Steve Jobs often quotes Henry Ford: ‘If I’d asked them what they wanted, they’d have told me, “A faster horse”‘.

From an article by Farhad Manjoo on Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, in The (London) Times magazine, July 2010

Leonard da Vinci spent almost half his life asleep. Like Einstein, he took short naps during the day, in his case 15 minutes every four hours.

From ‘The Book of General Ignorance’ (2008), by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

John Steinbeck (1902 – 1968), American writer, best-known for the novels The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men

A horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.

George Orwell (1903 – 1950), English author and journalist, on the ordeal of writing a book

To encourage [the] creative process… it may help if you go jogging, take a walk, do some knitting or just sit around doodling, because relatively undemanding tasks seem to free your mind to wander productively.

Article by John Tierney on ‘Discovering the Virtues Of A Wandering Mind’. The New York Times, 28 June 2010