Creativity is a God-given ability to take something ordinary and make it into something special. It is an openness to doing old things in new ways…. The creative spirit is part of our heritage as children of the One wo created all things. And nurturing our creativity is part of our responsibility as stewards of God’s good gifts.
~ Emilie Barnes, in The Spirit of Loveliness
There are educationists (as jargon has it) who think that creativity itself can be taught, and who write learned, and frequently dull, treatises on methods of teaching it. It is rather as though they were trying to eat air, with the usual result. The creative impulse, like love, can be killed, but it cannot be taught. What a teacher or librarian or parent can do, in working with children, is to give the flame enough oxygen so that it can burn. As far as I’m concerned, this providing of oxygen is one of the noblest of all vocations.
~ Madeleine L’Engle, in A Circle of Quiet (NY: Harper, 1972), pages 45-46
Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.
~ George Lois
When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone . . . say, traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how they come I know not nor can I force them.
Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln never saw a movie, heard a radio, or looked at television. They had loneliness and knew what to do with it. They were not afraid of being lonely because they knew that was when the creative mood in them would work.
~ Carl Sandburg