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Thirteen Greatest Ideas for Productive Thinking

Idea 66: Creativity

I know not what I may appear to the world, but to myself I appear to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

Isaac Newton, English scientist

Individuals clearly vary in their aptitude for creative work, and some psychologists have tried to distinguish the traits of the more creative thinkers. They come up with long lists of such qualities as intelligence, general knowledge, fluency, flexibility, originality, independence, scepticism, awareness, orientation to achievement, humour, psychological health, persistence, ...

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