They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.
Edgar Allan Poe
You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.
George S. Patton
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.
When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.
Edward de Bono
Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.
The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there.
Your theory is crazy, but it’s not crazy enough to be true.
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.
It is worth mentioning, for future reference, that the creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily. Doubts creep in. Then one becomes resigned. Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything.
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
C. S. Lewis
Your greatest weapon is your enemy’s mind
Tricks well-mastered are called techniques. Techniques half learned are merely tricks.
Ralf Dean Omar
Why be normal? What’s the point?
The secret to genius is to carry the spirit of a child into old age, which means never loosing your enthusiasm.
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
Being alive is about playing to win. Being brain dead is when you play not to loose.
If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.
Juan Ramon Jimenez
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Living fearlessly is not the same thing as never being afraid. It’s good to be afraid occasionally. Fear is a great teacher.
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
Sir Winston Churchill
Throw your heart out in front of you… and run ahead to catch it.
Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.
The mind of man is capable of anything-because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future
I did not arrive at my understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe through my rational mind.
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
George Bernard Shaw
A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
The state of least excitation of consciousness is the field of all possibilities.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the law of the universe will be simpler.
Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days… What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.
The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
They can because they think they can.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
There is only one success–to be able to spend your life in your own way.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.
The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain.
Who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; who aims at mediocrity will be far short of it.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you.
Henry Ward Beecher
It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe