Quote for Today: Michael Michalko

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Creativity is paradoxical. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them.

Michael Michalko, Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking, from The Creativity Post, December 6, 2011

Quote for Today: Barbara Hurd

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© Liz Clayton with CCLicense

To love a swamp, however, is to love what is muted and marginal, what exists in the shadows, what shoulders its way out of mud and scurries along the damp edges of what is most commonly praised. And sometimes its invisibility is a blessing. Swamps and bogs are places of transition and wild growth, breeding grounds, experimental labs where organisms and ideas have the luxury of being out of the spotlight, where the imagination can mutate and mate, send tendrils into and out of the water.
― Barbara HurdStirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination