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Wisdom Words

A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning. Chuck Noll

A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be lead by the nose. Mark Twain

A nation's treasure is its scholars. Yiddish Proverb

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books. Chinese Proverb

A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus

A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything. African Proverb

A wise man thinks what is easy is difficult. John Churton Collins

A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity. Niccolo Machiavelli

A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her. Helen Rowland

A word to the wise is not sufficient if it doesn't make sense. James Thurber

Action should culminate in wisdom. Bhagavad Gita

All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope. Alexandre Dumas

Among mortals second thoughts are wisest. Euripides

As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds. Buddha

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing. Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men. Chinese Proverb

Behold, my son, with what little wisdom the world is ruled. Count Axel Gustafsson Oxenstierna

Better to get wisdom than gold. Bible

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. [Proverbs 3:13-15] Bible

By others faults the wise correct their own. Proverb

By the time your life is finished, you will have learned just enough to begin it well. Eleanor Marx

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius

Committing a great truth to memory is admirable; committing it to life is wisdom. William A. Ward

Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom. Chinese Proverb

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. Basho

Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion? Friedrich Nietzsche

Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man who knows one. Turkish Proverb

Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust. Karl Kraus

Follow then the shining ones, the wise, the awakened, the loving, for they know how to work and forbear. Buddha

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know. William Saroyan

Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser. Thomas Carlyle

He alone is wise who can accommodate himself to all contingencies of life; but the fool contends, and struggling, like a swimmer, against the stream. Latin Proverb

He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise. Voltaire

He is no wise man who will quit a certainty for an uncertainty. Samuel Johnson

He swallowed a lot of wisdom, but all of it seems to have gone down the wrong way. Georg C. Lichtenberg

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise. Bible

He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God. Epictetus

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. Abba Eban

I have known it for a long time but I have only just experienced it. Now I know it not only with my intellect, but with my eyes, with my heart, with my stomach. Hermann Hesse

If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance. Leo Buscaglia

If wisdom were on sale in the open market, the stupid would not even ask the price. Anonymous

If you wish to know the road up the mountain, ask the man who goes back and forth on it. Zenrin

In much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. Bible

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it, thou art a fool. Rabbi Ben Azai

It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. Henry David Thoreau

It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone. Francois De La Rochefoucauld

It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves. Francois De La Rochefoucauld

It is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom. Maurice Maeterlinck

It is not wise to be wiser than necessary. Philippe Quinault

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. Oliver Wendell Holmes

It may serve as a comfort to us, in all our calamities and afflictions, that he that loses anything and gets wisdom by it is a gainer by the loss. Sir Roger L'Estrange

It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed ''Wisdom.'' And then I know exactly what is going to follow: ''Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.'' Ludwig Wittgenstein

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite. Samuel Levenson

It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one. Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone. Sigmund Freud

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children. Kahlil Gibran

Kings may be judges of the earth, but wise men are the judges of kings. Ibn Gabirol

Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it, he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it. Hermann Hesse

Let us be poised, and wise, and our own, today. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom. Queen Elizabeth

Life is a festival only to the wise. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Look at those they call unfortunate and at a closer view, you'll find many of them are unwise. Andrew Young

Many people might have attained wisdom had they not assumed they already had it. Anonymous

Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. Bertolt Brecht

More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use. Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time. Theodore Roosevelt

No man is wise enough by himself. Titus Maccius Plautus

No matter how long he lives, no man ever becomes as wise as the average woman of forty-eight. H. L. Mencken

No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us, --something more than we could learn for ourselves, from a book. Cyril Connolly

One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know. John Kenneth Galbraith

Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable. John Patrick

Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only. Samuel Smiles

Raphael paints wisdom; Handel sings it, Phidias carves it, Shakespeare writes it, Wren builds it, Columbus sails it, Luther preaches it, Washington arms it, Watt mechanizes it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon

