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#4440 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words, and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks loquacity. .

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#5067 Mark Twain

All men have heard of the Mormon Bible, but few except the "elect" have seen it, or, at least, taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from Salt Lake. The book is a curiosity to me, it is such a pretentious affair, and yet so "slow," so sleepy; such an insipid mess of inspiration. It is chloroform in print. Ifcomposed this book, the act was a miracle — keeping awake while he did it was, at any rate. If he, according to tradition, merely translated it from certain ancient and mysteriously-engraved plates of copper, which he declares he found under a stone in an out-of-the-way locality, the work of translating was equally a miracle, for the same reason. .

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#6454 Henry David Thoreau

It is so hard to forget what it is worse than useless to remember! If I am to be a thoroughfare, I prefer that it be of the mountain-brooks, the Parnassian streams, and not the town-sewers. There is inspiration, that gossip which comes to the ear of the attentive mind from the courts of heaven. There is the profane and stale revelation of the bar-room and the police court. The same ear is fitted to receive both communications. Only the character of the hearer determines to which it shall be open, and to which closed. I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality. .

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#9118 Ernest Rutherford

I came into the room which was half-dark and presently spottedin the audience, and realised that I was in for trouble at the last part of my speech dealing with the age of the Earth, where my views conflicted with his. To my relief, Kelvin fell fast asleep, but as I came to the important point, I saw the old bird sit up, open an eye and cock a baleful glance at me. Then a sudden inspiration came, and I said Lord Kelvin had limited the age of the Earth, provided no new source [of heat] was discovered. That prophetic utterance referred to what we are now considering tonight, radium! Behold! The old boy beamed upon me. .

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#10555 W. H. Auden

A craftsman knows in advance what the finished result will be, while the artist knows only what it will be when he has finished it. But it is unbecoming in an artist to talk about inspiration; that is the reader's business. .

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#12759 Richard Dawkins

The successful scientist and the raving crank are separated by the quality of their inspirations. But I suspect that this amounts, in practice, to a difference, not so much in ability to notice analogies as in ability to reject foolish analogies and pursue helpful ones. .

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#13213 G. K. Chesterton

He was, if ever there was one, an inspired poet. I do not think it the highest sort of poet. And you never discover who is an inspired poet until the inspiration goes. .

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#13781 Thomas Paine

Each of those churches show certain books, which they call revelation, or the word of God. The Jews say, that their word of God was given by God to , face to face; the Christians say, that their word of God came by divine inspiration: and the Turks say, that their word of God (the Koran) was brought by an angel from Heaven. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all. .

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#14642 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poets are the hierophants of an unapprehended inspiration; the mirrors of the gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present; the words which express what they understand not; the trumpets which sing to battle, and feel not what they inspire; the influence which is moved not, but moves. Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. .

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#14809 Edmund Burke

When Croft's "Life of Dr. Young" was spoken of as a good imitation of Dr. Johnson's style, "No, no," said he, "it is not a good imitation of Johnson; it has all his pomp without his force; it has all the nodosities of the oak, without its strength; it has all the contortions of the sibyl, without the inspiration." .

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#16033 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Courage, not cleverness; not even inspiration, is the grain of mustard that grows up to be a great tree. .

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#25272 Thomas Alva Edison

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. .

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#27485 Samuel Butler (novelist)

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 recognised for some time. .

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#28847 Pearl S. Buck

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. .

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#40017 Joseph Campbell

All… have grown out of myths. They are founded on myths. What these myths have given has been inspiration for aspiration. The economic interpretation of history is for the birds. Economics is itself a function of aspiration. It’s what people aspire to that creates the field in which economics works. .

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#40819 Eric Hoffer

They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor. .

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#41429 Louis Pasteur

The Greeks have given us one of the most beautiful words of our language, the word "enthusiasm" — a God within. The grandeur of the acts of men are measured by the inspiration from which they spring. Happy is he who bears a God within. .

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#45145 Walt Disney

To me, today, at age sixty-one,, by the humble or highly placed, has one thing in common: supplication forandto carry on the bestimpulses which should bind us together for a better . Without such inspiration, we would rapidly deteriorate and finally perish. But in our troubled time, the right of men to think and worship as theirdictates is being sorely pressed. We can retain these privileges only by being constantly on guard and fighting off any encroachment on these precepts. To retreat from any of thehanded down by our forefathers, who shed their blood for the ideals we still embrace, would be a completefor those who would destroyandfor the . .

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#45774 Julia Cameron

For most of us, the seductive and unstated part of "if I had enough time" is the unstated sentence "to hear myself think." In other words, we imagine that if we had time we would quiet our more shallow selves and listen to a deeper flow of inspiration. Again, this is a myth that lets us off the hook— if I wait for enough time to listen, I don't have to listen now, I don't have to take responsibility for what is trying to bubble up today. .

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#51810 Marina Abramovic

When Lady Gaga says I am her inspiration, you reach kids between 12 and 18. Now I am like a brand - jeans, Coca-Cola. .

