11 Great Quotes on Innovation and Creativity

I love a good quote. For me, a good quote can provide that additional push that I need when motivation is lacking. Great leaders either tend to be great innovators or tend to surround themselves with great innovators. For those of you who need that little bit of additional motivation in the areas innovation and creativity, here are some of my favorites:

  1. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou
  2. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau
  3. The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. – Albert Einstein
  4. When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through. – Steve Jobs
  5. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. – Steve Jobs
  6. Where do you put the fear when you choose to innovate? The fear is there, but you have to find a place to put it. – Seth Godin
  7. Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. – Peter Drucker
  8. If Alexander Graham Bell had fallen into the Grand River and drowned that day back in Brantford, the world would still have had the telephone, the only difference being that the telephone company would have been nicknamed Ma Gray, not Ma Bell. – Malcolm Gladwell
  9. Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time. – Bill Gates
  10. Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. – General George Patton
  11. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. – Wayne Gretzky

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