So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. Bible

So wise so young, they say, do never live long. William Shakespeare

Some folks are wise and some otherwise. Josh Billings

Some men are wise, and some are otherwise. Tobias G. Smollett

Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves. Thomas Hobbes

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next. John Stuart Mill

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James

The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms. Socrates

The beginning of wisdom is to desire it. Ibn Gabirol

The best mind might be the wisest mind if it were a mind alone that produces wisdom. Anonymous

The days that are still to come are the wisest witnesses. Pindar

The doors of wisdom are never shut. Benjamin Franklin

The end result of wisdom is... good deeds. The Talmud

The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom. Samuel Smiles

The extreme limit of wisdom --that's what the public calls madness. Jean Cocteau

The fool who persists in his folly will become wise. William Blake

The greatest event for the world is the arrival of a new and wise person. Thomas Carlyle

The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people. Geoffrey Chaucer

The greatest wisdom is to realize one's lack of it. Konstantin Stanislavisky

The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper. Friedrich Nietzsche

The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water. Camerounian Proverb

The live in wisdom who see themselves in all and all in them, who have renounced every selfish desire and sense craving tormenting the heart. Bhagavad Gita

The man who questions opinions is wise. The man who quarrels with facts is a fool. Frank Garbutt

The mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world. Charles Caleb Colton

The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them. George Bernard Shaw

The only one who is wiser than anyone is everyone. Napoleon Bonaparte

The only thing that we know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom. Count Leo Tolstoy

The price of wisdom is eternal thought. Frank Birch

The testimony of the Lord is sure making wise the simple. [Psalms 19:7] Bible

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. William Blake

The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason. Hal Borland

The wisdom of a learned man comet by opportunity of leisure: and he that hath little business shall become wise. [Ecclesiasticus 38:25] Bible

The wisdom of others remains dull till it is writ over with our own blood. We are essentially apart from the world; it bursts into our consciousness only when it sinks its teeth and nails into us. Eric Hoffer

The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite. Arthur Schopenhauer

The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it. Publilius Syrus

The wise man can pick up a grain of sand and envision a whole universe. But the stupid man will just lay down on some seaweed and roll around in it until he's completely draped in it. Then he'll stand up and go hey, I'm Vine Man. Jack Handey

The wise man says it cannot be done, but the fool goes and does it. Anonymous

The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid. Marcus Aurelius

The wise person has long ears and a short tongue. German Proverb

The wisest have the most authority. Plato

The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all. Nicholas Boileau

There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool. Francis Bacon

There is a time when a man distinguishes the idea of felicity from the idea of wealth; it is the beginning of wisdom. Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. Friedrich Nietzsche

They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom. Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Though wisdom cannot be gotten for gold, still less can be gotten without it. Samuel Butler

Through wisdom is a house built; and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge shall every room be filled with precious and pleasant riches. Bible

Time ripens all things; no man is born wise. Miguel De Cervantes

Timing, degree and conviction are the three wise men in this life. R. I. Fitzhenry

To be wise and love exceeds man's might. William Shakespeare

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates

True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by. E. S. Bouton

Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, and fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray. Oliver Goldsmith

Understanding the limitations of human beings as well as understanding your own is the beginning of true wisdom. Anonymous

We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

We cannot advance without new experiments in living, but no wise man tries every day what he has proved wrong the day before. James Truslow Adams

We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already. Georg C. Lichtenberg

What a wonderful world this would be if there were as many wise people as there are clever people. Anonymous

What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children. William Blake

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean Jacques Rousseau

When you move amidst the world of sense, free from attachment and aversion alike, there comes the peace in which all sorrows end, and you life in the wisdom of the self. Bhagavad Gita

Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting. Benjamin Franklin

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt. St. Francis of Assisi

Who is a wise man? He who learns of all men. The Talmud

Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Who is wise? One who learns from all. The Talmud

Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences. Plato

Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of your times. Bible

Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry. Samuel Smiles

Wisdom begins at the end. Daniel Webster

Wisdom comes by disillusionment. George Santayana

Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life -- in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color. Seneca