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#52079 Grant Achatz

The popularity of the Internet and using it as an available resource has really changed the way chefs kind of gather information and look for inspiration. To me, a food trend is potentially a lot of people following an idea. .

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#52281 Reem Acra

Barbie has always been an inspiration. Dressing her was part of ever girl's dream. .

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#52284 Reem Acra

My friends are my inspiration, and all of them are true friends that support me. On a daily basis, I know that I have my friends to rely on. .

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#53892 Cecelia Ahern

Decide where and when you want to write. I like space, and silence is an inspiration to me. .

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#53987 Riz Ahmed

I go to a lot of stand-up comedy. I find more inspiration from observational stuff than from rap. .

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#55004 Buzz Aldrin

The biggest benefit of Apollo was the inspiration it gave to a growing generation to get into science and aerospace. .

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#55005 Buzz Aldrin

Maybe it was the challenge of flight, the opportunity to fly, the competition of summer camp and the inspiration and discipline of West Point. I think all of those things helped me to develop a dedication and inspired me to get ahead. .

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#56863 Eric Alterman

Whether one agrees or disagrees with the tactics of the Occupy Wall Street movement, it's easy to understand the inspiration for its anger as well as its impatience. .

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#56906 Sidney Altman

Indeed, we are privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to study Nature and to follow our own thoughts and inspirations in a time of relative tranquillity and in a land with a generous and forward-looking government. .

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#57115 Nita Ambani

My reason and inspiration to lose weight and stay fit is my youngest son, Anant, who is fighting obesity. I would like to be an example for him. .

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#57117 Nita Ambani

Sachin has been an integral part of Mumbai Indians and a source of inspiration for the team ever since the inception. .

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#57623 Shawn Amos

Despite all of our technological advances, content creation still requires time, inspiration, and a certain amount of sweat. There aren't any shortcuts. You can't write an algorithm for it. You can't predict it. You can't code it. .

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#57666 Tori Amos

Sometimes you need to take a departure from what you do to something that's slightly different in order to get inspiration. .

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#57755 Dev Anand

I keep drawing inspiration from people every day. All of a sudden, something strikes me so hard and dramatically, and then a dream comes - I sit down, cut it off and make a script out of it. .

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#58251 Margaret Anderson

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. .

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#58843 Criss Angel

One of my inspirations, Harry Houdini, remains an icon of the art because he defied our primal fears. His demonstrations in the early 20th century, especially his escape from the Chinese water torture cell, represented triumph over suffocation, drowning, disorientation and helplessness. .

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#59697 Apparat

At some point, I went to the studio and nothing happened. It can be really depressing to sit there and wait for the inspiration that doesn't come. I had to start recording rough song ideas before going to the studio. I did that at home whenever I had a good idea. .

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#60849 Kelley Armstrong

It wasn't until I was in my teens that I started admiring writers as inspirations for my own work, and my earliest influences there were Stephen King, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Richard Adams. .

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#67835 Sara Bareilles

I'm of the ilk of writers that feels you have to be open to the inspiration. .

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#68851 Mark Barrowcliffe

I was staying at the Konchucos Tambo lodge, next to the Huascaran national park, near Chavin. Sitting here on its veranda, I was beginning to see where all those Latin American magical realists get their inspiration from: they don't need to make anything up; they just write down what's around them. .

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#69247 Cecilia Bartoli

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. .

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#69547 Graeme Base

I have pets, but they're the really ordinary sort - yellow Labrador, tabby cat, white rabbit, a few goldfish - that kind of stuff. Nothing very... extravagant or unusual or exotic, but I find, in terms of inspiration, Mother Nature is just it. .

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#70571 Kylie Bax

I don't admire one particular style, but for evening events, I always look to Grace Kelly for inspiration. .

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#70670 Willow Bay

Social activism has gone mainstream. A new generation of philanthropic leaders such as Bill and Melinda Gates, and Bono are providing inspiration, guidance, and billions of dollars through their global foundations. .

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#70694 Birch Bayh

Certainly I think the election of John Kennedy and all he stood for was one that really was an inspiration. .

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#70901 Bob Beamon

My participation in the Art of the Olympians is a natural extension of my athletic career. I find creating a piece of art in many respects mirrors my long jumping efforts illustrating that hard work and inspiration will always be the foundation for success. .

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#71216 Simon Beaufoy

In the midst of global recession, in the face of uncertainty about what's going to happen next, film looks for inspiration to real people. .

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#71217 Simon Beaufoy

In times of trial, for inspiration, people want to look to real people rather than to fiction. .

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#71639 David Beckham

Kids can have great passion and great ability but if you have the facilities for your particular sport that can give you the inspiration to become a sportsman. .

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#71803 Natasha Bedingfield

I wanted to write about relationships. But I didn't feel I had the experience to sing about them in a deep way. Studying psychology helped me out in terms of my understanding. I still look through my old textbooks when I'm in need of inspiration. .

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