Quotes and Sayings about Inspiration
"A woman is always a mystery: one must not be fooled by her face and her hearts inspiration."
- Edmondo De Amicis
(Related: 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
(Related: Inspiration, Law, Nothing, Want)
"Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance."
- Jean Anouilh
(Related: Inspiration, Importance, Poets)
"Inspiration doesn't really work like that - you're not looking out for it. Inspiration is something that tends to capture you rather than you capture it."
- Joan Armatrading
(Related: Work, Inspiration)
"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Music, Peace, Inspiration, World)
"Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Inspiration, Common sense, Folk, Obvious, Sentiment)
"Inspiration comes of working every day."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Inspiration, Day)
"Certainly I think the election of John Kennedy and all he stood for was one that really was an inspiration."
- Birch Bayh
"You have to shelve a lot of your inspiration. There's only so much you can do with one record."
"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
(Related: Knowledge, Inspiration, Ideas, Will, Worry)
"I long to speak out the intense inspiration that comes to me from the lives of strong women."
- Ruth Benedict
(Related: Women, Inspiration)
"Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Man)
"Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind."
- Johannes Brahms
(Related: Inspiration, Wind)
"But I did not find any positive inspiration in my studies until I approached my nineteenth year."
- Georg Brandes
(Related: Inspiration, Positive)
"When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best - that is inspiration."
- Robert Bresson
"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
(Related: Inspiration, Ideas)
"A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all."
- Rita Mae Brown
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: People, Inspiration, Ideas, Character)
"The flow of Guiness into the studio was inspirational as well as nutritive."
- Carter Burwell
"The ultimate inspiration is the deadline."
- Nolan Bushnell
"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Talent, Genius, Inspiration, Nothing, Right, Road, Romantic)
"Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more."
- Benjamin Cardozo
"For me, our beaches have always been a source of personal inspiration."
- Thomas Carper
"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
(Related: Inspiration, Old, Want)
"Before I do anything, I think, well what hasn't been seen. Sometimes, that turns out to be something ghastly and not fit for society. And sometimes that inspiration becomes something that's really worthwhile."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: Society, Inspiration)
"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Brother, Inspiration, Fact, Old, Road, Years)
"After it's finished, sometimes I can trace a path that goes back to the possible source of inspiration."
- Tracy Chapman
"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Inspiration, Land, Vitality)
"We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Heart, Inspiration, Survival, Suffering)
"No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
"I think I'm a born storyteller. Inspiration is all around me. I can read a newspaper article and come up with an idea for a book."
- Jackie Collins
(Related: Idea, Inspiration)
"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
(Related: Inspiration, Friend, Talk)
"I have inspiration and feelings of being alive most every day I live."
- Judy Collins
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: HusbInspiration, 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
(Related: Love, Inspiration, Chance, Fans)
"Lee's great gifts are teaching and inspirational guidance, not administration and management."
- Cheryl Crawford
(Related: Inspirational, Management, Gifts, Guidance, Teaching)
"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: God, Life, People, Inspiration, Purpose, Company, Desperation, Song, Songs)
"Inspiration is God making contact with itself."
- Ram Dass
(Related: God, Inspiration)
"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
(Related: People, Inspiration, Laughter, Song, Tears)
"My tastes and inspirational artists were always rather eclectic and diverse."
- Taylor Dayne
(Related: Inspirational, Artists)
"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Inspiration, Attitude, Perfection)
"The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling, and understanding."
- Willie Dixon
(Related: Life, Inspiration, Facts, Feeling, Song, Understanding, Words)
"This CD became something of a personal journey for me. The tone of the whole CD is uplifting and inspirational. It's an upper. We have enough downers in the world."
- Roma Downey
(Related: Inspirational, Journey, World)
"Human beings have speculated about the relationship between inspiration and insanity for centuries."
- Patty Duke
(Related: Inspiration, Insanity)
"My life. The life I'm living that's where all my inspiration comes from. Real life experiences."
