An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go farther than a great idea that inspires no one.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


Inspiration comes of working every day.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


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


Robert Bresson (1907-1999, French film director)


Stung by the splendor of a sudden thought.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


Out of the closets and into the museums, libraries, architectural monuments, concert halls, bookstores, recording studios and film studios of the world. Everything belongs to the inspired and dedicated thief... Words, colors, light, sounds, stone, wood, bronze belong to the living artist. They belong to anyone who can use them. Loot the Louver! A bas l Originality, the sterile and assertive ego that imprisons us as it creates. Vive le sol -- pure, shameless, total. We are not responsible. Steal anything in sight.


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American writer)


There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.


William Congreve (1670-1729, British dramatist)


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


The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation.


Comer Cotrell (American businessman, founder of Pro-Line Corporation)


Had it not been for you, I should have remained what I was when we first met, a prejudiced, narrow-minded being, with contracted sympathies and false knowledge, wasting my life on obsolete trifles, and utterly insensible to the privilege of living in this wondrous age of change and progress.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Most of us who turn to any subject we love remember some morning or evening hour when we got on a high stool to reach down an untried volume, or sat with parted lips listening to a new talker, or for very lack of books began to listen to the voices within, as the first traceable beginning of our love.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


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, American poet, essayist)


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 (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


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 (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


An idea ran back and forward in his head like a blind man, knocking over the solid furniture.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant, there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.


Johann Gottfried Von Herder (1744-1803, German critic and poet)


Capability means imagination...


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


If you are doing your best, you will not have to worry about failure.


Robert S. Hillyer


Can you think of anything more permanently elating than to know that you are on the right road at last?


Vernon Howard (1935-1992, American author, speaker)


By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.


Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957, Greek writer)


If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.


Raymond Inmon


Before using a fine word, make a place for it!


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world: everyone you meet is your mirror.


Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995, American author)


I didn't have to think up so much as a comma or a semicolon; it was all given, straight from the celestial recording room. Weary, I would beg for a break, an intermission, time enough, let's say, to go to the toilet or take a breath of fresh air on the balcony. Nothing doing!


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


By asking for the impossible, we obtain the best possible.


Giovanni Niccolini


By depending on the great, the small may rise high. See: the little plant ascending the tall tree has climbed to the top.


Saskya Pandita (1182-1251, Tibetan Grand Lama of Saskya)


The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


You beat your Pate, and fancy Wit will come: Knock as you please, there's no body at home.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director.


Cole Porter (1893-1964, American composer, lyricist)


Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?


Prince (1958-, American musician, singer, guitarist, actor, songwriter)


If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Fire starts with sparks.


Ukrainian Proverb


If you want to innovate, to change an enterprise or a society, it takes people willing to do what's not expected.


Jean Riboud


If we treat people as they are, they will stay as they are. But if we treat them for what they might be, and might become, they will become those better selves.


G.T. Smith


The dream is not the destination but the journey.


Diane Sawyer (1945-, American TV personality)


By visualizing your goals, you can get your subconscious to work toward making these mental pictures come true.


Success Magazine (American business magazine)


I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


The inspiration of the almighty gives man understanding.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


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