Lyndi Thompson or Lyndit's photo of a lady bug on a daisy in a fieldWe all need a little inspiration.

From great leaders and artists to genius entrepreneurs, we look to these people in need of a little encouragement and insight from their many years of experience. Here are 25 quotes that I gathered which offer a glimpse into the understanding of the big picture–the perspective beyond the task. I hope you find these quotes to be  inspirational, focusing and challenging.

Feel free to share your own quotes that keep you creatively inspired.

You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
— Walt Disney

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
— Albert Einstein

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
— Henry David Thoreau

In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
— Mark Twain

Invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.
— Thomas Edison

The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.
— Steve Ballmer

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
— Erich Fromm

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
— Pablo Picasso

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
— Aristotle

Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.
— Steve Jobs

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
— Pablo Picasso

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
— Abraham Lincoln

If the users can’t find it, the function’s not there.
— Human Factors International

I never design a building before I’ve seen the site and met the people who will be using it.
— Frank Lloyd Wright

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
— Henry David Thoreau

Learning never exhausts the mind.
— Leonardo Da Vinci

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
— Henry David Thoreau

Supposing is good, but finding out is better.
— Mark Twain

I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.
— Ralph Lauren

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
— Leonardo Da Vinci

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
— Albert Einstein

Accessible design is good design.
— Steve Ballmer

Great stories happen to people who can tell them.
— Ira Glass

The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
— Henry David Thoreau

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Lyndi Thompson wrote 114 articles on this blog.

Online startup marketing strategy & solutions. Customer focused, high energy, creative & thankful. I love connecting good people to create great communities. New Mom. Fan of chocolate & the smell of horses.