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Quotations About / On: INSPIRATION

  • 1.
    Witty inspirations are the proverbs of the educated.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 29 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
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  • 2.
    The ironies in the commonplace are my inspiration and delight.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 3.
    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 (1923-1985), Italian author, critic. lecture, Nov. 1969, Turin. "Cybernetics and Ghosts," The Literature Machine (1987).)
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  • 4.
    Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
    (Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), U.S. inventor. Remark by Edison c. 1903. Harper's (New York, Sept. 1932). Edison, one of the most inspired and productive inventors of his time, received only three months of formal schooling.)
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  • 5.
    When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best—that is inspiration.
    (Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "1950-1958: The Real," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).)
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  • 6.
    Artistic inspiration ignores the law of supply and demand.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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  • 7.
    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 (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Power," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
  • 8.
    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 (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Love," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
  • 9.
    Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XLI (1887).)
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  • 10.
    Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. fragment on free labor (Sep. 17, 1859?). Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 462, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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