Curiosity is the key to creativity (quotes)

Curiosity ignites creativity

  • Curiosity is the key to creativity. Akio Morita
  • Curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Walt Disney
  • Creativity grows out of two things: curiosity and imagination. Benny Goodman
  • The less judgment the more curiosity, and the more curiosity the more creativity. Michael Ray
  • Curiosity is the raw stuff of creativity. Eat up as much raw material as you can. Tim Burrowes
  • Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. Leo Burnett
  • Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play. Henri Matisse
  • Your soul is infinitely creative. It is alive and expansive in nature. It is curious and playful, changing with the tides of time. Debbie Ford
  • You can’t just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people and get the best out of them. Ken Robinson
  • Creative thinking is more than just coming up with new ideas. It is about living life in a way that is open, authentic and curious. It is a mind-set and approach to everything we do. Cyndi Burnett
  • Mastering the art of asking questions is essential to creativity and innovation. A More Beautiful Question should be standard reading for all aspiring design thinkers as well an inspiration to those searching for a life of curiosity and meaning. Tim Brown
  • Imagination is a flame that ignites the creative spirit. Imagination lights up your mind by stoking mental fires. It can be stimulated from the outside through the senses, or from the inside through the driving power of curiosity and discontent. Wilferd Peterson
  • Creativity is a renewable resource. Challenge yourself every day. Be as creative as you like, as often as you want, because you can never run out. Experience and curiosity drive us to make unexpected, offbeat connections. It is these nonlinear steps that often lead to the greatest work. Biz Stone
  • There’s really no secret about our approach. We keep moving forward – opening up new doors and doing new things – because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. We’re always exploring and experimenting. We call it Imagineering – the blending of creative and imagination with technical know-how. Walt Disney
  • Curiosity is a key building block. The more curious you are, the more creativity you will unleash. A great way to do that is to ask the three “magic questions” again and again… those questions are simply, “Why”, “What if?”, and “Why not?”. Asking these questions constantly focused you on the possibilities and away from how things are at the moment. Josh Linkner
  • Since I reached the conclusion that the essence of the creative person is being in love with what one is doing, I have had a growing awareness that this characteristic makes possible all the other personality characteristics of the creative person: independence of thought and judgment, honesty, perseverance, curiosity, willingness to take risks and the like. Ellis Paul Torrance
  • Genuine play occurs when you lose sight of yourself and your life for the moment. You are totally immersed in whatever physical or creative activity with no awareness of the passing of time. You are truly awake and alive. For some people, play may be more physical. For others, it is a creative outlet for expression. However, both types of play can satisfy our basic need for curiosity, exploration, and fun. Jill Murphy Long
  • Each of us is born with two contradictory sets of instructions: a conservative tendency, made up of instincts for self-preservation, self-aggrandizement, and saving energy, and an expansive tendency made up of instincts for exploring, for enjoying novelty and risk-the curiosity that leads to creativity belongs to this set. But whereas the first tendency requires little encouragement or support from outside to motivate behaviour, the second can wilt if not cultivated. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Curiosity and creativity are twins

  • Humans are born curious, creative, and intuitive. Ken Robinson
  • Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. Mae Jemison
  • Survival is for the human animal; fear the motivation. For the spiritual being survival is irrelevant. Curiosity, compassion and creativity are the name of the game; unconditional love the motivation. Peter Shepherd
  • The human brain had a vast memory storage. It made us curious and very creative. Those were the characteristics that gave us an advantage – curiosity, creativity and memory. And that brain did something very special. It invented an idea called ‘the future.’ David Suzuki
  • Learning emerges from discovery, not directives; reflection, not rules; possibilities, not prescriptions; diversity, not dogma; creativity and curiosity, not conformity and certainty; and meaning, not mandates. Stephanie Pace Marshall
  • Will the sheer power of computing and simulated brain be sufficient to jump-start the hitherto now mysterious processes of love, hope, ambition, belonging, creativity, fear, lust and curiosity? Kate Levchuk
  • I’m trying to dismantle a stereotype that in order to live any kind of creative life, you have to be in torment and suffering. We’re addicted to this idea because it makes for good bio pics… but I actually think it’s better to live a life where you’re constantly exploring your curiosity and creativity. Elizabeth Gilbert