative outlets are so very important, not only for a child’s well-being, but also for self-expression and fun.”

― Goldie Hawn

“A truly great university is a nucleus of artistic expression. It fosters creative, critical thought, and serves as a platform for civil discourse.”

― Gordon Gee

“To work with different singers gives us creative freedom because we can experiment with different sounds on every song.”

― Grace Chatto

“I hope what’s different for not only the channel ‘It’s Grace’ 2014, but for the brand overall, is I hope to continue to expand into other areas of creative content and original content. We have ‘Camp Takota’ coming out on Valentine’s Day – we’re all so pumped for it! It’s so exciting!”

― Grace Helbig

“You can only be independently creative for so long until your brain burns out.”

― Grace Helbig

“The limitations and parameters of a band is something I’ve always enjoyed: so many creative people coming together and raising the music to places we’d never get on our own.”

― Grace Potter

“Hip Hop has become real constrained. The creative juices and creative flows have been diminished.”

― Grandmaster Flash

“Do not let any record company disturb your creative flow. You are not writing for the record company. You’re writing for the public.”

― Grandmaster Flash

“There are so many ways to characterize evolutionary success. If one criterion is the number of millions of years that the species persists, we’re still just infants. We’re way too young of a species to tell if we were a creative fluke or if we have any staying power.”

― Greg Graffin

“People are doing what they can these days and looking for creative ways to sell music.”

― Greg Laswell

“When there’s a clear vision, and you’ve got the creative teams working toward that goal, each on their own, it can then come together quite elegantly at the endpoint.”

― Greg Rucka

“I’m a very creative person in general. I like to create stuff in my downtime off the court.”

― Grigor Dimitrov

“From an early age, I knew I would be unhappy if I wasn’t doing something creative.”

― Grimes

“My parents took a fairly liberal approach at raising me, always encouraging me to be creative and free-thinking.”

― GRiZ

“I’m a very improvisational cook. I sort of like to make things up as I go along. I’m quite creative in the kitchen.”

― Gugu Mbatha-Raw

“I just believe that in Atlanta, we’re creative; we got a lot of styles out here.”

― Gunna

“I came up with a lot of characters when I was growing up that were just creative outlets, and then, at one point, I came across Gus Dapperton in the back of my head when I was making music.”

― Gus Dapperton

“For me, I have trouble working with people just because I sort of have trust issues when it comes to creative endeavors.”

― Gus Dapperton

“I’m never happier than when I’m being creative, whether that’s with Coldplay or other artists. I just love being in the studio.”

― Guy Berryman

“Our biggest goal is to continue to force ourselves to always start our creative work on a white page and not take advantage of past successes and challenging ourselves.”

― Guy Laliberte

“The creative brand of Cirque du Soleil is creativity.”

― Guy Laliberte

“I have to be creative to be happy.”

― Gwen Stefani

“I’m lucky to not have a real job, to be able to express myself, be creative and be relevant.”

― Gwen Stefani

“Before, I was really passive, all I cared about was being in love with my boyfriend. I didn’t have any creative power, nothing. I don’t know that person any more.”

― Gwen Stefani

“I really like cooking according to the season. I like to get creative with what’s fresh.”

― Gwyneth Paltrow

“I’m an artist, and the need to get inside myself and be creative and be other people is a part of who I am. I don’t imagine I’ll abandon that completely.”

― Gwyneth Paltrow

“Emceeing has always been about making the most intellectual, most creative, wittiest rhyme as possible regardless of any subject. It was always about bringing the best out of yourself.”

― Gza

“We invite American companies looking to raise capital to list on the Bahrain Stock Exchange. The region has a liquidity oversupply approximating $1 trillion and this pool of capital can be tapped into by creative American companies. The next Facebook may very well get funded on the BSE.”

― Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

“Dating a creative pushes me to think outside the box.”

― Hannah Bronfman

“I found that pottering is very conducive to my creative process, so now, I find myself being incredibly creative because I’ve got such much to procrastinate with.”

― Hannah Gadsby

“Stuart Murdoch is a really special human being – really creative, but also really kind and gentle.”

― Hannah Murray

“I’m trying to do more inverts and corked-out rotations that you don’t see at the girls’ level. I want to be more creative.”

― Hannah Teter

“Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.”

― Hans Hofmann

“You can always think that we’re old and not innovative, but there is no company that can limp on for 139 years without being creative and having the genes to change.”

― Hans Vestberg

“Trans-dating is hardcore, and it’s really scary. And that’s coming from me, someone who couldn’t be dating in a more open-minded Manhattan pool of artsy boys and creative folk. Not saying it all sucks. I’m just saying it’s not easy.”

― Hari Nef

“The industry of political conflict is the biggest industry in Bosnia, and it is still not exhausted. What is needed is to replace these two industries – the industry of political conflict, the industry of human rights – with normal, creative walks of life.”

― Haris Pasovic

“Democracy cannot survive without the guidance of a creative minority.”

― Harlan Stone

“I studied writing at NYU. I graduated high school in Nashville and then went to the creative writing program, and in the first year, that’s when I wrote ‘Kids.’”

― Harmony Korine

“Analysis I take to be a scientific procedure. What I do is creative. It doesn’t spring from the same part of the mind.”

― Harold Pinter

“There’s no lack of talent out there. I suspect there is a lack of creative guidance, and that would not be solely the responsibility of a director but also a producer.”

― Harold Prince

“Producing should be a creative responsibility.”

― Harold Prince

“There are wonderful composers and librettists out there. It’s the lack of creative producers that is troubling.”

― Harold Prince

“We are often celebrating technology and codes, but we don’t really think about the creative side.”

― Harper Reed

“Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it.”

― Harriet Martineau

“Behind the ambitious, creative talent that is Hollywood lies a darker side of the entertainment industry little appreciated by the ordinary moviegoer. It’s an opaque world of film financing, revenue accretion, and minimal profit share.”

― Harry Shearer

“I’m heavily involved in the creative with choreographer Christopher Scott. I go to rehearsals with ‘Glee’ and then practice with LXD till about midnight.”

― Harry Shum, Jr.

“You have to be practical. So every time I say, if you want to write a novel you have to be practical, people get bored. They are disappointed. They are expecting a more dynamic, creative, artistic thing to say. What I want to say is: you have to be practical.”

― Haruki Murakami

“Fatigue makes fools of us all. It robs you of your skills and your judgment, and it blinds you to creative solutions. It’s the best-conditioned athlete, not the most talented, who generally wins when the going gets tough.”

― Harvey Mackay

“Hackers often describe what they do as playfully creative problem solving.”

― Heather Brooke

“All creative people want to do the unexpected.”

― Hedy Lamarr

“I don’t think I could not have been with an artist of some kind, someone creative.”

― Heidi Klum

“When you’re young, you’re fearless and more creative, more of an outsider.”

― Helmut Lang

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.”

― Henri Matisse

“I dreamed of being like Kaka, and Brazil was the home of that creative style, which the Brazilians call ginga.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“Jon M. Chu is one of the most creative, convincing humans you’ll ever meet.”

― Henry Golding

“While I’m here on this planet, I really want to create art and do creative things.”

― Henry Hopper

“The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts.”

― Henry Moore

“Everything we do is designed, whether we’re producing a magazine, a website, or a bridge. Design is really the creative invention that designs everything.”

― Henry Petroski

“I employ case studies of failure into my courses, emphasizing that they teach us much more than studies of success. It is not that success stories cannot serve as models of good design or as exemplars of creative engineering. They can do that, but they cannot teach us how close to failure they are.”

― Henry Petroski

“I wonder if it is Australia’s great distance from more populated land masses that allows its inhabitants to be left to their own devices, to be incredibly creative and, at times, to be wonderfully weird.”

― Henry Rollins

“I’m not artistic nor am I all that creative.”

― Henry Rollins

“There is a lot to say about what Bikini Kill and other ‘riot grrrl’ bands were able to achieve when they first set out. They were not some momentary, convulsive, creative spasm of independent music. There was a very real, relevant point of view being expressed.”

― Henry Rollins

“Anytime you put a challenge out there, people come up with a creative solution on the software side.”

― Henry Samueli

“What I try to do is produce an atmosphere where musicians want to invest in what they do and give to the recording. I hire those musicians who I know will play something creative and interesting.”

― Herbie Mann

“I have to have a creative role; otherwise, I simply wouldn’t come into work.”

― Hideo Kojima

“Growing up in a lower-income family, you don’t have the resources to make ends meet and you have to find creative ways to get by.”

― Hilary Swank

“The three of us just try put our heads down and stay creative. The awards truly are just cake. It’s one of those things that you never expect, but getting the head nod from either the fans or your peers, that’s the ultimate compliment.”

― Hillary Scott

“’Guava Island’ is the end result of four incredible weeks spent in Cuba with some of the most inspiring creative talents I’ve ever met.”

― Hiro Murai

“The first and most important thing you need to be creative is to relax, particularly for the actors.”

― Holly Hunter

“To me, being creative is a very fragile thing. The environment in which one can create is a very particular one, and somehow, I’ve always felt the need to be very protective of that.”

― Holly Hunter

“What can I tell you? I continue to be creative, but have only been commercially successful outside of the U.S.”

― Holly Johnson

“I am a Leo, and I love to be active and creative.”

― Howie Dorough

“Being in a studio is quite a creative and energetic process.”

― Hozier

“I know my choices will be creative so long as I follow my heart.”

― Huey Lewis

“The choices I make – they have to be creative.”

― Huey Lewis

“The choices for me now are completely creative. I know, when I’m going to make a record, it ain’t going to sell.”

― Huey Lewis

“I cling to the fantasy that I could have done something more creative. Like actually writing a script, or writing a book. But the awful truth is that I… probably can’t!”

― Hugh Grant

“There was this enormous burst of sculptural creative juice in the nineteenth century, and all that stuff is just so decorative. Even in pieces cast from a mold, you get a more sensuous, handmade, individual sense from it.”

― Hugh Hardy

“My mum and I are, in many ways, quite similar. We’re both creative, gregarious, and energetic.”

― Hugh Jackman

“Discouragement, if pursued, is the exercise of an option: to turn from creative to noncreative mental activity, to turn from what is present to what is over, to turn from that which builds to that which destroys.”

― Hugh Prather

“It’s cool how to see how my creative juices have shown themselves when they’re not being used for ‘Euphoria’ every day. I’m trying to find a new rhythm as to how I’m going to externalize my artistic energies. It’s a moment of re-formation.”

― Hunter Schafer

“Most people, from their second album on, find it much harder to be as spontaneously creative as they were with their first couple of records, and some people only have one thing that they do.”

― Ian Anderson

“I’m often asked how I write books, but I don’t think my approach is suitable for everyone. If I walked into a creative writing class, all I could say to them was ‘I tend to make it up as I go along.’ I’m not sure that’s brilliant advice.”

― Ian Rankin

“I’m irrational about all things creative, and I’m always late!”

― Iggy Azalea

“Creative people feel huge ownership of our content; we want everything to be done ourselves. But in book writing, there’s a process: editors, PR people.”

― iJustine

“I realised I had to work in something creative, but with a business and global element. And that I had to do it while I was still young and had an appetite for risk.”

― Imran Amed

“I always wanted to do creative things, but I was really interested in entrepreneurship. My family comes from a very entrepreneurial culture, so business was always something I was interested in.”

― Imran Amed

“I had long had an instinct about there being a role for me in a creative industry. Maybe I didn’t listen to that voice as much earlier on, but when it had become a deafening sound in my head I realised I had to go and explore it.”

― Imran Amed

“Elephants have the largest brains of any mammal on the face of the Earth. They are creative, altruistic and kind.”

― Ingrid Newkirk

“Being an entrepreneur means being a creative businessperson.”

― Isaac Hanson

“The most creative person is not the person who can come up with the best idea; it’s the one who can take that group of things on the table and assemble them in the greatest multiple of unique ways.”

― Isaac Hanson

“The creative treasure of Israel’s artists and writers will survive forever.”

― Isaac Herzog

“I have a lot of vintage, so my style is pretty eclectic of different time periods and styles. I would describe it as comfortable, creative, and vintage.”

― Isabel Lucas

“I gravitated towards the field of clothing design, partly because it is a creative format that is modern and optimistic.”

― Issey Miyake

“You need to be curious, competitive, creative, stubborn, self-confident, skeptical, patient and be lucky to win a Nobel.”

― Ivar Giaever

“I’d want to start being a creative director of a specific line, like Adidas, for example. If they called me up to collaborate on something, I would do it.”

― J Balvin

“For me to be creative, I have to have peace.”

― J.I.D

“I just don’t think it’s good to be around too much creative energy other than your own.”

― Jack Antonoff

“When you think about rock at its origin, and you think of the Beatles and millions of kids screaming as loud as they can and running as fast as they can towards the Beatles, there’s no one who is that kind of lightning rod, who commands that kind of power and has that kind of creative magma.”

― Jack Black

“You have to be very fast-thinking, creative, and mobile. It is key to making a business move.”

― Jack Dangermond

“I was a huge pop music fan as a kid, but the bands I was into were like 5ive and N-Sync. It was like watching a cartoon. There was so much going on, and the production was so well mixed. Stevie Wonder was able to give you those melodies and production but back it up with such creative integrity and real musicianship and artistry.”

― Jack Garratt

“Many artists and writers have used cannabis for creative stimulation – from the writers of the world’s religious masterpieces to our most irreverent satirists.”

― Jack Herer

“My parents always encouraged me to do creative stuff, to do weird stuff.”

― Jack Kilmer

“One of the most important reasons for living is to do something – live outside of yourself and put together an idea, an idea that you want to explore and then complete… Awaken your creative sensitivities!”

― Jack Palance

“I like ‘Sponge Bob’ and ‘The Last Airbender.’ I like shows where people get creative to do the impossible.”

― Jackie Evancho

“For millions of women and men around the world, the playwright Eve Ensler is a beloved figure. She represents the epitome of the politically engaged artist, someone who uses her creative brilliance to illuminate injustice and give voice to the voiceless.”

― Jackson Katz

“It seems obvious to say, but I really admire the creative sides of Steve Jobs.”

― Jacob Whitesides

“People who are living in economic struggle are more than their circumstances. They’re majestic and creative and beautiful.”

― Jacqueline Woodson

“It is only in the shadows, when some fresh wave, truly original, truly creative, breaks upon the shore, that there will be a rediscovery of the West.”

― Jacques Barzun

“I never stop being a mother and I never stop being an artist. You understand? Which is probably why my kids are so creative, because it’s not separated.”

― Jada Pinkett Smith

“I do love doing action, but if I can balance the scale by doing other kinds of films that satisfy my creative ambitions, that feels really important.”

― Jai Courtney

“I love marketing a lot, and I’m very creative when it comes to developing ideas for shows or publicity campaigns.”

― Jaime Camil

“The idea of competition, particularly in a creative atmosphere, is always there. And, if you don’t acknowledge that, you are doing yourself and the process a disservice.”

― Jake Gyllenhaal

“Many of the cognitive enhancement drugs serve to increase focus and concentration. But ‘letting your mind wander’ is very often an important part of the creative process.”

― Jamais Cascio

“Russia, France, Germany and China. They revere their writers. America is still a frontier country that almost shudders at the idea of creative expression.”

― James A. Michener

“Film shouldn’t be a pain. It’s a creative process.”

― James Bobin

“I love to do glam. But I also love a lot of creative, outside-of-the-box stuff.”

― James Charles

“The New York Quarterly is an amazing, intelligent, crazy, creative, strange, and indispensable magazine.”

― James Dickey

“Now, we don’t teach children in schools to be creative. We don’t teach them to experiment. We want them to fill in the right answer, tick the right answer in the box.”

― James Dyson

“Some of my educated Filipino friends were aspiring poets, but their aspirations were all in the direction of the United States. They had no desire to learn from the bardic tradition that continued in the barrios. Their ideal would have been to write something that would get them to Iowa, where they would study creative writing.”

― James Fenton

“There’s this creative thing in me that wants to have my work used – like the author of a book who wants it read.”

― James Goodnight

“The majority of my life is ‘Guardians,’ but being able to clean my brain a little bit by doing something totally different like ‘Belko’ was incredibly helpful to the creative process.”

― James Gunn

“So I come before you with a budget that is honest in its discussion of our challenges, creative in its possible solutions, compassionate in its commitment to our most vulnerable, and balanced on the bottom line.”

― James H. Douglas, Jr.

“I’d like to think I’m an attacking creative midfielder who can assist with goals.”

― James Maddison

“For a film to be viable, it has to survive this process of scrutiny. I think most filmmakers have obsessive-compulsive tendencies and would be completely unemployable in any other job – so it’s great to be able to channel your psychological anomalies into something productive and creative.”

― James Marsh

“Men think that not being able to wire a plug somehow makes them more creative or intellectual. It just makes them morons.”

― James May

“I can’t be a creative person if I’m a celebrity.”

― James McBride

“Spike Lee listens a lot. He’s one of the quietest creative people I’ve ever met.”

― James McBride

“I don’t see myself as necessarily a very creative person. I’m a technical guy.”

― James Murphy

“What I need in order to stay creative and centered is a certain amount of distance from the maddening crowd. You cease to be your best self if you’re running too fast.”

― James Redfield

“To me, very much of what is artistic is people’s very creative and inventive ways out of impossible situations.”

― James Taylor

“I never realized how much I cherished having creative freedom.”

― James Wan

“As creative people, we should be really conscious of being of service in our work, being as generous as we can.”

― Jami Attenberg

“There are these creative shows, all on cable, that are just so daring and out there. That’s the stuff I really want to be a part of, like with ‘Sucker Punch’ and ‘Hangover 2.’ Those movies didn’t hold back. They really went for it.”

― Jamie Chung

“I need to find a way of retaining creative control.”

― Jamie Hewlett

“We’ve gotten quite creative with our use of explosives… It’s almost like an art form, rather than just blowing crap up.”

― Jamie Hyneman

“I like to be creative and I’m lucky that I have a couple of different outlets, and I’m lucky that I get to use them.”

― Jamie Kennedy

“When I buy lots of records, I stop making music – it’s detrimental to the creative side. When I’m DJing a lot, it’s just basically partying every day.”

― Jamie xx

“Children have such vibrant minds. They need to play. They need to be creative. They need to imagine. It’s so important for their sense of self discovery. And it helps them learn problem-solving.”

― Jan Brett

“As a director, you try to find what is creative.”

― Jan de Bont

“It’s so amazing that you can give somebody like David Fincher ‘House of Cards,’ and he can do whatever he wants – Netflix doesn’t say, ‘Oh, you can’t do that,’ or, ‘We need a subplot here about this.’ It’s pretty neat that it is allowing the creatives to be creative.”

― Jane Lynch

“Being creative is my idea of heaven. I’m just incredibly fortunate that I can do it in artwork. Watercolor is what I started out with. What I love about watercolor is that a lot of happy accidents occur.”

― Jane Seymour

“Gabriel Diani has been my friend and collaborator for 14 years. He and Etta Devine are two of my favorite people and two of my favorite creative minds.”

― Janet Varney

“There is a great deal of innovation occurring in Colorado, with some of the most brilliant minds and creative startup companies in the world formulating climate-change solutions right in our backyard.”

― Jared Polis

“Success stems from the producer creating the optimal conditions for the filmmaker’s own creative process. Not from steering the filmmaker through a one-size-fits-all approach.”

― Jason Blum

“Creative destruction is gonna be the greatest thing that can happen to Manhattan.”

― Jason Calacanis

“You have to get in the limelight based on what you do, how creative you are, and not how much money you make.”

― Jason Calacanis

“Eventually, I want to be a creative producer that isn’t in things. The acting is more of a secondary thing for me now.”

― Jason Gann

“I went to school for creative writing in college, and I wound up about six hours short of my degree.”

― Jason Isbell

“The consistency – either the theme from record to record, or the band, the different musicians – it really varies. So if I get criticism, I don’t worry about that, because I’m still being creative.”

― Jason Molina

“In the creative industries, there are few things more exciting than a zinger – a thought, idea, line, plot device – anything really, that just totally works in a fundamentally new and fresh way. It’s like a uniquely lovely melody or a new taste idea in cooking. Something special, something new, something wonderful. They’re also very rare.”

― Jasper Fforde

“The DREAMers who are in my state are some of the most ambitious, creative, going to be productive businesspeople and doctors. That’s why I’m proud of being the first governor to make sure the DREAMers get access to college education.”

― Jay Inslee

“A creative writing program is only as good as its teachers, and I was fortunate in having two great writers as mentors.”

― Jay McInerney

“What drives me is to still feel creative and like I’m pushing myself as an artist.”

― JC Chasez

“My presence in California will bring a new, inspiring culinary environment to life, and I’m delighted to share my creative techniques and evolving fresh ideas with the Beverly Hills community.”

― Jean-Georges Vongerichten

“A stock certificate is not a tool, like a shovel, or a commodity, like a pound of cheese. What we sell a customer is not a share in a business, but a view of the Elysian Fields. A financier is a creative artist. Our function is to stimulate the imagination. We are poets!”

― Jean Giraudoux

“Creative industries are more important than the car industry, luxury jewels, and fashion.”

― Jean-Michel Jarre

“Creative work is incredibly difficult, and that is where the tests lie.”

― Jeanette Winterson

“Creative without strategy is called ‘art.’ Creative with strategy is called ‘advertising.’”

― Jef I. Richards

“I do think Austin is a great town for writers; we have a lot of them here. But I grew up in Austin, and so I didn’t move here because it was a creative mecca; I was just lucky to live here.”

― Jeff Abbott

“I have to go someplace where I can soak myself in a creative atmosphere.”

― Jeff Ament

“I get lost in my right brain, especially in creative things.”

― Jeff Ament

“I don’t want to use my creative energy on somebody else’s user interface.”

― Jeff Bezos

“Ballet might be too formal of a title for the type of dance I do, but I love to dance. I love to draw and paint; I do ceramics and photography. I’m interested in a lot of creative stuff.”

