40 Awesome Quotes on Innovation and Creativity

created at: 03/01/2012

I’m not really a “quotes” kinda guy. (See what I did there?) I don’t have a phrase in my email signature line, and I struggled every time when I was in a small group in grad school and we had to choose a quote or phrase that best describes our outlook. (You’d think I’d just have picked one to make those [twenty-four!] first days of class easier…note to 22-year-old self.)   

But, I may change my perspective on citing others with this collection from our friends at EcoSalon. They’ve rounded up a collective of non-cheesy-yet-still-inspirational sayings from artists, thinkers, scienticists, leaders, and other creatives. Some of my favorites:

There has been opposition to every innovation in the history of man, with the possible exception of the sword. -Benjamin Dana

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. -John Cage 

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. -John Steinbeck

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. -Wayne Gretzky

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. -Albert Einstein

These are good stuff. Read them all at EcoSalon: 40 Best Quotes on Innovation