Alex Faickney Osborn Quotes



Best 20 Quotes by Alex Faickney Osborn

“Any of us will put out more and better ideas if our efforts are appreciated.”

“As in the piling up of hypothetical alternatives, creative accidents follow the law of probabilities the more we fish, the more likely we are to get a strike.”

“Create a judgement-free environment and you'll unleash a torrent of creativity.”

“Creativity is more than mere imagination. It is imagination inseparably coupled with both intent and effort.”

“Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom while discouragement often nips it at the bud. Creativity is now something we can turn on and off like a faucet. It is an experience and expression in our lives that must be nurtured. This nurturing process means that creativity is at once a skill, an art, and a life-style.”

“Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us will put out more and better ideas if our efforts are appreciated.”

“Creativity is the production of meaning by synthesis.”

“Each of us has an Aladdin's Lamp which psychologists call creative imagination.”

“If you go fishing you may not catch any fish. If you don't go fishing, you'll never catch any fish.”

“Imagination is the cornerstone of human endeavor.”

“Imagination is vital to precautionary judgement.”

“It is easier to tone down a wild idea than to think up a new one.”

“It's much easier to tame a wild idea than invigorate one that has no life in the first place.”

“Most ideas are step-by-step children of other ideas.”

“Necessity may be mother of invention, but fun is the father.”

“Observation capitalizes inspiration.”

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“Worry is essentially a misuse of imagination.”