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101 Quotes on Creativity (to Inspire Ambitious, Original Marketing)

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Tim Brown

Tim Brown is the owner of Hook Agency, and strategic marketer focused primarily on driving traffic and leads for small businesses and construction companies.

In business and marketing – creativity is everything. If you just copy your competitors, your work may be half as effective, but if you think wildly outside the box, you can capture the imaginations of millions or billions.

To inspire your creativity today – we’ve curated 101 awesome quotes about creativity, how to get more of it – from some brilliant and creative thinkers, you may have heard from Maya Angelou, to Steve Jobs, to Yo-yo ma. Enjoy!

  1. “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to“. –  Jim Jarmusch
  2. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

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

  3. “Without change, there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” –  William Pollard
  4. “The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.” - Dan Stevens Click To Tweet
  5. “Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” – Yo-Yo Ma
  6. “Creativity is not talent but attitude.” – Jenova Chen
  7. “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, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” –  Steve Jobs
  8. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs
  9. “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
  10. “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein
  11. “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  12. “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook
  13. “The chief enemy of creativity is “good” sense.” – Pablo Picasso
  14. “Creativity involves breaking out of expected patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” – Edward de Bono
  15. “If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” Albert Einstein
  16. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein
  17. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
  18. “You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.” Albert Einstein
  19. “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.” Albert Einstein
  20. “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” Albert Einstein
  21. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein

    “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

  22. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein
  23. “If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much.” Steve Jobs
  24. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” Steve Jobs
  25. “The way to ratchet up our species is to get better things to more people – products with spirit and creativity.” Steve Jobs
  26. “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” –Steve Jobs Click To Tweet
  27. “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” Steve Jobs
  28. “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Ayn Rand
  29. “Your personal life, your professional life, and your creative life are all intertwined. I went through a few very difficult years where I felt like a failure. But it was actually really important for me to go through that. Struggle, for me, is the most inspirational thing in the world at the end of the day – as long as you treat it that way.” –  Skylar Grey
  30. “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” –  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  31. “Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” Stephen Covey
  32. “Your life is your canvas, and you are the masterpiece. There are a million ways to be kind, amazing, fabulous, creative, bold, and interesting.” – Kerli
  33. “The creative people I admire seem to share many characteristics: A fierce restlessness. Healthy cynicism. A real-world perspective. An ability to simplify. Restraint. Patience. A genuine balance of confidence and insecurity. And most importantly, humanity.” – David Droga
  34. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” –  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  35. “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” – Albert Einstein
  36. “When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.” – Stephen Covey
  37. “Experiencing sadness and anger can make you feel more creative, and by being creative, you can get beyond your pain or negativity.” - Yoko Ono Click To Tweet
  38. “As a boss, as a CEO, as a creative director, as a chef, I’ve learned that failure will always come. I’ve learned to give it a big squeeze, smile at it, humble myself to it and then use it as a springboard to send me on my way to strength, success, and fulfillment.” – Christina Tosi
  39. “The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued.” Ken Robinson
  40. “The most creative people have this childlike facility to play.” – John Cleese
  41. “The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” – Steve Ballmer
  42. “The highest levels of performance come to people who are centered, intuitive, creative, and reflective – people who know to see a problem as an opportunity.” – Deepak Chopra
  43. “For your own self-respect and sanity, your creative freedom, you have to be careful that you don’t rely too much on other people’s opinions of what you do because it can stunt and inhibit you.” –  Luke Evans
  44. “When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.” –  Cynthia Heimel
  45. “The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” – Pablo Picasso
  46. “Works must be conceived with fire the soul executed with clinical coolness.” – Joan Miró
  47. “He who would be a man must, therefore, be a nonconformist.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  48. “The most talented, thought-provoking, game-changing people are never normal.” – Richard Branson
  49. “If you’re not doing some things that are crazy, then you’re doing the wrong things.”- Larry Page
  50. “Create with the heart; build with the mind.” – Criss Jami
  51. “Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” –  Jack Kerouac
  52. “The most dangerous idea is silencing people.” –  Naval Ravikant
  53. “Originality is the best form of rebellion.” –  Mike Sasso
  54. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” – Brené Brown

    “Vulnerabilty: Is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” – Brene Brown

  55. “If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.” – Pablo Picasso
  56. “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” – Gustave Flaubert
  57. “The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.” – James Baldwin
  58. “We adore chaos because we love to produce order.” – M. C. Escher
  59. “When we build, let us think that we build forever.” – John Ruskin
  60. “When you can do a common thing in an uncommon way; you will command the attention of the world.” – George Washington Carver
  61. “Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  62. “If you’re to create something powerful and important, you must at the very least be driven by an equally powerful inner force.” – Ryan Holiday
  63. “If it doesn’t sell; it isn’t creative.” - David Ogilvy Click To Tweet
  64. “That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of our time.” – John Stuart Mill
  65. “Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. ” – Victor Pinchuk
  66. “So go on, get angry. But keep your mouth shut and go do your work.” – Austin Kleon
  67. “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan
  68. “The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” – Claude Monet
  69. “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” – Neil Gaiman
  70. “Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” – Leo Tolstoy
  71. “For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.” – Jean Dubuffet
  72. “Absurdity and anti-absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.” – Karl Lagerfeld
  73. “The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.” – Martin Luther King Jr
  74. “Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.” – Austin Kleon
  75. “When I am completely myself, entirely alone during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly.” – Mozart
  76. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; It’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