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. Woodrow T. Wilson

Wisdom hath her excesses, and no less need of moderation than folly. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. Phaedrus

Wisdom is better than weapons of war. [9:18b, Ecclesiastes] Bible

Wisdom is found only in truth. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind and when to mind your speech. Evangel

Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being. Orison Swett Marden

Wisdom is knowledge, rightly applied. Anonymous

Wisdom is learning what to overlook. William James

Wisdom is meaningless until our own experience has given it meaning. Bergen Evans

Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability. Titus Maccius Plautus

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone. Horace

Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain. Robert E. Lee

Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation. Sid Taylor

Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use. Thomas J. Watson

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all your getting get understanding. Bible

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd preferred to talk. Doug Larson

Wisdom makes a slow defense against trouble, though a sure one in the end. Oliver Goldsmith

Wisdom not only gets, but once got, retains. Francis Quarles

Wisdom oft times consists of knowing what to do next. Herbert Clark Hoover

Wisdom overcomes fortune. Juvenal

Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late. Felix Frankfurter

Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil -- not the strength to choose between the two. John Cheever

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. Confucius

Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is a tonic. Tribulation is a test tube. Anonymous

Wise care keeps what it has gained. Danish Proverb

Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be. Anonymous

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise. Cato The Elder

Wise men still seek Him today. Dan Bell

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. Plato

Wise people are foolish if they cannot adapt to foolish people. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life. Aristophanes

Without wisdom, knowledge is more stupid than ignorance. Anonymous

You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God. Anonymous

Wise Thoughts About Inspiration

'Inspiration' is a word used by people who aren't really doing anything. Nick Cave

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all. Rita Mae Brown

A great man is a torch in the darkness, a beacon in superstition's night, an inspiration and a prophecy. Robert Green Ingersoll

A man with a silver spoon may get his share of supporters, but he can never be an inspiration for somebody! Patience and hard work are the key to every man's success. Kailash Kher

A part of my kind of design and inspiration ethos is that I carry around a leather notebook and I sketch in it, doodle in it, write notes in it, and I put pictures in it. John Varvatos

Action breeds inspiration more than inspiration breeds action. Willem Dafoe

Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work. Harvey Mackay

An artist's duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany. Nick Cave

An inspiration - a long, deep breath of the pure air of thought - could alone give health to the heart. Richard Jefferies

And let me tell you, you boys of America, that there is no higher inspiration to any man to be a good man, a good citizen, and a good son, brother, or father, than the knowledge that you come from honest blood. John Sergeant Wise

Animals come from nature. They were not designed. All my inspiration comes from nature, whether it's an animal or the layout of bark or of a leaf. Sometimes my patterns are very bold, and you can barely see where they come from, but all the textures and all the prints come out of nature. Diane von Furstenberg

Any job very well done that has been carried out by a person who is fully dedicated is always a source of inspiration. Carlos Ghosn

Any working composer or painter or sculptor will tell you that inspiration comes at the eighth hour of labour rather than as a bolt out of the blue. We have to get our vanities and our preconceptions out of the way and do the work in the time allotted. John Williams

Artists know that diligence counts as much, if not more, as inspiration; in art, as in politics, patience counts as much as revolution. Tony Kushner

As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the cat can be over-estimated. He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism. I do not wonder that many writers love cats; I am only surprised that all do not. Carl Van Vechten

Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person. Naveen Jain

Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be Revelation. Eileen Caddy

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. Shawn Amos

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model. Vincent Van Gogh

Dreams are not without meaning wherever thay may come from-from fantasy, from the elements, or from other inspiration. Paracelsus

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity. Bo Bennett

Every mind which has given itself to self-expression in art is aware of a directing agency outside its conscious control which it has agreed to label 'inspiration'. Norman Lindsay

Every time I sit for a song, I feel I am finished. It's like a beggar sitting waiting for God to fill your bowl with the right thought. In every song, I ask help from Him. Everybody around is so good, so to create music that will connect with so many people is not humanly possible without inspiration. A. R. Rahman

Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter. Brad Henry

Fashion takes its inspiration from society and everyday life, which is the same for everyone, and this is perhaps the reason why certain elements recur. Stefano Gabbana

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

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

I believe sometimes you have a choice in what inspiration you choose to follow and other times you really don't. Trent Reznor

I believe with all my heart that God still destines for us an even better future and the opportunity to continue to serve as an inspiration to the world. Marco Rubio

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. Socrates

I do work too hard sometimes, but my mom is such an inspiration. She tells me to 'chill out' and not take things so seriously. She will say: 'Go and have a massage.' Josh Peck

I don't believe in writer's block or waiting for inspiration. If you're a writer, you sit down and write. Elmore Leonard

I don't work with inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work. Chuck Close

I feel like part of getting better at writing is knowing where to find that inspiration. Right after something happens to me, the first thing I'll do is go write when those feelings are really, really fresh. Troye Sivan

I get inspiration from literally everything and anything. I take inspiration from people, relationships, stories, and I take inspiration from movies I see, books I read and songs I hear. Sabrina Carpenter

I guess it could be said that the inspiration for 'Requiem for a Dream' is watching the American dream not only destroy so many lives in the USA, but infect the rest of the world with its obsession with getting more, ignoring the deadly effect that has on the planet. Hubert Selby, Jr.

I know from personal experience how fear and low self worth can cripple one's ability to succeed in life. But with a little support, caring and inspiration, miracles can happen. Richard Hatch

I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together. Queen Elizabeth II

I look at my grandparents and what they dealt with in the Japanese internment in Arizona. That sense of perseverance, of making the best out of an incredibly bad situation, has always been something I drew inspiration from. I always ask myself, 'What in the world do I have to complain about?' Scott Fujita

I no have education. I have inspiration. If I was educated, I would be a damn fool. Bob Marley

I probably get more inspiration for human stories and idiosyncrasies than I do animal stories. Jim Davis

I really do believe that God is love, one of deep affection and grace and forgiveness and inspiration. William P. Young

I take inspiration from everyone and everything. I'm inspired by current champions, former champions, true competitors, people dedicated to their dream, hard workers, dreamers, believers, achievers. Conor McGregor

I take inspiration from everything around me, also relationships and friends. And the inside of my crazy head. Ellie Goulding

I testify that inspiration can be the spring for every person's hope, guidance, and strength. It is one of the magnified treasures of life. It involves coming to the infinite knowledge of God. James E. Faust

I think a lot of songwriters would agree that it's often easier to find inspiration in misery. Grant-Lee Phillips

I would say that the surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse. Benjamin Spock

I'm a person that's grounded in faith and believe that my core values, motivation, inspiration, draw from a conception of the world in that way. Cory Booker

I'm very inspired by nature - you could say Mother Nature. I look at things around me and get all kinds of inspiration daily. Martha Stewart

I've been lucky enough that I can gather all sorts of experiences and find inspiration by traveling around and by spending time with people I admire. Bonnie Raitt

I've found that many of the greatest ideas surface in bars because that's where many people cultivate inspiration. Herb Kelleher

If a person says or does something that we consider offensive, our first obligation is to refuse to take offense and then communicate privately, honestly, and directly with that individual. Such an approach invites inspiration from the Holy Ghost and permits misperceptions to be clarified and true intent to be understood. David A. Bednar

If you wait for inspiration you'll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street. Ben Nicholas

In 'Diary,' the motto really is: 'Where Do You Get Your Inspiration?' It coaches us to be aware of our motives and not just be a reaction to the circumstances around us. Chuck Palahniuk

In life you need either inspiration or desperation. Tony Robbins

In the 1880s, people all over the world looked to America for inspiration. Its very existence was proof that it was possible to have a relatively free and peaceful country. No income tax, no foreign wars, no welfare state, no intrusions on civil liberties. Harry Browne

