Top 10 Quotes by Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer

If you're trying to be more creative, one of the most important things you can do is increase the volume and diversity of the information to which you are exposed.

Jonah Lehrer
Design is the conscious imposition of meaningful order.
Jonah Lehrer

The imagination is unleashed by constraints. You break out of the box by stepping into shackles.

Jonah Lehrer
It is ironic but true: the one reality science cannot reduce is the only reality we will ever know. This is why we need art. By expressing our actual experience, the artist reminds us that our science is incomplete, that no map of matter will ever explain the immateriality of our consciousness.
Jonah Lehrer

Creativity is not a trait that we inherit in our genes or a blessing bestowed by the angels. It's a skill.

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A lie told well is just as good as the truth.
Jonah Lehrer

Even when alternative views are clearly wrong, being exposed to them still expands our creative potential. In a way, the power of dissent is the power of surprise. After hearing someone shout out an errant answer, we work to understand it, which causes us to reassess our initial assumptions and try out new perspectives. “Authentic dissent can be difficult, but it's always invigorating,†[Charlan] Nemeth [a professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley] says. “It wakes us right up.

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Rejection process is not fun. It's the red pen on the page, the discarded sketch, sometimes is the only way forward.
Jonah Lehrer

It doesn't matter if people are playing jazz or writing poetry. If they want to be successful, they need to learn how to persist and persevere and keep on working until the work is done... I bet there isn't a single highly successful person who has not depended on grit. Nobody is talented enough to not have to work hard, and that's what grit allows you to do.

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It's a hard thing to describe. It's just this sense that you got something to say.