Quotes on incubation

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Quotes on incubation

“All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.” — Grant Wood, American painter best known for “American Gothic” Image by Ryan Song

“The best time to write is when you’re doing the dishes.”
— Agatha Christie, the world’s best-selling author of all time

“Loneliness, the precursor to boredom, is conducive to the creative process. That was what artistic meditation was all about — boring yourself to the point where inspiration must emerge if only to preserve your sanity. A writer friend once explained that the best cure for writer’s block was to read a phone book. Bore yourself enough and the Muse will be obligated to push through the most slog-filled of arteries.”
— Harlan Coben, novelist, in Just One Look

“I’d like to remind you again, Winfield, that daydreaming is only a part of the creative process.”
— Boss to employee in a New Yorker cartoon by Charles Barsotti

“Simmer ideas in brain before writing.”
— Peter Elbow, author, Writing With Power

“There’s a good reason Google puts Ping-Pong tables in their headquarters. If you want to encourage insights, you’ve got to also encourage people to relax.”
— John Kounios, cognitive neuroscientist at Drexel University

“It’s only after we stop searching that an answer may arrive.”
— Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works

“Concentration, it seems, comes with the hidden cost of diminished creativity.”
— Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works

“I don’t sit at my desk because I have an idea, but in case I do.”
— Flannery O’Connor, Southern Gothic novelist

“All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.”
— Grant Wood, American painter best known for “American Gothic”

“Turn the problem over to your unconscious mind and let it work while you sleep. When you reach this third stage in the production of an idea, drop the problem completely and turn to whatever stimulates your imagination and emotions. Listen to music, go to the theater or movies, read poetry or a detective story.”
— James Webb Young, a pre-Mad Men-era ad executive, in A Technique for Producing Ideas
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