― Jeff Bridges

“Thank God for TNA: we’ve had the creative freedom to do what we want to do.”

― Jeff Hardy

“Whatever the difference between brilliant and average brains, we are all creative. And through practice and study we can enhance our skills and talents.”

― Jeff Hawkins

“The best thing for my creative process is a deadline.”

― Jeff MacNelly

“I was always interested in creative writing growing up. From junior high on, I was writing short stories. I also grew up watching movies. My father would take me to everything. Most weeks, I could open the paper having seen every movie listed.”

― Jeff Nichols

“My goal was, and still is, to write first, direct my own stuff whenever possible and control my own creative destiny.”

― Jeff Probst

“D’Antoni can be successful playing slow or fast because he is a bright guy who has very creative ideas.”

― Jeff Van Gundy

“I’m grateful to the creative allies behind ‘UnReal’ who are willing to stand behind disenfranchised communities of people worldwide and help to tell their stories.”

― Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

“When we’re awake, cortisol can fragment memories – one reason eyewitness crime scene accounts are so unreliable. But at night that very fragmentation allows creative recombinations of ideas.”

― Jeffrey Kluger

“I think I was affected quite a bit by musical and creative influences that go all the way back to my childhood.”

― Jeffrey Osborne

“My new toy is not knowing, because it’s very creative. I’m the guy who likes to get in the car and get lost.”

― Jeffrey Tambor

“Some musicians play blues, others classical jazz or bluegrass. I like to play political roles because I can merge my political interests with my creative interests.”

― Jeffrey Wright

“I was a journalist, but I was starving. And I’ve written fiction, but I couldn’t get a publisher. So, I was basically a very frustrated creative person working in advertising, and even there, I have a great idea that client won’t buy it.”

― Jeffrey Zeldman

“You have to be down here in the States to realize just how tightly controlled the corporate media is and how much they practise Soviet-style censorship through creative omission.”

― Jello Biafra

“Make a list of activities that keep you tethered to your creative world, and put it where you can see it every day – like, right in the center of your image board.”

― Jenna Blum

“I love the creative process, of getting to create your own show or your own movie, whatever it is you want to do, and have the resources to try and make that happen.”

― Jenna Dewan

“I’ve had some of the best craft services on independent movies, actually, because they get more creative, generally, with a smaller budget. The work is still the same. I didn’t really notice the difference other than I was getting dressed behind a curtain, basically.”

― Jennifer Beals

“Our interests are pretty boundless, as is our appetite for new creative experiences.”

― Jennifer Konner

“I was an English major in college, took a ton of creative writing courses, and was a newspaper reporter for 10 years.”

― Jennifer Weiner

“I want a space for people to feel safe and be creative. Actors want it, too. They want to feel like they’re listened to, and they’re safe to experiment.”

― Jennifer Yuh Nelson

“I realised as a teenager that I was destined for a creative life and found that fashion design was something I enjoyed and was a potentially successful career path.”

― Jenny Packham

“I just want to be able to be creative.”

― Jenny Slate

“Using creative expression as a means to a professional end makes me curl up a bit.”

― Jenny Slate

“I realize that ‘Postcards’ was like input, and ‘Ghostwriting’ was output. I had all these frustrations and feelings before I did those two projects. ‘Postcards’ was something that brought new life and creative inspiration into the record, while ‘Ghostwriting’ was relieving myself.”

― Jens Lekman

“It’s such an enormously challenging process to make any kind of television. It’s stressful and works towards getting the best out of creative people.”

― Jeph Loeb

“I am working with writers and producers to have a more proprietary relationship over shows, having more ownership and creative control.”

― Jeremy Podeswa

“Building a house is like producing a movie. There’s no right way to do it but a lot of wrong ways. You have to be flexible and creative. You have to move fast, be prepared – or it quickly becomes costly.”

― Jeremy Renner

“Godzilla. The big, green G-man has had a profound influence on my creative endeavors and imagination since I was blueberry-avoiding kid.”

― Jeremy Robinson

“I gotta be involved. I still write ads; I still run around and rally the creative people.”

― Jerry Della Femina

“The Google model of targeted advertising is appealing because it claims to cut down on waste. We need to ask how that efficiency can be brought to creative process.”

― Jerry Della Femina

“I once attended an advertising conference held at the Greenbrier Hotel in 1968. The dean of the original Mad Men, the great David Ogilvy, was the keynote speaker. The subject of his speech was the new creative revolution in advertising.”

― Jerry Della Femina

“There’s an eternal war between a creative person and the business person.”

― Jerry Della Femina

“Fashion is fun, but it’s not that important, really, is it? It’s important to have other intellectual and creative interests.”

― Jerry Hall

“Creative comedy is like growing geraniums in a mine field.”

― Jerry Stiller

“I learned I’m not a good executive, I’m an entrepreneur and I’m creative. I have to go with my gut and do what I want to do.”

― Jerry Weintraub

“If you want to be in the world I live in, which is a creative world with new ideas, then you’ve got to get away from the norm. You’ve got to go for it.”

― Jerry Weintraub

“My process is pretty messy, and there’s a lot of creative destruction in it. When I set out to write something, I’ll write some passages from it just to figure out who these characters are, how they talk. And I have a dim sense of what it’s about and where it’s going to go, but I know that’s going to change, too.”

― Jesse Andrews

“I never took creative writing.”

― Jesse Andrews

“If you’re smart enough to go to college, you should be smart and creative enough to pay for it.”

― Jesse Ventura

“It’s an incredibly supportive and friendly field. Older people want to foster and help younger people. Which is not true of all creative fields, but it is true of comics, and it is true of radio.”

― Jessica Abel

“I had always attended classes and written stories as a creative outlet because I need that, and I thought, in my previous career in a model, the way I approached that was that I believed I was telling a non-verbal story.”

― Jessica Clark

“I’m all about risque – I love that stuff. I love to be creative – that’s what the entertainment business is about.”

― Jessica Sanchez

“I’m a bat. All my greatest, creative ideas come at night. So I hardly ever sleep.”

― Jessica White

“I’m a lot more creative than people can imagine.”

― Jessica White

“I would love to write more children’s books. There is such a high standard out there for children’s books; there are really amazing writers. It is a fantastic creative outlet and such an amazing teaching tool. The thing I love about kids, too, is it is so imaginative and poetic.”

― Jewel

“You may be able to read Bernard Shaw’s plays, you may be able to quote Shakespeare or Voltaire or some new philosopher; but if you in yourself are not intelligent, if you are not creative, what is the point of this education?”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“If one has fear, there can be no initiative in the creative sense of the word. To have initiative in this sense is to do something original – to do it spontaneously, naturally, without being guided, forced, controlled. It is to do something which you love to do.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“I need to find creative diversity because if I get stuck, I get unhappy.”

― Jill Scott

“We’ve tapped into a huge demand, and it’s up to us to fulfill that demand and to be creative doing it.”

― Jim Barksdale

“If the rules of creativity are the norm for a company, creative people will be the norm.”

― Jim Gilmore

“It’s not enough to tell people to be creative; they need to know how, and what to create.”

― Jim Gilmore

“A creative mindset is in increasingly high demand: employers are vying for workers who are able to dream big and deliver big with the next must-have product. Creative thinking fuels innovation, it leads to new goods and services, creates jobs and delivers substantial economic rewards.”

― Jim Hunt

“Many in the creative professions were nerds in their pasts because they spent so long reading comics and using their imaginations when they were growing up.”

― Jim Lee

“Bob Harras’ personal and creative integrity is respected and renowned throughout the comic book industry. As an editor, he provides invaluable insight into storytelling and character.”

― Jim Lee

“Creating and producing creative work, to me, those are all happy accidents.”

― Jim Lee

“I think sometimes with new characters, you can kind of hit a creative valley, and it’s important to recognize when you’re in that valley so you can get back out and get back to that peak.”

― Jim Lee

“My wife Ciera and I can stand face-to-face in our kitchen and stare into each other’s eyes and talk for three hours without noticing that any time has passed. She is the kind of gal I spent a lifetime daydreaming about. She is an actor and a creative companion.”

― Jim Parrack

“In television, the writer-creator-showrunner is embraced as the creative mind.”

― Jim Rash

“I really don’t have a theme when I start a sculpture. The rock guides me to the final sculpture. I think that is true for many creative sculpture artists.”

― Jimmy Carl Black

“I’ve hidden behind the camera my whole life because I much, much, much prefer shooting. Being behind the camera is my safe space, and it’s my creative space, too.”

― Jimmy Chin

“I’m a creative consultant, whatever that means.”

― Jimmy Kimmel

“I’m always looking for the creative spark. Always.”

― Jimmy Page

“My career aspirations as an actor have always been driven foremost by the creative desire to be versatile.”

― Jimmy Smits

“The creative processes are so mysterious.”

― Jimmy Webb

“I used to put flyers on cars in parking lots, anything to get people to come to my shows. I was always having to think outside the box, and even to this day, I still try and come up with creative ways to market my shows.”

― Jo Koy

“With my job, I am designing spaces for families on a weekly basis, and that is where I get my creative outlet.”

― Joanna Gaines

“It’s now widely recognised that a diverse research group is usually stronger, more creative, and more robust and flexible. Such a group usually copes better in a downturn.”

― Jocelyn Bell Burnell

“We allow people to be creative. We set a direction, we set the vision, we set the strategy, but within that framework, we allow our people to be as creative as they want to be.”

― Jochen Zeitz

“I would venture to guess that the biggest reason creative types don’t produce isn’t because they don’t have vision… or talent… in most cases, it’s a lack of discipline.”

― Jocko Willink

“I’d always need a creative outlet. But sometimes, I do fantasize what my life would be like if I weren’t famous.”

― Jodie Foster

“At Airbnb, we’re trying to build a culture that supports details, celebrates them, and gives our teams creative license to pursue them.”

― Joe Gebbia

“We encourage employees to ship new features on day one, which immediately encourages them to come up with something creative and different.”

― Joe Gebbia

“They want more production and they want it cheaper. But no matter what happens, the creative idea will be perpetuated by somebody who comes up with a vision. I don’t care if there are three ceos – it takes one guy with an idea.”

― Joe Grant

“There’s a creative freedom to comics, and a fulfillment I get out of panel layouts and storytelling that is hard for me to get anywhere else.”

― Joe Madureira

“’Black film,’ unless it’s lucky enough or creative enough, or timely enough to build a life of its own, hangs subjacent to ‘white film’ on Hollywood’s financial score board… aided and abetted by the supposition that so-called black film has no foreign market.”

― Joe Morton

“For me, L.A. was, and is, a very creative place to be.”

― Joe Perry

“I’ve always had creative freedom. Instrumental rock wasn’t really a genre, but the success of ‘Surfing With the Alien’ legitimized my approach.”

― Joe Satriani

“I can be much more creative with my menus in the casino cities. In New York, there are certain things I can’t make. In Las Vegas, they’re much more receptive. Rabbit, some seafoods – they won’t necessarily do well in New York, but I’ll try them in Las Vegas, and they’ll be a success.”

― Joel Robuchon

“When everyone tells you, ‘No, no, no,’ your creative forces get a little twisted and turn into something more apocalyptic than ever.”

― Joey Jordison

“A hundred years ago, when Richard Strauss, who has already been quoted and already been heard today, and other creative people, laid the foundation stone for the joint assertion of their rights and interests, they had pioneering work ahead of them in Germany.”

― Johannes Rau

“I think I’m always writing, and I’m always working, and I’m always trying to be creative. It’s just something that I do all the time. I watch TV, and I’ll play guitar.”

― John 5

“I’ve avoided situations where I wouldn’t have creative freedom.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you’re keeping the man-child alive.”

― John Cassavetes

“With acting, you are a small part of the creative process, and sometimes it is hard to feel like you are making an impact.”

― John Cho

“The most creative people have this childlike facility to play.”

― John Cleese

“If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.”

― John Cleese

“Some actors, I think, want to feel that they are as creative as the writer. And the answer is, frankly, they’re not.”

― John Cleese

“’The Paris Review’s mandate has been the same for fifty years. First and foremost, this magazine is for writers; the editors’ task is to support and celebrate them, especially at the beginning of their careers, but also as they move forward, venturing stories that are creative, risky, new.”

― John D’Agata

“Life is entirely unthinkable without any of the creative arts, and they’re all a continuum – the force in question is creativity, not its mode of expression.”

― John Darnielle

“Football players are creative when they’re in the moment.”

― John David Washington

“Working on being creative in the TV world is endless. It never stops. It’s a challenge that never disappears.”

― John de Mol, Jr.

“I like engineering, but I love the creative input.”

― John Dykstra

“Digital imaging has untied our hands with regards to technical limitations. We no longer have to be arbiters of technology; we get to participate in the interpretation of technology into creative content.”

― John Dykstra

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

― John F. Kennedy

“Historically the director has been the key creative element in a film and we must maintain that. We must protect that, in spite of the fact that there is new technology that’s continually trying to erode that.”

― John Frankenheimer

“For me my friendship with Omar Rodriguez from Mars Volta that friendship really means a lot to me because he’s another creative person who works as hard as I do.”

― John Frusciante

“As a writer of both novels and screenplays, I can say that screenwriting is a vastly rewarding creative life – if you fight hard enough to do it on your own terms. Whether I write books or not, my screenwriting life has been creatively rewarding and remains so.”

― John Fusco

“Do what is right… do it with honesty and vigor. Be creative – that’s important. Don’t follow what other people are doing.”

― John Gokongwei

“I don’t need the bread, but it’s nice to do something creative.”

― John Goodman

“To succeed, one must be creative and persistent.”

― John H. Johnson

“I see myself as an interpretative actor rather than a creative one.”

― John Hurt

“I don’t really think of myself as a businessman at all. That’s why I have the ‘chief creative officer’ role.”

― John Lasseter

“Novelists are not equipped to make a movie, in my opinion. They make their own movie when they write: they’re casting, they’re dressing the scene, they’re working out where the energy of the scene is coming from and they’re also relying tremendously on the creative imagination of the reader.”

― John le Carre

“Like every novelist, I fantasise about film. Novelists are not equipped to make a movie, in my opinion. They make their own movie when they write: they’re casting, they’re dressing the scene, they’re working out where the energy of the scene is coming from, and they’re also relying tremendously on the creative imagination of the reader.”

― John le Carre

“Work for work’s sake doesn’t thrill me, but when I’m in the zone, I’m creative, and the expression is free.”

― John Leguizamo

“We need some creative tension; people crying out for the things they want.”

― John Lewis

“We should be creative, and we should accommodate the needs of every community to open up the democratic process. We should make it easy and accessible for every citizen to participate.”

― John Lewis

“In 1995, I proposed the Harvard Arts Medal. The idea was to celebrate the fact that, although it’s rare, Harvard men and women do go into the creative arts. Over the years we’ve had major, major figures, like Jack Lemmon, John Updike, Yo-Yo Ma, and Bonnie Raitt.”

― John Lithgow

“Free enterprise capitalism has been the most powerful creative system of social cooperation and human progress ever conceived, but its perception and its role in society have been distorted.”

― John Mackey

“Rap and spoken word have reawakened the country to poetry in itself. Texting and Twitter encourage creative uses of casual language, in ways I have celebrated widely. But we’ve fallen behind on savoring the formal layer of our language.”

― John McWhorter

“I’ve always appreciated a creative approach to action, doing things that people don’t expect, tweaking things to make them different.”

― John Morrison

“The creative autonomy in ‘Lucha Underground’ is more than I felt in WWE. There is more willingness from the creative and production team to listen to input from the wrestlers in ‘Lucha Underground.’”

― John Morrison

“I’m really in such a fortunate position to have that foundation with Hall and Oates that lets me do whatever I want. That’s the dream of a lot of creative people, and I don’t take it for granted. I try to make the most of it.”

― John Oates

“You might not think that programmers are artists, but programming is an extremely creative profession. It’s logic-based creativity.”

― John Romero

“I like forms that are flexible, that can let you feel creative.”

― John Scofield

“Is there anyone out there who is the next Steve Jobs? I think Jeff Bezos is pretty close. He is very smart. He is extremely creative. He has completely reinvented the way in which commerce is done online.”

― John Sculley

“I seem most instinctively to believe in the human value of creative writing, whether in the form of verse or fiction, as a mode of truth-telling, self-expression and homage to the twin miracles of creation and consciousness.”

― John Updike

“Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.”

― John Updike

“Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better.”

― John Updike

“The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept.”

― John W. Gardner

“One thing that I do ask myself when I’m in the creative process is, ‘Does the world need this?’”

― John Zorn

“It can no longer be an afterthought in a child’s development that the analytical side is not of equal to the creative side. That the creative side can be pushed aside and we just push the analytical side. Especially with the development of a child’s brain at the elementary levels.”

― Johnathon Schaech

“The pop industry is so well-practised at channelling young people’s creative energy that I think it gets abused.”

― Johnny Flynn

“I had to learn how to work in a studio at first because it’s a totally different creative environment to the ‘bedroom recordings’ I’d done before, where I could translate my own ideas without having to explain them to anyone.”

― Johnny Flynn

“I was a creative player, but I got some bad injuries early on and I decided that if this was a jungle we were playing in then it’s better to be a lion than a lamb.”

― Johnny Giles

“I fell in love with pastry because I felt I could be much more creative. It’s precise, and you don’t have to kill anything.”

― Johnny Iuzzini

“The inspiring thing is that people are often more experimental with their desserts than other courses. It allows me to be more creative and excite people.”

― Johnny Iuzzini

“I love being creative.”

― JoJo

“I did a guest thing on ‘My Name Is Earl,’ and there is something about being involved in a TV show that’s in the midst of its popularity that frees up the creative process.”

― Jon Favreau

“It’s always been a dream of mine to write comedy and be creative.”

― Jon Lovett

“At Shutterstock, we’ve been offering tutorials to customers and contributors on our blog for many years. Our audience already viewed us as thought leaders on the latest digital and creative skills; we felt it so natural for us to launch Skillfeed, which is an online marketplace for professional learning.”

― Jon Oringer

“When a user signs up for Skillfeed, they get unlimited access to thousands of video courses and creative and technical skills, all as a part of one inexpensive monthly subscription. Instructors from around the world can apply to have their course from Skillfeed and earn money based on how much their courses are viewed.”

― Jon Oringer

“Every creative story is different. And yet every creative story is the same: There was nothing, now there is something. It’s almost like magic.”

― Jonah Lehrer

“If you’re trying to be more creative, one of the most important things you can do is increase the volume and diversity of the information to which you are exposed.”

― Jonah Lehrer

“For me, the creative process is this giant patchwork of information.”

― Jonathan Anderson

“I want to direct, I want to be part of something creative, something with quality.”

― Jonathan Brandis

“That’s always the most productive research – research into tone, into voice. Facts are nice, too, but facts are more raw material than creative inspiration.”

― Jonathan Dee

“What I love about the creative process, and this may sound naive, but it is this idea that one day there is no idea, and no solution, but the next day there is an idea. I find that incredibly exciting and conceptually actually remarkable.”

― Jonathan Ive

“I think any person who is starting out in a creative endeavor is not going to be good at it right out of the gate.”

― Jonathan Krisel

“I come from quite a creative family; everyone’s just doing their own thing!”

― Jorja Smith

“Ah, the creative process is the same secret in science as it is in art. They are all the same absolutely.”

― Josef Albers

“Friends don’t necessarily made good business or creative partners.”

― Joseph Barbera

“Nothing convinces an artist more of the arbitrariness of the means to which he resorts to attain a goal – however permanent it may be – than the creative process itself, the process of composition.”

― Joseph Brodsky

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

― Joseph Chilton Pearce

“The most valiant thing you can do as an artist is inspire someone else to be creative.”

― Joseph Gordon-Levitt

“Well, remember that we were all members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.”

― Joseph Jarman

“Acting and making music are quite complementary. Acting relies on someone else’s writing and direction; writing music or lyrics doesn’t. But they are both creative and personal in completely different ways.”

― Josephine de La Baume

“To work with Ken Branagh was amazing; it was always a dream of mine to work with a man as creative and talented as that.”

― Josh Dallas

“When you’re doing a pilot, you’re doing it in this bubble that almost works against the creative impulse. You don’t have time to get to know the actors first, and you have three writers, as opposed to a room full of writers.”

― Josh Gad

“When I started out doing comedy, I was still in college and was working day jobs. I taught preschool for a few years. And then I got more into freelance writing. So stand-up has always been my primary independent creative mode of expression. I’ve done it my whole adult and young adult life.”

― Josh Gondelman

“At times when you’re adapting a book into a movie, you have to take certain creative liberties to bridge the gap between the two forms of media.”

― Josh Hutcherson

“When we shift back to feeling the sensations in our body and connect to what’s in front of us, the creative channel opens up.”

― Josh Pais

“My last album as J. Tillman, ‘Singing Ax,’ that was really a premeditated death rattle of the aesthetic precedent I had set. I realized I wasn’t creating spontaneously; I was enforcing all these parameters. I was too self-loathing or something, and there was this obvious dissonance between my conversational voice and creative voice.”

― Josh Tillman

“Part of being creative is not being super-duper focused.”

― Joshua Foer

“I always wanted to do something creative, but as much as I’m creative, it’s in a really hard-core, right-brained way. For me, painting doesn’t do it for me. There’s no constraint.”

― Joshua Prince-Ramus

“The world, as transformed by this creative deed, is better than it would have been had all else remained the same, but had that deed of treason not been done at all.”

― Josiah Royce

“When I was pregnant, I wanted to take some time off from acting, but I still needed a creative outlet for myself. My first two books were created during my pregnancies and after giving birth to my first child.”

― Josie Bissett

“I keep my stand-up comedy notes in a pile on my desk. I don’t organize my act. I keep myself in a state of confusion. It stresses me out, but I prefer creative chaos.”

