I have just given a talk on managing creativity at the British Interactive Group's annual event at @Bristol. People seemed to like some of the quotes that I used so here they are for future reference:
'Do not fear eccentric opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric'
Bertrand Russell, philosopher, 1872 -1970
'Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way'
Edward de Bono, lateral thinker, 1933 –
'Anything new, anything worth doing, can't be recognised'
Pablo Picasso, artist, 1881 – 1973
'There is only one of you in all time, this expression of you is unique'
Martha Graham, dancer & choreographer, 1894 – 1991
'Don't try to be different, try to be yourself'
after Mies Van de Rohe, architect, 1886 – 1969
'A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn ... it can be worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow'
Charles Brower, ad man, 1901 – 1984
'Listen to anyone with an original idea, no matter how absurd it may sound at first. If you put fences round people you get sheep'
William L. McKnight, 3M Chairman, 1887 - 1978