Dream as if youíll live forever. Live as if youíll die today.
Whatever a poet writes with enthusiasm and a divine inspiration is very
fine. Earliest reference to the madness or divine inspiration of poets.
Reflect upon your present blessings - of which every man has many - no on
your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Thomas Alva Edison
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
We found Matisse living in a small house, with a magnificent, sweeping view
beyond his vegetable garden. In one room there was a cage with a lot of
fluttering birds. The place was covered with paintings, most of them obviously
new ones. I marveled at his production and I asked him, "What is your
inspiration?" I grow artichokes, he said. His eyes smiled at my surprise and
he went on to explain: "Every morning I go into the garden and discover new
combinations of colors and fantastic patterns. I study them. They inspire me.
Then I go back to the studio and paint.
We donít know when our name came into being or how some distant ancestor
acquired it. We donít understand our name at all; we donít know its history
and yet we bear it with exalted fidelity. We merge with it, we like it, we are
ridiculously proud of it, as if we had thought if up ourselves in a moment of
Good manners are like traffic rules for society.
The first bowl sleekly moistened throat and lips. The second banished all
my loneliness. The third expelled the dullness from my mind, sharpening
inspiration gained from all the books IĎve read. The fourth brought forth
light perspiration, dispersing a lifetimeís troubles through my pores.
Lu Tung, Chinese Poet - On drinking Tea.
There is no end to what you can accomplish if (or when) you donít care who
gets the credit.
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