    “The Question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

  77. “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
  78. “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh
  79. “The first and most important thing an individual can do is to become an individual again, decontrol himself, train himself as to what is going on and win back as much independent ground for himself as possible.” – William S. Burroughs
  80. “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” - Andy Warhol Click To Tweet
  81. “It seems like the world is crumbling out there, but it is actually a really great time in your life to get a little crazy, follow your curiosity and be ambitious about it.” – Larry Page (Google)
  82. “Perfection is no small thing, but it is made up of small things.” – Michelangelo
  83. “Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse
  84. “I shut my eyes in order to see.” – Paul Gauguin
  85. “To be an artist is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore
  86. “You are your only limit.”
  87. “Good art inspires; Good design motivates.” – Otl Aicher

    “Good art inspires; good design motivates.” – Oti Aicher

  88. “The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.” – G.K. Chesterton
  89. “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.” – Mikhail Bakunin
  90. “Replace fear with curiosity.” – Steven Spielberg
  91. “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” – Chuck Close
  92. “When all think alike, then no one is thinking.” – Walter Lippman
  93. “Without freedom, there is no creation.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  94. “My humor is my creativity, and my skepticism is a gift.” – J. Tillman
  95. “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old. ” – Peter F. Drucker
  96. “Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas.” – Austin Kleon
  97. “Creativity is as important as literacy.” – Ken Robinson
  98. “Ideas come from everything.” – Alfred Hitchcock
  99. “Cowardice is the most terrible of vices.” – Mikhail Bulgakov
  100. “Everything is interesting. Look closer.”

    “Everything is interest – look closer”