- Fred Durst
(Related: Life, Inspiration, Living)
"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Genius, Inspiration)
"His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Men, Inspiration, Circumstances, Fact, Passion)
"I always get inspiration from whatever characters say about my character."
- Robert Englund
(Related: Inspiration, Character)
"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Work, Inspiration, Control, Hard work, Luck)
"Here is the secret of inspiration: Tell yourself that thousands and tens of thousands of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you."
- William Feather
(Related: People, Now, Problems, Rest)
"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Love, Inspiration, Trying, Want, Wrong)
"The groups, though, were my inspiration way back then. I liked Frankie Lyman and the Teenagers."
- Eddie Floyd
(Related: Inspiration, Teenagers)
"Most of my inspiration, if that's the word, came from books themselves."
- Shelby Foote
(Related: Inspiration, Books, Word)
"In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration began to replace the word idea in the arts."
- Lukas Foss
(Related: Idea, Inspiration, Word)
"Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action."
- Brendan Francis
(Related: Marriage, Action)
"Education in the past has been too much inspiration and too little information."
- E. Franklin Frazier
(Related: Education, Inspiration, Information, Past)
"Education brings about opportunity, and in turn inspiration."
- Bill Frist
(Related: Education, Opportunity, Inspiration)
"My inspiration was the game itself, not any individual player in it."
- Nomar Garciaparra
"Human requirements are the inspiration for art."
- Stephen Gardiner
(Related: Art, Inspiration)
"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Genius, Inspiration, Magic)
"True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today."
- George Gershwin
(Related: Music, Time, Thought, People, Americans, Today)
"Everyone's looking to the urban scene for inspiration now."
- Robin Gibb
(Related: Inspiration, Now)
"When Maurice touched a keyboard, it was like something from a movie, magical. He would always give you something from a movie, and you'd go, what did you just play... immediately inspirational writings, amazing. That's what we're going to miss."
- Robin Gibb
(Related: Inspirational, Play)
"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
(Related: 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
(Related: People, Inspiration, Artists, Song, Waiting, Years)
"Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model."
- Vincent Van Gogh
(Related: Imagination, Inspiration)
"The writer cannot abandon himself simply to inspiration, and feign innocence vis a vis language, because language is never innocent."
- Juan Goytisolo
(Related: Inspiration, Innocence, Language, Writer)
"What is he? He's a puppeteer and he's got a lot of inspiration all around him, and the fact that they can manipulate the expressions now with ease compared to what it used to be."
- Joe Grant
(Related: Inspiration, Fact, Now)
"Motion Picture Soundtrack on Kid A was another Coltrane inspiration."
- Colin Greenwood
"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Change, Inspiration, Information)
"If it comes out sounding like Dixieland jazz or classical or punk or rock or even slightly metal, that's because that's where I'm going to find inspiration."
- Ben Harper
(Related: Inspiration, Jazz, Punk)
"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
(Related: Love, Morality, Inspiration, Christian, Being, Churches, Goodness, Sin, Spirit)
"Where does a man get inspiration to write a song like that? Well, he gets it from the landlady once a month."
- John Michael Hayes
(Related: Inspiration, Man, Song)
"Accordingly the Northern races of Europe found their inspiration in the Bible; and the enthusiasm for it has not yet quite faded away."
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Related: Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Bible, Europe)
"Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter."
- Brad Henry
(Related: Inspiration, Comfort)
"He grows daily more capable of following any inspiration without technical effort, and also of letting inspiration come to him through meticulous observation."
- Eugen Herrigel
(Related: Inspiration, Effort, Observation)
"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
(Related: People, Civilization, Inspiration, Ideas, Beginning, Communication, Sea)
"In English, the sounds and melodies I created were an inspiration to me, and words came to me as I explored the sounds, and from there I was able expand on the meaning."
- Utada Hikaru
(Related: Inspiration, English, Meaning, Words)
"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Idea, Inspiration, Force, Wind)
"Love is one of my main inspirations."
