17 Famous Quotes on Creativity to Inspire Your Marketing

January 26, 2017

by Carla Johnson

One of the biggest complaints I hear from B2B marketers is that they don’t have what it takes to be creative.

To clarify, they aren’t saying that they, themselves, aren’t creative. In fact, I think most of them are massively creative.

No, what they’re saying by ‘it’ is…that they don’t have the budget, interesting product, team members, agency partner, brand, and on and onandonandone.

What they’re saying, essentially, is that they’re waiting for someone or something else to give them permission to be creative. But permission to be creative only needs to come from one person – you. If you’re inspired to be creative, it doesn’t matter what product you sell, what your boss is like or how big your budget.

Sometimes what we need to be more creative is just a reminder of how beautiful it feels when we’ve done something creative. Sure, an awesome campaign will fit the bill. But so does a wacky doodle in the corner of notepad when we’re on hold. Or laying in the grass and seeing shapes in the clouds.

Creativity doesn’t need to be a Herculean event. But it does need consistent fostering.

For me, I love to hear what highly creative people say about keeping this practice front and center. Here are 17 of my favorite quotes by amazing people to rekindle your creativity regardless of what line of work you’re in –

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”
– Pablo Picasso

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
– Vincent van Gogh

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”
– Salvador Dali

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”
– Leo Burnett

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”
– Jack London

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”
– George Bernard Shaw

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

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”
– Charles Mingus

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”
– Ray Bradbury

“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.”
– Steve Jobs

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
– Albert Einstein

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

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
– Edward de Bono

“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.”
– Albert Einstein

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

“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.”
– Bruce Garrabrandt

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

Photo credit: Unsplash Scott Umstattd

About Carla Johnson


Carla Johnson is a world-renowned storyteller, an entertaining speaker, and a prolific author.

Over the last two decades, Carla has helped architects and actuaries, executives and volunteers, innovators and visionaries leverage the art of storytelling to inspire action. Her work with Fortune 500 brands has served as the foundation for many of her books.

In her latest project, Fast Forward Files, she contributes to a larger collection of thoughts by some of the world’s greatest minds -  Shazam co-founder Dhiraj Mukherjee, activist and entrepreneur Heather Mills and behavioral designer, technologist and mental-health champion Peter Trainor. Consistently named one of the top influencers in B2B, digital and content marketing, Carla regularly challenges conventional thinking. 

Today, she travels the world teaching anyone (and everyone) how to cultivate idea-driven teams that breed unstoppable creativity and game-changing innovation.