Creativity is the ability to make unexpected combinations.
Whatever we call “new” or “creative” is merely “unexpected combination” of existing elements.
To be creative, you have to have something to combine.
You have to be exposed to ideas.
You have to keep learning.
Below is a list of people who can spark good ideas if you read or watch their work
(based on my experience, with no priority sequence):
Quotes that create sparks…
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” ~ Bruce Lee
“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.” ~ Nikola Tesla
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford
“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” ~ Winston Churchill
“Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” ~ Tony Robbins
“Change will lead to insight far more often than insight will lead to change.” ~ Milton Erickson
“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” ~ Gustave Flaubert
“Sound when stretched is music. Movement when stretched is dance. Mind when stretched is meditation. Life when stretched is celebration.” ~ Shri Ravishankar Jee
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost more than 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot, and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over in my life… and that’s why I succeed.” ~ Michael Jordan
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it” ~ Plato
“The best way to predict the future is to create it” ~ Peter Drucker
“If you desire to change the world, where would you start? With yourself or others?” ~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn
“A political victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick, the return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace by yourself. Nothing can bring you peace by the triumph of principles” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you cannot risk, you cannot grow. If you cannot grow, you cannot become your best. If you cannot become your best, you cannot be happy. And if you cannot be happy, what else matters?” ~ Dr. David Viscott
“Never let anyone come to you without coming away better and happier” ~ Mother Teresa
“Don’t change other people. Be the change you wish to see in other people” ~ Gandhi
“Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it. People come to builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just. By doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled, and by doing brave acts we become brave.” ~ Aristotle
“If you hear a voice within you saying ‘I am not a painter’, then, by all means, paint… and that voice will be silenced.” ~ Van Gogh
“Today give all that you have, for what you keep inside, you lose forever!” ~ Owen Marecic
“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” ~ Vince Lombardi, football player and coach
“You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.” ~ Adlai E. Stevenson