- Enrique Iglesias
"My inspiration are the woman, friendship, and loneliness."
- Enrique Iglesias
(Related: 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
(Related: Development, Inspiration, Strength, Distrust, Diversity)
"I do not believe in inspiration, but I must have a title in order to work, otherwise I am lost."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Related: Work, Inspiration, Order)
"The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it."
- Robert Green Ingersoll
(Related: Inspiration, Bible, Gentleman, Ignorance)
"I get a lot of inspiration from the audience feedback to our live shows."
- Donnie Iris
"Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way."
- Joichi Ito
(Related: Work, People, Ideas, Creativity, Future, Past)
"Every great inspiration is but an experiment."
- Charles Ives
"Getting comments like that from even the young people at the shows who probably aren't singers, the girls who just tell me that I'm an inspiration to them, for one reason or another."
- Wanda Jackson
(Related: People, Inspiration, Girls, Reason)
"But inspiration? - That's when you come home from abroad and are asked: Well, have you found inspiration? - and fortunately you haven't. But the impressions sink in, of course, and may emerge later: None of us has invented the house; that was done many thousands of years ago."
- Arne Jacobsen
(Related: Home, Inspiration, May, Years)
"I know that the nice shines I have on is going to pass. The nice cars will pass. All that will stay is the music and the work. That's where I get the inspiration to help people out and work."
- Wyclef Jean
(Related: Music, Work, People, Inspiration, Help, Will)
"Don't make music for some vast, unseen audience or market or ratings share or even for something as tangible as money. Though it's crucial to make a living, that shouldn't be your inspiration. Do it for yourself."
- Billy Joel
(Related: Music, Money, Inspiration, Living)
"From the throes of inspiration and the eddies of thought the poet may at last be able to arrive at, and convey the right admixture of words and meaning."
- Eyvind Johnson
(Related: Thought, Inspiration, May, Meaning, Right, Words)
"I owe a debt of gratitude to two other living Justices. Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg paved the way for me and so many other women in my generation. Their pioneering lives have created boundless possibilities for women in the law. I thank them for their inspiration and also for the personal kindnesses they have shown me."
- Elena Kagan
(Related: Women, Gratitude, Inspiration, Day, Debt, Law, Living, Possibilities)
"Not exactly but I get inspiration from stories which are unconventional."
- Anil Kapoor
"Inspiration comes from all different places."
- Jeffrey Katzenberg
"I just hope that our fans are people who are inspired by music, and just use our music as a background or inspiration for whatever it is they do."
- Maynard James Keenan
(Related: Music, People, Inspiration, Hope, Fans)
"The book is there for inspiration and as a foundation, the fundamentals on which to build."
- Thomas Keller
"The longing to produce great inspirations didn't produce anything but more longing."
- Sophie Kerr
"It's not until I hear songs that I've done, that I realize how much of an inspiration music from the '60s and '70s has been."
- Alicia Keys
(Related: Music, Inspiration, Songs)
"It was a very emotional dinner... Everyone shared personal stories about her and gave her words of encouragement and inspiration. Everyone tried to remain positive."
- Lil' Kim
(Related: Inspiration, Positive, Encouragement, Words)
"I support mosques, obviously. We need churches, temples, mosques. Whatever people use to speak with their god or to receive spiritual inspiration is good for the country. But the symbolism of it at ground zero, within two blocks or three blocks, I believe is wrong."
- Peter King
(Related: God, People, Inspiration, Churches, Country, Spiritual, Support, Wrong)
"If a violent act towards a woman takes place, and the inspiration for that act is violence in cinema, the inspiration for that act would have come from somewhere else if movies didn't exist."
- Richard King
(Related: Movies, Inspiration, Act, Cinema, Violence, Woman)
"When Nike says, just do it, that's a message of empowerment. Why aren't the rest of us speaking to young people in a voice of inspiration?"
- Naomi Klein
(Related: People, Inspiration, Empowerment, Rest, Voice)
"Diana Ross is a big inspiration to all of us. We all grew up watching everything about her - her mike placement, her grace, her style and her class."
