Inspiration Quotes

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Inspiration comes very slowly and quietly.
Inspiration comes during work, not before it.


Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
Inspiration cannot be willed, although it can be wooed.
My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a producer.
Inspiration never arrived when you were searching for it.
When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it.
Inspiration is the richest nation I know, the most powerful on earth.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

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Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced.
Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance.


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


Inspiration impels us to experience what has not yet occurred, but is already known.
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.

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The ultimate inspiration is the deadline. That's when you have to do what needs to be done.


When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best—that is inspiration.
Inspiration always comes when a man really wants it to, but it doesn't always go when he wants.
Many a witty inspiration is like the surprising reunion of befriended thoughts after a long separation.
If you can't find your inspiration by walking around the block one time, go around two blocks—but never three.
Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.

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Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant; there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.
If you wait for inspiration or that thing to hit you, you're dead.  Action breeds inspiration more than inspiration breeds action.


You can't always sit around and wait for inspiration to strike.  Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work.

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Inspiration descends only in flashes, to clothe circumstances; it is not stored up in a barrel, like salt herrings, to be doled out.
Ninety eight per cent of genius is hard work. As for genius being inspired, inspiration is in most cases another word for perspiration.

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It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion who cannot write well under other circumstances.
Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness—I wouldn't know; but I am sure that it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
Inspiration is never genuine if it is known as inspiration at the time. True inspiration always steals on a person, its importance not being fully recognized for some time.
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.
Inspiration is the greatest gift because it opens your life to many new possibilities. Each day becomes more meaningful and your life is enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you.
I could never tell where inspiration begins and impulse leaves off. I suppose the answer is in the outcome. If your hunch proves a good one, you were inspired; if it proves bad, you are guilty of yielding to thoughtless impulse.
Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.