Inspiration (from the Latin inspirare, meaning "To breathe into") refers to an unconscious burst
of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavour. The concept has origins in both Hellenism
and Hebraism. The Greeks believed that inspiration came from the muses, as well as the gods Apollo and
Dionysus. Similarly, in the Ancient Norse religions, inspiration derives from the gods, such as Odin.
Inspiration is also a divine matter in Hebrew poetics. In the Book of Amos the prophet speaks of being
overwhelmed by God's voice and compelled to speak. In Christianity, inspiration is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
In the 18th century philosopher John Locke proposed a model of the human mind in which ideas associate or
resonate with one another in the mind. In the 19th century, Romantic poets such as Coleridge and Shelley
believed that inspiration came to a poet because the poet was attuned to the (divine or mystical) "winds" and
because the soul of the poet was able to receive such visions. In the early 20th century, Psychoanalyst
Sigmund Freud located inspiration in the inner psyche of the artist. Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung's theory
of inspiration suggests that an artist is one who was attuned to racial memory, which encoded the
archetypes of the human mind.
The Marxist theory of art sees it as the expression of the friction between economic base and economics
uperstructural positions, or as an unaware dialog of competing ideologies, or as an exploitation of a
"fissure" in the ruling class's ideology. In modern psychology inspiration is not frequently studied, but it is
generally seen as an entirely internal process.
To lose patience is to lose the battle. -- Mahatma Gandhi
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. ― Albert Einstein
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a
leader. ― John Quincy Adams
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. ― Confucius
The unhappiest & unsuccessful people in this world, are those who care the most about
what other people think. ― C. JoyBell
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort
and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
― Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I
am bound to live up to what light I have. ― Abraham Linclon
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived stop thinking and go
in. ― Napoleon Bonaparte
You just can´t beat the person who never gives up. ― Babe Ruth
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in
every difficulty. ― Winston Churchill
To be a champion, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.
― Sugar Ray Robinson
I have failed over and over again –that is why I succeed. ― Michael Jordan
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the
impossible. ― Arthur C. Clarke