Enabling creativity takes a few key ingredients, like courage, childlike wonder, and character. Courage will enable you to invest, sacrifice, risk. Childlike wonder unlocks the world around you in a new and imaginative light. Character will give you the confidence to pursue creativity in what makes you uniquely you. Allow these wise words from artists and creatives of every kind to inspire and equip you with a greater understanding of what creativity is and requires of you.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” –Maya Angelou

“Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together.” –Vincent Van Gogh

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” –E.E. Cummings

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” –Albert Einstein

“Creativity takes courage.” –Henri Matisse

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” –Pablo Picasso

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.” –Coco Chanel

“The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing.” –Ernest Hemingway

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” –Dr. Seuss

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” –Henry David Thoreau

“If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.” –John Cleese

“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.” –Dorothy Parker

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” –Henry Ward Beecher

“The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.” –Stephen Nachmanovitch