― Joy Behar

“There is something special when creative people get together.”

― Joy Mangano

“Freewill means that the Universe never judges, never interferes with your own choices – and sees you as a being of equal creative power.”

― Joy Page

“I like creative players and players who do different things.”

― Juan Mata

“I would, however, start writing fiction about 10 years before I actually did, because it’s such great fun to do, many times more creative than nonfiction.”

― Judith Krantz

“When not deeply engaged in creative activities, or numbed out by the TV, I felt empty. My heart hurt. I often felt hollow or as if I were some sort of wispy ghost, barely existing.”

― Judith Wright

“The creative process; I enjoy thinking up the stories and situations for my books.”

― Judy Blume

“It’s good to have fantasies and creative fantasies, especially.”

― Judy Blume

“Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative.”

― Judy Gold

“Sometimes when you’re given hurdles, it makes you more creative in the end.”

― Judy Greer

“I like people with conviction, who are in control of themselves. I’m not interested in working with a designer who hires a creative director.”

― Juergen Teller

“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.”

― Julia Cameron

“Work infuses my whole life. My creative life is my real life, so it’s hard to separate.”

― Julia Leigh

“My parents always stressed finding some sort of creative outlet, so they would take me to dance classes, take me to jazz clubs.”

― Julia Stiles

“I think a lot of people study the rules too much and then don’t know how to be creative.”

― Julian Casablancas

“I think everyone has the potential to be creative, but they have to find the avenue or avenues that work for them.”

― Julian Lennon

“People are generally badly advised when they’re starting out in the creative field.”

― Julian Lennon

“I don’t think as big and as creative as Joss.”

― Julie Benz

“I don’t make money doing my podcast. I’ve learned that people want to hire creative people who are already doing something when they approach them.”

― Julie Klausner

“In order to be creative you have to be allowed to fail.”

― Julie Walters

“I love being creative. I love acting, but I also love directing because you get to have a vision for the whole and bring that vision to fruition.”

― Juliet Landau

“Arsene Wenger has not just brought success to Arsenal. He is a very creative manager, producing almost fantasy football.”

― Jupp Heynckes

“There is a clearing for new creative thought in choreography. I don’t feel intimidated; there is a lot I can do that is new or innovative or different.”

― Justin Peck

“If I get a commission, it’s like a flood of creative thought and energy.”

― Justin Peck

“In a knowledge economy, natural selection favors organizations that can most effectively harness and coordinate collective intellectual energy and creative capacity.”

― Justin Rosenstein

“I surrounded myself with a lot of different creative people and ambitious people.”

― Justine Skye

“I grew up in Arizona, but I moved to L.A. when I was 18 to model. I was doing work for American Apparel and then got cast in the Yeezus tour. Vanessa Beecroft did the creative direction, and they hired three American Apparel models and nine dancers – it wasn’t a lot of dancing; we were mostly just walking.”

― Kacy Hill

“From a person whose living depends on other people buying her creative work, this may sound odd, but one of my favorite things about the steampunk subculture is its do-it-yourself attitude.”

― Kaja Foglio

“What I love about L.A. and Washington, D.C. is that they’re almost the opposite of each other. L.A. is a very creative space while D.C. is a very cerebral space. So, they’re the ying and the yang in my world. I like them both for their own reasons.”

― Kal Penn

“Jazz is an interesting music. It’s one of the few forms of music where everyone that’s performing the music has a creative stake in the music. In jazz, everyone’s improvising, and everyone’s creating at the same time.”

― Kamasi Washington

“Kane dons the mask because he is horribly disfigured, unstable, mentally insane and crazy, so I thought it would basically look like he had escaped from an institution. Then, I get the creative for the costume, and it looked like a superhero.”

― Kane

“Why, if someone is good in one field can they not be accepted or given the slightest opportunity to express and be creative in other fields?”

― Kanye West

“I like being involved in interesting and creative things. I’d just rather be involved in creating it, rather than being in it.”

― Karen Gillan

“I was in law school at the University of Kentucky and realized I didn’t really like law school, so I took a creative writing course for something different.”

― Karen Robards

“I always try to do something different and creative with my dress sense.”

― Karishma Tanna

“If I want to, I can sign 20 films for ridiculous amounts of money, but I really want to do different kinds of cinema. I want creative satisfaction.”

― Karisma Kapoor

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”

― Karl A. Menninger

“You cannot be creative with people around you.”

― Karl Lagerfeld

“There’s no possibility that foresight work will ruin my creativity. It goes to a different area than the creative wellspring of SF.”

― Karl Schroeder

“Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“To have produced a product where I had total creative control and see it flourish is like watching a baby grow.”

― Karrueche Tran

“We are the recipients of scientific method. We can each be a creative and active part of it if we so desire.”

― Kary Mullis

“I can do a lot in 30 seconds. With Tattoo Liner I can do eyeliner, eyebrow, and, if I want to get creative, a lip look, too.”

― Kat Von D

“If no one’s doing the creative work that you want to do, do it yourself.”

― Kate Baldwin

“Across the Atlantic, in the scattered, far-flung, rural settlements of colonial America, hospitality had become a central concern, and hostesses, like peacocks displaying their iridescent plumage, tried to outdo one another with their creative food displays.”

― Kate Christensen

“I wrote my novel ‘Bitter Greens’ as the creative component of a Doctorate of Creative Arts and am now looking at the history of the Rapunzel tale as my theoretical component.”

― Kate Forsyth

“I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness. Other things being equal, I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side.”

― Katharine Butler Hathaway

“A creative person has to create. It doesn’t really matter what you create. If such a dancer wanted to go out and build the cactus gardens where he could, in Mexico, let him do that, but something that is creative has to go on.”

― Katherine Dunham

“So many dancers paint. I used to paint. I started again recently. While I was dancing, I was very busy with my career. Start something else that makes use of your creative ability because if you don’t you will die inside as a person.”

― Katherine Dunham

“In the creative community, there’s no excuse for not making a more equitable environment.”

― Kathleen Kennedy

“A successful film begins by choosing a director whose creative vision will define the choices made by everyone involved in the film.”

― Kathleen Kennedy

“Your creative life can continue to just turn inside out and evolve in ways that you can’t possibly imagine, whether or not you decide to be a parent. It doesn’t matter.”

― Kathryn Hahn

“How many artists subscribe to the notion that creative success depends on input from the fickle muse or her modern avatar, mental illness? Probably very few.”

― Kathryn Harrison

“Tim Berners-Lee, the 44-year-old English physicist who created the World Wide Web, is precisely the kind of hero that a relatively simple invention with profound social and economic consequences should lay claim to. He is not just creative but democratic, diplomatic, polite and generous with credit and praise.”

― Katie Hafner

“I’ve been using carrot tops to make pesto and broccoli stalks to make broccoli ‘rice.’ There’s no reason to throw those things away – just get creative.”

― Katie Lee

“My choice of films has never been governed by money. That is perhaps why I don’t have a very fancy bank account. I’d rather get respect and creative satisfaction through my work than just earn money.”

― Katrina Kaif

“Creativity was definitely a big part of our household, and I remember always writing stories and being encouraged to be creative.”

― Katrina Lake

“I always say I want creative control. A lot of people don’t think about that. And that’s what every artist should think of – being creative and not just a puppet.”

― Kaytranada

“Painters were also attorneys, happy storytellers of anecdote, psychologists, botanists, zoologists, archaeologists, engineers, but there were no creative painters.”

― Kazimir Malevich

“Creativity is the answer. I always prefer the creative solution to an expensive solution.”

― Keenen Ivory Wayans

“I always got good grades in creative writing from elementary school on up.”

― Keith Hernandez

“When I’m not working out, it’s important to me to express the creative, girly side of my personality.”

― Kelita Zupancic

“When a series is doing well, it’s very tempting to keep writing it, even when the creative well is drying up. It’s tempting because that’s where the money is. I’ve had to be very careful; as soon as I think I’m getting close to that dry well, I wrap the series up. I don’t want to just keep writing something because it sells.”

― Kelley Armstrong

“It never felt like we were making a ‘Star Wars’ movie. It didn’t feel like it was serious. It just felt like we were allowed to be creative and kind of goof off.”

― Kelly Marie Tran

“Complicated feelings are fertile soil for creative ideas.”

― Kelly Sue DeConnick

“Other people might buy a Rolls-Royce. I’d rather encourage people to be creative.”

― Ken Hakuta

“I have come up with very creative ideas that really didn’t work with the song I was currently composing.”

― Ken Hill

“You can’t be a creative thinker if you’re not stimulating your mind, just as you can’t be an Olympic athlete if you don’t train regularly.”

― Ken Robinson

“I went to Duke University in the medical track. And then I decided I wanted to do something more creative, so I switched to biochemistry at Nebraska.”

― Ken Wilber

“Groups break up because they never got across what they wanted to do personally, and they have creative differences, and egos start to clash.”

― Kendrick Lamar

“A creative and artistic home is what I’ve been looking for in the theatre.”

― Kenneth Branagh

“Mozart had a tremendously fertile and creative ear for a catchy tune.”

― Kenneth Branagh

“I think television goes through phases, like other creative arts, where suddenly a group of people are producing exciting work all at once.”

― Kenneth Branagh

“A lot of people think that comedy is sort of a cop out to not wrestling seriously, but I actually would argue that comedy is much more difficult than wrestling seriously because you have to be creative in almost everything that you do if you want the comedy to make sense within the realms of pro wrestling.”

― Kenny Omega

“As a creative, you have to be your truest form. You can’t worry about fitting into whatever boxes people want to put you in.”

― Kenya Barris

“Tradition can, to be sure, participate in a creation, but it can no longer be creative itself.”

― Kenzo Tange

“A lot of us who are creative and have all these great ideas just don’t have the money to do it.”

― Kerby Jean-Raymond

“Even at my biggest, I want to be writing for other artists. Even at my peak – the highest I can be as an artist – I always want to be keeping my creative juices flowing, keeping money in the bank, putting my intellectual property out there.”

― Keri Hilson

“I do not see the process of blogging as a separate thing from creating art. This is in part why I do not like to be known for being a ‘blogger,’ as this is just one form of output for creative ideas.”

― Keri Smith

“The way creative people live is different from people who don’t do anything creative.”

― Kerli

“The fun and imaginative world of Disney is always full of fairytale fantasies. A Disney damsel is creative and resourceful – especially when it comes to beauty tips and tricks!”

― Kerli

“I’ve been wanting to produce for some time because I want to have more creative control over the things that I do and not be victim to the whims of other people’s desires.”

― Kerry Washington

“When you’re bored, you get creative.”

― Kevin Abstract

“As soon as I left Georgia, my narrative became about taking risks and the fight for creative bedroom artists with no platform.”

― Kevin Abstract

“No one in my family was creative. One of my sisters went to a university, and pretty much, most of my siblings live a basic and dull lifestyle.”

― Kevin Abstract

“I’m always around creative people, and I’m trying to work on something constantly at all times.”

― Kevin Abstract

“It’s very rare that you get a director that lets you be creative and bring what you feel your character should do or should be.”

― Kevin Hart

“We all had our strengths. I focused on mine, which was kind of the business side of things and more about the touring and the creative… Nick was all about the music, and Joe was about the entertainment aspect and the music.”

― Kevin Jonas

“Nothing makes an actor feel freer and more inventive and more creative than being trusted.”

― Kevin Kline

“I moved to New York and went to art school at Parsons School of Design. Became a photographer. Became a creative consultant.”

― Kevin Kwan

“Creative Cloud is Adobe re-imagining itself amid a world of these three transformations – cloud, multiscreen and social computing – which are all happening at the same time.”

― Kevin Lynch

“With Typekit, you sign on, you pay a single subscription fee. We’re including that as part of Creative Cloud.”

― Kevin Lynch

“I’ve spent a lot of time encouraging, corralling, protecting, and sparring with creative people.”

― Kevin Reilly

“Creative content is challenging, no matter what, and animation is particularly challenging.”

― Kevin Reilly

“It’s really the rare creator who can tell you where he’s going to end the season of 22 episodes. That’s not bad. That’s part of the creative exploration.”

― Kevin Reilly

“Facebook’s campus has a lot of creative spaces: an analogue print shop, a candy store. It’s a dynamic place and one of the best environments I’ve been in, period.”

― Kevin Systrom

“Uzi is insanely good and super creative.”

― Khalid

“Lke so many depressive, creative, extremely lazy high-school students, I was saved by English class.”

― Kim Brooks

“No production of high ideological and artistic value can evolve out of a creative group whose members are not united ideologically and in which discipline and order have not been established.”

― Kim Jong Il

“I think it’s necessary to let kids get bored once in a while – that’s how they learn to be creative.”

― Kim Raver

“I worked with the best – Givenchy, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent – and it gave me an ability to be confident. It turned me into a CEO and a creative director and a brand.”

― Kimora Lee Simmons

“We’ve had to be creative to get on the ballot.”

― Kinky Friedman

“If you have somebody who’s brilliant and highly creative with a different point of view than you have, and a very different intellectual background, great things can happen.”

― Kip Thorne

“I knew that I could be more creative onstage, to state my own case and deliver my own interpretation of the role much more aggressively than in the recording studio.”

― Kiri Te Kanawa

“Coming out of a group, it’s always really fun and creative to do your own thing.”

― Kirstin Maldonado

“I love the creative process and being able to build something out of nothing.”

― Kris Jenner

“There are points in your life, especially if you have creative ambitions, where selfishness is necessary.”

― Kris Kristofferson

“I hope that I’ll keep being creative until they throw dirt on me.”

― Kris Kristofferson

“Acting is such a personal thing, which is weird because at the same time it’s not. It’s for the consumption of other people. But in terms of creative outlets and expressing yourself, it’s just the most extreme version of that that I’ve ever found. It’s like running, it’s exertion.”

― Kristen Stewart

“Typically creative people are usually not clock-slaves or list-makers, so the idea of enforcing goals and deadlines can be somewhat daunting.”

― Kristin Armstrong

“Before the day my grandmother shared her treasured letters with me, I honestly wasn’t much of a fiction reader, let alone creative writer.”

― Kristina McMorris

“What matters to me as a creative artist is the credibility of the production house, the honesty in the script, and the way the filmmaker has conceived the characters in the narrative.”

― Kriti Kharbanda

“I am very interested in behind the scenes, and I am very creative.”

― Krystle D’Souza

“I would love to be a creative offensive consultant where I could help design and help create plays and ways to attack other teams without having the coaching schedule.”

― Kurt Warner

“Sometimes, moms have to be creative to get their babies to eat healthy.”

― Kym Whitley

“I think the arts are absolutely necessary for children to be creative and express themselves because every child is different.”

― Kym Whitley

“My experiences in the military, the private sector, and as a congressional staffer were at times almost enough to drive me crazy. Writing offered the all-too-often-cited creative outlet.”

― L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

“I think what it really is, is that I date creative people. And I think that what intimidates them is not my purse; it’s my mind.”

― Lady Gaga

“I wanted to get a job being creative, and I did.”

― Lady Gaga

“I’ve taken a number of creative leaps, and some of them worked, and some of them didn’t, but I don’t regret any of them because you can’t possibly get to the ones that work without the ones that don’t.”

― Laeta Kalogridis

“I’m very proud of my records, but my most natural creative tendencies have been in live performing. There’s a beautiful element to recording and making records, but I’ve always felt a little shy with it.”

― Langhorne Slim

“Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.”

― Lao Tzu

“I’m a freestyle creative entrepreneur. Not a businessman. I like to create ventures in which creativity stands at the centre.”

― Lapo Elkann

“I’m a very creative person, but that side of me was suppressed because I was academic. I was depressed at school, and I didn’t know why.”

― Lapsley

“It does seem to produce more creative results when there are limitations. It’s like in wartime with rations – people became more inventive with cooking.”

― Laura Fraser

“I look at the film as an opportunity to see some bountifully creative minds do something that I could not do – tell the story with images. I can’t wait to see what they do.”

― Laura Hillenbrand

“Art indeed is a term referring to the social source and to the social utility of creative acts.”

― Laura Riding

“I do not work well when I am in living in a cyclone of panic. I reject actively seeking out destabilization and suffering as a creative model.”

― Laura van den Berg

“I was the family alien. Both my parents are quite creative, but I was… appalling… always putting on little shows. I was rather a shy child, not a natural performer, but there was a performative edge to everything I did.”

― Laura Wade

“Like most creative people I don’t fit well into boxes.”

― Laurell K. Hamilton

“When we auditioned for ‘The X Factor,’ we were five individuals going into the show. That obviously means we are five solo artists in our beings, so we have our own creative ideas, of what sounds the best music-wise, because we are all artists.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“As an artist, I don’t care about where we are in the charts and all that. The important thing to me is to connect with a creative project.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“I’ve come to see the mosh pit as an apt description of American society – and of my childhood home. I was number nine of ten creative, mostly loud kids competing for airspace.”

― Laurie Helgoe

“Choreography is amazing. I’m still a dancer, yet I transitioned into choreography then as a Creative Director. All of these creative elements are brought out of being a dancer. Directing is something that comes out of understanding movement and choreography. Directing movement is directing a dance piece.”

― Laurieann Gibson

“A choreographer deals with the movement that you create, and with a creative director it’s about the story, the stage, the lighting, the costuming, executing someone’s idea, choosing how far to go or how little to go, and blending it so that you feel it, you’re emotionally effected.”

― Laurieann Gibson

“With Lady Gaga I really stretched myself as a creative director, and because I was with this artist from before she got signed I was able to really take control of the opportunity and execute as a creative director.”

― Laurieann Gibson

“’Born This Way’ is shaping up to be creative ecstasy.”

― Laurieann Gibson

“Everybody in L.A. is a songwriter, producer, actor, creative. For some reason, you’re supposed to go to a bar and all hang out and act like you like each other. There is a lot of fake stuff that goes on.”

― Lauv

“To achieve lasting literature, fictional or factual, a writer needs perceptive vision, absorptive capacity, and creative strength.”

― Lawrence Clark Powell

“Because over and over again, the times that I’ve done really good things is because I’ve had a wonderful client of some kind, and a lot of it depended on me to induce them to be creative.”

― Lawrence Halprin

“The war, as I felt it and a lot of my compatriots felt it, was a creative act.”

― Lawrence Halprin

“While the creative works from the 16th century can still be accessed and used by others, the data in some software programs from the 1990s is already inaccessible.”

― Lawrence Lessig

“Now that copyrights can be just about a century long, the inability to know what is protected and what is not protected becomes a huge and obvious burden on the creative process.”

― Lawrence Lessig

“I have never been an innovator, a creative genius.”

― Lawrence Welk

“I was in Austin on 9/11, and there were no flights, so I couldn’t get to New York to cover the story, so I had to find more creative ways.”

― Lawrence Wright

“Running a business is incredibly hard, especially as a creative person, because you’re extricated from the creative very quickly, and that is really hard. Obviously, I have experienced that first hand.”

― Leandra Medine

“Creative non-fiction is such a liberating genre because it allows the non-fiction writer, whether he or she be journalist or essayist, to use all of the techniques of the fiction writer and all of the ideas, creative approaches, that fiction writers get a chance to use, but they have to use it in a true story.”

― Lee Gutkind

“The challenge in fiction is to write a terrific story. The challenge in journalism is to communicate solid, objective information. The challenge in creative non-fiction is to do it both and to do it well.”

― Lee Gutkind

“We can always find creative ways to do things.”

― Leigh Steinberg

“I went to an amazing school in Brooklyn called St. Anne’s that’s a really kind of creative hot bed.”

― Lena Dunham

“I have learned to respect ideas, wherever they come from. Often they come from clients. Account executives often have big creative ideas, regardless of what some writers think.”

― Leo Burnett

“When I started writing, I just wanted to do something different and creative. I first thought neo-soul was a good pathway for me, so I tried that out but realized I didn’t want to be placed in that box.”

― Leon Bridges

“The end of the Nineties was an unhappy Primus camp. I hit a creative stagnation that wasn’t helping us forward, and the personal elements, it just was time to stop.”

― Les Claypool

“For me to do a project – I have a pretty successful solo career, so – for me to even want to do Primus, it had to be a creative step forward.”

― Les Claypool

“The more life you have, the more it’s in your pores, the more able you are to be creative as an artist.”

― Lesley Manville

“I do like arranging things. I like order. I basically like all these things that are the opposite of what people associate with the wild, passionate creative temperament.”

― Leslie Jamison

“All of the First Ladies were good, creative and strong. I’ve always said they should be paid.”

― Letitia Baldrige

“Arranging an official dinner in an embassy is a little like writing a script for a play. The prolog is the guest list, often the most difficult part of the whole creative operation.”

― Letitia Baldrige

“I don’t come from a creative background. I don’t know anyone in my family who is a musician or actor or singer. It’s a lot of teachers, lawyers. Professional stuff like that.”

― Letitia Wright

“I often speak publicly, and when I do, I also get to listen to other presenters. The most memorable are the ones that hit an emotional chord with a tight story and a punch line. No fluff. Keep it creative and concise. Greatness exists in quality, not quantity.”

― Lewis Howes

“The need to make music, and to listen to it, is universally expressed by human beings. I cannot imagine, even in our most primitive times, the emergence of talented painters to make cave paintings without there having been, near at hand, equally creative people making song. It is, like speech, a dominant aspect of human biology.”

― Lewis Thomas

“I think we Chinese are just as capable, as diligent, as hardworking, as peace-loving, and as creative as people everywhere.”

― Li Lu

“I want people to continue to be creative and to value creativity.”

― Lil B

“I feel like I’m a creative, and I want to take advantage of that.”

― Lil Peep

“They let me do my diploma from home, but I always knew I was destined to do something creative, so I didn’t care.”

― Lil Peep

“I’m always creative.”

― Lil Wayne

“I just wanted to be creative, so I did photography, and that led me ultimately to music.”

