Inspiration Quotes

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

Rita Mae Brown

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

Marcus T. Cicero

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

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

Ronald Reagan

My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director.

Cole Porter

Books are for nothing but to inspire.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Over-preparation is the foe of inspiration.

Napoleon Bonaparte

All poetic inspiration is but dream interpretation.

Hans Sachs

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


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

Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe.

Winston Churchill

If a philosophy is to bring happiness it should be inspired by kindly feelings. Marx pretended that he wanted the happiness of the proletariat; what he really wanted was the unhappiness of the bourgeois.

Bertrand Russell

We are motivated by a keen desire for praise and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves even in those books which they write in contempt of glory inscribe their names.


Obviously one must hold oneself responsible for the evil impulses of one's dreams. In what other way can one deal with them? Unless the content of the dream rightly understood is inspired by alien spirits, it is part of my own being.

Sigmund Freud

It is because modern education is so seldom inspired by a great hope that it so seldom achieves great results. The wish to preserve the past rather than the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the young.

Bertrand Russell

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Updated On : June 10, 2014
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