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Einstein’s 5 Maxims for Creative Excellence

posted by admin on October 10th, 2008

1. Imagination is more important than knowledge.

What it means: Don’t let ignorance hold you back! What the beginner might lack in knowledge she makes up for with a lack of preconceived notions. Learn as you go and don’t be afraid to question the status quo.

2. Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

What it means: Don’t spend all your time reading the thoughts of others. You’ll learn more and become more creative by creating for yourself.

3. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

What it means: Be curious, playful, whimsical. The world is a fascinating place. Don’t get bogged down by the details of daily life.

4. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

What it means: Follow your curiosity wherever it leads. Don’t be afraid of the unknown, rather embarrass the magical excitement of mystery.

5. The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

What it means: Take inspiration and make it your own. Don’t steal the work of others, but don’t be afraid to use their best ideas to enhance your own creativity.

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