― Lil Xan

“When it’s working, what acting is really about is getting into the essence of a moment in a creative, joyous way – through whatever frees you up.”

― Lili Taylor

“My creative process is a bit manic at times, to be honest. I wake up Monday and Thursday stressed because I don’t have a video. I usually – with the exception of maybe a handful of videos – wake up, write the video, shoot the video, edit the video, release the video all in the same day.”

― Lilly Singh

“I believe in the producers at Constantin, and I know that they have a really good taste level when it comes to the creative side.”

― Lily Collins

“I’m not that knowledgeable with the guitar – I just find ways that are pretty creative, but it’s all within the framework and the limitations of what I can do.”

― Lindsey Buckingham

“As a kid, I was creative and unique, and I’ve had that my whole life.”

― Lindsey Stirling

“I think being creative is incredibly difficult and painful.”

― Lisa Hanawalt

“An almost indispensable skill for any creative person is the ability to pose the right questions. Creative people identify promising, exciting, and, most important, accessible routes to progress – and eventually formulate the questions correctly.”

― Lisa Randall

“One of the perks of being a ‘New Yorker’ cartoonist is that you get to hang around with interesting people. My fellow cartoonists are all interesting, and all highly creative.”

― Liza Donnelly

“I think in order to keep America great, we have to keep America creative.”

― LL Cool J

“I believe that independent film making is the last frontier of creative expression available. So I’m always willing to lend a helping hand to a young film maker who’s just getting into the business.”

― Lloyd Kaufman

“Globalisation will make our societies more creative and prosperous, but also more vulnerable.”

― Lord Robertson

“I love being creative in all forms.”

― Loretta Swit

“It was part of being a girl in the ’60s that you were creative.”

― Lorrie Moore

“For the next three plus years, I really was not in creative shape. That part of my brain was not functioning.”

― Lou Gramm

“I was a product of Andy Warhol’s Factory. All I did was sit there and observe these incredibly talented and creative people who were continually making art, and it was impossible not to be affected by that.”

― Lou Reed

“I like to work; I like to be creative. I work in the entertainment industry where work may come up, and it may not, so I wanted to do something proactive. I’ve got a brain; I don’t want to just sit at home – I want to do as much as I can.”

― Louise Nurding

“I believe intellect is needed in order to develop any creative output and that intellect alone is not enough!”

― Louise Wilson

“I still believe that education is about provoking some kind of original, creative thought.”

― Louise Wilson

“Education is the basis of creative thought: the ability to go beyond asking why to why not.”

― Lubna Olayan

“My sisters were going out with artists and poets, and eventually it was the creative world which attracted me.”

― Luc Ferrari

“The concept of muse is alien to me. To speak of a muse implies there is a couple in which one person is the objectified passive element – there to help the creative, active, often male part of the duo to create. A muse is very passive. Who wants a muse? I don’t want a muse.”

― Luca Guadagnino

“I called it ‘Historian’ because I feel like most of my creative efforts are efforts to capture something or to document it.”

― Lucy Dacus

“I always wrote songs. Elementary school, middle school. It didn’t feel more creative than speaking. It was just normal to do that.”

― Lucy Dacus

“Globalisation means that for a high-wage, developed economy like Britain’s to compete we need to focus our efforts on the highly skilled, added-value sectors such as advanced manufacturing, creative industries, engineering and even financial services.”

― Lucy Powell

“The creative process of composing music has always fascinated me.”

― Ludovico Einaudi

“We do not evaluate the result but the starting point of the creative process. Precisely, this shows whether the form was discovered by starting from life, or for its own sake. That is why I consider the creative process so essential. Life for us is the decisive factor.”

― Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“I admire people who are creative.”

― Luise Rainer

“To come to grips with creativity, I must ask creative, adventurous questions – the kind which, in all likelihood, cannot be answered.”

― Lukas Foss

“The creative act is like writing a letter. A letter is a project; you don’t sit down to write a letter unless you know what you want to say and to whom you want to say it.”

― Lukas Foss

“The best way to investigate the elusive phenomenon called the creative process may well be to target all the misconceptions, to explain what the creative process is not.”

― Lukas Foss

“Since age seven, I’ve been composing and have never stopped composing, yet, the creative process is as elusive to me as it has ever been.”

― Lukas Foss

“Most artists have experienced the creative block. We get stuck in our work. We beat our head against the wall: nothing. Sometimes, it is because we are trying something at the wrong time.”

― Lukas Foss

“What I’ve learned is that the clearer the creative vision, the clearer the idea for the show, the easier it is to rally your partners around what you’re doing.”

― Luke Roberts

“London is full of creative people – you can never say that it’s not.”

― Luke Treadaway

“If you’re doing creative work, that work should never feel trivial – even if what you’re doing is for hire or lightly intended. Even the mundane doesn’t have to be trivial.”

― Lydia Millet

“The creative process taps into our deepest subconscious, and we are each of us sex-crazed – products of a shame-based Judeo-Christian culture that has irrevocably warped us all to varying degrees.”

― Lynn Coady

“I think Andrew Stanton is such an amazing, creative mind.”

― Lynn Collins

“Every role that you accept makes you grow in some way. It’s part of the creative process.”

― Lynn Collins

“I’ve never had an issue with studios. I believe in them as true creative partners in the process.”

― M. Night Shyamalan

“Being a creative person, I want to feel the highs and the lows.”

― Mabel

“Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.”

― Madame de Stael

“My first introduction to television, and really just the business in general, was working with David Lynch, with his incredibly open, creative mind that was not following any rules. I didn’t know it, because I hadn’t been in the business.”

― Madchen Amick

“My first introduction to television, and really just the business in general, was working with David Lynch, with his incredibly open, creative mind that was not following any rules.”

― Madchen Amick

“Music is obviously our No. 1, always. But it’s so fun to venture out to another creative outlet.”

― Maddie Marlow

“Netflix gives a lot of creative and artistic freedom to its actors and to its production team and whatnot.”

― Madeline Brewer

“If I see something new, I’d be like, ‘Ooh, I want to do that.’ The hunger to learn and do better never goes. Your mind is always working. You want to do so many creative things.”

― Madhuri Dixit

“There’s a child within me. Everything is fascinating. The hunger to learn, do better and more creative things never goes.”

― Madhuri Dixit

“With everything I do, I’m 100 percent involved. I don’t really let anyone just take over and hear what’s going to go on. I like to have full creative control, pretty much, and really be involved with everything.”

― Madison Beer

“I reached a place where I wanted to make more music, but I didn’t know what I wanted. So I stopped labeling music by genre and just got into a studio to be creative. Now I write whatever feels instinctive.”

― Maggie Rogers

“I started off in journalism 16 years ago in Stockholm, and I wrote for a few different publications for many years. I’ve also worked in advertising as a copywriter and creative director, but I changed it for architecture at 25 years old.”

― Magnus Larsson

“America is the most creative country and the most powerful government in the world.”

― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“Managers are the most creative people in the world.”

― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“I was going to try to get into the creative writing program at Berkeley; it’s just that the acting thing worked out.”

― Mahershala Ali

“I do believe that there are creative chakras or different sorts of energy centers.”

― Mahershala Ali

“I want to be known internationally as one of the most creative real estate developers in low-income communities. I want to be known as someone who actually promotes economic diversity and does a great job.”

― Majora Carter

“I really like Los Angeles – I had a good life out there. But the reason I choose to live in New York is because when I’m between engagements, as they say, something creative always comes up for me, like ‘Julian Po,’ or helping teach at NYU, or helping stage a show at Juilliard.”

― Malcolm Gets

“I always said punk was an attitude. It was never about having a Mohican haircut or wearing a ripped T-shirt. It was all about destruction, and the creative potential within that.”

― Malcolm Mclaren

“I do love doing films; I love going out and creating different characters for each film, and not having to be stuck with one role for many, many years. It’s a creative liberty that I love.”

― Malin Akerman

“Teenagers are some of the most passionate, dynamic and creative people I know. Yet, too often, this creative spark is left to flicker precariously and sometimes fade entirely.”

― Malorie Blackman

“I would like to use stories as a springboard for children to make their own creative responses. I would like to encourage them to express themselves using music, art, film or whatever, and upload it to a website having been inspired by particular stories.”

― Malorie Blackman

“What I wanted to do was use literature and different kinds of stories and poems as a springboard, tapping into the creativity of our teens – I wanted teenagers to come up with their own creative responses to literature – using books themselves as a starting point.”

― Malorie Blackman

“I feel like I’ve been the star of my own show for a while now. I was always putting on shows as a kid, and obviously, my household was really creative.”

― Mamie Gummer

“I liked school. I was creative and artistic and fit into most groups.”

― Mandy Ingber

“I like working with creative people who are receptive to new ideas, who want to do things that are different, who want to create films of a different mould.”

― Manisha Koirala

“Creative people are more emotionally charged, so I am a super sensitive person.”

― Manisha Koirala

“I’ve always liked technical, creative central midfielders with the capacity to score goals, such as David Silva, Samir Nasri, and Santi Cazorla.”

― Manuel Pellegrini

“I think the older I get the more creative I get, I don’t have the distractions that I had when I was younger.”

― Marc Almond

“I like to be in locations that I kind of feel are very creative, that stimulate me in a creative process.”

― Marc Benioff

“Design is a series of creative choices – it’s a collaborative effort, an evolutionary process. You choose your fabrics depending upon what you want to say, then you work with mills to get those fabrics. Through the process, you realize what you want it to be.”

― Marc Jacobs

“We don’t design by calculator or by demographics or anything like that. We really are a group of creative, sensitive people. We have our charmed little world where we get to make things. We’re really lucky.”

― Marc Jacobs

“As far back as I can remember, I had an interest in fashion. I used to go to sleepaway camp, and they’d provide a list of things that you had to bring, and I always wanted to be a bit more creative than the list allowed. Like, if they required chinos, I wanted to hand-paint them.”

― Marc Jacobs

“I have creative ADD.”

― Marc Platt

“I always believe that a good story will find its audience and that it will attract different kinds of elements of creative people who will make it more compelling.”

― Marc Platt

“I do love being amongst creative people and facilitating that and being inspired by people. I get very bored with just competence and require inspiration all around me.”

― Marc Platt

“One of my life philosophies is that you have a choice to make when you’re doing something creative. You can be cheesy… or you can be lame.”

― Marc Webb

“I shy away from the word ‘creation.’ In the ordinary, social meaning of the word – well, it’s very nice, but fundamentally, I don’t believe in the creative function of the artist. He’s a man like any other.”

― Marcel Duchamp

“I can play in any position in the attacking zone, but I don’t like to stick to the wing, for instance. I need to have freedom to move throughout the attacking and creative zone.”

― Marco Asensio

“Creative directors can be egocentric, they say. I decide; they shout at people and harass. I don’t want that.”

― Marco Bizzarri

“I wanted to have a creative director crazy enough to say, ‘Sure, I’ll do a collection in five days.’”

― Marco Bizzarri

“Criticism is part of the creative man’s journey, and I appreciate it.”

― Marcus Samuelsson

“The songs will come as they come, and I’m excited because I haven’t gotten to be really creative in a while. I’m excited to get back and do what I do and just write a song.”

― Maren Morris

“Creative genius is a divinely bestowed gift which is the coronation of the few.”

― Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

“British innovation in design, in the creative arts, in engineering and manufacturing is world class.”

― Margaret Heffernan

“I worked as a writer, lead designer, and creative director in the game industry.”

― Margaret Stohl

“As much as I’d only like to concentrate on the creative side of acting, the whole business in general is just that – a business – and you have to do your homework if you want to be successful.”

― Margot Robbie

“My aunt made stuff; my mom was creative, so I was surrounded by that. When I moved to England, it was ’75, and everything was happening. My whole teenage life is England, glam rock and David Bowie and Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop, all that stuff.”

― Maria Cornejo

“The chief symptom of adolescence is a state of expectation, a tendency towards creative work, and a need for the strengthening of self-confidence. Suddenly, the child becomes very sensitive to the rudeness and humiliations which he had previously suffered with patient indifference.”

― Maria Montessori

“I’m alive today, I’m well, I’m working, I’m still creative. What more can I say, really?”

― Marianne Faithfull

“Nature is infinitely creative. It is always producing the possibility of new beginnings.”

― Marianne Williamson

“I wonder what it means about American literary culture and its transmission when I consider the number of American poets who earn their living teaching creative writing in universities. I’ve ended up doing that myself.”

― Marilyn Hacker

“The phenomenon of university creative writing programs doesn’t exist in France. The whole idea is regarded as a novelty, or an oddity.”

― Marilyn Hacker

“Given the devaluation of literature and of the study of foreign languages per se in the United States, as well as the preponderance of theory over text in graduate literature studies, creative writing programs keep literature courses populated.”

― Marilyn Hacker

“I’m my most creative between 3 and 5 a.m. That’s the way I’ve always been.”

― Marilyn Manson

“Success can be destructive to the creative process. I say it all the time: success is as dangerous as total failure.”

― Marilyn Minter

“Like any creative human being, I would like a bit more control so that it would be a little easier for me when the director says, ‘One tear, right now,’ that one tear would pop out.”

― Marilyn Monroe

“I was always very creative. I was always into acting and dancing when I was younger.”

― Marina and the Diamonds

“When I came out to Hollywood, I discovered the perfect place for my creative madness – Cannon Pictures.”

― Mario Van Peebles

“Michael Fassbender is just a creative force: he finds authenticity in singularity with what he brings, and it’s always authentic. He doesn’t try to be creative and different for the sake of it.”

― Marion Cotillard

“Politics itself is so unsexy, isn’t it? But when the politics in creative works are really explored – not used as a vehicle – the results can be really interesting.”

― Marisa Tomei

“Mophonics is kind of a creative home for me.”

― Mark Foster

“’Creative Commons’ is the self-congratulatory name of a self-congratulatory movement. Somewhat like kibbutz on the Internet, the idea is to write programs – ‘free ware’ – and distribute them without charge.”

― Mark Helprin

“Attacking football is what I want to watch as a manager; it’s what I want from my teams. It’s easier to be destructive and get people behind the ball than to be constructive and creative.”

― Mark Hughes

“When I travel, I connect with creative people in all different fields and disciplines. It’s sort of just to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s going on. I think that’s important.”

― Mark Parker

“The real magic is in making the intangible idea, the creative impulse, manifest and live in our reality.”

― Mark Ryan

“Chaos can be incredibly creative.”

― Mark Rylance

“Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments.”

― Mark Strand

“If you come into any creative project without questions, you’re gonna bore yourself, and it’ll show on the page.”

― Mark Waid

“One of the things that we’re trying to do with Creative Labs and all our experiences is explore things that aren’t all tied to Facebook identity. Some things will be, but not everything will have to be, because there are some sets of experiences that are just better with other identities.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“With the creative stuff, I have highs of being very productive and lows of being not productive. I have that in my moods as well.”

― Markus Persson

“Steam is not really leading the PC in any creative way, but it certainly has proved that the PC is a viable commercial platform by having a product that is amazingly easy to use for the end user, to the point where it’s easier to buy a game on Steam than it is to pirate it.”

― Markus Persson

“I think writing gives me creative freedom.”

― Marley Dias

“In creative writing, I teach that characters arise out of our need for them.”

― Marlon James

“Mentorship is important for everybody, but it can come in a variety of forms. It can come from your boss or another colleague who may be more of a peer, or someone who reports into you if they have a lot of experience or creative experience.”

― Marne Levine

“Technology is characterized by constant change, rapid innovation, creative destruction, and revolutionary products.”

― Marsha Blackburn

“Our creative communities in Nashville, in L.A. and New York, and in Austin, those are communities you want to see stay viable.”

― Marsha Blackburn

“I worshipped Berry Gordy for the creative dreams he had made come true.”

― Martha Reeves

“Everywhere I go, I always look for creative entrepreneurs, whether it’s artisans and craftsmen, small farmers and gardeners, or restaurateurs who use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. I admire the courage and self-reliance it takes to start your own business and make it succeed.”

― Martha Stewart

“American Made is not just an event. It’s a movement to spotlight and support the next generation of creative entrepreneurs who are turning their passion for making into thriving small businesses.”

― Martha Stewart

“Everywhere I go, I always look for creative entrepreneurs, whether it’s artisans and craftsmen, small farmers and gardeners, or restaurateurs who use fresh, locally sourced ingredients.”

― Martha Stewart

“’Just’ writing is every bit as important as any other creative part of a film.”

― Marti Noxon

“That’s the very definition of freedom: to be allowed to develop our own creative potential to the fullest. But it doesn’t have to be in the arts, obviously. In my case, I gravitated toward the arts.”

― Martin Donovan

“You make one solo album, and some people swear you’re about to leave the band or there are creative differences.”

― Martin Gore

“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Any film, or to me any creative endeavour, no matter who you’re working with, is, in many cases, a wonderful experience.”

― Martin Scorsese

“Almost everything has been stolen from us by the patriarchy. Our creativity has been stolen, our creative energies, our religion. I want it back.”

― Mary Daly

“I’m a complete deviant. All creative work breaks new ground.”

― Mary Daly

“It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God.”

― Mary Daly

“Think of Virginia Woolf, ‘A Room of One’s Own’ – that’s what women have always needed under patriarchy and can’t be creative without. They took away my classroom and my status to teach, and now they have taken away my office, and all of it is giving the message that Virginia Woolf and I are losing what I call ‘womenspace.’”

― Mary Daly

“As well as being a creative genius, Vidal Sassoon was a formative figure of the Sixties. Along with the Pill and the mini-skirt, his influence was truly liberating.”

― Mary Quant

“Will Forte is such a nice, extraordinarily creative human being. Utterly fearless.”

― Mary Steenburgen

“As a director, I get to have a much broader creative expression than as an actress.”

― Mary Stuart Masterson

“There’s a creative vibe at U.C.B., and to maintain it, we can’t pay people. If you pay, then you have to assign worth to shows, and then people will resent that.”

― Matt Besser

“A surprising number of teens I meet in rougher schools around the country find refuge in novels and creative writing. It’s not always the usual suspects either, the high achievers.”

― Matt de la Pena

“’The Simpsons’ obviously is a huge success, and Fox has nothing to do with its success, with its creative success, and as a result they don’t really like the show. They don’t like ‘The Simpsons’ at Fox.”

― Matt Groening

“You don’t have to be a creative maverick to have a troubled mind. You just have to be human. There is no ‘us’ and ‘them.’ No one is one hundred per cent healthy, physically or mentally.”

― Matt Haig

“To say that creative writing courses are all useless is almost as silly as saying all editors are useless. Writers of all levels can benefit from other instructive voices.”

― Matt Haig

“I feel, as I get older and now a father, I try to be a little more conscious of the things I would say and do. I try to be more creative as opposed to using a cheap word, cursing, or something vulgar to get a reaction.”

― Matt Hardy

“I really want to be creative. I want to innovate. I want to be innovative, and I want to do things that are different.”

― Matt Hardy

“To have the canvas of something like an Impact Wrestling, something that had TV and be able to be a creative input guy and come up with stuff, I would love to, and I would be up for that challenge.”

― Matt Hardy

“Voice acting is very creative, especially ‘Star Wars’ voice acting, because there’s so much you have to imagine.”

― Matt Lanter

“It’s the business of movies, it’s the fights that go along with the level of budget, and more than anything, it’s the creative constipation of having to live with one idea for two or three years. It’s just not that fun.”

― Matt Stone

“To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive.”

― Matthew Arnold

“Music is a really great creative tool for me, for different roles.”

― Matthew McConaughey

“Up until the final decade of the nineteenth century, the United States and the United Kingdom did not recognize copyright in each other’s creative works.”

― Matthew Pearl

“I love art in general – architecture, anything creative.”

― Matthew Ramsey

“I’m very supportive of creative people being paid for the work that they do.”

― Matthew Weiner

“A lot of companies talk about letting creative lead, but Chanel actually does let it lead.”

― Maureen Chiquet

“I think the ’70s was a much healthier period for music because people were more innovative and creative.”

― Maurice White

“Some of the brightest, most creative minds have been touched by mental illness.”

― Mauro Ranallo

“I am a bit of a dynamic personality and have the ability to use my vocabulary in some creative ways.”

― Mauro Ranallo

“Art is creative for the sake of realization, not for amusement… for transfiguration, not for the sake of play.”

― Max Beckmann

“On ‘Catfish,’ I’m a co-host and onscreen cameraman, maybe the second onscreen cameraman after Wes Bentley’s turn in ‘American Beauty,’ which is funny and ironic. But before that, I’d been doing a lot of creative nonfiction.”

― Max Joseph

“It is well to be alone. It fertilizes the creative impulse.”

― Max Nordau

“Reminding myself that listening is just as important a creative act as thinking is key for me.”

― Maya Hawke

“I always knew that I wanted to be creative, that I wanted to create something.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“In high school, I wanted to be an actress. Until I got to college and took some creative writing courses. Then I decided I wanted to become a novelist.”

― Meg Cabot

“I get deep into the creative aspect, and Nick is the people person.”

― Megan Mullally

“I love getting into people’s brains and understanding the creative impetus for something.”

― Meghan Markle

“TV is the place for writers to live. This is where you have creative control and you’re constantly writing. ‘Twilight’ had almost a TV schedule to it. I was constantly working on these projects. There was not a whole lot of lull but I’ve gone onto other feature projects that’s like, ‘Okay, I’ll get back to you on notes.’”

― Melissa Rosenberg

“I’ve got more creative control when I do music.”

― Method Man

“Coming up, a lot of people I looked up to had a signature sound, but I came up, and I was always in search of one, trying to find it, trying to create one. I was never really able to have a creative signature sound, you know?”

― Metro Boomin

“Working with Thug and working with Future feels the same. They don’t sound like each other, but their creative process and their level of talent is the same. Anybody who knows both of them would agree.”

― Metro Boomin

“As a teenager I was very anxious. I had a lot of energy and passion that I wanted to channel into creative things, and I always felt like I wasn’t achieving enough.”