- Beyonce Knowles
(Related: Inspiration, Class, Grace, Style)
"The only character I ever remember actually creating in a flash of inspiration was George Liquor. God planted that in my head in an instant."
- John Kricfalusi
(Related: God, Inspiration, Character, Liquor)
"So I just had to step up how I was doing it and the moment that I stepped up and the moment I focused all my energy on that is when things started to happen. So there's a direct relationship between my inspiration and my output."
- Talib Kweli
(Related: Inspiration, Energy)
"The prophets, who were very many, proclaim and declare the one God; for, being filled with the inspiration of the one God, they predicted things to come, with agreeing and harmonious voice."
(Related: God, Inspiration, Being, Voice)
"Yes, and I can sit down on a white piece of paper and work because I don't believe too much into inspiration, only I'm waiting for inspiration, work and then inspiration may come. It's a little too easy to say that."
- Karl Lagerfeld
(Related: Work, Inspiration, May, Waiting)
"We are now on the threshold of a newer movement, with a newer hope and a new inspiration."
- James Larkin
(Related: Inspiration, Hope, Now)
"Personally speaking there's only so long you can go from film to film to film. There's an inspiration an actor gets from the stage."
- Jude Law
(Related: Inspiration, Actor, Film)
"Directing, I get all kinds of inspiration. It's working with people. It's a lot more fun."
- Ang Lee
(Related: People, Inspiration, Fun)
"Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it."
- Madeleine L'Engle
(Related: Work, Inspiration)
"My dad's music was a great inspiration to me."
- Julian Lennon
(Related: Music, Dad, Inspiration)
"For me, songwriting is something I have to do ritually. I don't just wait for inspiration; I try to write a little bit every day."
- Sean Lennon
(Related: Inspiration, Day)
"I think that's given inspiration to other musicians. I know, particularly through the 90s, a lot of bands would cite Rush as an influence. I don't think it was so much our music, but more the way we really stuck to our guns."
- Alex Lifeson
(Related: Music, Inspiration, Influence, Musicians)
"Every mind which has given itself to self-expression in art is aware of a directing agency outside its conscious control which it has agreed to label 'inspiration'."
- Norman Lindsay
(Related: Art, Control, Mind, Self)
"One expected growth, change; without it, the world was less, the well of inspiration dried up, the muses fled."
- Charles de Lint
(Related: Change, Inspiration, Growth, World)
"Inspiration is enough to give expression to the tone in singing, especially when the song is without words."
- Franz Liszt
(Related: Inspiration, Expression, Singing, Song, Words)
"I don't really care who gets their inspiration from where, it's the end results that count."
- Robert Lloyd
(Related: Inspiration, Care, End, Results)
"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."
- Jack London
"From you we have learned what we, at least, value, to separate Church and State; and from you we gather inspiration at all times in our devotion to learning, to religious liberty, and to individual and National freedom."
- Seth Low
(Related: Inspiration, Church, Devotion, Freedom, Learning, Liberty, Religious, State, Value)
"'Star Wars' is fun, its exciting, its inspirational, and people respond to that. It's what they want."
- George Lucas
(Related: Inspirational, People, Fun, Want)
"It is time we in Scotland put England in its proper place and instead of our leaning on England and taking inspiration from her, we should lean and turn to Europe, for it is there our future prosperity lies."
- Hugh MacDiarmid
(Related: Time, Inspiration, EnglEurope, Future, Lies, Prosperity, Scotland)
"If I waited for inspiration every time I sat down to write a song I probably would be a plumber today."
- Barry Mann
(Related: Time, Inspiration, Song, Today)
"Every piece has its own identity which we develop by the rule 'We know no limits.' We follow the inspiration of the moment and don't worry if what we're playing is alternative, progressive or fusion rock."
- Page McConnell
(Related: Inspiration, Identity, Limits, Worry)
"That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime - to set an example - and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history."
