Favorite Quotations ~† Inspiration, 4 365 Prescriptions for the Soul

"Do not quech your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model." ~ Vincent Van Gogh


Great composers do not set down to work because they are inspired, but become inspired because they are working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day in his figures. They didnít waste time waiting for inspiration. ~ Ernest Newman

Shakespeare was of us, Milton was of us, Burns, Shelley, were with us. They watch from their graves! ~ Robert Browning

The most beautiful thing in the world is the conjunction of learning and inspiration. ~ Wanda Landowski

All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual toward freedom. ~ Albert Einstein, IBD, 9/6/06

No man was ever great without a touch of divine afflatus. ~ Cicero

In life you need either inspiration or desperation. ~ Tony Robbins

Look to the sky for inspiration. ~ Leialoha Cator

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

People who aren't artists often feel that artists are inspired. But if you work at your art you don't have time to be inspired. ~ John Cage

Inspiration will always sing; inspiration will never explain. ~ Kahlil Gibran, Sand & Foam

Inspiration without perspiration is usually sterile. At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Someone once asked meÖ whether I waited for inspiration. My answer was: "Every day!" ~ Aaron Copeland

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