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It seems to be one of the paradoxes of creativity that in order to think originally, we must familiarize ourselves with the ideas of others. 

— George Kneller (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

Education isn’t stifling; it is mind-expanding. Engaging both sides of the brain in active learning, exploring subjects from math to science to history, frees our creativity to begin discovering new and uncharted territory. It is a paradox: It takes the disciplined mind, dedicated to studying what is known, to unleash our unfettered creativity!

—Mike Hazell

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The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.

— Albert Einstein (1921, by Ferdinand Schmutzer; Public Domain)

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The key question isn’t ‘What fosters creativity?’ But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.

— Abraham Maslow (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1879, by Armstrong & Co.; Public Domain)

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Having imagination (often means) it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, were you unimaginative, would take you only a minute.

—Franklin Pierce Adams (Public Domain)

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Capital isn’t that important in business. Experience isn’t that important. You can get both of these things. What is important is ideas.

—Harvey Samuel Firestone (by Underwood & Underwood;Public Domain)

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A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. It has come to you over a new route, by a new and express train of association.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (by Harris & Ewing; Public Domain)

The human mind is an awe-inspiring tool, but it responds to what we feed into it. If we are constantly focused on negative thoughts and dark introspection, the mind will find a way to fuel outcomes supporting those thoughts. If, however, we remain focused on what we need to accomplish, what we need to achieve, the mind will go to work finding the solutions we need to make those things manifest within our lives.

With a positive outlook, dwell on that which you passionately want to come to fruition. See it happening; see yourself basking in the glow of that achievement. Feel and live as though you have already accomplished it, and you will suddenly see, with clarity, all of the thoughts needed to make it happen. They have always been there; you have now just made clear to your mind what you were looking for.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.

—Khalil Gibran (Public Domain)

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The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1753, pd, see file

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Public domain)

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There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.

Hugo, Victor by Étienne Carjat_1876_public domain

—Victor Hugo (by Étienne Carjat, 1876; public domain)

…And maybe your mind has already hatched that idea. You would be amazed at how many people lack creative thought and the passion to pursue a dream. If you have an idea to better a certain area of life, pursue it! Don’t worry about the pushback you will receive, or how “saturated” or mature an industry appears on the surface, there is always room for radical improvement. Forget conventional wisdom. Think differently, push the boundaries of your imagination, and cultivate your idea until it positively impacts the lives of others!

MSH, Penn Wealth

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