Quotations on Inspiration

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A woman is always a mystery: one must not be fooled by her face and her hearts inspiration.
- Edmondo De Amicis
(Keywords: Inspiration, Woman)

I defied nothing at all. I ignored the law because I didn't know it existed. It didn't occur to me that anyone would want to curb my inspiration.
- Margaret Anderson
(Keywords: Inspiration, Law, Nothing, Want)

Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance.
- Jean Anouilh
(Keywords: Inspiration, Importance, Poets)

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)

I'd seen the current stage production and the 1975 production of Chicago. I liked them both very much, but I didn't use them necessarily as inspiration.
- Colleen Atwood
(Keywords: Inspiration, Chicago, Production)

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)

Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Inspiration, Common sense, Folk, Obvious, Sentiment)

Inspiration comes of working every day.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Inspiration, Day)

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 essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(Keywords: Inspiration, Hope, Optimism, Enemy, Future, Man, Present, Vitality)

Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Man)

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.
- Johannes Brahms
(Keywords: Inspiration, Wind)

But I did not find any positive inspiration in my studies until I approached my nineteenth year.
- Georg Brandes
(Keywords: Inspiration, Positive)

The inspiration to write? Perhaps it's not so much inspiration, as a NEED to write. I get itchy and guilty and dissatisfied when I haven't written for a while. Ideas come to me and need to be written down.
- Eric Brown
(Keywords: Inspiration, Ideas)

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all.
- Rita Mae Brown
(Keywords: Inspiration, Negative)

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)

Oh, Spring! I want to go out and feel you and get inspiration. My old things seem dead. I want fresh contacts, more vital searching.
- Emily Carr
(Keywords: Inspiration, Old, Want)

Just the example Delaware State University graduates set by the way they live their lives, should be an inspiration to other high school students to go to Delaware State.
- Michael N. Castle
(Keywords: Inspiration, Example, School, State, Students, University)

An artist's duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany.
- Nick Cave
(Keywords: Inspiration, Artist, Duty, Information, Open, State)

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)

I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality by contact with this great novel land of yours which sticks up out of the Atlantic.
- Winston Churchill
(Keywords: Inspiration, Land, Vitality)

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

When inspiration does not come, I go for a walk, go to the movie, talk to a friend, let go... The muse is bound to return again, especially if I turn my back!
- Judy Collins
(Keywords: Inspiration, Friend, Talk)

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)

Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
- Aaron Copland
(Keywords: Inspiration, May, Self)

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)

I came back to performing with a different attitude about performing and myself. I wasn't expecting perfection any more, just hoping for an occasional inspiration.
- Neil Diamond
(Keywords: Inspiration, Attitude, Perfection)

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)

Human beings have speculated about the relationship between inspiration and insanity for centuries.
- Patty Duke
(Keywords: Inspiration, Insanity)

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)



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