― Mia Wasikowska

“I think it’s really important for actors to have another creative outlet, or for anyone, really.”

― Mia Wasikowska

“Music video directors, who conceive, write and direct these works, enjoy no creative rights, receive no ongoing financial benefit from the sale of our work, and many times are not even credited.”

― Michael Apted

“I came to the realization that I can also satisfy my creative side by giving somebody else a chance. I don’t have to be in front of the camera for every project.”

― Michael B. Jordan

“I wanted to start creating opportunities for actors out there that weren’t so cut-and-dried… My ultimate goal with Outlier is to give these young creatives and young creative hustlers the opportunity to leave their fingerprint on the world.”

― Michael B. Jordan

“I want people to think I’m a creative genius.”

― Michael Connelly

“My whole reputation and creative thought as a novelist is really wrapped around Harry Bosch, so he’s near and dear.”

― Michael Connelly

“I don’t put a lot of description in the books because I write books the way I like to read them, and that is I like to build images and be a creative reader, and so I write that way.”

― Michael Connelly

“The necessary transformation of which I speak and of which my presidency will be a part is built on turning creative possibilities into live realities for all our people.”

― Michael D. Higgins

“When I’m playing any of my characters, I totally go into the realm of the character. That’s when I’m able to come up with the most creative stuff, and I believe that’s what connects with the audience.”

― Michael Dapaah

“I’m a creative comedic entertainer who enjoys bringing good content to the world. I’m not Big Shaq – Shaq is his own person.”

― Michael Dapaah

“In ‘Ratatouille,’ there are two different themes that express the two sides of Remy’s personality: the creative side: the chef, and the ‘thief’ side: his nature as a mouse.”

― Michael Giacchino

“I think that what I’m interested with is the creative side of music-making, rather than all the travelling.”

― Michael Giles

“I worked very hard on those movies but there was some creative connection that wasn’t being made.”

― Michael J. Fox

“All the world loves a young emerging artist, and sometimes it seems that all the world wants to be one – on a bad, gloomy planet, to be colourful and creative seems so promising.”

― Michael Leunig

“Rap is like any other genre: There are the people who are very creative with it and do remarkable things… and then there’s that whole quadrant that sounds alike. There’s great stuff that’s taken the genre to a new level over the years, and ‘Regulate’ was one of those tracks that was kind of a landmark.”

― Michael McDonald

“A lot of producers and creative types want to see you be you. Throw something else out there and show them where you would take this part. A lot of them are launching shows for the first time, so they’ve got a lot riding on this, too, and they want you to be their flight.”

― Michael Mosley

“I think therapy interferes with the creative process. It takes off the edge.”

― Michael O’Donoghue

“Theories of evolution must provide for the creative acts which brought such theories into existence.”

― Michael Polanyi

“Being able to write creatively or read creative fiction is the best way to exercise your imagination.”

― Michael Pryor

“The reason so many intelligent and creative people suffer from depression is that when you take the risk of being fully conscious, you open Pandora’s box, and you can’t close it again.”

― Michael Redhill

“Before ‘The Walking Dead,’ a few of the jobs before that were just like, ‘Ugh.’ I try and make everything as creative as possible, even when I get the script and can’t imagine what I’m going to do with it.”

― Michael Rooker

“I love to be creative.”

― Michael Schenker

“I am prone to get carried away thinking about creative projects.”

― Michael Sheen

“Linda Svendsen’s ‘Marine Life’ was important. I was nearly 22. Larry Mathews discussed the book in a creative writing class. We examined her stories, figured out how they worked.”

― Michael Winter

“Graphic novels are such a visually creative world – it’s really interesting what they can do in one sketch. Now I’m hooked.”

― Michelle MacLaren

“I worked with Congress on legislation, gave speeches to CEOs, military generals and Hollywood executives. But I also worked to ensure that my efforts would resonate with kids and families – and that meant doing things in a creative and unconventional way. So, yeah, I planted a garden and hula-hooped on the White House lawn with kids.”

― Michelle Obama

“Your YouTube channel is your show. I think it’s a wonderful platform for anyone who wants to have stronger creative control over their content, their message, their vision and their branding.”

― Michelle Phan

“I really understand what that process is all about and how important it is, especially with young folk and creative folk that love looking for some platform that makes it easier for them to express themselves.”

― Mick Fleetwood

“It’s much easier to see my son involved in creative than to see my daughter in the ring. But they’ve both worked really hard. I’m really proud of both of them.”

― Mick Foley

“I find, in merchandising and design and creative, a business school degree isn’t particularly helpful.”

― Mickey Drexler

“For me, the creative process for me always starts in a personal place. I step away from my iPod or any records or CDs.”

― Miguel

“When I’m a part of someone else’s creative process, it’s all about facilitating their ideas and hopefully bringing their perspective and making it a part of a song.”

― Miguel

“Each creative choice you make has ‘x’ many impacts on budgetary choices, which in turn have ‘y’ many impacts on your subsequent creative choices. They feed each other.”

― Miguel Sapochnik

“If I were to go back to the Philippines, I would probably end up teaching creative writing at a university. I wouldn’t be able to write, for I would become too jaded to be able to view the existing situation objectively.”

― Miguel Syjuco

“You can’t just play a house set for four hours at the Sheraton. You have to be creative and throw in some jazz, some Latin music, and really mix it up.”

― Mija

“I’m always flattered when people on the far Left manufacture a new version of being ‘offended.’ They can be quite creative in finding something that hurts their feelings.”

― Mike Huckabee

“I like to have a lot of different creative outlets.”

― Mike McCready

“That’s a fantasy of mine. We could do every record in a residency. It would be so cool. We could play the B-sides along with the album and get really creative with it.”

― Mike McCready

“The creative process for a musician is very different than for a filmmaker. I have an idea, and I can pretty much execute it.”

― Mike Patton

“With Dream Theater, every creative aspect of the group went through me. I oversaw it all from top to bottom.”

― Mike Portnoy

“I need to be creative all the time.”

― Mike Portnoy

“As a creative person you just get an idea in your head, and sometimes you just can’t shake it off.”

― Mike Shinoda

“Me and Miley just clicked. She has good ideas. She’s real creative.”

― Mike Will Made It

“I want to make sure that I sign dope artists, old and new, just to make sure that we come up with something new and creative.”

― Mike Will Made It

“I’m creative so I’m always gonna create.”

― Mike Will Made It

“The passion for destruction is also a creative passion.”

― Mikhail Bakunin

“Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great.”

― Mikhail Baryshnikov

“Anyone who has that weird volition to become an actor probably has a weird volition to do lots of other creative things – to write, to play music, to paint, to cook.”

― Minnie Driver

“What part of people is resistant to an artist doing more than one thing? Is it somehow perceived as greedy? Anyone who has that weird volition to become an actor probably has a weird volition to do lots of other creative things – to write, to play music, to paint, to cook.”

― Minnie Driver

“Creative freedom is an imperative for me, but it doesn’t really exist in a Hollywood game.”

― Mira Nair

“My dad is a very creative type of person, so he has rolls that make no sense to most people familiar with sushi. He has a High Five roll. What is that? Don’t ask questions. Just try it. He’s kind of mischievous, and that’s how I am, too.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“I used to go and hang out at Patricia Field’s store when it was on 8th street before it moved downtown. Amanda Lepore would be there, and I would be obsessed with the shoes and the make-up – everything. I just knew it was a creative place that I wanted to be around.”

― Miriam Shor

“I’ve always had a lot of creative impact on the music with Timbaland.”

― Missy Elliott

“Hip-hop is definitely not what it used to be, which was creative, original music.”

― Missy Elliott

“I think it’s being innovative and very creative to stay away from flat-out sampling somebody else’s record. To me, that doesn’t show too much of your creative side unless you take a little piece and add it, almost like spice on a chicken.”

― Missy Elliott

“’The Company’ was interesting. I didn’t love it, although it might be compelling to someone who isn’t a dancer. There wasn’t a lot of dialogue, and you were just kind of observing the creative process of choreography and in class.”

― Misty Copeland

“I’m like George Lucas, bringing together a creative team that will come up with a unique, well-crafted product.”

― Mitch Kapor

“In my office, I have the creative things that kids have made for me over the years. The nice thing about the physical side of life is that I can have them on my shelf.”

― Mitchel Resnick

“With ‘Scratch,’ our goal is to allow people to mix together all kinds of media, not just sounds, in creative ways. We want people to start from existing materials – grabbing an image, grabbing some sound, maybe even bits of someone else’s program, and then extending them and mixing them to make them their own.”

― Mitchel Resnick

“It was my dream to start my creative journey with a Marathi play, but sadly nothing materialised. So, I took up some good English plays that were offered to me.”

― Mithila Palkar

“We expect our media to lead and open doors for our young talents. As we need creative engineers, doctors and managers, we also need creative journalists and media workers.”

― Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

“I took a couple of creative writing classes with Joyce Carol Oates at Princeton University, and in my senior year there, I took a long fiction workshop with Toni Morrison. I fell in love with it.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“Children are so creative and imaginative that they just bring you to life all over again.”

― Moira Kelly

“Kids are naturally inventive and curious and creative, but most adults have had that beaten out of them. Writing is a form of play; you have to get rid of all those internal censors that we adults have, the things that say, ‘Don’t go there, that’s not allowed.’”

― Monica Ali

“Failure and its accompanying misery is for the artist his most vital source of creative energy.”

― Montgomery Clift

“I like change, like anybody. You don’t want to keep doing the same thing because then it gets harder to take chances, be creative, and feel inspired when you’re doing the same thing.”

― Moon Bloodgood

“I always liked creativity, whether it was to draw or sew – any creative assignment I was getting from school, or just on my own.”

― Moran Atias

“A creative element is surely present in all great systems, and it does not seem possible that all sympathy or fundamental attitudes of will can be entirely eliminated from any human philosophy.”

― Morris Raphael Cohen

“I am a creative person. I like painting, singing, dancing, etc.”

― Mouni Roy

“All human beings are very creative – full of potential, full of energy… So, money kind of allows them to express it… And if you’re successful, you can take more money. You can expand your capacity, reach next level of capacity, and so on.”

― Muhammad Yunus

“I don’t want to be trending. Instead of pursuing ideas of being more radio-friendly and… commercial, I want to go harder at being more creative.”

― Musiq Soulchild

“Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women.”

― Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

“Tim Olyphant is a machine. He never stops thinking and being creative.”

― Mykelti Williamson

“I’ve been very happy with Orbit and am thrilled that they’re giving me more chances to explore my creative visions.”

― N. K. Jemisin

“The creative act is not pure. History evidences it. Sociology extracts it. The writer loses Eden, writes to be read and comes to realize that he is answerable.”

― Nadine Gordimer

“After starting with ‘Premam,’ asking director Chandoo Mondeti to do a remake was a mistake because he has much more potential and creative ability to direct.”

― Naga Chaitanya

“We aren’t afraid to take creative risks, which is the main ingredient in our recipe for change.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“With a strong foundation in scripted programming firmly established by ‘Army Wives’ and ‘Drop Dead Diva,’ Lifetime is aggressively expanding its drama series development plate with powerful programs from creative auspices who have strong pedigrees in producing stand-out programming.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“There needs to be a bigger focus on creative innovation versus business models and cash flow.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“You can’t manage the creative process on a quarterly basis. The way we’re structured has really helped us grow.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“We love the Vice guys; we believe in them. We’re investors. We believe in them, in the creative work that they’ve done… What they built is incredible.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“Young people are this awesome, creative, hopeful untapped resource out there.”

― Nancy Lublin

“I have a very creative mind, and I’m always looking for new stuff and new things.”

― Naomi

“A family business in cinema is not necessarily creative. It is generally about prolonging your family fortune.”

― Naseeruddin Shah

“I think as long as I have a creative outlet, I’m happy.”

― Nat Wolff

“Pregnancy is a very creative phase for me.”

― Natalie Massenet

“Britain has the most creative, dynamic and nimble fashion industry in the world.”

― Natalie Massenet

“The United Kingdom has traditionally been a very small market, and even though you had such a creative group of designers, they represented a risk to department stores.”

― Natalie Massenet

“My experience is in merging extraordinary creative content with innovative global commerce.”

― Natalie Massenet

“One of the biggest things I learned was not to tell myself ‘no’ before someone else. As someone who’s creative, I know the inner critic can be really loud. Early on in my career, I would just listen to it and tell myself ‘no.’”

― Natasha Rothwell

“You can be more creative when you’re not feeling like a slave. When you’re on a record label, they have you like that.”

― Nate Dogg

“In baseball you have terrific data and you can be a lot more creative with it.”

― Nate Silver

“The reader has to be creative when he’s reading. He has to try to make the thing alive. A good reader has to do a certain amount of work when he is reading.”

― Nathalie Sarraute

“Sometimes, if I allow time to be creative, it doesn’t show up.”

― Nathaniel Rateliff

“True philanthropy requires a disruptive mindset, innovative thinking and a philosophy driven by entrepreneurial insights and creative opportunities.”

― Naveen Jain

“Unfettered, creative, and enthusiastic entrepreneurship is one of the hallmarks of American life, and it has allowed us to attract the best and brightest to this country.”

― Naveen Jain

“After multiple failures, when I tasted success, I was at my creative best – the ‘jugaadu’-best.”

― Naveen Tewari

“Home is where you are appreciated, safe and protected, creative, and where you are loved – not where you are put in prison.”

― Nawal El Saadawi

“To me, ‘beauty’ means to be natural, creative, honest – to say the truth.”

― Nawal El Saadawi

“I had just begun an M.A. in Creative Writing, and I had to write a novel, so I began writing a novel that later became ‘A Life Apart.’”

― Neel Mukherjee

“When it comes to marketing, creative resources are often worth far more than dollars.”

― Neil Blumenthal

“At its best, entrepreneurship creates jobs, solves problems, and galvanizes creative thinking.”

― Neil Blumenthal

“The most creative people are motivated by the grandest of problems that are presented before them.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“To make any future that we dreamt up real requires creative scientists, engineers, and technologists to make it happen. If people are not within your midst who dream about tomorrow – with the capacity to bring tomorrow into the present – then the country might as well just recede back into the cave because that’s where we’re headed.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Anytime I have an idea, I’ll make sure that I put it down so that when we do sit down to write an album, I don’t have to dream it all out of thin air. I don’t have to be creative on the spur of the moment, or spontaneously artistic. I just take advantage of whenever creativity strikes.”

― Neil Peart

“The creative process is often wrapped up in bottomless anxiety, and when the world applauds the product of that process, it soothes the anxiety. Briefly. Then the anxiety returns and even intensifies.”

― Nell Scovell

“Retaining a child-like sense of wonder is a boon for creative types like Steven Spielberg and J. K. Rowling.”

― Nell Scovell

“Obsession remains the price of creation, and the writer who declines that risk will come up with nothing more creative than ‘The Foxes of Harrow’ or ‘Mrs. Parkington.’”

― Nelson Algren

“There’s something really nice about not sitting separate from the crew in some massive trailer away from the studio. To actually be there with them, it’s more of a creative process.”

― Neve Campbell

“If you are a certain kind of hands-on learner and have been in a writers room and know how scripts get made, and you know what pre-production is, then mostly it’s making sure the actors get what they need, and you are providing creative oversight while allowing room for everyone else to own the material, too.”

― Nic Pizzolatto

“I left the University of Chicago’s creative writing program for a tenure-track job at DePauw University in Indiana, then left DePauw in 2010 for Los Angeles.”

― Nic Pizzolatto

“At the end, we’re kind of observers – creative people, I mean. I feel like an observer, and I’m pretty much able to step out of things and see how things are playing out.”

― Nick Cave

“Musicians are at the bottom of the creative pyramid and authors are at the top, and many people think it’s unacceptable for someone to attempt to jump from the bottom to the top of the pyramid.”

― Nick Cave

“Even though I didn’t write ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz,’ I never felt left out of the creative process.”

― Nick Frost

“If you want something bad enough, and you’re having enough fun doing it, you can accomplish it. You just got to get creative and find a way.”

― Nick Goepper

“Digitisation was supposed to lead to a great democratisation of access to creative work.”

― Nick Harkaway

“There’s music every day. I don’t think I could write without it. Not that I listen while I’m writing. It’s more hearing a piece of music that I want to somehow convert into prose, as a creative inspiration.”

― Nick Hornby

“On the road and traveling – that’s when people are at their most creative.”

― Nick Woodman

“I can rap in a London accent, make weird faces, wear spandex, wigs, and black lipstick. I can be more creative than the average male rapper.”

― Nicki Minaj

“I do tend to apply myself to projects that make me uncomfortable because usually when that happens I try to find a way of existing in the project that is more creative.”

― Nicolas Cage

“The greatest artists were in a situation where they had to pay their bills. That’s a very convenient way to get very creative very fast.”

― Nicolas Winding Refn

“The most creative phase of a film is in shooting, because structure is the defining element of that phase.”

― Nicolas Winding Refn

“I very much love Los Angeles, and I love working here. I find it very inspiring and very creative, and some of the best crews are in Los Angeles.”

― Nicolas Winding Refn

“In my comedy, I’m not always trying to say something, but when I’m playing a creepy dude, you’re laughing because you know that creepy dude. You’ve heard that dude say something awful, and I’m just putting a little creative spin on it.”

― Nicole Byer

“If I wasn’t an actress I’d definitely want to do something in the arts and something that was very creative.”

― Nikki DeLoach

“Nothing that Robert Plant does will ever equal Led Zeppelin, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to stop being creative. Jimmy Page has so many incredibly cool projects, but it’s not Led Zeppelin; there will only ever be one Led Zeppelin.”

― Nikki Sixx

“Like all artists, I go through creative spurts.”

― Nikki Sixx

“In religions which have lost their creative spark, the gods eventually become no more than poetic motifs or ornaments for decorating human solitude and walls.”

― Nikos Kazantzakis

“There is a variety of different kind of producers. I’m a very hands-on, creative producer. I find material that I think would make a good movie or TV show, find the right financier/studio/network, hire a writer, get a good script, find a director, and collaborate with him/her to cast the movie and hire department heads.”

― Nina Jacobson

“I think the best voices, the most creative voices, and the best content always wins.”

― Nina Tassler

“James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth, and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent.”

― Nina Tassler

“Creative drives our business; the business doesn’t drive the creative.”

― Nina Tassler

“I always had faith in my creative capacity.”

― Nipsey Hussle

“As is the case with most people in this game, I am driven by financial motives and creative motives; the question I had to answer is which motive I will give priority to?”

― Nipsey Hussle

“Everyone is super creative in the family.”

― Noah Cyrus

“I would like any type of character that I could be creative with and totally delve into.”

― Noah Hathaway

“The idea was always going to be that each year is a stand-alone story, which did make it easier on some level. It also requires the network to have the creative imagination to say, ‘This is also ‘Fargo,’ you know what I mean?”

― Noah Hawley

“I want to collaborate with people and be a part of a creative community.”

― Noel Wells

“As a creative person, you have to keep going. There’s no defined career path. There’s no security.”

― Noel Wells

“The truly creative people tend to be outliers.”

― Nolan Bushnell

“People like secrets. Creative people really like secrets.”

― Nolan Bushnell

“We need more extreme movies in Sweden. Personal projects that are necessarily made for a bigger audience. I think it creates a creative lock-up to have the audience as a goal.”

― Noomi Rapace

“It’s possible that Generation Facebook, accustomed as it is to a whole range of experiences that it only imbibes online, doesn’t have the same need for physical interaction in order to be creative as previous generations still do. It’s possible that Generation Facebook can co-create and collaborate quite happily from afar.”

― Noreena Hertz

“Control is the wrong word. The practice is very much about sharing, and, in any creative practice, some individuals, whether partners or directors, are much closer to certain projects than I could ever be.”

― Norman Foster

“I think it’s bad to talk about one’s present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension.”

― Norman Mailer

“As a kid I was creative.”

― Novak Djokovic

“For the Chinese, the Greeks, the Mayans, or the Egyptians, nature was a living totality, a creative being. For this reason, art, according to Aristotle, is imitation; the poet imitates the creative gesture of nature.”

― Octavio Paz

“I like men who paint or write or do something creative.”

― Olga Kurylenko

“I don’t find touring very creative. There’s not much time to yourself with your instruments.”

― Oliver Sim

“Early on, I knew I had ideas, but I wasn’t sure when it was appropriate to bring them to the table, and I was so intimidated by these titans that I was working for. But it started around the time of ‘Tron,’ when I was really excited by the creative process and the prep that went into that. I spoke up often at those writing sessions.”

― Olivia Wilde

“Personally, I am not so affected by my environment. What I build in the creative process is not necessarily connected to what I am physically in contact with. I am always observing everything, but it will not necessarily have a direct impact on what I do.”

― Olivier Theyskens

“I feel like when you do things with such a small budget, it actually makes you be more creative… and allows you to concentrate more on the story and the characters. I think that there is something about dirty, gritty and raw filmmaking that makes it feel a little more natural and makes it easier to connect with the action.”

― Oren Peli

“I think that those elements – light and sound – are beyond democratic. They’re into the creative part of life.”

― Ornette Coleman

“I’m a very restless person. I’m always doing something. The creative process never stops.”

― Oscar de la Renta

“The anti-individualist enemies that Ayn Rand battled are still the enemy, but they’ve shifted their line of attack. Political collectivists are no longer much interested in taking things away from the wealthy and creative.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“Customers are using BetterWorks in a number of creative ways to reward and incentivize employees.”

― Paige Craig

“L.A. has always had a ton of creative business people, but tech has always been trumped by Hollywood. Now Hollywood is realizing it needs to be smarter in tech. Hollywood is finally crossing over, and it’s really going to charge L.A. to be the next tech center.”

― Paige Craig

“My parents always supported me and complimented me on other things, not just my looks. They told me I was capable, that I was smart, that I was creative.”

