Quotations on Inspiration

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So, the combination of looking at lots of different people and how they react to each other and how they relate to each other and waiting for that inspiration is the thing that allows me to keep writing.
- Joan Armatrading
(Keywords: People, Inspiration, Waiting, Writing)

Actually, I feel music becoming more and more important. It's a big source of inspiration. With what's going on in the world, we feel almost desperate. Music also brings you peace.
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Keywords: Music, Peace, Inspiration, World)

Do not worry about the incarnation of ideas. If you are a poet, your works will contain them without your knowledge'they will be both moral and national if you follow your inspiration freely.
- Vissarion Belinsky
(Keywords: Knowledge, Inspiration, Ideas, Will, Worry)

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.
- Bo Bennett
(Keywords: Motivation, Inspiration, Creativity, Enthusiasm, Excitement)

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
- Pearl S. Buck
(Keywords: Heart, Inspiration, Thoughts, Being, Mind, Succeed, Will)

I always start from scratch with a character - they're never based on anyone else. You get ideas of what people look like, and I'm a great people watcher. You can draw inspiration from people.
- Amanda Burton
(Keywords: People, Inspiration, Ideas, Character)

One needs to know what the hierarchy of values are from which one takes inspiration, and in a democratic society this is the subject of continuous democratic debate.
- Rocco Buttiglione
(Keywords: Society, Inspiration, Values, Debate, Needs)

My original inspiration was my mom: a few years after the death of my dad, she started dating one my teachers!
- Meg Cabot
(Keywords: Dating, Death, Dad, Inspiration, Years)

Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be Revelation.
- Eileen Caddy
(Keywords: Life, Work, Inspiration, Intuition, Trying, Will)

What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one's nose, taking shortcuts.
- Italo Calvino
(Keywords: Talent, Genius, Inspiration, Nothing, Right, Road, Romantic)

Roosevelt's humor was broad, his manner friendly. Of wit there was little; of philosophy, none. What did he possess? Intuition, inspiration, love of adventure.
- Emanuel Celler
(Keywords: Humor, Love, Inspiration, Adventure, Intuition, Philosophy, Wit)

My brother was always in bands and on the road when I was a kid and he was my inspiration. He never made it with a big band, in fact he never made a record. Here he is fifty-something years old.
- Jimmy Chamberlin
(Keywords: Brother, Inspiration, Fact, Old, Road, Years)

Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Keywords: Power, Soul, Knowledge, Inspiration, End, Man, World, Youth)

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
- Winston Churchill
(Keywords: Heart, Inspiration, Survival, Suffering)

I have inspiration and feelings of being alive most every day I live.
- Judy Collins
(Keywords: Feelings, Inspiration, Being, Day)

Just as it is true that a stream cannot rise above its source, so it is true that a national literature cannot rise above the moral level of the social conditions of the people from whom it derives its inspiration.
- James Connolly
(Keywords: People, Inspiration, Literature)

I really think about the times that I've been through with my husband and all the stuff that we've been through together, and I think to those moments for inspiration for the role.
- Deborah Cox
(Keywords: Husband, Inspiration, Moments)

I think the inspiration came from the fans. Whenever I'm online or whenever I get a chance to really communicate with the fans and the audience, they always say that they would love to have all of the remixes on one CD.
- Deborah Cox
(Keywords: Love, Inspiration, Chance, Fans)

Man does not bring to God's altar the stuff of nature in itself, in its initial structure, but something he has made and molded out of nature for the nourishment and the inspiration of men.
- Wilford O. Cross
(Keywords: Men, Nature, God, Inspiration, Man)

I believe we need to attract a new generation of the best and brightest to public service and I believe that government can be a source of inspiration, not degradation.
- Andrew Cuomo
(Keywords: Government, Inspiration, Public, Service)

The people at the record company had asked me if I could write a song about my life, my relationship with God, and where I'm from. Well, I can't write a song on purpose, my songs come in a moment of inspiration or desperation.
- Billy Ray Cyrus
(Keywords: God, Life, People, Inspiration, Purpose, Company, Desperation, Song, Songs)

I don't know why people are so surprised by my live performances. My approach is so simple; every song I sing, every story I tell, every move I make, must move the audience to laughter, tears or inspiration. Otherwise, why should I do it?
- John Davidson
(Keywords: People, Inspiration, Laughter, Song, Tears)

I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction, but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration and a model for the beauty of language.
- Don DeLillo
(Keywords: Beauty, Inspiration, Fiction, Influence, Language)

I would think, to me, growing up in the south, growing up with all the gospel music, singing in the church and having that rhythm and blues - the blues background was my big inspiration.
- Jackie DeShannon
(Keywords: Music, Inspiration, Church, Growing up, Singing)

