“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.” — Jonathan Swift

“The most important thing I learned from big companies is that creativity gets stifled when everyone’s got to follow the rules.” — David Kelley

“The best way to get a good idea is to get lots of ideas.” Linus Pauling

“Punishing honest mistakes stifles creativity. I want people moving and shaking the earth and they’re going to make mistakes.” — Ross Perot

“To copy others is necessary. To copy oneself is pathetic.” — Picasso

“The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging and hog futures, because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later or six months or six years down the road. But he has faith that it will happen.” — Carl Ally, founder of Ally & Gargano, one of the 20th century’s most successful advertising agencies

“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” – C. S. Lewis