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  • Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar.
    * Nnamdi Azikiwe

  • The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.
    * Frank Barron

  • Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
    * Robert Bresson

  • Every animal leaves traces of what it was; man alone leaves traces of what he created.
    * Jacob Bronowski

  • God was satisfied with his own work, and that is fatal.
    * Samuel Butler

  • 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 have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.
    * Septima Poinsette Clark

  • Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.
    * Lawrence Durrell

  • From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality. That is why you write and for no other reason that you know of. But what about all the reasons that no one knows?
    * Ernest Hemingway

  • Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.
    * Paul Klee

  • The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.
    * W. Somerset Maugham

  • Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one's death.
    * Rollo May

  • When all is said and done, monotony may after all be the best condition for creation.
    * Margaret Sackville

  • Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an after-life.
    * Arianna Stassinopoulos

  • In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?
    * Igor Stravinsky

  • The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.
    * Oscar Wilde

  • It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses.
    * Tennessee Williams

  • A line will take us hours maybe;
    Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought,
    Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.
    * W. B. Yeats