The Ignition of Creativity

“Only a person who has himself experienced the impact of a fertile idea will understand what passionate activity is stirred in our minds, what enthusiasm we feel, when we glimpse in advance and in its totality something which is later to emerge in greater and greater detail in the manner suggested by its early development. Thus, the reader must surely agree, having been captured and driven by such an idea, I was bound to be occupied with it, if not exclusively, nevertheless during the rest of my life.”

— Johann Goethe (1831), reflection of his 1786-87 visit to a public garden in Palermo. 

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