- William McKinley
(Related: History, Inspiration, Hope, Example, Man)
"I would love to meet Kelly Clarkson and if I get the chance to I would tell her thank you so much for the inspiration."
- Thia Megia
(Related: Love, Inspiration, Chance)
"Times have changed since George Herbert... but the principle and spirit in which he ministered as a priest remains an inspiration and model for all priests."
- Arthur Middleton
(Related: Inspiration, Spirit)
"We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own."
- Maria Mitchell
(Related: Travel, Inspiration, Thoughts, Country)
"I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own."
- Maria Mitchell
(Related: Inspiration, Thoughts, Country)
"The very air in which you live is an inspiration."
- William Henry Moody
"When I sit at my table to write, I never know what it's going to be until I'm under way. I trust in inspiration, which sometimes comes and sometimes doesn't. But I don't sit back waiting for it. I work every day."
- Alberto Moravia
(Related: Trust, Work, Inspiration, Day, Waiting)
"The way I create music is maybe like a painting, to compose in a more visual way. Basically it's the music that I want to hear- that's my inspiration and bottom line. I just try to get ideas from books, movies, paintings."
- Ikue Mori
(Related: Music, Movies, Inspiration, Ideas, Books, Painting, Want)
"When I started studying tenor saxophone as a kid in Belfast, I did so with a guy named George Cassidy, who was also a big inspiration."
- Van Morrison
"I'd like to think that the notion of inspiration will transcend cultural things that are going on. There's something classic about this movie that I'm hoping reaches kids."
- Rob Morrow
(Related: Inspiration, Kids, Will)
"If you can't find your inspiration by walking around the block one time, go around two blocks-but never three."
- Robert Motherwell
(Related: Time, Inspiration, Walking)
"I look at the dancers and I get the inspiration for the work from them."
- Graeme Murphy
(Related: Work, Inspiration)
"Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration."
- Ernest Newman
(Related: Time, Inspiration, Day, Job, Waiting, Waste)
"If somebody asked me about my inspiration I would say that it's not the peopleand it's not the things, it's travel and experiencing different environments."
- Marc Newson
(Related: Travel, Inspiration)
"One night I went to see Bobby at the Flamingo. Because he was my hero, I would visit him for inspiration."
- Wayne Newton
(Related: Inspiration, Night, Visit)
"If you wait for inspiration you'll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street."
- Ben Nicholas
"Most of life is routine - dull and grubby, but routine is the momentum that keeps a man going. If you wait for inspiration you'll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street."
- Ben Nicholas
(Related: Life, Inspiration, Man, Routine)
"In general, I don't know when inspiration will pop up."
- Larry Niven
(Related: Inspiration, Will)
"Risk is essential. There is not growth of inspiration in staying within what is safe and comfortable. Once you find out what you do best, why not try something else?"
- Alex Noble
(Related: Inspiration, Growth, Risk)
"Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration."
- Rudolf Nureyev
"It makes me feel wonderful that people still care for me... that I have so many fans among young people, who write to me and tell me I have been an inspiration."
- Bettie Page
(Related: People, Inspiration, Care, Fans)
"Dreams are not without meaning wherever thay may come from-from fantasy, from the elements, or from other inspiration."
(Related: Dreams, Inspiration, Fantasy, May, Meaning)
"You know, sometimes I get moments of inspiration when I'm writing something and then the task seems so daunting that it just kind of scares me away."
- Adam Pascal
(Related: Inspiration, Moments, Writing)
"The men who have furnished me with my greatest inspiration have not been men of wealth, but men of deeds."
- James Cash Penney
(Related: Men, Inspiration, Wealth, Deeds)
"My dad served in two wars has been flying airplanes for 60 years now. He was certainly quite an inspiration."
- John L. Phillips
(Related: Dad, Inspiration, Airplanes, Flying, Now, Years)
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working."
- Pablo Picasso
"My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director."
- Cole Porter
"Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man's faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements."
