71 Best Quotes For Creativity & Innovation [2021]

71 Best Quotes For Creativity & Innovation [2021]

Looking for Motivation Quotes On Innovation?

Innovation is nowadays more important than ever in the world. To stand out in a global market, business owners need to focus on different ways they can keep up with evolving demand. It is important to motivate the ways companies today can innovate and how innovation can take their business to the next high.

For any business growth, creativity and innovation are very strong pillars. By innovating new things one can make the business process more easy and reliable as well as reduce expenses and productivity costs.

Whether you’re looking for motivation, a witty Instagram caption, or something to win over your team and customers, we have you covered.

We put together a list of 71 quotes on Innovation.

Here they are:


List of Inspiring Innovation Quotes

"The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail." -- Edwin H. Land

"Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual." -- Arthur Koestler

"There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns." -- Edward de Bono

"Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found." -- James Russell Lowell

"The things we fear most in organizations--fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances--re the primary sources of creativity." -- Margaret J. Wheatley

"Too much of our work amounts to the drudgery of arranging means toward ends, mechanically placing the right foot in front of the left and the left in front of the right, moving down narrow corridors toward narrow goals. Play widens the halls. Work will always be with us, and many works are worthy. But the worthiest works of all often reflect an artful creativity that looks more like play than work." -- James Ogilvy

"The achievement of excellence can only occur if the organization promotes a culture of creative dissatisfaction." -- Lawrence Miller

"When the 'weaker' of the two brains (right and left) is stimulated and encouraged to work in cooperation with the stronger side, the end result is a great increase in overall ability and often five to ten times more effectiveness." -- Professor Robert Ornstein

"Innovation - any new idea - by definition will not be accepted at first. It takes repeated attempts, endless demonstrations, monotonous rehearsals before innovation can be accepted and internalized by an organization. This requires courageous patience." -- Warren Bennis

"The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away." -- Linus Pauling

"The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions." -- Anthony Jay

"Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work." -- Chuck Close

"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas." -- Dr. Linus Pauling

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought." -- Albert von Szent-Gyorgy

"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

"Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable." -- Carl Jung

"When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: “Only stand out of my light.” Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light." -- John W. Gardner

"To be creative you have to contribute something different from what you've done before. Your results need not be original to the world; few results truly meet that criterion. In fact, most results are built on the work of others." -- Lynne C. Levesque

"We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." -- T. S. Eliot

"Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future." -- James Bertrand

"There's a way to do it better - find it." -- Thomas Edison

"Success is on the far side of failure." -- Thomas Watson

"You don't understand anything unless you understand there are at least 3 ways." -- M. Minsky

"To have a great idea, have a lot of them." -- Thomas Edison

"Companies have to nurture [creativity and motivation]--and have to do it by building a compassionate yet performance-driven corporate culture. In the knowledge economy the traditional soft people side of our business has become the new hard side." -- Gay Mitchell

"That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of our time." -- John Stuart Mill

“Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and where appropriate profits.” -- Edward de Bono

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." -- Albert Einstein

"Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity." -- Chuck Jones

"All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules; otherwise we would never have anything new." -- Charles Kettering

"Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport." -- Robert Wieder

"He who would be a man must therefore be a non-conformist." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried." -- Frank Tyger

"The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants." -- Roger von Oech

"Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things." -- Theodore Levitt

"Innovation is the process of turning ideas into manufacturable and marketable form." -- Watts Humprey

"The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams." -- W. Arthur Porter

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few." -- Shunryu Suzuki

“Innovation is anything, but business as usual.” -- Unknown

“In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman”. -- David Ogilvy

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it.” -- A. Einstein

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” -- A. Warhol

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” -- George Bernard Shaw

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” -- Alan Kay

“There are no old roads to new directions.” -- Advertisement of the Boston Consulting Group

“Nothing is stronger than habit.” -- Ovid

“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” -- A. Einstein

“Organizations, by their very nature are designed to promote order and routine. They are inhospitable environments for innovation.” -- T. Levitt

“It’s tough when markets change and your people within the company don’t.” -- Harvard Business Review

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” -- Goethe

“What we’ve done to encourage innovation is make it ordinary.” -- C. Wynett, Procter & Gamble

“To gain customer insights, we must understand that we are prisoners of what we know and what we believe”. -- Mohanbir Sawhney

“He who ask a question is a fool for 5 minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool for ever.” -- Unknown

“Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.” -- Tao Te Ching

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” -- D. Adams

“The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow” -- Rupert Murdoch

“The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear.” -- Vincent Van Gogh

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.” -- Von Szent-Gyorgyi

“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises”. -- Demosthenes

“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -- Unknown

“People who don’t take risks generally make about 2 big mistakes a year, people who do take risks generally make about 2 big mistakes a year” -- Peter Drucker

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -- R. Emerson

“The impossible is often the untried.” -- J. Goodwin

"The law of floatation was not discovered by contemplating the sinking of things, but by contemplating the floating of things which floated naturally, and then intelligently asking why they did so." -- Thomas Troward

"Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction." -- Picasso

"If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail." -- Heraclitus

"The organizations of the future will increasingly depend on the creativity of their members to survive. Great Groups offer a new model in which the leader is an equal among Titans. In a truly creative collaboration, work is pleasure, and the only rules and procedures are those that advance the common cause." -- Warren Bennis

"Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration." -- Thomas Edison

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats." -- Howard Aiken

"Some men look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of things that are not and ask why not?" -- Robert Kennedy

"In every work of genius, we recognize our once rejected thoughts." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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