― Paloma Elsesser

“All creative people have to have vulnerability because those nuances are what move people. So I’m deeply insecure – but I’m good at hiding it.”

― Paloma Faith

“There are just certain realities about our world and I just happen to be creative within it.”

― Pam Grier

“One of the great joys of a creative life is that your observations and loose moments aren’t lost forever; they live in your work.”

― Pamela Druckerman

“A large part of the creative process is tolerating the gap between the glorious image you had in your mind and the sad thing you’ve just made.”

― Pamela Druckerman

“It’s the sum of the parts that make up the whole, so in my opinion excellence comes from how one undertakes to do something. It all begins with the thought process – which is creative and exalted to produce something out of the ordinary.”

― Pankaj Patel

“For any creative person, along with learning, unlearning is also important.”

― Pankaj Tripathi

“It’s just difficult to see that people want to be like the actors and the performers and the politicians who are – who they see all the time, but the people that are probably having the most fun are the writers and the directors and the producers and the scientists, right, the people in the back that are getting to do the creative process.”

― Pardis Sabeti

“The creative scientific process is – It’s kind of – It’s a windy road that has a trajectory, but it’s a slow trajectory.”

― Pardis Sabeti

“I care about being creative and expressing myself.”

― Parker Posey

“I don’t feel so alive if I’m not being creative.”

― Patrick Marber

“Limitations can be hugely creative and hugely inspiring – so long as they are the ones you choose for yourself. I will not allow anyone to take anything off my palette, but if I do, then within that, I can be creative.”

― Patrick Ness

“If you’re a young actor, unless you’re on a very short list at the studios, we have to be very creative about moving your career along. Otherwise, all we can do is hope to get lucky and find that perfect role that pops you into stardom.”

― Patrick Whitesell

“In Hollywood, there’s a network of creative executives, and when they hear something is good, it catches fire.”

― Patrick Whitesell

“Everyone has a creative impulse, and has the right to create, and should.”

― Patti Smith

“I never said that movies were struggling behind TV. I’m just saying that movies have a better creative cache.”

― Patton Oswalt

“I enjoy creating new ideas, working on new creative projects.”

― Paul Allen

“Knowledge comes from the past, so it’s safe. It is also out of date. It’s the opposite of originality… Experience is the opposite of being creative.”

― Paul Arden

“I want to do some bigger films, so long as there’s some sort of exciting creative element or a good filmmaker behind them.”

― Paul Dano

“I can obviously relate to a character who is an artist, because the creative process is a big part of my life.”

― Paul Dano

“If your child has something creative they really want to do, it’s up to you, their parent, to help make that happen.”

― Paul Dini

“One of the things that Dumbledore is always trying to do is to empower the kids to take ownership of issues and be creative and involved. That’s what we see today. We need to empower America to be a creator of its solutions going forward in a new, very confusing world.”

― Paul Gosar

“I’m sure our brains are working unconsciously. When you have a creative thought, it’s parts of the brain talking to each other without your awareness.”

― Paul Greengard

“Acting isn’t really a creative profession. It’s an interpretative one.”

― Paul Newman

“What is the difference between a truly creative artist and an interpretive artist? I have not concluded anything about that, but it’s fair to ask the question.”

― Paul Newman

“Any system that sees aesthetics as irrelevant, that separates the artist from his product, that fragments the work of the individual, or creates by committee, or makes mincemeat of the creative process will, in the long run, diminish not only the product but the maker as well.”

― Paul Rand

“Artie is a singer, and I’m a writer and player and a singer. We didn’t work together on a creative level and prepare the songs. I did that.”

― Paul Simon

“I think of myself as more additive than initially creative; I don’t come up with the stories.”

― Paul Sparks

“To recognize negativism as a force of creation is to give up the creative standpoint altogether.”

― Paul Twitchell

“I took my first creative writing class when I was 24, then went onto to get a graduate degree in poetry. I’ve sort of never looked back from there.”

― Paula McLain

“You need new ways to keep motivating yourself, and creative ways are part of the formula.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.”

― Paulo Coelho

“I truly believe that everyone can be creative; you just need to find your form of expression.”

― Payal Kadakia

“My mother was an extremely creative woman, despite the fact that she lived the life of a rural housewife.”

― Pedro Almodovar

“The United States can no longer rely upon foreign nations such as China to bail us out of our economic irresponsibility. We must live within our means and implement creative, free-market solutions to put Americans back in jobs and to create economic opportunities.”

― Pete Sessions

“I’m attracted to creative people and train wrecks, and there’s no shortage of that in Los Angeles.”

― Pete Wentz

“The biggest danger of Hollywood becoming a purely corporate town resides in the creative process.”

― Peter Bart

“I believe that anything in this world is fair game for a creative exercise.”

― Peter Berg

“I got out of college and I went to get my master’s in creative writing at San Francisco State. I was working as an actor at the Actor’s Workshop, being abused as a intern.”

― Peter Coyote

“Most advertisers spend millions upon millions of dollars to buy commercial time during the Super Bowl, and millions in creating eye-popping ads, hoping to create catchy, unforgettable commercials. Unfortunately, most Super Bowl commercials end up being unmemorable. Costly mistakes for brands and creative flameouts for advertising firms.”

― Peter Diamandis

“Sometimes a creative environment affects what happens within it.”

― Peter Gabriel

“I don’t like directing that much to want a career as a director for hire. I like to have as much creative control as possible.”

― Peter Jackson

“Making a television show is a difficult, collaborative, creative endeavor, and it really requires everybody to band together and all work together every day.”

― Peter Krause

“Design-wise, I look at everything. If I don’t personally design it, I’ll review it. I’m kind of creative director of the firm.”

― Peter Marino

“The creative capacity of the private sector should be harnessed to develop new and more effective ways to deliver humanitarian solutions.”

― Peter Maurer

“Especially in the realm of bringing an opportunity to do something creative to people, as I said, who wouldn’t ordinarily have that opportunity. I think that’s very important.”

― Phil Lesh

“I am basically analytical, not creative; my writing is simply a creative way of handling analysis.”

― Philip K. Dick

“Things have to sell, of course, but if I don’t want to put bags on the runway, we don’t put bags on the runway. I have complete creative control.”

― Phoebe Philo

“People have talents that are different. Where does the creative flow come from – inside us or from a higher power? I don’t ask any questions. I just write it down.”

― Phyllis A. Whitney

“Everybody involved in Pixar, I’ve not met one person who’s not incredibly creative and nice and lovely and know what they’re doing.”

― Phyllis Smith

“I love the intimacy and the passion and the danger that go into independent filmmaking. Because it comes out of a creative necessity. It comes from people who really want to make a movie and want to make a difference and want to grab an audience by the gullet and show them something different.”

― Pierce Brosnan

“Christianity and Judaism have gone through the process of enlightenment, making them creative and constructive elements in society.”

― Pim Fortuyn

“Science is the greatest creative impulse of our time. It dominates the intellectual scene and forms our lives, not only in the material things which it has given us, but also in that it guides our spirit.”

― Polykarp Kusch

“Just because I make something doesn’t mean that it’s going to be amazing, and most creative people don’t like to admit when their music is just okay.”

― Poo Bear

“I’ve had so many interviews where the last question is, Are you gay? I had to find very creative ways to say that I was gay, but that I wasn’t going to talk about it.”

― Portia de Rossi

“That joy of a creative environment, without any restrictions, is hard to leave.”

― Powers Boothe

“It is such a treat to see two of my most favourite creative people in one frame – Rajamouli sir and Amitabh sir. They are so inspiring.”

― Prabhas

“Yeah, I’m a vegetarian – but still, some things are just nasty. I like salads. But sometimes, they get too creative. I like regular food, just no meat in it.”

― Prince Fielder

“I like the creative aspect of developing a project.”

― Priscilla Presley

“I just love his creativity; that’s what I’m talking about as far as being unique and creative and different. Kanye is doing it.”

― Prodigy

“I’m a creative person, and I’m gonna be creative, so whoever’s upset because of that, that’s too bad.”

― Prodigy

“My vision and my creative ability is just so broad.”

― Quavo

“At its heart, engineering is about using science to find creative, practical solutions. It is a noble profession.”

― Queen Elizabeth II

“Maybe clothes are a form of creative expression for me. An outlet. Because I don’t get to express myself creatively through my official duties.”

― Queen Rania of Jordan

“Creative people who can’t help but explore other mental territories are at greater risk, just as someone who climbs a mountain is more at risk than someone who just walks along a village lane.”

― R. D. Laing

“As much as I love to do commercial films, a touching romantic film like Mani Ratnam’s ‘Geethanjali’ will satiate my creative appetite.”

― Raashi Khanna

“What is Art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the Real.”

― Rabindranath Tagore

“I write in freehand equivalents because measuring, to me, takes away from the creative process of cooking. Two turns of the pan with EVOO is about two tablespoons.”

― Rachael Ray

“A creative writing workshop will contain students whose ambitions and abilities, whose conceptions of literature itself, are so diverse that what they have in common – the desire to write – could almost be considered meaningless.”

― Rachel Cusk

“Like the child, the creative writing student is posited as a centre of vulnerable creativity, needful of attention and authority.”

― Rachel Cusk

“I didn’t originally intend on writing a book. I started writing during the day to feel like I was accomplishing something creative.”

― Rachel Dratch

“I didn’t do a masters in creative writing until I was 26, which is quite old, and then I found myself in New York and I needed money, so I started working full time as an editor.”

― Rachel Kushner

“I don’t believe in the model of pure inspiration. All of my creative work stems from a dialogue with others.”

― Rachel Kushner

“For video clips, you can always assume that there is a creative component since you are literally dealing with production values.”

― Rachel Sklar

“I do love being solo because I can have more of my own creative input to every aspect of my career.”

― Rachel Stevens

“Writers are very much undervalued in the creative process.”

― Rachel Ward

“My whole life, I’ve always had to be surrounded by creative things. I find it relaxing to be in touch with creations by other people.”

― Raf Simons

“Through the wholesale destruction of the representatives of a class that from the beginning of history had been the directing and creative force in civilization, a process began which was almost mechanical.”

― Ralph Adams Cram

“One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is none of anyone’s business how I make my films or my creative partnerships.”

― Ram Gopal Varma

“As a director and a creative person, I can say banning anything is wrong.”

― Ram Gopal Varma

“I get to delve into some of the most creative experience I’ve had as an actor on ‘Mr. Robot.’ I think there’s a wide opportunity for actors to do that now more so than ever on television.”

― Rami Malek

“Really, I get inspired by just switching projects and instrumentation and things like that – that creative part of just being different every time is really what inspires me.”

― Ramin Djawadi

“I majored in English with a specialization in creative writing along with Asian American Studies.”

― Randall Park

“When I was at UCLA, a professor there encouraged me to write, and so I looked into specializing in creative writing in the English Department. And through that, I started writing plays.”

― Randall Park

“I just always wanted to be left alone to go into a creative space.”

― Randy Quaid

“My creative juices flow seasonally.”

― Ravyn Lenae

“There’s no one way to be creative. Any old way will work.”

― Ray Bradbury

“Common sense says that if something possessed the ability to create itself from nothing, then that something wasn’t nothing, it was something – a very intelligent creative power of some sort.”

― Ray Comfort

“Through all of history mankind has ingested psychedelic substances. Those substances exist to put you in touch with spirits beyond yourself, with the creator, with the creative impulse of the planet.”

― Ray Manzarek

“I realized I need to work. I need to be creative. As much as I have angst and anxiety, when I’m idle, it’s even more. I have to keep moving. Otherwise, I catch up with myself.”

― Ray Romano

“I’m not very good at business. I’m more of a creative, fun-loving hippie type.”

― Rebecca Ferguson

“I lived in China for 9 years straight. I saw how my Chinese friends benefited and gained much more freedom to determine the course of their lives, their jobs, their creative works, and their identities over the course of a decade. Much of this increased freedom is thanks to economic engagement by the West.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“The Internet is empowering everybody. It’s empowering Democrats. It’s empowering dictators. It’s empowering criminals. It’s empowering people who are doing really wonderful and creative things.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“If you’re applying for a creative position, don’t be afraid to get a little creative on your resume.”

― Rebecca Serle

“I guess as a kid, I was always creative, and I was involved in music, like piano and violin and choir, so I always knew – I always knew that I wanted to do something that would allow me to be who I am. Generally, that was creatively, imaginatively.”

― Reggie Watts

“The thing is that I have a really intense, almost compulsive need to record. But it doesn’t end there, because what I record is somehow transformed into a creative thing. There is a continuity. Recording is the beginning of a conceptual production. I am somehow collapsing the two – recording and producing – into a single event.”

― Rem Koolhaas

“Like a film, dance steps or sequences are creative works. If a script can have a copyright, and so can songs, why can’t dance sequences as well?”

― Remo D’Souza

“Computer science is not just for smart ‘nerds’ in hoodies coding in basements. Coding is extremely creative and is an integral part of almost every industry.”

― Reshma Saujani

“I don’t think I’m particularly sexual, no more than anyone else, though I am very creative.”

― Rhona Mitra

“The creative part for me is making songs, and that’s what I really love the most, and that’s what I’ve always done for every band I’ve ever had.”

― Ric Ocasek

“Sometimes big problems are best solved with lots of small and creative solutions.”

― Ricardo Salinas Pliego

“I would say that what we called the Pixar sensibility goes back even further. It is kind of a CalArts sensibility because so many of the people who are creative instrumental people at Pixar came from that school.”

― Rich Moore

“I have no great interest in being remembered as a great creative filmmaker.”

― Richard Attenborough

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”

― Richard Branson

“The best creative no longer has to originate in Chicago or London; it will be coming from Stockholm, Tokyo, and Seoul as well.”

― Richard Edelman

“Advertising has a problem. They’re being squeezed because media buyers and digital firms are doing the creative. They’re being squeezed because people aren’t viewing their stuff.”

― Richard Edelman

“Instead of worrying about potential disruption, brands can be creative societal disruptors – because their consumers will be right there by their side as committed partners in a better life.”

― Richard Edelman

“We aim to be the primary creative partner, digital channel implementer, and relationship builder with influencers.”

― Richard Edelman

“Advertising has always been the ‘head boy’ of the communications industry, but not anymore. Now the rest – creative, digital, and media – is just as important.”

― Richard Edelman

“The territory has changed, and a lot of really good actors want to do cable series, but they don’t necessarily want to do network TV and make the commitment of 22 episodes or whatever. They find that the liberties and the creative freedoms that you get in cable is more interesting to them than the censorship of a network show.”

― Richard LaGravenese

“I do like to be creative and I’m very lucky that I’ve been given different areas in which I’m able to do that – whether it be film or television or theatre or whatever. I’m also still into music and recording.”

― Richard O’Brien

“That’s why I’ve always been appreciative of truly creative radio commercials.”

― Richard Roeper

“That’s the buzz for me, the creative process. An idea is never as good as when it’s in your head. And then it’s just how little you ruin it.”

― Ricky Gervais

“I really enjoy the creative freedom that I get when I produce my own projects.”

― Ricky Reed

“It’s very important when you in the studio to be with a confident creative.”

― Rico Nasty

“Business fascinates me. It’s very creative.”

― Ridley Scott

“I like to be creative.”

― Rihanna

“The creative mind is restless.”

― Rishi Kapoor

“There are very few people who are creative and imaginative. Therefore, fiction is difficult for people to embrace.”

― Rita Mae Brown

“Even at your best, the creative moments are still kind of fleeting.”

― Rivers Cuomo

“I operate best on big vision and creative detail.”

― Rob Dyrdek

“Jason Statham is one of my favorites. I’ve watched basically every single one of his action movies, and they’re all creative.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“The best voice actors all have a live performance background. And are competent, fearless, incredibly creative actors.”

― Rob Paulsen

“If you are a creative person, you try to create things that are an extension of yourself.”

― Rob Reiner

“I learned at a young age that we were going to have to be personable, going to have to be marketable, and going to have to be creative in order to have a race team.”

― Robby Gordon

“The source and center of all man’s creative power… is his power of making images, or the power of imagination.”

― Robert Collier

“I pretty much spent my twenties as a musician and taking acting classes. I loved it. I was at UCLA getting As and Bs in English and creative writing, basically trying to stay out of the Army. All I really wanted to do was play music.”

― Robert David Hall

“Vision is the true creative rhythm.”

― Robert Delaunay

“Every so often, it’s time to make a change with a showrunner; you evaluate the creative and how the show is run, how the writing staff works.”

― Robert Greenblatt

“God flourished my ministry and my career of creative thinking, communicating and writing back 50 years.”

― Robert H. Schuller

“Artists frequently argue that videos trivialize a song and that touring for months at a time works against the creative process, not to mention maintaining a normal lifestyle. Doing something about these complaints, however, is rare because promotional videos and touring are considered essential elements in building multimillion-unit album sales.”

― Robert Hilburn

“The fact remains that many of the most creative and innovative hypotheses that are eventually verified by empirical research are born in the consulting room out of practitioners’ work with individual patients.”

― Robert J. Waldinger

“One of the great creative statesmen of our age was Franklin Roosevelt. He was creative precisely because he preferred experiment to ideology.”

― Robert Kennedy

“Whole new businesses will emerge around breakthrough products as revolutionary technologies accelerate capitalism’s creative destruction of slower industries.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“John Huston is more of a creative director than most.”

― Robert Loggia

“The temptation to quit and start over infects every creative process I’ve ever been in. Frustration and boredom always fuel this self-doubt.”

― Robert Lopez

“My theory about creativity is that the more money one has, the more creative one can be.”

― Robert Mapplethorpe

“I don’t think the creative writing industry has helped American poetry.”

― Robert Morgan

“It’s not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous. It’s more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.”

― Robert Motherwell

“Creative people are notoriously the slowest to adopt new technology.”

― Robert Rodriguez

“Yes, and many times it’s frustrating, because I’m simply part of the show, and I’m not in the creative end of it, who goes out with detectives and tries to find these things out.”

― Robert Stack

“The three parts of the theory are analytical ability, the ability to analyze things to judge, to criticize. Creative, the ability to create, to invent and discover and practical, the ability to apply and use what you know.”

― Robert Sternberg

“I love coming up with the stories and being creative and working with creative people and coming up with visuals and creating characters.”

― Roberta Williams

“Cell phones, mobile e-mail, and all the other cool and slick gadgets can cause massive losses in our creative output and overall productivity.”

― Robin S. Sharma

“I take a massage each week. This isn’t an indulgence, it’s an investment in your full creative expression/productivity/passion and sustained good health.”

― Robin S. Sharma

“I was never forced to write. At least, I was never forced or even encouraged to write fiction. Creative writing wasn’t in the curriculum at my school when I was in sixth grade.”

― Rodman Philbrick

“Because of my methodology and my sensibilities to write songs, I’m not very comfortable with the notion to rush in any creative endeavor.”

― Rodney Crowell

“As a creative individual, I really go out of my way to avoid the corporate scene in terms of songwriting. If the first question is how much money is it going to make, I’m going to be in trouble anyway.”

― Rodney Crowell

“Collaboration is a vital part of my creative life. I’ve had success with Guy Clark and Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash.”

― Rodney Crowell

“The most healthy way to be creative is to work with what you have and not sit around wishing you had something different.”

― Roisin Murphy

“The director is the ultimate creative arbiter of what’s going to happen. And as a director myself, you really appreciate collaborating with people who are trying to help you find what you need and what you want.”

― Roman Coppola

“When I begin working on a production, I don’t really think about my previous album or albums. I try to have a real creative process.”

― Romeo Santos

“Pinterest is offering consumers a way to discover things on the web, in a serendipitous way, with a beautiful user interface. So it’s offering a whole new paradigm called ‘discover’ and allowing users to be creative.”

― Ron Conway

“Don’t make election popularity largely a matter of which candidate hires the most creative and effective propagandists. Insist that it be, instead, a running conversation with the public.”

― Ron Howard

“I’m not a caterer. I just have to stay with my creative convictions. At some point, you have to just get past the special-interest groups and do what you’re there to do, which is make a movie.”

― Ron Howard

“There are creative benefits to getting older.”

― Ron Howard

“I think there’s a tendency with actor/directors to imagine themselves playing every part and trying to get people to follow their rhythm, their tempo, their pace. I’ve learned now to just love being at the center of this creative swirl.”

― Ron Howard

“The single most important factor in determining America’s success in the 21st century will be maintaining our ability to be an innovative and creative society.”

― Ron Kind

“It’s got to be weird to sit in an office all day and deal with these creative types without having any idea of what they do or how they do it.”

― Ron Livingston

“I believe everything creative is somewhat collaborative.”

― Ron White

“I believe everything creative is somewhat collaborative. If you’re a painter and someone stretches your canvas, it was collaborative on some level.”

― Ron White

“My real self is probably more creative and more frightening than any sort of drink or drug-induced state.”

― Ronnie Wood

“But unlike the setup in most organizations, where there’s an administrator on top and creative people or doers underneath, I’m basically a doer and I like to have administrative people underneath me.”

― Roone Arledge

“London has always moved and surprised me, reinventing itself in ways both fresh and familiar. It’s a contrary, complex and creative city, an anarchist of a thousand faces – fickle and unfailing, tender and bleak, ambitious and callous.”

― Rory MacLean

“My creative process involves that old saying: It’s 90% perspiration and only 10% inspiration.”

― Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“The creative process for me doesn’t work as well without an image of an audience in mind.”

― Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“My first TV experience, it was so bad. I just didn’t feel a creative atmosphere. I felt like we were just pawns to deliver lines. Everyone was telling me that’s just television. I said, ‘OK, I’m going to stay far away from television!”

― Rosie Perez

“I want to inspire Asian kids to become more artistic and creative rather than feeling that they have to be academic or whatever.”

― Ross Butler

“It’s nice to have a variety in creative work that I like to do.”