- Giacomo Puccini
(Related: Inspiration, Man)
"One of the things I try to be very careful of is not taking a movie when I know I have no inspiration left."
- Trevor Rabin
"Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask 'how', while others of a more curious nature will ask 'why'. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information."
- Man Ray
(Related: Nature, Inspiration, Information, Will)
"While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Inspiration, Americans, Future, Past)
"I think at one time every drummer wanted to play like Krupa or wanted to win a Gene Krupa drum contest. This is the big inspiration for drummers and naturally it has to be the same way for me."
- Buddy Rich
(Related: Time, Inspiration, Play)
"I've done a lot of albums and I kinda know when I'm onto something that was inspirational for me to record and create, and this was one of those projects where I really enjoyed making the album."
- Lee Ritenour
(Related: Inspirational, Projects)
"In life you need either inspiration or desperation."
- Tony Robbins
(Related: Life, Inspiration, Desperation)
"So I wanted to sing inspirational music, and that's exactly how I approached it - only the words have been changed to declare my relationship with God."
- Smokey Robinson
(Related: Inspirational, Music, God, Words)
"In fact, I wouldn't really call this a Gospel album, I call it more an inspirational album."
- Smokey Robinson
(Related: Inspirational, Fact)
"Had I not come out with an inspirational CD, you perhaps would have never known that I feel like I feel, that all songs, all the music I've ever done is a gift from God."
- Smokey Robinson
(Related: Inspirational, Music, God, Songs)
"Furthermore, the Latin American nuclear-weapon free zone which is now nearing completion has become in several respects an example which, notwithstanding the different characteristics of each region, is rich in inspiration."
- Alfonso G. Robles
(Related: Inspiration, American, Completion, Example, Now, Zone)
"I think as long as people are around and can hear a record and hear people like Lester Young on a recording, there will always be a great inspiration for somebody to try to create jazz."
- Sonny Rollins
(Related: People, Inspiration, Jazz, Will)
"Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced."
- Ned Rorem
(Related: Inspiration, Act, Memory)
"Wherever you look there are inspirations, books, literature, paintings, landscapes, everything. Just living is an inspiration."
- Gavin Rossdale
(Related: Inspiration, Books, Literature, Living)
"We need affordable space travel to inspire our youth, to let them know that they can experience their dreams, can set significant goals and be in a position to lead all of us to future progress in exploration, discovery and fun. Thanks to the X Prize for the inspiration."
- Burt Rutan
(Related: Experience, Travel, Dreams, Inspiration, Progress, Goals, Discovery, Exploration, Fun, Future, Space, Youth)
"The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for those who don't understand it."
- George Santayana
(Related: Inspiration, Bible)
"In fact, the converse is true: At a time when the United States has been called on for a level of moral leadership, vision and inspiration not seen since World War II, we cannot afford to dissemble about crimes against humanity."
- Adam Schiff
(Related: Time, War, Leadership, Inspiration, Vision, Fact, Humanity, states, United, World, World war)
"Many a witty inspiration is like the surprising reunion of befriended thoughts after a long separation."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Inspiration, Thoughts, Separation, Witty)
"Witty inspirations are the proverbs of the educated."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
"Science sometimes falls short when trying to fathom the depths of our essence - and our inspiration comes from that essence."
- Lance Secretan
(Related: Science, Inspiration, Trying)
"Books are challenging and inspirational to me."
- Amy Sedaris
(Related: Inspirational, Books)
"Architecture is not an inspirational business, it's a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that's all."
- Harry Seidler
(Related: Architecture, Inspirational, Business)
"This was all the inspiration it took: We put 100 percent of ourselves in the lines. We personally take care of everything, from fulfillment to answering the mail."
- Connie Sellecca
(Related: Inspiration, Care, Fulfillment, Mail)
"I am one of those people who thrive on deadlines, nothing brings on inspiration more readily than desperation."
- Harry Shearer
(Related: People, Inspiration, Desperation, Nothing)
"Because of my Buddhist practice, I'm never lacking for inspiration."