  101. “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London Click To Tweet
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18:43 19 Jun 19
I am a small business owner who was referred to Hook Agency to develop my website, promoting and advertising my business. The first time I spoke with Tim I knew his company would be a good fit for my business. The entire Hook Agency team was very responsive, acommodating, patient, and easy to work with. They made the whole process productive and stress-free. I recommend their services to anyone starting a business or for those who simply would like the best agency supporting their business.read more
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13:17 04 Jun 19
I was looking for agencies because we wanted to create a new website and blog. Hook was one of our top choices, but admittedly, I was nervous based on the fact they had not done work in my industry before. Fast forward to a year later, and I couldn't be happier. The team at Hook is responsive, resourceful, creative, and fun to work with. We have great content on our blog, and website continues to grow each month. I'm "Hook"ed!read more
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03:10 24 May 19
We have nothing but great things to say about the Hook Agency. Their website work, and subsequent SEO, blog writing, and social media expertise have done wonders for our lead pipeline. We would recommend them to anyone looking for a competent and professional digital marketing team. We already have them contracted to do another project!read more
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20:17 15 May 19
Great company to do some SEO work with and also a great help on the website building. They have quick response to questions, updates, and last minute changes.
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17:07 15 May 19
Tim and the entire Hook Agency team has been the exact partner my company needed for all things web design, SEO, and even digital marketing strategy. Was hesitant at first with the complexity of my industry, but they have far exceeded expectations with research and content development. Our SEO position and inbound leads were almost nonexistent. Within three months our website authority and position had drastically increased, and we were consistently receiving organic leads. Now we have closed our first inbound lead as an organization and are transitioning to let Hook manage our PPC. As a small business, Tim has been helped us get the best bang for our buck while getting to know our company and process to help achieve our goals. We have used several large and small SEO companies in the past, but Hook Agency's management has provided the first measurable difference and growth. Would highly recommend!read more
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We considered several web-design firms before selecting Hook Agency to redesign a large portion of our company site, and we're incredibly happy with the results. Not only was the team able to create exactly what we wanted, they've come up with some great compromises between keeping our brand voice and SEO writing, providing solutions that I'm confident no other firm would be able to dream up. It's been a very collaborative process and we're seeing great outcomes. They've also provided technical support on some small web issues, which takes major headaches off our plates as a small business without a full-time IT department. We absolutely recommend them!read more
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We absolutely love our website. Hook Agency was very professional and provided us with a website that exceeded our expectations. We've also continued with their SEO services.
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Very impressed! Long story short, our company website that was hosted elsewhere somehow lost data and went down. When the hosting company failed to do anything about it Hook Agency didn’t hesitate to help. They went above and beyond to get us back up and running. They made us feel confident and comfortable with what they were doing and explained everything each step of the way. I would definitely recommend them!read more
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16:16 09 Jan 19
Super impressed with Tim. I had no idea how to find a web developer in my budget. Even though he was well out of my price range, he still very kindly took the time to suggest a few options and and walked me through how pro web developers operate. Class act! Thank you!!
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Hook Agency came up with highly creative SEO solutions to my growing website. Their process was very insightful and they explained everything in an intelligent way without making me feel talked down to. I would recommend Hook Agency for anyone's SEO needs in Minneapolis.
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Such a good website creator! So creative, responsive and helpful. Great team!!!
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00:29 18 Sep 18
HOOK made the complex topic of SEO far less intimidating. They were patient and understanding with our learning curve. They worked "with" us, educating us as to where the opportunities were. They identified what "they" could do for us and even more valuable, what "we" could and should be doing for ourselves. HOOK and their style of full transparency, had us feeling comfortable immediately and ultimately feeling like we had a trusted partner working for our best interests. We look forward to our future collaboration and success!read more
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Hook Agency has been a great resource for our small business. From creating our initial site to making updates as we grow, Hook has always been easy to work with. And they are quick with bug fixes which I really appreciate!
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17:07 27 Jul 18
Amazing! Seriously, first class customer service and good people!!! Talk about going above & beyond... couldn't ask for a better experience.
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Finding a website design company that is highly creative, technically competent , fundamentally sound, well organized, willing to listen and committed to service is unique indeed. We found exactly that at Hook Agency.
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21:10 05 Jul 18
Without even paying a dime, Tim looked at my google analytics account and my google console account and gave invaluable free advice. Although his services were not a good fit for my needs at this point, I would highly recommend his services for SEO and high raking on google searches. Hook Agency is the way to go!read more
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Tim and his team were collaborative, responsive, fast and delivered quality work on a tight timeline. The Wordpress pages they built are easy to update, mobile friendly and we plan on using the template they built for landing pages down the road. Tim also provided insightful guidance on SEO and lead generation best practices along the way.read more
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When I began searching for an SEO agency last year, I received a lot of generic proposals from SEO agencies who wanted our money but didn't show any dedication to learning our niche industry. Tim, on the other hand, came to the table armed with a list of keywords to go after, goals to reach, a knowledge of what our competitors were doing, and an eagerness to understand our industry. Since then, Tim has shown a deep commitment to our success and has gone above and beyond to make sure we reach the goals we set. In the last year, our company has experienced a 30.8% increase in conversions from organic search (3mos/3mos) and a 135.06% increase in page views from organic search (3mos/3mos). The conversation has shifted from "let's get more leads" to "we need to hire more employees to handle all this new business." Tim has been incredible to work with, and I'd recommend him highly to anyone looking to hire an SEO specialist.read more
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15:19 21 Feb 18
Tim has always been super responsive, creative in design, and helping us long after he should! Highly recommend!
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15:52 20 Sep 17
“My company launched our completely revamped website and couldn't be happier with the way the site turned out, and our experience with Tim B Design. They took our old website with outdated graphics, poor sales results and transformed it into a modern, incredibly attractive and sales thriving site. In 6 short months we have seen a 300% increase in sales by online traffic, a greater return than we had ever imagined. Our product keywords are up over 350% and our website can easily be found on top of any major search engine. When we met with them to discuss the project, we were immediately impressed with how easy they were to communicate with—just real, down to earth, believable people that don't talk over your head with tech jargon. They listened and spent ample time understanding our products and message to make sure the site layout was exactly what we wanted.These days, I feel that people get to know your business through your website before they even walk through your door so it better be a good first impression. Our site brings in new clients every single day. The best part is that my website is so easy to use, I am able to edit content whenever I need to. It’s become such a great tool for my business. I am so in love with my branding, I receive compliments everyday. The Tim B Design team is amazing. They are creative, quick and so much fun to work with, I highly recommend them to any business.”Brad LorenceOwner, Banksystems Marketing Incread more
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19:44 03 Aug 17
Awesome - we are seeing great improvement in our traffic and engagement. It's a pleasure working with Tim he is such a gifted guru of seo and digital marketing.
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14:44 11 Jul 17
Tim B Design is exceptional to work with! He and his team have a great attitude, they've shown excitement in helping my business, and they are go getters! When I first contacted Tim on his website he responded to me almost immediately which was great. After our first face to face meeting I knew I wanted to work with him. I agreed to have them design my logo and build my website. In the process of doing that Tim thoroughly educated me on the importance of SEO which I knew very little about. There was absolutely no pressure to purchase anything while he was educating me but I decided to enter in an agreement for that too. Shortly after starting SEO they had availability to take over my social media accounts and I jumped at that opportunity. I put my full trust in them and they are doing great with all of it. Because of their work I've already seen growth in the number of sales leads generated by my website which is terrific! If you need help with any of these areas you need to contact Tim B design. Thank you Tim and Bea!read more
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