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

Inspiration can hit you in the head at any time in any context. It could happen in a conversation. Talking to someone at a party, you can get an idea. But you've got to remember those inspirations. James Cameron

Inspiration comes from everywhere: books, art, people on the street. It is an interior process for me. Colleen Atwood

Inspiration comes from so many sources. Music, other fiction, the non-fiction I read, TV shows, films, news reports, people I know, stories I hear, misheard words or lyrics, dreams... Motivation? The memory of the rush I get from a really good writing session - even on a bad day, I know I'll find that again if I keep going. Trudi Canavan

Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you're positive, good things happen. Deep Roy

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. Pablo Picasso

Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man's faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements. Giacomo Puccini

Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. Bob Dylan

Inspiration is highly overrated. If you sit around and wait for the clouds to part, it's not liable to ever happen. More often than not, work is salvation. Chuck Close

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

Inspiration is some mysterious blessing which happens when the wheels are turning smoothly. Quentin Blake

Inspiration is the greatest gift because it opens your life to many new possibilities. Each day becomes more meaningful, and your life is enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you. Bernie Siegel

Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it. Madeleine L'Engle

It's hard to encapsulate my inspiration because there are so many different looks, but I think it's just like, sexy girl you see walking down the street in a cool outfit. A lot of eyelet, a lot of leather, playing with the hard and the soft, the good and bad inside of us all. Chloe Sevigny

Just as it is true that a stream cannot rise above its source, so it is true that a national literature cannot rise above the moral level of the social conditions of the people from whom it derives its inspiration. James Connolly

Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong. Ella Fitzgerald

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. David Beckham

Many a witty inspiration is like the surprising reunion of befriended thoughts after a long separation. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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. Buzz Aldrin

Most of life is routine - dull and grubby, but routine is the momentum that keeps a man going. If you wait for inspiration you'll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street. Ben Nicholas

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. Reem Acra

My grandfather gave me inspiration to cook, and love food and flavors. My Aunt Raffie, gave me creativity and the inspiration to create new things. My mother inspires me to find simplicity in food. Giada De Laurentiis

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

My mum told me to have patience. It's about realising that when things aren't going the way you want them to, or you don't have inspiration, it will come. Vanessa Paradis

My sister was the inspiration for the character, the good qualities instilled in the character. The initial inspiration was there, but Stargirl has taken on a life of her own. She's her own character now. Geoff Johns

NASA is an engine of innovation and inspiration as well as the world's premier space exploration agency, and we are well served by politicians working to keep it that way, instead of turning it into a mere jobs program, or worse, cutting its budget. Bill Nye

No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Nobody until very recently would have thought that their husband was supposed to be their best friend, confidante, intellectual soul mate, co-parent, inspiration. Elizabeth Gilbert

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask 'how', while others of a more curious nature will ask 'why'. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information. Man Ray

One of my reasons for living in California is its close proximity to Mexico. The Latin influence is in every corner of the community. My love of Spanish music hasn't wavered since the '50s. I could hear the blues voicing from the Flamanco families and I always dig for inspiration in Latin music. Eric Burdon

Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them. Henry David Thoreau

Photography obviously lends itself so well towards fashion. It's capturing that moment and that inspiration, and as a designer you are constantly walking through the world assimilating those visual references you have and so being able to solidify that into a photograph and keep it on your mood board is essential to creating a collection. Georgina Chapman

Science sometimes falls short when trying to fathom the depths of our essence - and our inspiration comes from that essence. Lance Secretan

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

Sometimes, you just have to clear your head and get out to see other things. It is very important to be nourished. I love to go to museums and galleries, I like to see theatre, film, dance - anything creative. It doesn't promise you inspiration, but it nourishes your creative soul, and that's good. Marc Jacobs

Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration. Rudolf Nureyev

That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime - to set an example - and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history. William McKinley

That's always the most productive research - research into tone, into voice. Facts are nice, too, but facts are more raw material than creative inspiration. Jonathan Dee