― Ross Lynch

“The reason we started the Driver Era is just ’cause our creative endeavors sort of demanded it.”

― Ross Lynch

“And, we put a lot more value, or at least I personally put a lot more value, on the creative values and creative challenges of something than the commercial necessities.”

― Rowan Atkinson

“So every creative act strives to attain an absolute status; it longs to create a world of beauty to triumph over chaos and convert it to order.”

― Rowan Williams

“It’s a wonderful feeling just being in this creative motif.”

― Roy Ayers

“Woman is a ray of God. She is not that earthly beloved: she is creative, not created.”

― Rumi

“I enjoy being creative.”

― RuPaul

“I’ve always been ambitious. I’ve always been able to roll up my sleeves and get to work. I like to stay busy. I love working, and I love being creative.”

― RuPaul

“I don’t use my brain about the creative thing. From a business standpoint, I instinctively do things: when I get something right, it’s never because I use my brain.”

― Russell Simmons

“I’m a creative guy. And I only do businesses as a result of like I’ve – I’m try to find what my gifts are and give them immediately. As soon as I get them and I understand, I give them back.”

― Russell Simmons

“I’m born into the cycle of giving that we’re all born into, and I recognize it. So just because something is a good business, I’m not a business guy. I’m a creative guy.”

― Russell Simmons

“There is actually no such thing as an Artist type. ‘Artist’ is just an economic designation, a box you tick on a form. We are all people, and we are all creative.”

― Russell Smith

“Glasgow is an incredibly creative and culturally vibrant place.”

― Ruta Gedmintas

“I keep my mind on track, and I don’t get mad, and I don’t get frustrated. Well, I do… but creative work, it’s a way of controlling all that.”

― Ry Cooder

“Making music and writing kind of come from the same creative place.”

― Ryan Eggold

“Working with someone is the best way to get to know someone, especially if it’s a creative endeavor.”

― Ryan Gosling

“Self-imposed discipline with a bent towards results rather than ‘creative’ and sustainability spending is unfortunately not the norm in the marketing industry.”

― Ryan Holiday

“Without audiences, artists would be doing something else, and their creative and technical skills would fall on absent eyes.”

― Ryan Kavanaugh

“Being online works really well for any creative work, but especially comics.”

― Ryan North

“You have to recognize as a creative person that not everyone’s going to be into what you’re doing.”

― Ryan North

“LA can be a very open and accepting creative environment. But it is important, because there is this odd separation here, it is important to make your kids mindful of other people and other people’s plight.”

― Ryan Phillippe

“RIKEN has attracted numerous outstanding scientists from inside and outside Japan, and these people have achieved creative and outstanding results.”

― Ryoji Noyori

“I haven’t thought about getting into production. I’m interested in the creative aspect of storytelling.”

― Sakshi Tanwar

“People in the media and press often say they’ve never been good at math. It might be that people that consider themselves creative didn’t consider themselves good at math or didn’t find math interesting at those early stages. And those creative people are disproportionately represented in those influential roles.”

― Sal Khan

“In television, the 60-minute series, ‘The Wire’ and ‘Mad Men’ and so on, the writer is the primary creative artist.”

― Salman Rushdie

“If the creative artist worries if he will still be free tomorrow, then he will not be free today.”

― Salman Rushdie

“It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.”

― Salvador Dali

“The Resistance is a moral certainty, not a poetic one. The true poet never uses words in order to punish someone. His judgment belongs to a creative order; it is not formulated as a prophetic scripture.”

― Salvatore Quasimodo

“I realized after writing songs for years how important it is. Whether it provides a living for me or not, that creative outlet is something I need.”

― Sam Hunt

“I think great art comes from being open and creative with somebody, and of course, if feelings start getting involved in that, it can either make things fantastic or really messy.”

― Sam Palladio

“Being on ‘Veep,’ it’s so much fun, and I get to put so much creative input in there, but at the end of the day, what they say, I do.”

― Sam Richardson

“Dialogue is like jazz. Dialogue is creative.”

― Sam Shepard

“I felt giving birth was the most creative act of all my creative acts – literally creation!”

― Sam Taylor-Johnson

“I’d like to make something about someone who hasn’t existed so that I don’t have to tread so carefully and can feel a little bit more creative freedom.”

― Sam Taylor-Johnson

“If you have the ideas, and you’re a creative person, then you don’t really differentiate in how your ideas manifest themselves.”

― Sam Taylor-Johnson

“I adore acting; it’s in my blood – quite literally – but I can honestly say the most creative thing in the world for me is being a mother.”

― Samantha Bond

“We’re always aware of our family being creative, but it wasn’t like, ‘My uncle is an amazing actor; I want to be like that.’”

― Samara Weaving

“All too often, when creative people pick out someone else’s creative work as an inspiration, what they end up with is very, very far from the original.”

― Samuel R. Delany

“I think caring too much about the economics starts affecting the creative aspect of the film. That is a dangerous process for a filmmaker. He should make his film without having to worry about how much it has cost or how much it will be sold for.”

― Sanjay Leela Bhansali

“It’s really hard juggling, trying to carve out a time to have a family and be a mom and have a career, especially a creative career.”

― Santigold

“Something I notice speaking to writers from south of Hadrian’s Wall is that the culture is different. At base, I think Scotland values its creative industries differently from England.”

― Sara Sheridan

“Apparently, everyone is most scared of the psychological tests. I didn’t know how I’d fare. What I’ve found out is I may be creative and imaginative, but I’m also extremely together.”

― Sarah Brightman

“I definitely like creative, exciting adventures.”

― Sarah Clarke

“Working with Mr. Armani is such an incredible experience because he’s so creative and such a visionary, and Linda Cantello is amazing and a true artist.”

― Sarah Gadon

“It’s really a testament to my parents, because I was active, curious and creative as a child, and my parents nurtured that. But I wouldn’t say that I was a professional child actor at all. I was never the breadwinner of my family.”

― Sarah Gadon

“I studied the short story as part of my creative writing course at university but then set off as a novelist. Generally, there is a sense that even if you want to write short stories, you need to do a novel first.”

― Sarah Hall

“Show, don’t tell, is a mantra repeated by tutors of creative writing courses the world over. As advice for amateurs, it is sound and helps avoid character profiling, unactivated scenes, and broken narrative frames.”

― Sarah Hall

“I liked being active. I liked being creative.”

― Sarah Hughes

“Since my ‘Crown of Midnight’ tour in 2013, we’ve had such a rapid jump in audience numbers that we’ve had to move to bigger venues, cap events, and find new and creative ways to keep the line flowing while still allowing me the chance to chat with each person, which will always be very, very important to me.”

― Sarah J. Maas

“I’ve been reading a lot about Silicon Valley history recently and was struck by just how core the lack of unions has been to the American tech industry’s evolution. It’s enabled the constant creative destruction that keeps Silicon Valley relevant and thriving in a rapidly changing world.”

― Sarah Lacy

“Music is very nebulous, and you can conjure up a lot of moods with music. But lyrics – they’re a lot more tangible. They’re much more specific. And you want to say something meaningful and creative and artistic and that tells a story and that takes people someplace else.”

― Sarah McLachlan

“As with anything, you need to keep your creative juices flowing and keep the character interesting.”

― Sarah Michelle Gellar

“What is amazing to me as an archaeologist is that the more and more I study, I realize we are resilient, we are creative, we are brilliant, and this is what makes us human, and that hasn’t changed since we’ve been human.”

― Sarah Parcak

“Creative process gives me the most freedom because I can do anything I want on a piece of blank media.”

― Sasha Pivovarova

“I have an art magazine about drag called ‘Velour,’ named after myself, and I have a monthly show called ‘Nightgowns’ that curates and presents some of the most creative and high-quality drag in a professional theater setting.”

― Sasha Velour

“We think there is definitely a lot of use for online connectivity in creative games.”

― Satoru Iwata

“I really just want to be a writer and a storyteller. But maybe pain is one of the things you have to feel in order to be creative.”

― Sayed Kashua

“I love the creative process – brainstorming and coming up with campaigns.”

― Scooter Braun

“Now my drug is writing or acting, being creative.”

― Scott Caan

“What I learned at Miramax is that if you see where extraordinary creative talent can be brought into the family, move quickly, because if you don’t, someone else will.”

― Scott Greenstein

“There are some really funny people doing creative stuff with social media, which is sadly where a lot of my attention goes.”

― Scott Rogowsky

“I didn’t grow up jumping in front of the class and performing, but I definitely had a hunger to be creative.”

― Scott Speedman

“Eventually I want to subsidize my income with other creative outlets that are going to not keep me tied to the road so much.”

― Scott Weiland

“I want a performance style that’s more cerebral and emotional than physical. I want to be a creative artist, not a whirling dervish.”

― Scott Weiland

“In my creative life, David Bowie is definitely an enormous influence on me, being one of rock’s greatest shapeshifters.”

― Scott Weiland

“I wouldn’t suggest that being resourceful has anything to do with doing something illegal or unethical, but I’ve definitely noticed a pattern of being ‘creative.’”

― Scott Weiss

“I’ve worked with some of the greatest filmmakers in the history of the medium, and they all have something in common: a quality that is creative, comfortable, and thoughtful.”

― Sean Astin

“It was a very creative atmosphere in my family, for sure.”

― Sean Gunn

“Naturalism says that we were not put here for any purpose. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t such thing as purpose. It just means that purpose isn’t imposed from outside. We human beings have the creative ability to give our lives purposes and meanings.”

― Sean M. Carroll

“Creative satisfaction is highly underrated. When you don’t have it, the money doesn’t spend nearly as well.”

― Sean Waltman

“I want to do something creative, not just easy.”

― Sebastian Bach

“Creative processes are always very opaque. Afterwards, you tend to pretend that everything was planned and it was a strategy, but it was not like that at all.”

― Sebastian Lelio

“To me, mathematics, computer science, and the arts are insanely related. They’re all creative expressions.”

― Sebastian Thrun

“You might be like, ‘I want really big hits.’ But when you get really big hits, and your label is making $150 million, they are people who are now interested in what you do. They are going to begin to tell you what to do, and so you become important. So your creative freedom – you’re not going to have that again.”

― Shaggy

“I always knew that I was tremendously creative. I recited love poems, I wrote stories and I got excellent grades in every subject, except for maths.”

― Shakira

“I’m generally quite an angry person, and I like to channel my anger toward something creative.”

― Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

“It’s only a very small percentage of creative thinking that ends up connecting with a wider audience, and even then, any success is quite unpredictable.”

― Shaun Tan

“I get very creative when I’m trapped in a plane and I can’t do anything else.”

― Shaun Tan

“I wasn’t creative when I was depressed. When my depression got treated, I was creative again.”

― Shawn Colvin

“I would say on a creative level I put a lot of pressure on myself.”

― Shawn Ryan

“Choosing is a creative process, one through which we construct our environment, our lives, ourselves.”

― Sheena Iyengar

“I never wanted to be famous; that was not my dream. I just like being creative.”

― Shenaz Treasury

“The most important thing about intellectual property vs. creative expression is that copyright law was created not to stifle creativity but to encourage creativity.”

― Shepard Fairey

“I have found that nurturing our creative side feeds all aspects of one’s life and those around us in a positive way.”

― Shervin Pishevar

“People are doing so many incredible, inspiring, interesting things all over this country, and I think that’s where the hope is – seeing how innovative and creative people can be.”

― Sheryl Lee

“I find cooking very therapeutic. As a creative person, I relish cooking because it’s such a creative process. You can cook anything out of anything.”

― Shilpa Shetty

“There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price.”

― Shirley Chisholm

“I’ve always been a creative person, and I’d always wanted to paint, so I went to art school and began painting and sculpting.”

― Shirley Eaton

“The 1980s were fantastic. This was a time when we were at the peak of our creative work. The question of whether we would exist or not – something which everybody used to ask, including ourselves – stopped. Profits kept pace with growth requirements. HCL had credibility – that was the biggest barrier we had to break.”

― Shiv Nadar

“I think I’m most proud of the fact that I have figured out how to exist as both a creative person and artist, and a businesswoman and manager. Because those two things do not go together.”

― Shonda Rhimes

“The Indian music market is very film-oriented, and any other creative music venture doesn’t receive enough support. I’d rather do singles and put them on my website.”

― Shreya Ghoshal

“What I do enjoy is the creative process.”

― Sia

“Listening to A. R. Rahman as a five-year-old opened my mind to a whole new set of creative dimensions.”

― Sid Sriram

“Berklee played a huge role in shaping my music. On an academic level, I learned a lot about vocal technique and culture. Since my major was Music Production and Engineering, I got a good handle on the technical and creative aspects of making a record.”

― Sid Sriram

“Clinton was a president who used his office, in creative ways, to try to reinvigorate the federal government to benefit the majority.”

― Sidney Blumenthal

“There’s this sense of excitement because you invent and control the characters. You decide whether they live or die. I find this type of creative process tremendously stimulating.”

― Sidney Sheldon

“What I’m interested in as an actor is exploring universes that I have not come across before. It’s interesting to me to be able to discover new things. I do like fantasies, and I like when film is inspiring and it puts creative ideas into the minds of the audience.”

― Sidse Babett Knudsen

“My parents were quite liberal with us, always encouraging us to be our own person and be creative.”

― Sienna Miller

“Should a story be readily told in a PG-13 fashion, it should be for creative, not business, reasons.”

― Simon Kinberg

“I might be like a conductor, or I collect the stuff together and I do a lot of my own writing. But what is a pleasure is the whole creative thing in which we’re all excavating and trying to find something.”

― Simon McBurney

“Most of us have this story of not feeling comfortable because of how you were. Now they call it ADHD. I just knew I bounced all over the place. I’m glad I had ADHD… It’s what makes us creative.”

― Sinbad

“My creative process is quite slow. I hear melodies in my head while I’m washing the dishes and I allow my subconscious to do the work.”

― Sinead O’Connor

“I’m a fool for a good role in a creative piece where there are really such talented writers and wonderful actors.”

― Sissy Spacek

“Even with the ‘Top Boy’ series with Ashley Walters… I’ve been talking like on the creative direction wave with Drake about the series. Making greatness with it. The whole style of what’s going on in London, the sound, is real. It’s an actual thing that actually happened. So it deserves to be on the telly.”

― Skepta

“We try to say it’s creative and in a manner it is creative, but it is a business, because today, with the cost factor in crossing the boundaries that you do.”

― Skitch Henderson

“It takes a level of creative depression to hear ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ and weep.”

― Sloane Crosley

“Everyone has been in a social situation where you say something and it goes unnoticed, then someone else says the same thing and everyone laughs a lot. You learn how to be more creative and whacky and amusing.”

― Sloane Crosley

“Sensitivity, awareness, and conflict – these have catalysed my creative growth.”

― Sobhita Dhulipala

“I’ve always been the person who has needed a creative outlet.”

― Sobhita Dhulipala

“Everyone in my family is in the film business; I knew I wanted to be creative and it was important in my family to be artistic.”

― Sofia Coppola

“I’m surrounded by such beautiful, creative people, and I just love sort of sharing their stories and their journeys.”

― Solange Knowles

“I still stand behind the stuff I did early on, but I was on a record label, and I didn’t have a lot of creative control. Another side of that is just being young and having bad taste. There was plenty of that, too.”

― Solange Knowles

“I have a mother who never took no for an answer when it came to her creative pursuits. She started a hair salon in her spare bedroom and four years later had 30 employees.”

― Solange Knowles

“When I ask my parents, it’s incredibly obvious I was going to have a creative career at an early age. I’ve been forever telling stories since I was very young.”

― Sophie Kennedy Clark

“Now that I’m in the position I’m in now, I like to take all my creative ideas and put ’em on the Internet for my fans to interact with. Give ’em something to do.”

― Soulja Boy

“We grew up in a very creative environment and were exposed to the arts at a very young age, so it’s not a surprise that all of us are in some form of the arts.”

― Spike Lee

“India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word; she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples.”

― Sri Aurobindo

“I’m proud to be a member of the creative class, particularly here in Atlanta where the entertainment and creative industries form such an integral part of our economy, our culture, and our community.”

― Stacey Abrams

“I certainly would not call myself creative. There are other coaches who are innovative and everything else. I wouldn’t be that guy, that’s for sure.”

― Stan Van Gundy

“The psyche of the individual is commensurate with the totality of creative energy. This requires a most radical revision of Western psychology.”

― Stanislav Grof

“From the beginning, Christianity has struggled to sustain the creative tension between the personal appropriation of the gospel and the gospel’s universal reach.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“Being at home with my family always inspires me. I find it hard to be inspired when I’m on the move. I’m not creative when I’m jet-lagged and sleeping in strange hotels.”

― Stefon Harris

“This is every creative person’s dream – a hobby that I’m lucky enough to get paid for.”

― Stephan Pastis

“We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.”

― Stephen Covey

“Both times I was in India, I could not get people to listen to each other. I had to literally tell people to listen to each other and tell them that they can’t get creative and find alternate solutions if they don’t listen to each other. There’s a lot of arguing and justifying.”

― Stephen Covey

“When the external factors over which one has no control in a way start to become negative, it starts to affect our creative juices.”

― Stephen Covey

“I like being creative.”

― Stephen Dorff

“The hierarchy is set out for me. The first priority is piano. I have to be 101 percent prepared. I find that at other times of the day, if the creative juices are working, I might want to write or compose.”

― Stephen Hough

“Science is not a heartless pursuit of objective information. It is a creative human activity, its geniuses acting more as artists than as information processors.”

― Stephen Jay Gould

“What we call creative work, ought not to be called work at all, because it isn’t. I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a day’s work in his last fifty years.”

― Stephen Leacock

“A lot of musicians are good cooks, and a lot of cooks are musicians, but I think that may just be a result of the creative impulse finding several means of expression. Probably an equivalent number are visual artists, woodworkers or compulsive liars.”

― Steve Albini

“The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.”

― Steve Ballmer

“The creative core of New York has never been native New Yorkers; it’s people from all over the world.”

― Steve Earle

“When we look at some of the greatest creative ideas we’ve come up with, they have originated literally from all corners of the world and have crossed all different types of media as well. So while there’s still traditional TV, which is clearly a very compelling media, it’s also cyber, mobile, outdoor.”

― Steve Easterbrook

“Representing not just the resurrection of a career, 1953 marked 37-year-old Frank Sinatra’s creative emergence as the best singer of his century.”

― Steve Erickson

“NFL Films has had one continuous, creative vision for 47 years. These are timeless things; timeless stories that we capture just like people go back and read Greek mythology.”

― Steve Sabol

“Creative things have to sell to get acknowledged as such.”

― Steve Wozniak

“What about the accusation that Hollywood is trying to advance its liberal agenda? Well, the fact is, while the creative community admittedly leans left, Hollywood has become a corporate town.”

― Steven Levitan

“I love creating partnerships; I love not having to bear the entire burden of the creative storytelling, and when I have unions like with George Lucas and Peter Jackson, it’s really great; not only do I benefit, but the project is better for it.”

― Steven Spielberg

“I paint; I draw and paint – I’ve been doing that since I was in third grade, drawing realistically and then changing to abstract art. That was my first creative thing before guitar or comedy.”

― Steven Wright

“I always squirm when I read what’s called ‘creative nonfiction,’ and the writer is lobbing gobs of emotion and language at the world, hoping some of it will stick.”

― Stewart O’Nan

“I had a lot more creative freedom back in the day.”

― Stone Cold Steve Austin

“I’ve always been a creative person since I was young. I enjoyed art, museums, plays, but it wasn’t until I was about 10 that my mother encouraged me to choose a career, and it was acting.”

― Sufe Bradshaw

“All sorts of creative communities are withering in New York because it’s too hard to live here. It’s ridiculous how expensive it is.”

― Susan Choi

“I think of myself as something of a connoisseur of procrastination, creative and dogged in my approach to not getting things done.”

― Susan Orlean

“The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.”

― Susan Sontag

“As someone who’s been lucky to have a great career in tech, I know how creative and fulfilling a career in this industry can be for women. And I want to make sure we continue to recruit and retain great female hires.”

― Susan Wojcicki

“I was full time on ‘Party of Five’ for one year, then more like a creative consultant for two years, where I was in the writing rotation but didn’t have to go in every day or cover the set until midnight.”

― Susannah Grant

“Any creative process is about being in a territory which isn’t secure, isn’t necessarily familiar, and isn’t convenient in any sort of way. And that’s the excitement of it.”

― Susanne Bier

“Recalling a memory is not like playing a tape recorder. It’s a creative process.”

― Susumu Tonegawa

“I think Berry Gordy is a genius, I really do, and it’s not a word I throw around lightly. But with all that comes the idiosyncratic behavior of a self-made, talented, creative person, and that’s not easy to come up against.”

― Suzanne de Passe

“There is a general knowledge that I am multi-dimensional, that when you are creative you do a lot of things.”

― Suzanne Somers

“We know that creative people have all sorts of demons.”

― Suzy Menkes

“I find some collections to be more vibrant than others, but the designers who last are those who are able to continue to be creative within the mold they have cast, usually right at the beginning of their careers.”

― Suzy Menkes

“I love being part of a creative process, so having a band to work with is perfect for me.”

― Syd

“I don’t know what the creative process is. I don’t know how to trick it into starting or how to egg it on.”

― Sydney Pollack

“I think a lot of creative people are uncomfortable with therapy. Because you’re basically trying to ‘solve’ the unconscious. And the unconscious is where it all comes from.”

― Sydney Pollack

“I don’t like being locked in a cage on the creative scale. I need an outlet.”

― Synyster Gates

“A lot of people forget how important it is to be creative. We get caught up in getting ahead and in day-to-day minutiae. But creativity is a fundamental mode of expression, as is being tenacious and standing by your own convictions and passions, even if it’s not the ‘popular’ choice.”

― Tabatha Coffey

“My hand is the extension of the thinking process – the creative process.”

