Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” But I have a lifetime of experiences that confirm that this is also your philosophy.
You don’t remember, but one of the many ways you passed on the joy of creativity was when we decorated our Christmas tree as I was growing up. If we got it from the tree lot, I usually chose a sad tree with uneven branches and bare sections, much like the Charlie Brown tree that came later. I knew we could make it beautiful, and we always did. Year after year we’d string the lights and hang some special ornaments, but your philosophy was that the best art was homemade. You applauded when we cut snowflakes out of newspaper, created our own decorations from pine cones gathered in the yard, and tied paper dolls and small toys to the branches with ribbon. Neighborhood kids sometimes joined in because the trees at their houses were fleeced or specially decorated and delivered from the green house.
In honor of all the individual acts of creativity you applauded, I’ve created a little test on who-said-what to share with our friends who visit this blog. After all, schools will soon be letting out for vacation, and nothing says Merry Christmas like a test!
Here are the choices: A) Carl Sandburg B) Mary Shepherd C) Jack London D) Henry Ward Beecher E) Sean Connery F) Pablo Picasso G) Maya Angelou H) Winston Churchill I) Lou Holtz J) None of the above
Here are the quotes:
1) “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”
2) “You write your first draft with your heart, and you re-write with your head.”
3) “To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.”
4) “One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.”
5) “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
6) “A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
7) “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
8) “Why, honey, that’s beautiful. You’re so creative. I love it!”
9) “The stone age didn’t end because it ran out of stones.”
10) “’No comment’ is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.”
The answers are posted in the first comment box.
If you were asked to comment on creativity, what would you say? Do you have a favorite quote from someone else? Share it with us!