The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.

Stephen Covey (1932 – ), American leadership guru and author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), theoretical physicist and the father of modern physics, best-known for developing the general theory of relativity.

The idea that creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time.

Stephen King (1947 – ), American novelist, in his non-fiction book, “On Writing” (2000)

Start-ups are a creative endeavor by definition. Yet our current classrooms, geared toward tests on narrowly defined academic subjects, stifle creativity… If a young person happens to retain enough creative spirit to start a business upon graduation, she does so in spite of her schooling, not because of it.

Michael Ellsberg, author of ‘The Education of Millionaires: It’s Not What You Think and It’s Not Too Late’, writing this month in The New York Times on, ‘Will Drop-Outs Save America?’

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Stephen Covey (1932 – ), leadership guru and author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, writing here on the importance of staying focused.

I have no idea where it came from. It just came all of a sudden. One minute it wasn’t there and the next the whole line was there. It was one of the shocking moments in my songwriting career. At the time I remember thinking, ‘This is really considerably better than what I usually write’.

Paul Simon (1941 – ), singer-songwriter, in a BBC documentary this week, recalling the moment that the melody for the song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, came to him.

If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.

Michelangelo (1475 – 1564), Italian Rennaissance painter, sculptor, architect and more

Remain frugal. The less you can live on, the more chance your idea will succeed. This is true, even after you’ve ‘made it’.

Hugh McLeod, blogger at gapingvoid.com + author of “Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys To Creativity”, from which this comes

Picasso was a terrible colorist. Turner couldn’t paint human beings… Bob Dylan can’t sing or play guitar… The really good artists, the really successful entrepreneurs, figure out how to circumvent their limitations… Don’t make excuses. Just shut up and get on with it.

Hugh McLeod, blogger at gapingvoid.com + author of “Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys To Creativity”, from which this is a quotation

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Steve Jobs (1955 – 4 October 2011), American entrepreneur and inventor, best-known as the CEO of Apple. RIP.