Quotes for
the Journey:


You can't wait for inspiration.
You have to go after it with a club.

Jack London


The notion that inspiration is something that happened thousands of years ago, and was then finished and done with. . . the theory that God retired from business at that period and has not been heard from since, is as silly as it is blasphemous.       -George Bernard Shaw


It usually happens that the more faithfully people follow the inspirations they receive, the more do they experience new inspirations which ask increasingly more of them.        -Joseph de Guibert


Inspiration means that you don't have to figure things out, or think about them. Ideas and answers pop into your head and the energy carries you forward, if you allow it.  Planning… is a way of ritually killing inspiration, which transcends the need for planning.        -Chuck Spezzano

Inspiration comes whenever it wants, even at the most unlikely times and in the most inappropriate situations.  Often it arrives bit by bit.  Therefore it must be anchored, and this is where a most valuable item makes its appearance: the notebook.         -Piero Ferrucci

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


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

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing.  Action always generates inspiration.  Inspiration seldom generates action.        -Frank Tibolt


When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.  Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.       -Patanjali


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.         -Samuel Butler


Inspiration does not come like a blot, nor is it kinetic energy striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly all the time.        -Brenda Euland

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.     -Vincent van Gogh
Inspiration is the moment in which the spirit within is accessed and revealed.  Inspiration dawns when something in your outer world sparks a flame within you and calls forth a message.  It arrives to remind you that all your answers lie inside of you, and that you alone are the wisest wizard in your kingdom.  It is often easy to miss those moments until you learn to truly hear the inner "ding!" and give it the space to emerge into your consciousness.  As you move toward honoring your inner knowing, you can more easily recognize those moments of inspiration--many of which can be life-transforming.     -Cherie Carter-Scott, If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules
What do you do when inspiration doesn't come:  be careful not to spook, get the wind up, or force things into position.  You must wait around until the idea comes.     -John Huston
As I grow older, part of my emotional survival plan must be to actively seek inspiration instead of passively waiting for it to find me.     -Bebe Moore Campbell
There is something in our minds like sunshine and the weather, which is not under our control.  When I write, the best things come to me from I know not where.     -George Christoph Lictenberg
Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.     -Bo Bennett
The magic that he taught me was not confined to words; he had a way of generating in me an excitement about things I had always taken for granted.  He might point to a bank of clouds.  "What do you see there?  Colors?  That's not enough.  Look for towers and drawbridges.  Look for dragons and griffins and strange and wonderful beasts."
  Or he might pick up an angry claw-brandishing blue crab, holding it cautiously by the back flippers as I had taught him.  "Pretend you're this crab," he'd say.  "What do you see through those stalk-like eyes?  What do you feel with those complicated legs?  What goes on in your tiny brain?  Try it for just five seconds.  Stop being a boy.  Be a crab!"  And I would stare in amazement at the furious creature, feeling my comfortable identity lurch and sway under the impact of the idea.  So the days went by.     -Arthur Gordon

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.     -Robert Louis Stevenson
Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time. . . The wait is simply too long.     -Leonard Bernstein
If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood, and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.     -Antoine de Saint Exupery
Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.     -Pablo Picasso
It is a fact often observed, that people have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances.      -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.     -William Arthur Ward


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