Quotes about creative method

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Realization of creative method in culture

Creative method

Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.
Sun Tzu (544BC – 496 BC), Chinese general, and philosopher, the author of The Art of War

If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted.
Francis Bacon (January 22, 1561 –April 9, 1626), English philosopher

There is method in my madness.
William Shakespeare (April 26, 1564–April 23, 1616), English poet and playwright

Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.
René Descartes (March 31, 1596 – February 11, 1650), French philosopher and mathematician

One must indeed be ignorant of the methods of genius to suppose that it allows itself to be cramped by forms. Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine. Ability takes its flight unhindered.
Napoléon Bonaparte (August 15, 1769 – May 5, 1821), French military and political leader

It is as deadly for a mind to have a system as to have none. Therefore it will have to decide to combine both.
Friedrich Von Schlegel (March 10, 1772 –January 12, 1829), German poet and critic

Shall we educate ourselves in what is known, and then casting away all we have acquired, turn to ignorance for aid to guide us among the unknown?
Michael Faraday (September 22,1791 –August 25,1867), English scientist

Art and science have their meeting point in method.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (May 25, 1803 –January 18, 1873), English novelist, poet, playwright

There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.
Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891), American short story writer

No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.
Claude Monet (November 14,1840 – December 5, 1926), French Impressionist painter

There is a method in his madness, and the rudimentary idea in my mind is growing. It will be a whole idea soon, and then, oh, unconscious cerebration.
Bram Stoker (November 8, 1847 –April 20,1912), Irish author

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living.
Henri Poincare (April 29, 1854 –July 17, 1912), French mathematician, physicist and philosopher

The method by which the fool arrives at his folly was as dear to him as the ultimate wisdom of the wise.
Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900), Irish writer and poet

My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get an idea I start at once building it up in my imagination. I change the construction, make improvements, and operate the device entirely in my mind.
Nikola Tesla (July 10, 1856 –January 7, 1943), Serbian-American inventor, engineer and physicist

His [Thomas Edison] method was inefficient in the extreme, for an immense ground had to be covered to get anything at all unless blind chance intervened and, at first, I was almost a sorry witness of his doings, knowing that just a little theory and calculation would have saved him 90 per cent of the labor. But he had a veritable contempt for book learning and mathematical knowledge, trusting himself entirely to his inventor’s instinct and practical American sense. In view of this, the truly prodigious amount of his actual accomplishments is little short of a miracle.
Nikola Tesla

Edison was by far the most successful and, probably, the last exponent of the purely empirical method of investigation. Everything he achieved was the result of persistent trials and experiments often performed at random but always attesting extraordinary vigor and resource. Starting from a few known elements, he would make their combinations and permutations, tabulate them and run through the whole list, completing test after test with incredible rapidity until he obtained a clue. His mind was dominated by one idea, to leave no stone unturned, to exhaust every possibility.
Nikola Tesla

My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.
George Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856 –November 2, 1950), Irish playwright

You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles.
Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930),British writer and physician

You can serve God and man in no more effective way than by getting rich; that is, if you get rich by the creative method and not by the competitive one.
Wallace D. Wattles (1860–1911), American author

A distinction is made between artists who work directly from nature and those who work purely from imagination. Neither if these methods should be preferred to the exclusion of the other. Often both are used in turn by the same man…
Henri Matisse (December 31,1869 –November 3, 1954), French artist

He may be mad, but there’s method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It’s what drives men mad, being methodical.
G.K. Chesterton (May 29, 1874 –June 14, 1936), English writer

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 –April 18, 1955), German-born theoretical physicist

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
Albert Einstein

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
Albert Einstein

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. Without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail.
Albert Einstein

No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.
Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967), American realist painter

All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue.
Franz Kafka (July 3, 1883 –June 3, 1924), German-language writer

New material demands new methods, and new methods fling a challenge to old convention.
Lawren Harris (October 23, 1885 – January 29, 1970), Canadian painter

The first rule of style is to have something to say. The second rule of style is to control yourself when, by chance, you have two things to say; say first one, then the other, not both at the same time.
George Pólya (December 13, 1887 – September 7, 1985), Hungarian mathematician

Sometimes I feel sure he is as mad as a hatter and then, just as he is at his maddest, I find there is a method in his madness.
Agatha Christie (September 15, 1890 –January 12, 1976), English crime writer

My way is to seize an image the moment it has formed in my mind, to trap it as a bird and to pin it at once to canvas. Afterward I start to tame it, to master it. I bring it under control and I develop it.
Joan Miro (April 20,1893 –December 25, 1983), Spanish painter, sculptor

My own approach is based upon three considerations: First – hands off! Whenever I photograph I do not molest or tamper with or arrange. Second – a sense of place. I try to picture as part of its surroundings, as having roots. Third – a sense of time. Whatever I photograph, I try to show as having its position in the past or in the present.
Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965), American documentary photographer and photojournalist

For time flows on, and if it did not, it would be a bad prospect for those who do not sit at golden tables. Methods become exhausted; stimuli no longer work. New problems appear and demand new methods. Reality changes; in order to represent it, modes of representation must also change. Nothing comes from nothing; the new comes from the old, but that is why it is new.
Bertolt Brecht (February 10, 1898 –August 14, 1956), German poet, playwright

Isn’t every human being both a scientist and an artist; and in writing of human experience, isn’t there a good deal to be said for recognizing that fact and for using both methods?
James Agee (November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955), American novelist, journalist, poet

I cannot contribute anything to this world because I only have one method: agony.
Emil Cioran (April 8,1911 –June 20, 1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist

That’s the method: restructure the world we live in in some way, then see what happens.
Frederik Pohl (November 26, 1919 – September 2, 2013), American science fiction writer

Madness in method, that’s genius.
Frank Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986), American science fiction write

I change my method and field of reference from book to book because I can never believe in the same thing two times running.
Italo Calvino (October 15,1923 –September 19, 1985), Italian journalist and writer

Without a constant misuse of language there cannot be any discovery, any progress.
Paul Karl Feyerabend (January 13, 1924 – February 11, 1994), Austrian-born philosopher of science

We are the recipients of scientific method. We can each be a creative and active part of it if we so desire.
Kary Mullis (born December 28, 1944) , American biochemist, author, Nobel Prize-winning

Many times I find myself using a variety of methods on one painting to help it be the most exciting.
Stephen Quiller (born 1946), American painter

Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.
Ralph D. Sawyer, American author and historian

The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor.
John Christian Bovee, American author

Writers are method actors. They become their character. They feel what he or she feels. They switch between viewpoints, always with a clear sense of their own selves as writers, and yet somehow losing themselves in their Ar.
Suzy Davies, Amtrican author


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