Children can't help but create: they need to put their mind on the page, they want to paint, to sculpt, to write short stories.

-Jonah Lehrer
Jonah Lehrer

Creativity is a spark. It can be excruciating when we're rubbing two rocks together and getting nothing. And it can be intensely satisfying when the flame catches and a new idea sweeps around the world.

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

What you discover when you look at creativity from the perspective of the brain is that it is universal. We're all creative all of the time, we can't help but be creative.

Jonah Lehrer
The best way to solve a problem? Try explaining it to somebody outside your field.
Jonah Lehrer

Grit is the stubborn refusal to quit.

Jonah Lehrer
Creativity is a catchall term for a variety of distinct thought processes.
Jonah Lehrer

Knowledge can be a subtle curse. When we learn about the world, we also learn all the reasons why the world cannot be changed. We get used to our failures and imperfections. We become numb to the possibilities of something new

Jonah Lehrer
[It's] troubling because it reminds us how difficult it is to prove anything. We like to pretend that our experiments define the truth for us. But that's often not the case. Just because an idea is true doesn't mean it can be proved. And just because an idea can be proved doesn't mean it's true. When the experiments are done, we still have to choose what to believe.
Jonah Lehrer

And so we keep on thinking, because the next thought might be the answer.

Jonah Lehrer
The only way to maximize group creativity—to make the whole more than the sum of its parts—is to encourage a candid discussion of mistakes. In part, this is because the acceptance of error reduces cost. When you believe your flaws will be quickly corrected by the group, you're less worried about perfecting your contribution, which leads to a more candid conversation. We can only get it right when we talk about what we got wrong.