Doug Stowe of Wisdom of the Hands posted these quotes recently. These speak to me and my teaching philosophy. Students need to learn to connect their experiences, learning, and passion. It's just getting more difficult as many students have not had quality experiences or they have all invested their time in the same kinds of popular culture which makes it difficult for them to have ideas that stand out from the crowd.
"A man becomes creative, whether he is an artist or scientist, when he finds a new unity in the variety of nature. He does so by finding a likeness between things which were not thought alike before." –– Jacob Bronowski
"To develop a complete mind, study the science of art, study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else."–– Leonardo Da Vinci
"This combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought." –– Albert Einstein
"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences than other people."
— Steve Jobs