My favorite creative and lateral thinking quotes:

Lateral thinking advice for the entrepreneur:

“Never be an expert! Never be the best! Never be really good at anything. If you are . . . STOP! You’ll not likely substantially succeed there. Try to be briefed and experienced at as wide a range of experiences and skills as possible. Get sufficient knowledge and experience only up to a point that you are able to recognize talent, then move up, or onto something new.

When you find that special something that you’re incredibly passionate about, leap forward without fear or hesitation. Trust in your own instincts, ignore and defy the experts. Strike boldly with absolute faith. Gather talent and the experts under you, but it’s you who must determine your business strategy and steer your course, not the experts. As soon as you begin to feel that you’re becoming an expert in the field of your passion, it’s time to MOVE ON! Don’t make the mistake of ending up being merely a cog in the machinery of your own creation.”

– Michael Muxworthy – Author, Caesar Rising series of novels.

“You create your own universe as you go along”

– Winston Churchill

“A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window.”
– Gilles Deleuze, A Thousand Plateaus – Capitalism and Schizophrenia
“Imagination is the living power and prime agent of all human perception”
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“If you never change your mind, why have one?
 – Edward de Bono
“It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well”
– Rene Descartes

“For those who believe, no proof is necessary.  For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.”

– Stuart Chase

“We need creativity in order to break free from the temporary structures that have been set up by a particular sequence of experience”

– Edward de Bono

 “When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.”
 – Mary Kay Ash
“To some people, independent thought is heresy and critical thought blasphemy”
– Rassool Jibraeel Synman
“No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you’re keeping the man-child alive”
– John Cassavetes
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions”
– Albert Einstein
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought”
– Buddha
“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
 “If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen”
– Cher
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive, it can achieve”
– W. Clement Stone
“No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time steady eye”
– Winston Churchill
“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
“Life is “trying things to see if they work”
– Ray Bradbury
“Impossible Is Where Logical Thinking Ends and Creative Thinking Begins”
– Wayne D. Russell
“To cultivate a pleasure in being wrong sounds perverse, yet losing an argument means escaping from an old idea and the acquisition of a new way of looking at things”
– Edward de Bono
“I’m not young enough to know everything”
– J.M. Barrie
“The sorcery and charm of imagination, and the power it gives to the individual to transform his world into a new world of order and delight, makes it one of the most treasured of all human capacities”
– Frank Baron
“Whether you think you can or you can’t, either way, you are right”
– Henry Ford
“What is now proved was once only imagined”
– William Blake
“A discussion should be a genuine attempt to explore a subject rather than a battle between competing egos”
– How to have a Beautiful Mind, Edward de Bono
“All power is from within and is therefore under our own control”
– Rober Collier
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”
– Pablo Picasso
“Everyone has the right to doubt everything as often as he pleases and the duty to do it at least once. No way of looking at things is too sacred to be reconsidered. No way of doing things is beyond improvement”
– The Use of Lateral Thinking, Edward de Bono
“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it”
– Salvador Dali
“You are the only one that creates your reality”
– Unknown

“The image that concerns most people is the reflection they see in other people’s minds”

– Edward de Bono

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

– Leo Burnett

“A good listener is very nearly as attractive as a good talker. You cannot have a beautiful mind if you do not know how to listen”

– Edward de Bono

“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

“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 Bono
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try”
– Dr. Seuss
“Instead of waiting for our attention to be pulled towards something unusual, we can set out frameworks for ‘directing’ our attention in a conscious manner”
– Six Frames – Edward de Bono
“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas”
– Donatella Versace
“There may be more danger in prejudices which are apparently founded in logic than in those which are acknowledged as emotions”
– Six Thinking Hats, Edward de Bono
“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
“Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic”
– Edward de Bono
“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, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while”
– Steve Jobs
“To cultivate a pleasure in being wrong sounds perverse, yet losing an argument means escaping from an old idea and the acquisition of a new way of looking at things”
– Lateral Thinking: An Introduction, Edward de Bono
“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without”
– Cecil B. DeMille
“When the positive revolution takes hold it will no longer be enough for politicians to gain points through attack or being negative. Politicians will be expected to be constructive”
– Handbook for the Positive Revolution, Edwarde de Bono
 “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?”
– George Bernard Shaw
“If you understand the system you can design appropriate action”
– Think! Before It’s Too Late, Edward de Bono
“Creativity is contagious, pass it on”
– Albert Einstein
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls”
– Joseph Campbell
“Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of the car is separate from the way the car is driven”
– Edward de Bono
“It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just do”
– Eric Jerome Dickey
“The simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity”
– Edward de Bono
“It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just do”
– Ken Robinson
“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea”
– Edward de Bono
 “Negativity is the enemy of creativity”
– David Lynch
“A question is a polite way of demanding something”
– How To Have A Beautiful Mind, Edward de Bono
“Make an empty space in any corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it”
– Dee Hock
“The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new ideas. 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 Bono
 “There is no innovation or creativity without failure. Period!”
– Brene Brown
“In 80% of Socrates’ dialogues there was no constructive outcome. He saw his role as simply pointing out what was wrong”
– Edward de Bono
“The heart and sole of the company is creativity and innovation”
– Bob Iger

“Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations” 

– Edward de Bono

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties”

– Erich Fromm

“A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen”

– Edward de Bono

– Twyla Tharp

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