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Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness,
by Aaron Copland

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

A melody is not merely something you can hum.
- Aaron Copland

To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself,
incredible and inconceivable.
- Aaron Copland

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet,
music in some living form will accompany and sustain
it and give it expressive meaning.
- Aaron Copland

 

If a literary man puts together two words about music,
one of them will be wrong.
- Aaron Copland

You compose because you want to somehow summarize in
some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive,
to set down...
some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now,
today.
- Aaron Copland

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking,
"Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be,
"Yes." And "Can you state in so many words what the
meaning is?" My answer to that would be,
"No."
- Aaron Copland

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The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

In spite of unseasonable wind, snow
and unexpected weather of all sorts -
a gardener still plants.
And tends what they have planted ...
believing that Spring will come.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

The glow of one warm thought
is to me worth more than money.
- Thomas Jefferson

We ourselves feel that what we are doing
is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less
because of that missing drop.
- Mother Teresa

Inspiration is God making contact with itself.
- Ram Dass

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Gratitude in advance is the most powerful
creative force in the universe.
- Neale Donald Walsch

We shall find peace. We shall hear angels.
We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
- Anton Chekhov

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world.
- Albert Einstein

The process of scientific discovery is,
in effect, a continual flight from wonder.
- Albert Einstein

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself
the means of inspiration and survival.
- Winston Churchill

Genius is one percent inspiration
and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
- Thomas Edison

The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.
- Nolan Bushnell

One bold inspiration choreographs a dance with promise.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

While most managers spend their time attempting
to predict the future accurately -
and while that's valuable -
the best managers are able to generate a future
which was not going to happen otherwise -
that is, a future which was not predictable.
- Werner Erhard

The key to success, and to happiness,
is being fully engaged in life -
leading yourself with inspiration and committed action -
setting your own fine and honorable example.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ideas, yes.
Inspiration, yes.
Creativity, yes.
Planning, yes.
Perseverance, yes.
More perseverance, yes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Taking inspiration from the powerful vision of my future,
I boldly set sail with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I open to inspiration.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nature is my manifestation of God.
I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Above all else, my inspiration is friendship.
- Bono

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship;
it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one
when he discovers that someone else believes in him
and is willing to trust him with his friendship.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I Act with Bold Courage -
Taking inspiration from the powerful vision of my future,
I boldly set sail with courage and intent.
I hold my course with focused attention and relentless commitment,
as I weather the storms of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Those distractions that turn my attention from
what I thought I was going to do today are not "rat holes";
they are Enchanted Rabbit Holes
with a Magical White Bunny awaiting in each.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I find motivation and inspiration and hope in information.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

Courage is like a soaring redwood;
Love is the seed that provides the inspiration,
and Fear is the manure that provides the raw energy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

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

I get a lot of inspiration from the audience feedback to our live shows.
- Donnie Iris

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

You have to shelve a lot of your inspiration.
There's only so much you can do with one record.
- Beck

I am one of those people who thrive on deadlines,
nothing brings on inspiration more readily than desperation.
- Harry Shearer

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

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

The past couple years training with Kurt have really
brought inspiration into my skating.
- Kristi Yamaguchi

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

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

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

Human beings have speculated about the relationship
between inspiration and insanity for centuries.
- Patty Duke

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

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

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

Education brings about opportunity, and in turn inspiration.
- Bill Frist

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

In general, I don't know when inspiration will pop up.
- Larry Niven

The very air in which you live is an inspiration.
- William Henry Moody

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

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

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.
- Johannes Brahms

The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song,
inspiration, feeling, and understanding.
- Willie Dixon

Education in the past has been too much inspiration
and too little information.
- E. Franklin Frazier

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

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

When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best -
that is inspiration.
- Robert Bresson

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

Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered.
- John Updike

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

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


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