The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.

Amelia Earhart (1897 – 1937), American aviation pioneer and author

I get my ideas from a retired colonel in Hampshire and he gets his from a lady who runs the post office in north Devon. Where she gets them from I don’t know.

John Cleese (1939 – ), British comedian, actor, writer, producer

… it’s important that your conscious mind isn’t over-stimulated by challenging tasks or engaging conversations that are totally unrelated to your creative problem. If it is, your unconscious will think you’re not really that interested in finding a solution to the problem.

From the book “How To Be Creative: Demystifying the creative Process” (2014), by Neil Pavitt

Anecdotal evidence shows that the majority of people get their best ideas when they are off-guard and least expect it.

From the book Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: How Intelligence Increases When You Think Less, by Guy Claxton

You can’t guarantee that you’ll come up with a great idea; all you can do is to create the conditions for creativity to happen.

It’s like planting a seed in your garden. You just plant it in good soil and make sure it gets plenty of water and sun.

From the book “How To Be Creative: Demystifying the creative Process” (2014), by Neil Pavitt

Sarcasm may make you more creative…

… new research from Harvard Business school suggests that the processes involved with initiating and delivering a sarcastic comment may improve the creativity and cognitive functioning of both the commenter and the recipient.

From an article this week on www.pop-sci.com, the website of Popular Science magazine, reporting on a new study by the Harvard Business School

… a lot of people believe that being creative is all about having ideas.

… But filling your head full of the right information is just as vital… If you haven’t got enough information, you’ll never come up with any good ideas.

From the book “How To Be Creative: Demystifying the creative Process” (2014), by Neil Pavitt

Every new idea is born drowning.

Attributed to, among others, Bob Woodruff (1961-), American TV news anchor

To me, writing and composing are much more like painting, about colours and brushes…

I don’t use a computer when I write and I don’t use a piano… I think very abstractly when I’m writing. Then as the project moves on it becomes more like sculpting

James Horner (1953-2015), versatile American film composer, who won two Oscars for Titanic, and died in a plane-crash this week

… men and women have different opinions on what constitutes a good idea. Men consider the teabag the best invention (26%) since sliced bread (25% – a very close second). Fifty per cent of women surveyed heralded chocolate and the bra as joint top ideas.

From a 2003 GEM survey commissioned by the East of England Development Agency.