Best Quotes About Inspiration

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

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. -Winston Churchill

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

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

If you can't find your inspiration by walking around the block one time, go around two blocks-but never three. -Robert Motherwell

Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised. -Christian Nestell Bovee

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. -Pearl S. Buck

Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain. -Frank Lloyd Wright

In life you need either inspiration or desperation. -Tony Robbins

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

Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning. -Igor Stravinsky

I long to speak out the intense inspiration that comes to me from the lives of strong women. -Ruth Benedict

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

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

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

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

While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future. -Ronald Reagan

One expected growth, change; without it, the world was less, the well of inspiration dried up, the muses fled. -Charles de Lint

Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly. -Jose Ortega y Gasset

It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication. -Herb Elliott

The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for those who don't understand it. -George Santayana

The Past: Our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition. -Israel Zangwill

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

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

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

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

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

My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director. -Cole Porter

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

The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it. -Robert Green Ingersoll

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

His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine. -Thomas A. Edison

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

Education brings about opportunity, and in turn inspiration. -Bill Frist

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

We need affordable space travel to inspire our youth, to let them know that they can experience their dreams, can set significant goals and be in a position to lead all of us to future progress in exploration, discovery and fun. Thanks to the X Prize for the inspiration. -Burt Rutan

Insomnia is my greatest inspiration. -Jon Stewart

When I sit at my table to write, I never know what it's going to be until I'm under way. I trust in inspiration, which sometimes comes and sometimes doesn't. But I don't sit back waiting for it. I work every day. -Alberto Moravia

Risk is essential. There is not growth of inspiration in staying within what is safe and comfortable. Once you find out what you do best, why not try something else? -Alex Noble

I came back to performing with a different attitude about performing and myself. I wasn't expecting perfection any more, just hoping for an occasional inspiration. -Neil Diamond

When inspiration does not come, I go for a walk, go to the movie, talk to a friend, let go… The muse is bound to return again, especially if I turn my back! -Judy Collins

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

For me, our beaches have always been a source of personal inspiration. -Tom Carper

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

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

I always start from scratch with a character – they're never based on anyone else. You get ideas of what people look like, and I'm a great people watcher. You can draw inspiration from people. -Amanda Burton

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

The Christian churches were offered two things: the spirit of Jesus and the idiotic morality of Paul, and they rejected the higher inspiration… Following Paul, we have turned the goodness of love into a fiend and degraded the crowning impulse of our being into a capital sin. -Frank Harris

Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more. -Benjamin N. Cardozo

The inspiration came suddenly again to surrender to the Mother. It was quite unexpected: And so somehow I made a surrender to the Mother. Then I had an experience of overwhelming love. Waves of love sort of flowed into me. -Bede Griffiths

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

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

The inspiration to write? Perhaps it's not so much inspiration, as a NEED to write. I get itchy and guilty and dissatisfied when I haven't written for a while. Ideas come to me and need to be written down. -Eric Brown

Do not worry about the incarnation of ideas. If you are a poet, your works will contain them without your knowledge'they will be both moral and national if you follow your inspiration freely. -Vissarion Belinsky

No man ever did, nor ever shall, truly go forth to convert the nations, nor to prophesy in the present state of witnesses against Antichrist, but by the gracious inspiration and instigation of the Holy Spirit of God. -Roger Williams

It makes me feel wonderful that people still care for me… that I have so many fans among young people, who write to me and tell me I have been an inspiration. -Bettie Page

If the script is telling the story well, that is your inspiration, and you do not need to go somewhere else. -Tom Wilkinson

That is a big danger, losing your inspiration. When I work in film and television I try to do each take a little differently. I never want to do the same thing twice, because then you're not being spontaneous, you're just recreating something. -Karl Urban

I don't know why people are so surprised by my live performances. My approach is so simple; every song I sing, every story I tell, every move I make, must move the audience to laughter, tears or inspiration. Otherwise, why should I do it? -John Davidson

Every great inspiration is but an experiment – though every experiment we know, is not a great inspiration. -Charles Ives

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

All characters come from people I know, but after the initial inspiration, I tend to modify the characters so they fit with the story. -Nicholas Sparks

Oh, Spring! I want to go out and feel you and get inspiration. My old things seem dead. I want fresh contacts, more vital searching. -Emily Carr

From you we have learned what we, at least, value, to separate Church and State; and from you we gather inspiration at all times in our devotion to learning, to religious liberty, and to individual and National freedom. -Seth Low