- Duncan Sheik
(Related: Inspiration, Buddhist, Practice)
"I have amazing friends who have led inspirational lives."
- Andrew Shue
(Related: Inspirational, Friends)
"I am involved with politics today because of the inspiration I received from Ronald Reagan."
- Michael K. Simpson
(Related: Politics, Inspiration, Today)
"I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean."
(Related: Wisdom, Poetry, Inspiration, Instinct, Poets)
"Any composer who is gloriously conscious that he is a composer must believe that he receives his inspiration from a source higher than himself."
- John Philip Sousa
"All characters come from people I know, but after the initial inspiration, I tend to modify the characters so they fit with the story."
- Nicholas Sparks
(Related: People, Inspiration)
"I would like to be called an inspiration to people, not a role model - because I make mistakes like everybody else. When I'm offstage, I'm just like everybody else."
- Britney Spears
(Related: People, Inspiration, Mistakes)
"I would say that the surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse."
- Benjamin Spock
(Related: Marriage, Inspiration, Dignity, Harmony, Joy, Man, Maturity, Measure, Pleasure, Style, Woman)
"Because I don't play guitar any more, African harmonies and rhythms have been an inspiration to me. I love the raw origin of the sound. It complements my voice and words naturally."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Love, Inspiration, African, Guitar, Play, Sound, Voice, Words)
"Insomnia is my greatest inspiration."
- Jon Stewart
"When you're younger, your inspiration is there. As you get older, it tends to waver. Once you find it - I found it again - that's where you can draw from. That's where you draw your strength from."
- Elvis Stojko
(Related: Inspiration, Strength)
"After you've done it for so many years, you have to find a new direction. You have to find something in your soul that's going to push you towards - to find your inspiration."
- Elvis Stojko
(Related: Soul, Inspiration, Direction, Years)
"Part of Michael's uniqueness, I think, comes from the fact that he worked with music. He had a tape which he gave me with many different compositions, really eclectic. These pieces of music were sources of inspiration."
- Madeleine Stowe
(Related: Music, Inspiration, Fact, Uniqueness)
"Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning."
- Igor Stravinsky
(Related: Work, Inspiration, Appetite, Beginning, Eating)
"I get my inspiration from everyone when I need it and how I need it."
- Picabo Street
"Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration, I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings."
- Wislawa Szymborska
(Related: Inspiration, Fortune, May, Poets)
"I have enormous respect for Steve Johnson, and as I've told him, Feed was one of the inspirations for Salon. They were up there before we were. And also for Joey and the Suck people."
- David Talbot
(Related: People, Respect)
"Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Inspiration, Desperation, Kindness, Universe)
"I would like to cite an instance which proves the efficacy of clean living on the part of an athlete coupled with the inspiration received from a champion which go a long way to making a champion."
- Major Taylor
(Related: Inspiration, Living)
"Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Impression, Inspiration, Moments)
"The many sounds of Memphis shaped my early musical career and continue to be an inspiration to this day."
- Justin Timberlake
(Related: Inspiration, Career, Day)
"I really didn't try to make an effort to make urban music, but I am a product of my inspirations."
- Justin Timberlake
(Related: Music, Effort)
"I travel the garden of music, thru inspiration. It's a large, very large garden, seen?"
- Peter Tosh
(Related: Travel, Music, Inspiration, Garden)
"My decision to start a new one is just that, a decision, since I never get inspirations."
- Anne Tyler
"The only thing I do is just pray for inspiration, for a way of thinking, because I don't have any particular goal in sight."
- Mike Tyson
(Related: Inspiration, Goal, Sight, Thinking)
"Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered."
- John Updike
"That is a big danger, losing your inspiration. When I work in film and television I try to do each take a little differently. I never want to do the same thing twice, because then you're not being spontaneous, you're just recreating something."
