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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.

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.
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.
Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant, there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.
Stung by the splendor of a sudden thought.
When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best -- that is inspiration.
the best way to get something done is to begin.
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!
The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.
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.
There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration.
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.
Progression not Procrastination
An idea ran back and forward in his head like a blind man, knocking over the solid furniture.
My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director.
You beat your Pate, and fancy Wit will come: Knock as you please, there's no body at home.
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.
The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation.
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.
Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.
The inspiration of the almighty gives man understanding.
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.
There can be no forced inspiration.
Regret is not when you could not finish what you started but regret is when you do not start what you could have finished.
Mediocrity is always a safe option but never a satisfactory one.
The only thing that hurts harder than a failure is not trying.
Recognition of the small things in people leads to the development of big things in people.
If your thoughts aren't inspiring you, they are expiring you.

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