Can creativity quotes from famous, diverse voices inspire kids to explore their own creative abilities?
Like poetry, song, and prose of all kinds, quotes have a unique way of reaching to the core of what humans have learned about themselves for centuries. With the help of adults who take time to discuss good creativity quotes with kids, children can reflect on their own inner genius and ways to apply their gifts in the world.
Creativity is the ability to generate and communicate original ideas and appreciate the nature of beauty. It fosters imagination, innovation, and a sense of aesthetics.
Parents nurture the evolution of children’s ideas at home and teachers inspire creativity in the classroom when they encourage young people to express themselves through unstructured play, writing, poetry, magic, acting, photography, art, digital media, etc. When adults notice and praise youth for thinking outside the box and taking risks, the imaginations of young people blossom.
Many children don’t recognize their own creativity. They limit the idea of creativity to a product, like art or poetry. But creativity is a process in which everyone participates and benefits. Some of us express creativity in the way we dress, the recipes we concoct, the doodles we create, or how we make people laugh.
Quotes about creativity can stimulate children to explore themselves in new ways – to discover the meaning of beauty, playfulness, and imagination in their lives. Wise people from throughout history have talked about the importance of creativity, from 13th-century poet, Rumi, to today’s beloved children’s author, J. K. Rowling. Research shows that creativity is one of eight core abilities that drive successful kids.
This article is the eighth of a nine-part series on how adults can promote learning and development using inspiring quotes for kids. You may wish to read the introductory article to learn how the collection of 200 quotes are related to The Compass Advantage, a framework for positive youth development.
The following creativity quotes are short, simple, and memorable. Children from elementary through high school will find meaning in these quotes appropriate to their level of development and understanding.
25 Kid-Friendly Quotes About Creativity
Solitude is creativity’s best friend, and solitude is refreshment for our souls.
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.
Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
True creativity often starts where language ends.
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Joseph Chilton Pearce
Creativity is the place where only you can go. Your discovery there will be wonderful for you will have discovered yourself.
Catherine Hall Tauginbaugh
A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.
The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.
To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.
Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond ‘Z’ and start poking around!
Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.
There is something in this world that every individual can do. God has created all of us with something unique to contribute.
The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.
If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.
You won’t change anything significant in the world if you try to be like it. Change comes when you do something different.
Shannon L. Alder
Those who do not think outside the box are easily contained.
Creativity Quotes: Discussion Starters
The following discussion starters are just a few of many that can be used by parents, teachers, and after-school program leaders to engage children with quotes about creativity.
- How would you define creativity?
- What are your favorite creativity quotes from the list? Why?
- Describe a creative person you know or have learned about. What do you most admire about that person? Why?
- Do you see yourself as a creative person? Why or why not?
- How does nature connect people to creativity?
- What are some of the many ways people express creativity in their everyday lives?
- What are the positives and negatives of being creative?
- How do people learn to become creative?
Creativity in Action
- In what ways could your creativity help others?
- What problems in the world, such as those related to affordable housing or alternative energy, would creativity help contribute to solutions?
Your Favorite Quotes About Creativity?
Do you have any favorite quotes about creativity that engage children and teens in dialogue about imagination, inspiration, inventiveness, playfulness, originality, the nature of beauty, or humor? We’d love to add to our collection by inviting you to share your quotes in the comments section below.
Additional Activities and the Wisdom Archive
There are many fun activities using quotes that can become learning opportunities for children. One activity is to have children develop their own quote that might inspire others. They could choose one of the abilities in the Compass Advantage on which to focus their original quote. Quotes can become artwork to be posted at home or school.
Children can be invited to think about other human values, like humor, tolerance, justice, respect, optimism, etc. They can search the Wisdom Archive, a wonderful quote search engine, for quotations that speak to them. A listing can be compiled of quotes with the most meaning, or posters can be created for home or school. Ideas are only limited by children’s imagination!
Articles in the “Quotes for Kids” Series
Quotes for Kids that Promote Healthy Development (Series Introduction) – March 2018
Quotes about Curiosity that Inspire Kids’ Life-Long Learning (Curiosity) – March 2018
Motivational Quotes for Kids that Help Build Positive Relationships (Sociability) – April 2018
Quotes about Strength that Teach Kids About Resilience (Resilience) – May 2018
Self-Awareness Quotes that Help Kids Explore Their Inner Selves (Self-Awareness) – June 2018
Integrity Quotes that Teach Kids the Importance of Character (Integrity) – July 2018
Quotes about Goals that Motivate Kids Toward Success (Resourcefulness) – August 2018
Creativity Quotes that Inspire Kids’ Inner Genius (Creativity) – Currently Reading
Kindness Quotes that Teach Kids to Care (Empathy) – Coming October 23, 2018
Published: September 24, 2018