- Karl Urban
(Related: Work, Inspiration, Being, Danger, Film, Losing, Television, Want)
"I have drawn inspiration from the Marine Corps, the Jewish struggle in Palestine and Israel, and the Irish."
- Leon Uris
(Related: Inspiration, Irish, Israel, Palestine, Struggle)
"There have been many different artists that have been inspirational. I suppose the question is directed to what was the reason why I went into fantasy illustration."
- Boris Vallejo
(Related: Inspirational, Artists, Fantasy, Question, Reason)
"These rough sketches, which are born in an instant in the heat of inspiration, express the idea of their author in a few strokes, while on the other hand too much effort and diligence sometimes saps the vitality and powers of those who never know when to leave off."
- Giorgio Vasari
(Related: Idea, Inspiration, Diligence, Effort, Vitality)
"As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the cat can be over-estimated. He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism. I do not wonder that many writers love cats; I am only surprised that all do not."
- Carl Van Vechten
(Related: Love, Beauty, Power, Inspiration, Cats, Grace, Wonder, Writers)
"One ends up relying on pure musical inspiration, and failing that, the music won't lead to anything good, or it will alienate all but the most die-hard fans."
- Boris Vian
(Related: Music, Inspiration, Fans, Will)
"As for the historical inspirations I drew on in writing The Snow Queen, I suppose I would call them more cross-cultural inspirations, though they frequently involve past societies as well as present day ones."
- Joan D. Vinge
(Related: Day, Past, Present, Queen, Snow, Writing)
"Another inspiration that has helped me get through has been Lance Armstrong's story. My cancer is not nearly as bad as his, but I believe in staying motivated and keeping as fit as you can."
- Grete Waitz
(Related: Inspiration, Cancer)
"What Fred Lebow went through was an inspiration for me. You have to set goals for yourself."
- Grete Waitz
(Related: Inspiration, Goals)
"A man of strength and wisdom, John Paul became an inspiration to generations of both Catholics and non-Catholics throughout the world by encouraging freedom, promoting peace and respecting all faiths."
- Greg Walden
(Related: Peace, Wisdom, Inspiration, Encouraging, Strength, Freedom, Generations, Man, World)
"I'd usually read the Bible a lot. Read little short Bible stories. And today, whenever I give speeches, I bring up a few of those Bible stories, because those are inspirations to me."
- Herschel Walker
(Related: Bible, Today)
"I will always desire to play with Bruce Springsteen. He's the most inspirational, most dedicated, most committed and most focused artist I've ever seen. I like to be around people like that."
- Max Weinberg
(Related: Inspirational, People, Artist, Desire, Play, Will)
"Inspiration is the key to everything."
- Olivia Wilde
(Related: Inspiration, Key)
"If the script is telling the story well, that is your inspiration, and you do not need to go somewhere else."
- Tom Wilkinson
"No man ever did, nor ever shall, truly go forth to convert the nations, nor to prophesy in the present state of witnesses against Antichrist, but by the gracious inspiration and instigation of the Holy Spirit of God."
- Roger Williams
(Related: God, Inspiration, Man, Nations, Present, Spirit, State)
"And let me tell you, you boys of America, that there is no higher inspiration to any man to be a good man, a good citizen, and a good son, brother, or father, than the knowledge that you come from honest blood."
- John Sergeant Wise
(Related: Father, Brother, Son, Knowledge, Inspiration, America, Blood, Boys, Man)
"Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history."
- Carter G. Woodson
(Related: History, Inspiration, Biography, Teaching)
"Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain."
- Frank Lloyd Wright
(Related: Nature, Work, God, Inspiration, Building, Day, Principles)
"The past couple years training with Kurt have really brought inspiration into my skating."
- Kristi Yamaguchi
(Related: Inspiration, Past, Training, Years)
"Deacon Jones has been the most inspirational person in my football career."
- Jack Youngblood
(Related: Inspirational, Career, Football)
"The Past: Our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition."
- Israel Zangwill
(Related: Inspiration, Danger, Glamour, Imitation, Past, Prison, Repetition)