So I just discovered Silver Threading‘s Writer’s Quote Wednesday blogging event, a collaboration with Ronovan WritesBe Writing on Wednesday event, and I thought to myself, “Hey, that sounds like fun! Maybe I should give it a try!” I do love quotes, after all, and writers can never have or share too much creative inspiration!

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The quote I chose to share for this event is one of my all-time favorites: Albert Einstein’s wise words on the importance of imagination compared to knowledge.

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I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. – Albert Einstein

I first read the short version of this quote on a poster hanging in my seventh grade Science teacher’s classroom, and I remember that it instantly inspired me, especially since I had already decided by then that I wanted to be both a writer and a scientist. I always liked to believe that I could draw from both these sides of myself to succeed in life, that the imaginative artist in me would empower the knowledgeable scientist and vice-versa. This quote validates my belief that the power of the human mind is more than just what a person knows, and having come from one of the most brilliant minds in the world makes it all the more motivating. To this day, Einstein’s words remind me of the true meaning of education and intelligence: it’s not the number of facts you can memorize that matters, but the capacity you have to think and explore beyond the limits of this restricted world. Fellow writers, take heart: if you’re brave enough to set your imagination free, you can accomplish anything!

What’s your favorite inspirational quote? Be sure to check out #WritersQuoteWednesday and #BeWoW to share it with the rest of us!

#WritersQuoteWednesday is a weekly blogging event by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading. #BeWoW is a weekly blogging event by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Be sure to check out both these authors’ blogs for your weekly dose of inspiration! Happy writing!

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