Inspiration Quotes

The observation of nature is part of an artist's life, it enlarges his form [and] knowledge, keeps him fresh and from working only by formula, and feeds inspiration.

Henry Moore

We should always pray for help, but we should always listen for inspiration and impressions to proceed in ways different from those we may have thought of.

John H. Groberg

The artist must raise the cup of his vision aloft to the gods in the high hope that they will pour into it the sweet mellow wine of inspiration.

Paul Brunton

Poets are the hierophants of an unapprehended inspiration; the mirrors of the gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present.

Percy Shelley

Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.

Ella Fitzgerald

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.

Robert Louis Stevenson

It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration.

Edmund Burke

In life you need either inspiration or desperation.

Tony Robbins

All poetic inspiration is but dream interpretation.

Hans Sachs

Over-preparation is the foe of inspiration.

Napoleon Bonaparte

My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director.

Cole Porter

While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.

Ronald Reagan

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, Nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when they discover that someone else believes in them and is willing to trust them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration.

Marcus T. Cicero

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all.

Rita Mae Brown

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, adapted

My theme is to make a difference right here in my own neighborhood. I don't have to fight the whole world. If I do well where I am, it will make a difference in the rest of the world... People want to do and to be better. They need inspiration to change and to try to make a difference. They need a catalyst to inspire faith and to encourage them to take a risk...(once a Mexican-American migrant farm worker)

Esau Herrera

Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of sub-consciousnessóI wouldnít know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.

Aaron Copland

Whatever a poet writes with enthusiasm and a divine inspiration is very fine. Earliest reference to the madness or divine inspiration of poets.


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

The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspiration never arrived when you were searching for it.

Lisa Alther

Inspiration is needed in geometry, just as much as in poetry.

Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin

Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.

Igor Stravinsky
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