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1. 100Inspirational quotes 2. I invented nothing new. I simply assembled into a car the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable.Henry Ford 3. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why?Bernard BaruchAmerican businessperson and political consultant Linda Gorchels, 4. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.Albert Einstein,German physicist 5. Your brain is the most modifiable part of your whole body, and you can rewire your brain by how you use it every day.Sandra Bond Chapman,Author, Make Your Brain Smarter Linda Gorchels, 6. The average child asks 125 probing questions a day. The average adult asks a mere 6.Fast Company,Jan/Feb 2000, p. 160 7. I am constantly asked by students how I get good ideas. My answer is simple: First, have a lot of ideas. Then, throw away the bad ones.Linus PaulingNobel Laureate Linda Gorchels, 8. The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you refuse to take the turn.Author unknown 9. Its better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.James ThurberAmerican cartoonistLinda Gorchels, 10. Creativity wilts without energy renewal.Linda Gorchels, author 11. Everything is a trade-off. The more you focus on details, the more difficult it is to decipher big ideas to take into your brain bank.Sandra Bond ChapmanAuthor, Make Your Brain SmarterLinda Gorchels, 12. Nine out of ten of my experiments fail, and that is considered a pretty good record amongst scientists.Sir Harold KrotoNobel Laureate Linda Gorchels, 13. 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 Bonofather of lateral thinking Linda Gorchels, 14. Luck is being ready for the chance.J. Frank Dobie, newspaper columnist Linda Gorchels, 15. The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.PlutarchAncient philosopher 16. My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.Charles Kettering, American inventorLinda Gorchels, 17. Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.Jerry Seinfeldcomedian 18. You cant expect to hit the jackpot if you dont put a few nickels in the machine.Flip Wilsoncomedian Linda Gorchels, 19. The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.Winston ChurchillBritish politician Linda Gorchels, 20. It's not that I'm so smart; it's just that I stay with problems longer.Albert EinsteinGerman physicist Linda Gorchels, 21. There is a fountain of youth: itis your mind, your talents, thecreativity you bring to your lifeand the lives of people you love.When you learn to tap thissource, you will truly havedefeated age.Sophia LorenactressLinda Gorchels, 22. If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. Milton Berle,American comedian Linda Gorchels, 23. Because we are bound by what we know, it is difficult to imagine what we dont know.Walter Wristonformer Citicorp CEO Linda Gorchels, 24. Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.Leo Burnett advertising executive Linda Gorchels, 25. Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didnt really do it; they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.Steve Jobs,Apple Founder Linda Gorchels, 26. Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour; not a dead-end street.Denis WaitleyMotivational speaker Linda Gorchels, 27. Ideas, like fleas, jump from person to person, but they dont bite everyone.Author unknown 28. Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.Walter ElliottScottish politician Linda Gorchels, 29. Never forget your dreams.Korczak ZiolkowskiSculptor ofCrazy Horse Memorial Linda Gorchels, 30. Great ideas rarely start great; they need to brew for a while.Linda Gorchelsauthor Linda Gorchels, 31. The person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.Mark TwainAmerican author Linda Gorchels, 32. Shoot for the moon even if you miss youll be among the stars.Norman Vincent PealeMinister and author Linda Gorchels, 33. Linda Gorchels, BrainSnacksCafe.comThe young make the mistake of thinking that education can take the place of experience; the old, that experience can take the place of education.Author unknown 34. When individuals are given the chance to form teams around their diverse interests and their past experiences, the potential for creativity is enhanced.David Burkus,Author, The Myths of Creativity 35. The road to success is always under construction.Lily TomlinActress & comedian Linda Gorchels, 36. Linda Gorchels, 37. Learn from the mistakes of others you can never live long enough to make them all yourself. Eleanor RooseveltFormer U.S. First lady Linda Gorchels, 38. Theres no place where success comes before work, except in the dictionary.Author unknown Linda Gorchels, 39. If you really want to do something, youll find a way; if you dont, youll find an excuse.Jim Rohn, author 40. A mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimension.Oliver Wendell HolmesU.S. physician & author Linda Gorchels, 41. Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.Erich FromGerman social psychologist 42. I must do something will always solve more problems than something must be done.Author unknown Linda Gorchels, 43. Only the mediocre are at their best at all times.Author unknown Linda Gorchels, 44. Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who put them into action are priceless.Mary Kay AshMary Kay cosmetics 45. 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 MaCellist Linda Gorchels, 46. Success isnt permanent, and failure isnt fatal.Mike Ditka, coach 47. The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.John Maynard KeynesBritish economist Linda Gorchels, 48. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.H. Jackson Brown Jr.,American author Linda Gorchels, 49. People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.David H. Comins**There is controversy about who David Comins is and whether this quote should be attributed to him. 50. Truly creative people care a little about what they have done, and a lot about what they are doing. Their driving focus is the life force that surges in them now.Alan Cohen, author Linda Gorchels, 51. Creativity doesnt just love constraints; it thrives on them.David Burkus, authorThe Myths of Creativity 52. Curiosity combined with intrinsic motivation primes the pump of creativity.Linda Gorchelsauthor Linda Gorchels, 53. Creative thinking is not a talent; it isa skill that can be learned. Itempowers people by adding strengthto their natural abilities whichimproves teamwork, productivity, andwhere appropriate, profits.Edward de Bonofather of lateral thinkingLinda Gorchels, 54. A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.Gerald G. Jampolsky, author 55. Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.Pablo Picasso Linda Gorchels, 56. The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.Sarah Ban Breachnach, author 57. "Doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results, is the definition of crazy.Ancient proverb Linda Gorchels, 58. Success is 99 percent failureSoichiro HondaHonda Motor Corp. 59. Some people succeed because they are destined to succeed, but most people succeed because they are determined to succeed.Author unknown 60. The thoughts of two people are more valuable than money. When two people exchange dollar bills, each still has only one dollar. When they exchange ideas, each then has two ideas.Author unknown 61. I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.Arthur Hays SulzbergerNew York Times publisher 62. When all think alike, then no one is thinking."Walter LippmanAmerican writer Linda Gorchels, 63. Just when you think youve graduated from the school of experience, someone thinks up a new course. Mary H. Waldrip, author 64. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.AristotleGreek philosopher Linda Gorchels, 65. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.Albert EinsteinGerman physicist 66. Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.Emile Chartier (1868-1951)French philosopher and essayist Linda Gorchels, 67. Differentiate between necessary and unnecessary perfectionism. Necessary perfectionism saves lives. Unnecessary perfectionism causes procrastination, creates delays, and obstructs the realization of ideas. Theres a lot of room for creativity in-between. Linda Gorchels, author 68. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.Nelson MandelaSouth African politician Linda Gorchels, 69. If you have tried to do something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you tried to do nothing and succeeded.Richard Martin SternAmerican novelist 70. A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education.Smiley Blantonauthor Linda Gorchels, 71. The oak fought the wind and was broken; the willow bent when it must and survived.Robert Jordanauthor Linda Gorchels, 72. Intuition is educated by experience and employed by curiosity.Jim BlasingameAmerican entrepreneur Linda Gorchels, 73. Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.Theodore LevittHBS Professor 74. Empathy means challenging your preconceived ideas and setting aside your sense of what you think is true in order to learn what is actually true.Tom Kelley & David KelleyAuthorsCreative Confidence Linda Gorchels, 75. Curiosity is the beginning of wisdom. Franoise Sagan, French author 76. The ability to ask questions is a virtue and a trait of a free thinker.Sabina Noreartist 77. One prerequisite for achieving creative confidence is the belief that your innovation skills and capabilities are not set in stone.Tom Kelley & David KelleyAuthorsCreative Confidence 78. "Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.Frederick B. WilcoxEnglish footballer Linda Gorchels, 79. Healthy curiosity is a great key in innovation.Ifeanyi Enoch Onuohaauthor Linda Gorchels, 80. Just because I face a defeat does not mean I am defeated.Jeffrey Fryauthor Linda Gorchels, 81. Life is trying things to see if they work."Ray Bradburyauthor Linda Gorchels, 82. Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.George Kneller, author Linda Gorchels, 83. Healthy striving is self-focused: How can I improve? Perfectionism is other-focused: What will they think?Bren Brownauthor Linda Gorchels, 84. People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.Zig ZiglarMotivational speaker 85. If you wait for things to be perfect, you walk away with NOTHING. Just jump in and get started.Jennifer Ritchie PayetteManagement consultant Linda Gorchels, 86. Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. What people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.Aaron SwartzInternet hacktivist Linda Gorchels, 87. Once you start creating things, you realize that everything has intention behind it.Tom Kelley & David KelleyAuthorsCreative Confidence 88. Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.Albert Szent-GyrgyiHungarian physiologist 89. The most important asset you have for negotiating this rapidly changing world is your creative brain.Shelley CarsonAuthor, Your Creative Brain Linda Gorchels, 90. Creative experimentation propels our culture forward. That our stories of innovation tend to glorify the breakthroughs and edit out all the experimental mistakes doesn't mean that mistakes play a trivial role. As any artist or scientist knows, without some protected, even sacred space for mistakes, innovation would cease.Evgeny Molotovauthor Linda Gorchels, 91. Deadlines move creativity from ideas to action.Linda Gorchelsauthor Linda Gorchels, 92. You want experimentation. Every once in awhile, you stumble upon something that blows your mind.Jeremy StoppelmanCEO, Yelp 93. There's nothing efficient about innovation.Simon Sinekauthor 94. Most of us understand that innovation is enormously important. It's the only insurance against irrelevance. It's the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty. It's the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy.Gary HamelManagement consultant 95. The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation.Bob IgerCEO, Walt DisneyLinda Gorchels, 96. Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation.Rosabeth Moss KanterAuthor & professor Linda Gorchels, 97. Intrinsic motivation is conducive to creativity; controlling extrinsic motivation is detrimental to creativity.Theresa AmabileAuthor, Creativity in Context 98. Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.William PollardEnglish Clergyman Linda Gorchels, 99. If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.Author unknown 100. Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.Pauline R. KezerFormer CT Secretary of State 101. If you would like a free PowerPoint copy of this presentation please contact me (Linda Gorchels) through my contact page at You might also like my presentation on Setting the Stage for Creativity, available both on my website and on SlideShare. I also have a creativity and innovation blog on my website. Linda Gorchels,