What writers have known for centuries, scientists are now endeavouring to prove: that contact with nature can boost creativity… Backpackers who spent four days in the wilderness without access to electronic devices scored 50 per cent better on a creativity test at the end of the trip, according to researchers.

News report in The Independent newspaper (UK) this week, citing a study at the University of Utah

The only real failure is the failure to try. The measure of success is how we cope with disappointment.

Words spoken by Judi Dench as the character, Evelyn, in the 2012 film, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”.

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

Anton Chekov (1860 – 1904), Russian doctor, playwright and author

The only way to remain creative is to understand the new and listen to the young.

Sir Peter Hall (1930 – ), 82, who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company as a permanent ensemble in 1960. Quoted this week in The (London) Times.

Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893), Russian composer

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

Bill Cosby (1937 – ), American comedian, actor, author, producer and more

If you can keep finding new challenges, then you can think like a young person even when you’re old and gray. That idea gives me hope.

Dean Simonton, a psychologist at UC-Davis, quoted in the book, “Imagine: How Creativity Works”, by Jonah Lehrer

[Research shows that] … the ideal amount of college for a creative career is two years of undergraduate work. After that, school seems to actually inhibit the imagination.

Jonah Lehrer, in his recent book, “Imagine – How Creativity Works”, citing research by Dean Simonton, a psychologist at UC-Davis

I quickly came to realise that people who succeed are very much like everyone else, except in one area: THEY TRY THINGS.

Shed Simove, British ideas man and subscriber to Thinc Inc’s “Creativity Thought of the Week”, writing in his excellent new book, “Success … Or your Money Back”.

We know that in offices where people don’t talk, creativity is lower. Ideas, as the writer Matt Ridley has put it, need a place to ‘have sex’.

Lucy Kellaway, columnist, The Financial Times, 23 September 2012