The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling, and understanding.
- Willie Dixon
(Keywords: Life, Inspiration, Facts, Feeling, Song, Understanding, Words)

My life. The life I'm living that's where all my inspiration comes from. Real life experiences.
- Fred Durst
(Keywords: Life, Inspiration, Living)

His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.
- Thomas A. Edison
(Keywords: Genius, Inspiration, Content)

To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?
- Elizabeth II
(Keywords: Truth, Inspiration, Bible, Treasure)

It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication.
- Herb Elliott
(Keywords: People, Inspiration, Benefits, Dedication, Games, Spiritual)

It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Men, Inspiration, Circumstances, Fact, Passion)

Inspiration in Science may have to do with ideas, but not in Art. In art it is in the senses that are instinctively responsive to the medium of expression.
- Arthur Erickson
(Keywords: Art, Science, Inspiration, Ideas, Expression, May, Senses)

Inspiration is one thing and you can't control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work.
- Kevin Eubanks
(Keywords: Work, Inspiration, Control, Hard work, Luck)

Rosa Parks' courage, determination, and tenacity continue to be an inspiration to all those committed to non-violent protest and change nearly half a century later.
- Bob Filner
(Keywords: Change, Inspiration, Courage, Determination, Protest, Tenacity)

My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.
- Carly Fiorina
(Keywords: Power, Mother, Inspiration, Courage, Strength, Passion)

Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.
- Ella Fitzgerald
(Keywords: Love, Inspiration, Trying, Want, Wrong)

In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration began to replace the word idea in the arts.
- Lukas Foss
(Keywords: Idea, Inspiration, Word)

Education in the past has been too much inspiration and too little information.
- E. Franklin Frazier
(Keywords: Education, Inspiration, Information, Past)

The exterior cannot do without the interior since it is from this, as from life, that it derives much of its inspiration and character.
- Stephen Gardiner
(Keywords: Life, Inspiration, Character)

I have worked enough and I am happy to be touring the country speaking about living with MS to give people inspiration and motivation to help themselves.
- Teri Garr
(Keywords: Motivation, People, Inspiration, Country, Help, Living)

Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset
(Keywords: Genius, Inspiration, Magic)

The music comes first. When Geoff has made something the inspiration comes automatically. His music is very expressive. But still is is a very difficult process: I have to add something to his music, not push it away. It has to be equal, and I find that very difficult.
- Beth Gibbons
(Keywords: Music, Inspiration, First)

For hundreds of years people have talked about artists having inspiration, but often, some persons would say, write us a symphony or write us a song, on commission. The artists would come up with a masterpiece without waiting to have their muse inspire them.
- Tom Glazer
(Keywords: People, Inspiration, Artists, Song, Waiting, Years)

The inspiration came suddenly again to surrender to the Mother. It was quite unexpected: And so somehow I made a surrender to the Mother. Then I had an experience of overwhelming love. Waves of love sort of flowed into me.
- Bede Griffiths
(Keywords: Experience, Love, Mother, Inspiration, Surrender)

I'd like to provide information, inspiration, and access to whatever goods and services are needed to make it super easy for everyone to change their lifestyle to a sustainable one.
- Daryl Hannah
(Keywords: Change, Inspiration, Information)

The Christian churches were offered two things: the spirit of Jesus and the idiotic morality of Paul, and they rejected the higher inspiration... Following Paul, we have turned the goodness of love into a fiend and degraded the crowning impulse of our being into a capital sin.
- Frank Harris
(Keywords: Love, Morality, Inspiration, Christian, Being, Churches, Goodness, Sin, Spirit)

Civilization grew in the beginning from the minute that we had communication - particularly communication by sea that enabled people to get inspiration and ideas from each other and to exchange basic raw materials.
- Thor Heyerdahl
(Keywords: People, Civilization, Inspiration, Ideas, Beginning, Communication, Sea)

Sometimes just getting out of the house and doing something you haven't done in a long time (or never done!) can open up the doors to musical inspiration.
- Ken Hill
(Keywords: Time, Inspiration, Open)

What to do when inspiration doesn't come; be careful not to spook, get the wind up, force things into position. You must wait around until the idea comes.
- John Huston
(Keywords: Idea, Inspiration, Force, Wind)

My inspiration are the woman, friendship, and loneliness.
- Enrique Iglesias
(Keywords: Friendship, Inspiration, Loneliness, Woman)

We need to reach that happy stage of our development when differences and diversity are not seen as sources of division and distrust, but of strength and inspiration.
- Josefa Iloilo
(Keywords: Development, Inspiration, Strength, Distrust, Diversity)



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