― Tadao Ando

“Cultivating a global incubator network would help people from all backgrounds bring creative ideas to market and launch startups that generate more jobs – and would also align to the growing interest among youth for entrepreneurship.”

― Tae Yoo

“I consider myself West African, among other cultural identities, and a writer, among other creative ones.”

― Taiye Selasi

“But you have to be creative on how you sell yourself and market yourself.”

― Talib Kweli

“My team or I didn’t enjoy any administrative authority in the creative role play for the Telugu version of ‘Queen.’”

― Tamannaah

“In TV writing, Armando Iannucci’s satire ‘The Thick of It’ is brilliant – equal parts hysterically funny, terrifyingly believable, and Oh-my-God-I-can’t-believe-he-actually-said-that – and it’s got the most satisfyingly creative insults ever.”

― Tana French

“I’m a creative person, so I have to stay busy.”

― Taraji P. Henson

“The Finland of the 21st century can thrive only if women of learning – in common with their male counterparts – are guaranteed the opportunity to use their creative potential to the full.”

― Tarja Halonen

“I think there’s something really freeing about improv, that it’s a collective, creative, in-the-moment piece. That’s really exciting and really frustrating, because it’s there and gone. There’s an amazing interaction with the audience that happens because they are very much another scene partner.”

― Tatiana Maslany

“I think there’s something really freeing about improv, that it’s a collective, creative, in-the-moment piece. That’s really exciting and really frustrating, because it’s there and gone.”

― Tatiana Maslany

“It’s great that with the Internet, there has come this sense of creative independence.”

― Tavi Gevinson

“My creative partner is a writer, and he’s got an executive producing credit on this film. We’ve made three films together and I would never underestimate the impact of a writer.”

― Taylor Hackford

“Making surf films for a living isn’t my business anymore, so it’s really more of a way to get creative and have a lot of fun with it.”

― Taylor Steele

“I’d like to think you don’t stop being creative once you get happy.”

― Taylor Swift

“Because we are four creative people – four writers – there was no way that we were ever going to be satiated doing the same thing over and again. Change was inevitable for us. And a very natural thing.”

― Ted Dwane

“We decided we wanted the site to provide readers with fresh new stories to enjoy between major book releases by their favorite authors while allowing those same authors to flex their creative muscles.”

― Teresa Medeiros

“A critic is not a creative artist, is a commenter, a midwife of creativity, but not creative himself.”

― Terry Teachout

“The hardest part of writing is the first draft, and the closer you get to your deadline, the messier your workspace becomes – but that’s the same with any creative outlet.”

― Tess Gerritsen

“I’ve gone places where they’ve told me what I need to do, what I need to say, who I need to be, what moves I need to perform. And at Impact I get to just be me. I have creative control to be me and do what I want.”

― Tessa Blanchard

“Sometimes the creating that we do is creating a platform that allows other creative people to pitch in.”

― Theaster Gates

“My first experience with the creative was mopping tar. If you let the tar sit, it can get cold pretty quickly. And because the mops are so heavy, you’ve got to dip it and then ride it really fast.”

― Theaster Gates

“I keep a creative group around me.”

― Theophilus London

“I’m trying to fuse popular and commercial music and just make very creative music. It’s popular music: it’s everything for everybody.”

― Theophilus London

“It is very important that people see there is a bright future, and we can re-engage that entrepreneurial spirit of the trading nation for which the U.K. has always been known – that dynamic, creative spirit.”

― Theresa May

“As with many teens, my first jobs included babysitting and mopping floors at McDonald’s. Since then, I’ve held jobs a diverse as selling used cars, selling apparel, cosmetics, and real-estate, substitute-teaching six graders, teaching undergraduate creative writing, and working as an editorial assistant for a literary magazine.”

― Therese Fowler

“It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“Compromise is the key element. The more constraints you have, the more compromise you have to have. But, I personally believe that, when that happens, you have to get more creative, and you end up with something that is even better.”

― Thomas Ian Nicholas

“The thing about the creative process is it’s so chaotic.”

― Thomas Newman

“Music is one of the last elements in the creative process. It can and hopefully should tie a bow around an artistic concept, how a story moves forward, the pace of that storytelling.”

― Thomas Newman

“For the creative players, sometimes it is better that they are not under pressure.”

― Thomas Tuchel

“Neymar is a leader when he is happy – being happy means being creative and feeling inspired.”

― Thomas Tuchel

“It doesn’t matter if they’re famous or not – I just want to meet other creative people who can maybe bring something different to the studio than what I have. I think that’s the most important thing for me.”

― Tiesto

“Soccer’s not a game that you can restrict players, especially creative players and players who have proven themselves at that level.”

― Tiffeny Milbrett

“I’m a creative guy, artistically with graphics.”

― Tim Allen

“I’m used to being in creative environments where people throw out a lot of ideas.”

― Tim Armstrong

“When something is such a creative medium as the web, the limits to it are our imagination.”

― Tim Berners-Lee

“I’m excited about the idea of an act of theatre triggering a parallel creative act of writing.”

― Tim Crouch

“The creative tension with spirituality vs. practicality in the world of politics is a vital conversation.”

― Tim Daly

“Publishers are very risk-averse, so they lean towards licenses and sequels. But the fact is that even those are not guaranteed hits. So, if ‘playing it safe’ does not guarantee hits, they might as well leave it up to the really creative, risk-taking people, because they couldn’t do any worse.”

― Tim Schafer

“I’ve always felt like there was less creative space on sets with guardians. I just felt independent at a young age.”

― Timothee Chalamet

“You’re best off when you’re part of the centre of the creative universe.”

― Timothy C. Draper

“There’s probably a little more creative freedom in cable versus network, a little less of a committee looking over everyone’s shoulder, but it depends on the network; it depends on the show; it depends on who the head writer or show runner is and what track record they have.”

― Timothy Hutton

“Creativity seldom thrives in an atmosphere of great discipline or scrutiny. That’s one reason we tend not to want our leaders to get too creative.”

― Timothy Noah

“Hair color is just an expression of something different that you want to have, or something creative.”

― Tina Knowles

“If you’re a creative person, what inspires you is always changing; it’s always shifting.”

― Tinashe

“The critics are not writers – they’re not a part of the creative process; therefore, they should not influence how I go about doing my next bit of work.”

― Tituss Burgess

“Anyone who’s taken a lot of creative-writing classes, or taught creative writing, has learned to dread a certain kind of manuscript. It’s long, for one thing. It has irritatingly small type; it’s grammatically meticulous when it comes to everything but punctuation, for which it has developed its own system of Tolkienic elaboration.”

― Tom Bissell

“If you become a creative writer with the idea that you are going to make a whole lot of money, then maybe this isn’t the best choice for you.”

― Tom Drury

“Indolence, of course, is an absolutely crucial part of the creative process: you do not find poets sitting in rows in cavernous word factories, staring at screens. They are rather to be found lolling on the sofa or strolling through the groves, nursing their melancholic temperaments and losing themselves in extended reveries.”

― Tom Hodgkinson

“I suddenly realised, hey, I’m not a lazy idiot, I’m an idler! It’s something to aspire to, it’s part of the creative process! That’s fantastic!”

― Tom Hodgkinson

“I come from very creative parents.”

― Tom Holland

“Nothing else is as fulfilling as playing a part in which you are able to have a significant say in the creative process all the way through. How many actors get to do that? It’s extremely rare.”

― Tom Hollander

“A truly vibrant and creative culture depends on a system of education which is not divided along class and sectarian lines.”

― Tom Paulin

“My intent was to gain experience for fiction I eventually hoped to write. But there’s no question I was drawn in by the hope that journalism would be a creative, thrilling environment.”

― Tom Rachman

“I’m a designer of more than clothes. I am a designer of a very creative concept.”

― Tommy Hilfiger

“When the uncreative tell the creative what to do, it stops being art.”

― Tony Bennett

“I was a creative kid; I wasn’t really into sports, and sports in the South are a pretty big deal. It’s like a religion down there.”

― Tony Hale

“I was kind of a spastic, creative kid.”

― Tony Hale

“I spent a lot of time on recce. It is a kind of creative chaos, but I like the sense of creative serendipity.”

― Tony Harrison

“I’m impressed with how the NBA, as a whole, is dressing so well. Guys are being very creative and having fun with it.”

― Tony Parker

“There’s room for everybody on the planet to be creative and conscious if you are your own person. If you’re trying to be like somebody else, then there is isn’t.”

― Tori Amos

“Clothing started as an armor for me. It was one of the ways that I protected myself from the world. It evolved into a form of creative expression.”

― Tracee Ellis Ross

“I’d like to think I inspire young people to be creative.”

― Tracey Emin

“I decided to do whatever I could to make sure the business side of music didn’t intrude on the creative part.”

― Tracy Chapman

“What I like about non-fiction is that it covers such a huge territory. The best non-fiction is also creative.”

― Tracy Kidder

“Most creative thing I’ve ever done? Got somebody pregnant.”

― Tracy Morgan

“Yes, money is important. But it’s all about the creative process.”

― Travis Scott

“I don’t get why radio shows allow artists to do shows without creative control, without any art direction at all. Instead of that, I get their press guys, their camera guys to be my backdrop of my show.”

― Travis Scott

“I feel like ‘Birds in the Trap’ seem united; it’s just metaphor for ones in their box that are stuck and can’t get their creative idea out.”

― Travis Scott

“’The Last Pictures’ is meant to create a framework to think about the long-term effects of human civilizations and the transformations we’ve made to the world around us. Having said that, every person in the world would have done the project differently, so in that sense, I guess it bears my creative stamp.”

― Trevor Paglen

“Creative projects are rarely the result of a single person’s efforts.”

― Trevor Paglen

“In terms of the creative side of it, it’s really been a thing where you come up with the funny stuff is usually at a bar or out talking to people or whatever.”

― Trey Parker

“I had a fascination with the back side of the business, and the creative process always fascinated me. Vince gave me an opportunity in ’98 to sit in the production meetings. He would talk creative with me, and we had this creative rapport.”

― Triple H

“I was an A student and I liked creative writing.”

― Trisha Yearwood

“I don’t think we’re out there aggressively looking for deals. Our strategy is that business follows the creative. We’re not out there scouring the marketplace for opportunities.”

― Troy Carter

“The music industry really is a meritocracy on a creative level.”

― Troy Carter

“I stay away from the arts… writing songs, being creative – those are downloads from God. You can’t do data analytics on art.”

― Troy Carter

“I feel like I’m the most creative when I’m bored.”

― Troye Sivan

“In all the stuff I do, I really like it most when I’m being creative and collaborative, working with people who have my kind of energy around me.”

― Trudie Styler

“Playing shows is really fun. And writing music is really fun. But going on tour for a year is one of the more soul-crushing experiences you can have as a creative person.”

― Tunde Adebimpe

“I enjoy being in control, having a lot of creative control.”

― Two Chainz

“After so many years, I’ve learned that being creative is a full-time job with its own daily patterns. That’s why writers, for example, like to establish routines for themselves.”

― Twyla Tharp

“One of the guys I’ve always said was one of my favorite fighters to watch was Sakuraba. He’s always been really creative. He’s got a great attitude, and I think he has the right approach of just going in there and letting it all hang out.”

― Urijah Faber

“Hollywood’s like a warehouse. It’s just a place that you go. What’s interesting in the warehouse has to do with the creative people.”

― Val Kilmer

“Being creative and making money in the theater is very challenging.”

― Val Kilmer

“The creative impulses of man are always at war with the possessive impulses.”

― Van Wyck Brooks

“The difference between a top-flight creative man and the hack is his ability to express powerful meanings indirectly.”

― Vance Packard

“I went to a very academic school, but I never really quite… I think because not that many people were particular creative or arty, I felt a little bit different.”

― Vanessa Kirby

“Well, my type is obviously creative. Creative, with burning eyes and a pretty mouth.”

― Vanessa Paradis

“Time moves too slowly for me to notice any evolution in my creative tendencies.”

― Varg Vikernes

“I love spreadsheets. I do all the finances. I pay the publicists. I have to compartmentalize the creative and the business, so there are sacrifices. But ultimately, I get to be the CEO of my own business.”

― Verite

“The dilemma felt by science fiction writers will be perceived in other creative endeavors.”

― Vernor Vinge

“That’s why, when Alias came along, I knew I’d be OK if the show was on for five or six years because the writing was so good and the creative team was so strong.”

― Victor Garber

“I really am into crystals. I’m a real positive thinker. I believe in creative visualisation.”

― Victoria Beckham

“I believe in creative visualization.”

― Victoria Beckham

“I did not go to any creative writing workshop; I did not major in literature. If I can write, anyone can write. All it needs is imagination.”

― Vikas Swarup

“My hairdresser loves me because he gets the liberty to get creative with my hair.”

― Vikrant Massey

“The minute you succumb to outside pressure, you cease to be creative.”

― Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

“I’m always trying to prove to my 17-year-old self that I can do creative things I thought weren’t possible.”

― Virgil Abloh

“I pride myself in collaborating and being a creative director, and creative direction isn’t putting my opinion first. It’s supporting an artist so they get the most out of the project.”

― Virgil Abloh

“’Creative director’ is a catchall phrase for giving ideas. To me, it obviously means more than that. It’s like being a counselor.”

― Virgil Abloh

“Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.”

― Virginia Woolf

“Almost any biographer, if he respects facts, can give us much more than another fact to add to our collection. He can give us the creative fact; the fertile fact; the fact that suggests and engenders.”

― Virginia Woolf

“I was brought up to be uncompromisingly bloody-minded by my mother. She equipped me, without knowing it, to be someone who is creative rather than an entertainer. Not many girls are brought up like that, to never rely on a man. To not be a housewife, not be a mother.”

― Viv Albertine

“Passion is in all great searches and is necessary to all creative endeavors.”

― W. Eugene Smith

“It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.”

― W. Somerset Maugham

“I feel like I’m one of the more creative artists in the game. I think I’m going to be here for a while.”

― Wale

“Under trees, the urban dweller might restore his troubled soul and find the blessing of a creative pause.”

― Walter Gropius

“The ultimate aim of all creative activity is the building!”

― Walter Gropius

“Proficiency in a craft is essential to every artist. Therein lies the prime source of creative imagination. Let us then create a new guild of craftsmen without the class distinctions that raise an arrogant barrier between craftsman and artist!”

― Walter Gropius

“With but a few exceptions, we don’t have this personal study under masters any more. Craftsmanship has sunk very low. We no longer have any universally creative persons who are able to guide young learners not only in technical matters but also, at the same time, in a formal way.”

― Walter Gropius

“I do think it’s important, if you’re going to be very creative, to be a seeker.”

― Walter Isaacson

“What drives the creative person is that we see it all.”

― Wanda Sykes

“There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.”

― Warren Bennis

“But the business side of it, as with most creative things, there is no room for business. It is about art. It’s not about marketing.”

― Warren Cuccurullo

“Everyone at Junction Point has been inspired by the creative folks at Pixar and Disney Feature Animation to make ‘entertainment for everyone.’”

― Warren Spector

“From a gameplay standpoint, I’ve said for years that hero, fiction, and tone have nothing to do with the idea that choices have consequences. And that’s really what I’m interested in. I care about you showing how clever and creative you are.”

― Warren Spector

“An artist or a creative person of any kind goes about their work because it’s their path, it’s what excites them, it’s what aligns their soul with who they truly are, who they showed up to be.”

― Wayne Dyer

“When they say ‘jazz,’ I’m thinking of a word called ‘the creative process.’ It intersects every vein and tributary, avenue, path, that everyone’s living. It crosses through there, but it’s been contained.”

― Wayne Shorter

“Jazz at Lincoln Center is something that is very necessary for the creative process. There’s a couple of brothers running around New York, trying to buy up the cultural places, who shall remain nameless. Well, there’s a lot of brothers – pick any two. Pin the tail on the… they want to buy up stuff and steer the country a certain way.”

― Wayne Shorter

“It’s up to the person who’s being creative to find ways to emerge and shake up the world of wealth.”

― Wayne Shorter

“Part of my motivation for writing mysteries for young people is that I loved mysteries when I was growing up, and now that I’m on the creative end of things, I’m discovering that they’re even more fun to write!”

― Wendelin Van Draanen

“I have never had too much trouble for creative ideas to spring up in my mind.”

― Wilbur Smith

“People don’t really know themselves until they’re 30. Like most people nowadays, I went to university, got a degree and wandered for a bit. I trained to be a chartered accountant, which I didn’t much enjoy, and it was only slowly that the idea of becoming a creative writer gelled.”

― Wilbur Smith

“Anyone who does anything creative is always gonna want to change.”

― Will Ferrell

“We need creative people working with broadcasters, making smart content to inspire people to be geniuses.”

― will.i.am

“When anyone starts out to do something creative – especially if it seems a little unusual – they seek approval, often from those least inclined to give it. But a creative life cannot be sustained by approval, any more than it can be destroyed by criticism – you learn this as you go on.”

― Will Self

“There is something mysteriously powerful that can happen when young, inchoate minds come into contact with older and more worldly ones in a spirit of intellectual and creative endeavour – if I believed in progress, I suppose that’s what I’d call it.”

― Will Self

“In my view, the plangent artificiality of a lot of creative work results from the fact that the people who write novels, direct films and put on plays tend to read too many novels, watch too many films and go to too many plays.”

― Will Self

“If you have to be the antagonist, you often have a lot more creative powers. You have a lot more color to you.”

― William Atherton

“There is one crucial rule that must be followed in all creative meetings. Never speak first. At least at the start, your job is to shut up.”

― William Goldman

“Being a screenwriter is not enough for a full creative life.”

― William Goldman

“I know what I love about acting – and it’s the creative process.”

― William Hurt

“I’m not there to tailor the role to me: I’m there to tailor me to the role. That guarantees me something, a precious thing, which is creativity. I’m guaranteed that I will have a creative experience, because I will go to it, not demand that it comes to me.”

― William Hurt

“For every artist, experience is never complete until it has been reproduced in creative work.”

― William Jay Smith

“It is the function of creative man to perceive and to connect the seemingly unconnected.”

― William Plomer

“Acting is easier – writing is more creative. The lazy man vies with the industrious.”

― William Shatner

“Writing is truly a creative art – putting word to a blank piece of paper and ending up with a full-fledged story rife with character and plot.”

― William Shatner

“In my proudest moments, I think I had a real hand in the creative force of making ‘Star Trek.’ But most of the time, I don’t think about it.”

― William Shatner

“I think being an artist, or just being creative, or imaginative, or aware, where I think everybody starts out, and by about the age of 10, that’s been pretty effectively whipped out by education.”

― William T. Wiley

“It’s happy and secure people who the are most creative.”

― Winnie Byanyima

“The thing about Nashville that’s amazing is everyone plays… so you don’t meet up for a drink, you meet up for a pick. It’s an incredibly creative town, just bubbling with energy.”

― Winston Marshall

“I have to have some kind of creative outlet; otherwise, I’m hell to be around.”

― Withered Hand

“My explorations of the technical world started with Legos, with which I was quite creative in constructing moving objects with the basic building blocks that were then available.”

― Wolfgang Ketterle

“I spend time on campaign creation and implementation, anything from sitting down with the agency or with creative companies. I also meet with supporters. We’ve been really lucky to have various high-profile supporters.”

― Yael Cohen

“I just wanted to do this all Australian film and we didn’t want to give creative control to overseas ’cause whoever comes on my sets, whether you’re sweeping the floor or an actor, it doesn’t matter who comes up with the ideas, it’s a collaboration.”

― Yahoo Serious

“It’s an infinite creative universe to explore so why chase conservative options?”

― Yahoo Serious

“Once something is memorable, it’s living and you’re using it. That to me is the foundation of a creative society.”

― Yo-Yo Ma

“I love creative people.”

― Zac Posen

“I like films that probe emotional questions and inspire you to get creative and get writing, get draping, painting, cooking, whatever that thing is where you have that kind of output.”

― Zac Posen

“I’m sure lots of actors and creative people go through this, where you have some weeks where it’s all going according to plan and some weeks where you’re super frustrated.”

― Zach Braff

“We had to take full advantage of the fact that we wanted to be one of the most creative bands out there that’s getting backed by one of the biggest companies.”

― Zacky Vengeance

“If you want to get into the creative world, you have to just keep flogging away even when nobody’s paying attention. Because then when somebody finally does pay attention, it’s certainly a lot more interesting when you have a ton of stuff to show.”

― Ze Frank

“I’m obsessed with media and the way audiences can become creative participants.”

― Ze Frank

“Many Chinese companies are run like military camps with military discipline. We do not run a company that way. It does not help the creative process.”

― Zhang Xin

“Reading has been the fuel of my motivation: it has changed the direction in which I have traveled, and it has enhanced my creative imagination more than any other activity I have ever pursued.”

― Zig Ziglar

“I don’t fight creativity. I don’t fight against not being creative. If I’m not being creative, I’m not forcing it.”

― Ziggy Marley

“I really love being a part of the creative process. I love having an opinion that gets heard, and then it’s all up for discussion.”

― Zoe Bell

“And I think the female creative urge is intrinsically biologically linked to our ability to give birth to a child, even if we’ve never… I’ve never given birth, but I feel like it’s part of our psychology.”

― Zoe Kazan

“I feel like most creative people are total freaks.”

― Zoe Kravitz

“After I left school, where I studied art, photography and textiles at A-level, I started doing an apprenticeship in interior design, but I wasn’t really enjoying it very much, so I decided to do something creative, and in 2009, I began blogging.”

― Zoe Sugg

“I’d be more likely to go for somebody who is like me. Well, I like creative people, so whatever that means… Yeah, authentic and creative.”

― Zooey Deschanel

“Capitalism proceeds through creative destruction. What is created is capitalism in a ‘new and improved’ form – and what is destroyed is self-sustaining capacity, livelihood and dignity of its innumerable and multiplied ‘host organisms’ into which all of us are drawn/seduced one way or another.”

― Zygmunt Bauman
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