Employers who want staff to ‘think outside the box’ should get them bigger offices… Scientists say cramped working environments stifle creativity and allow fewer ‘light-bulb moments’ of inspiration… Working in airier, less constricted workplaces was found to stimulate workers’ brains more and boost their ability to ‘think outside the box’.

The Daily Telegraph: 25 January, 2012

… the human mind can take in 11 million pieces of information at any given moment. The most generous estimate is that people can consciously be aware of 40 of these.

David Brooks, in his book “The Social Animal” (2010), citing Timothy D Wilson’s book, “Strangers To Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious” (2002).

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

William Hutchinson Murray (1913-1996), Scottish mountaineer, from his 1951 book, ‘The Scottish Himalayan Expedition’. (Note: Turns out that my attribution of last week’s quote to Goethe is disputed; it might/might not have been his.)

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832), German writer and polymath