Creativity is an elusive beast. It shows up when it feels like it, almost never when you most need it. 

To help get your imagination pumping, I'm sharing my personal favorite quotes on creativity...

  1. "From 30,000 feet, creating looks like art. From ground level, it's a to-do list." -- Ben Arment
  2. "Creativity is one of the last remaining legal ways of gaining an unfair advantage over the competition." -- Ed McCabe
  3. "Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while" - Steve Jobs
  4. "Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it" - Salvador Dali
  5. "Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein
  6. "Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things" - Ray Bradbury
  7. "Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill." -- Dee Hock
  8. "Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are." -- J.K. Rowling
  9. "The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." -- Sylvia Plath
  10. "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." -- Arthur Ashe
  11. "The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones." -- John Maynard Keynes
  12. "Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will" - George Bernard Shaw
  13. "Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try." - Dr. Seuss
  14. "Creativity is intelligence having fun." -- Albert Einstein
  15. "The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible." -- David Ogilvy
  16. "There is no such thing as a new idea. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope." -- Mark Twain
  17. "Nothing comes from nothing. You must continuously feed the inner beast that sparks and inspires." -- George Lois
  18. "That's the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you." -- Ray Bradbury
  19. "Creativity is a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual." -- Arthur Koestler
  20. "If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way." -- Napoleon Hill
  21. "Creativity is like washing a pig. It's messy. It has no rules. No clear beginning, middle or end. It's kind of a pain in the ass, and when you're done, you're not sure if the pig is really clean or even why you were washing a pig in the first place." -- Luke Sullivan
  22. "Making the simple complicated is commonplace. Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." -- Charles Mingus
  23. "Creative ideas flourish best in a shop which preserves some spirit of fun. Nobody is in business for fun, but that does not mean there cannot be fun in business." -- Leo Burnett