Quick Quotes about how to get ideas
- The reason quotes stick around is that they fit lots of things.
- So look them over.
- You may find one that fits you.
- Or somebody you know.
- Imagination is not the opposite of reality. Imagination is the future of reality.
- To think outside the box, first find the box.
- The way to have a good idea is to get a lot of ideas to choose from.
- Another name for focus is tunnel vision.
- Every problem is an opportunity being mismanaged.
- Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
- Which assumptions are unexamined?
- If you know what you are looking for, you will know how to look for it.
- You know this how?
- Get the facts, or the facts will get you.
- Luck: When preparation and opportunity meet.
- The door to creativity opens with a twist of the conventional.
- Learn how to turn things upside down. Or you'll never get the ketchup.
- If you hit a dead end, turn around.
- Don't raise the bridge, lower the river.
- Is there another goal that would do as well?
- You don't make the new idea without breaking the old rules.
- Everything you take for granted has an expiration date.
- Ignorance ain’t so much not knowing things as knowing so many things that ain’t so.
- If your mind wanders, follow it. Maybe it knows something you don’t.
- Creativity is like swimming. You can’t do it until you discover that you can.
- Similarity can take you to novelty, unless someone else gets there first.
- Everything has been thought of before. The problem is thinking of it when you need it.
- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
- You can gather your thoughts quickly if you are thoughtless.
- Canvas, paints, palette. Anyone can have these. The art is in how you put them together.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi: Many of the truths we cling to depend on our point of view.
- A picture in your head is worth a thousand words in your mouth.
- Daydreaming. It’s not just for children any more.
- Why does everybody do it that way? Why don’t you ask? Maybe somebody remembers.
- Why do you want to achieve this goal?
- Why post keep-off-the-grass signs? Why not put sidewalks where people want to walk?
- If a thing is worth doing, it is worth knowing why you are doing it.
- Some see things as they are and ask why. We see things as they could be and ask why not.
- What are your resources?
- You can observe a lot by watching. -Yogi Berra.
- If you do not know the past, you are destined to repeat it. And think it is something new.
- Knowledge lies in answers. Wisdom lies in questions.
- Look around for something everybody believes. Could they be wrong?
- People will work harder to prove you wrong than to prove you right.
- Never end a creative job until you have to.
- To walk in another’s shoes, you must first remove you own.
- Learn from the mistakes of others. You don't have time to make them all yourself.
- Don’t try to stand out in the crowd. Stand somewhere else.
- Everybody is creative. The difference is that some people know that and some don’t.
- Genius is a little inspiration and a lot of perspiration.—Thomas A. Edison.
- The more experience you have, the less you need the props.
- An idea is just floats around without a plan.
- My best idea was the one I forgot to write down.
- The trick in finding the right answers lies in asking the right questions.
- Creativity is like the plug on your computer. The only reason to force it is if you want it to break.
- Imagination without reality is daydreaming. Reality without imagination is death.
- All life is art. It's just that not all people appreciate art.
- If you seek the unity of life, do not seek on the mountain top. Seek in the midst of life.
- The secret of creativity is drawing on good sources.
- It is never too late for an idea. It is just too early for the next time you need it.
- You can’t reject an idea you never had.
- If you are talking to yourself, don't just listen. See.
- Creativity is a mix of ideas and hard work.
- The only stupid question is the one you didn't ask.
- You won't run out of creativity until you stop using it.
- The strongest card you have is one you haven't played.
- Are there other problems like this? Do they have solutions?
- What are your main assumptions? Do you believe them?
- How would you recognize a solution if you stumbled on it?
- Is this a subgoal? Is there another way to reach the main goal?
- Only Vulcans seek the superset.
- Could you solve part of the problem? Would that help?
- What is the worst thing you could do?
- What is the funniest solution you can think of?
- Who would see this problem as an opportunity?
- How can you change what you tried before?
- Do you know the difference between a groove and a rut?
- What idea seems least likely to be useful?
- Can you break the rules without breaking the tools?
- Are you listening to the quiet parts of your brain?
- You know what you should do. What would happen if you did the reverse?
- Have you ever been in this kind of situation before? What did you do then?
- How would you have dealt with this situation in the past?
- And now for something completely different. What is it?
- What part of this problem have you never heard of before?
- What personal skills are you not using?
- What fictional situations have you seen like this one?
- Is there a name for this problem? Can you look it up on the web?
- Imagine a news show about problems like this. What advice would it give?
- How could you do a trial run?
- Do you need more information? Where could you look?
- What made you start wanting to solve this problem?
- If a friend had this problem, what would you suggest?
- How do people usually solve problems like this?
- Who knows more about the problem than you do?
- How would a child see this problem?
- What result will you celebrate?
- Tooth Fairy: Does your wish list connect to this problem?
- Canter: Check over what you can't do. You can't be sure you got that right.
- Storyboarder: Have you ever heard a story like the one you want to happen?
- Putitov: What would happen if you put off any decision for a while?
- Everything connects to everything else. Creativity is finding connections that fit your goal.
- Ideas come from the quiet parts of you brain. But only if you listen.
- How did people solve this kind of problem a hundred years ago?
- Give away your ideas. Make room for more. You know where to find them.
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