13 Dec 2011

Lucky 13: Women Writers about Inspiration.

“Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it.”
- Madeleine L'Engle

“I learned...that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.”
- Brenda Ueland

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” 
- Maya Angelou

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. ”
- Elinor Glyn

“stand often in the company of dreamers: they tickle your common sense & believe you can achieve things which are impossible.”
- Mary Anne Radmacher

“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.” 
- Edith Södergran

“Five tender apricots in a blue bowl, a brief and exact promise of things to come.” 
- Frances Mayes (In Tuscany)

“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”
- Susan Sontag

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

“Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I'd do. I'd go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I'd look up into the sky - up, up, up - into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I'd just feel a prayer.”
- L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

“There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.” 
- Sappho

“I ask not for any crown 
But that which all may win;
Nor try to conquer any world
Except the one within.”
- Louisa May Alcott

“Out of the red and silver and the long cry of alarm to the poet who survives in all human beings, as the child survives in him; to this poet she threw an unexpected ladder in the middle of the city and ordained, 'Climb!”
- Anaïs Nin

Image: 'Aprikosen / Apricots' by Thomas. Available under a creative commons license. © 2009, Thomas.
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  1. I agree with both Brenda and Madeleine. Thanks for these, K.C.

  2. I like standing in the company of dreamers too. They're kind of shiny and bright when everything else is dark and gloomy. :)

  3. Suze: you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

    L.G.: absolutely! :-)

  4. Nice quotes (wish someone would tickle my common sense!)

    Moody Writing
    The Funnily Enough

  5. I love the Montgomery quote...it reminds me of wangaari maathai where she speaks of white missionaries telling africans that spirituality is only in the sky rather than in every living thing...

  6. Mooderino: maybe people are trying but can't find it? >8-)

    EcoGrrl: oh yes, I loved that! :-)

  7. Brenda and Sappho hit home for me. These are some pretty cool quotes K.D.

  8. Don't know where that D. came from K.C. Dang I did it again but caught it this time. Maybe time for bed?

  9. I always love your Lucky 13 posts, and this is no exception. Wonderful quotes. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I think I love the "company of dreamers" the best. Thanks for sharing these!

  10. Rubye: maybe a K.D. Lang reference? :-)

    Julie: you're very welcome. It's always such fun to collect them and look for a suitable image to go with them. :-)


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