The craft of writing is all the stuff that you can learn through school; go to workshops and read books. Learn characterization, plot and dialogue and pacing and word choice and point of view. Then there's also the art of it which is sort of the unknown, the inspiration, the stuff that is noncerebral. Garth Stein

The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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 single thing all women need in the world is inspiration, and inspiration comes from storytelling. Zainab Salbi

The writer's secret is not inspiration - for it is never clear where it comes from - it is his stubbornness, his patience. Orhan Pamuk

There are little gems all around us that can hold glimmers of inspiration. Richelle Mead

There are really three parts to the creative process. First there is inspiration, then there is the execution, and finally there is the release. Eddie Van Halen

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

Throughout my career, as both a physician and a scientist, I have drawn inspiration from Merck's unwavering commitment to scientific excellence. Over time, this commitment has brought forth an unparalleled number of breakthrough medicines and vaccines that improve the lives of patients around the world. Roger M. Perlmutter

To me, obstacles in life build character. You have to be able to overcome adversity in order to succeed and appreciate the simple things life has to offer... that's where most of my inspiration for writing and singing comes from. Elliott Yamin

To me, writing is much freer than dancing. With writing, you could do it whenever you wanted. You didn't have to do little exercises and stay in shape. You could have great moments of inspiration that advanced the story. In dance, unless you're going to choreograph things yourself, you're at the service of someone else. Lorrie Moore

True inspiration overrides all fears. When you are inspired, you enter a trance state and can accomplish things that you may never have felt capable of doing. Bernie Siegel

We need to reach that happy stage of our development when differences and diversity are not seen as sources of division and distrust, but of strength and inspiration. Josefa Iloilo

We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own. Maria Mitchell

We're taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they're of equal value to happiness, excitement and inspiration. Alanis Morissette

What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one's nose, taking shortcuts. Italo Calvino

What you end up seeing when you look at history is that people who have been good at pushing the boundaries of possibility, and exploring those frontiers of good ideas and innovations, have rarely done it in moments of great inspiration. They don't just have a brilliant breakthrough idea out of nowhere and leap ahead of everyone else. Steven Johnson

When I think of the future, I think a lot of Quincy Jones and how he is an inspiration. Look at the quality of his work over so many years. He didn't even make his best record, 'Thriller,' until he was 50. That gives me something to look forward to. Nothing pulls you back into the studio more than the belief that your best record is still ahead. Dr. Dre

When Nike says, just do it, that's a message of empowerment. Why aren't the rest of us speaking to young people in a voice of inspiration? Naomi Klein

When we clear the physical clutter from our lives, we literally make way for inspiration and 'good, orderly direction' to enter. Julia Cameron

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

When your heart speaks to you about what you need to do to sustain life on this planet, listen to it, make a difference, and be an inspiration for generations to come. Be inspired by people like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Christopher Reeve, Albert Schweitzer, Helen Keller, and many others. Bernie Siegel

Wherever you look there are inspirations, books, literature, paintings, landscapes, everything. Just living is an inspiration. Gavin Rossdale

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

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

You always draw inspiration from your family or your parents if they've proven to be inspirational. My mother is someone who's always been inspirational to me. Dustin Clare

You can draw inspiration from anything. If you're a good storyteller, you can take a dirty look somebody gives you, or if a guy you used to have flirtations with starts dating a new girl, or somebody you're casually talking to says something that makes you so mad - you can create an entire scenario around that. Taylor Swift

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

You get inspiration from craziest places. It's just about being creative. You gotta step outside that box, you know what I'm saying, to reach the people. You never know who can feel it; who it can connect to. Nayvadius Cash

You never know where your influences are going to come from, or where you're going to find your inspiration. Page McConnell

You're always going to write and draw inspiration from things that you're feeling, things that you've felt. It's kind of impossible not to unless you're writing a song and there's an exact scenario that you're trying to write a song for. Harry Styles

Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged. Gilbert K. Chesterton