My life. The life I'm living that's where all my inspiration comes from. Real life experiences. -Fred Durst

The very air in which you live is an inspiration. -William Henry Moody

Actually, I feel music becoming more and more important. It's a big source of inspiration. With what's going on in the world, we feel almost desperate. Music also brings you peace. -Cecilia Bartoli

Because I don't play guitar any more, African harmonies and rhythms have been an inspiration to me. I love the raw origin of the sound. It complements my voice and words naturally. -Cat Stevens

Times have changed since George Herbert… but the principle and spirit in which he ministered as a priest remains an inspiration and model for all priests. -Arthur Middleton

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

My dad's music was a great inspiration to me. -Julian Lennon

Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way. -Joichi Ito

Education in the past has been too much inspiration and too little information. -E. Franklin Frazier

Every piece has its own identity which we develop by the rule 'We know no limits.' We follow the inspiration of the moment and don't worry if what we're playing is alternative, progressive or fusion rock. -Page McConnell

I travel the garden of music, thru inspiration. It's a large, very large garden, seen? -Peter Tosh

Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration, I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings. -Wislawa Szymborska

There have been many different artists that have been inspirational. I suppose the question is directed to what was the reason why I went into fantasy illustration. -Boris Vallejo

Everyone's looking to the urban scene for inspiration now. -Robin Gibb

When Maurice touched a keyboard, it was like something from a movie, magical. He would always give you something from a movie, and you'd go, what did you just play… immediately inspirational writings, amazing. That's what we're going to miss. -Robin Gibb

This CD became something of a personal journey for me. The tone of the whole CD is uplifting and inspirational. It's an upper. We have enough downers in the world. -Roma Downey

I have amazing friends who have led inspirational lives. -Andrew Shue

The music comes first. When Geoff has made something the inspiration comes automatically. His music is very expressive. But still is is a very difficult process: I have to add something to his music, not push it away. It has to be equal, and I find that very difficult. -Beth Gibbons

I know that the nice shines I have on is going to pass. The nice cars will pass. All that will stay is the music and the work. That's where I get the inspiration to help people out and work. -Wyclef Jean

The groups, though, were my inspiration way back then. I liked Frankie Lyman and the Teenagers. -Eddie Floyd

In fact, the converse is true: At a time when the United States has been called on for a level of moral leadership, vision and inspiration not seen since World War II, we cannot afford to dissemble about crimes against humanity. -Adam Schiff

If I waited for inspiration every time I sat down to write a song I probably would be a plumber today. -Barry Mann

If a violent act towards a woman takes place, and the inspiration for that act is violence in cinema, the inspiration for that act would have come from somewhere else if movies didn't exist. -Richard King

The book is there for inspiration and as a foundation, the fundamentals on which to build. -Thomas Keller

Getting comments like that from even the young people at the shows who probably aren't singers, the girls who just tell me that I'm an inspiration to them, for one reason or another. -Wanda Jackson

I will always desire to play with Bruce Springsteen. He's the most inspirational, most dedicated, most committed and most focused artist I've ever seen. I like to be around people like that. -Max Weinberg

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

The people at the record company had asked me if I could write a song about my life, my relationship with God, and where I'm from. Well, I can't write a song on purpose, my songs come in a moment of inspiration or desperation. -Billy Ray Cyrus

I always get inspiration from whatever characters say about my character. -Robert Englund

Indeed, we are privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to study Nature and to follow our own thoughts and inspirations in a time of relative tranquillity and in a land with a generous and forward-looking government. -Sidney Altman

In fact, I wouldn't really call this a Gospel album, I call it more an inspirational album. -Smokey Robinson

So I wanted to sing inspirational music, and that's exactly how I approached it – only the words have been changed to declare my relationship with God. -Smokey Robinson

Had I not come out with an inspirational CD, you perhaps would have never known that I feel like I feel, that all songs, all the music I've ever done is a gift from God. -Smokey Robinson

As for the historical inspirations I drew on in writing The Snow Queen, I suppose I would call them more cross-cultural inspirations, though they frequently involve past societies as well as present day ones. -Joan D. Vinge

The men who have furnished me with my greatest inspiration have not been men of wealth, but men of deeds. -James Cash Penney

My original inspiration was my mom: a few years after the death of my dad, she started dating one my teachers! -Meg Cabot

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

I would like to cite an instance which proves the efficacy of clean living on the part of an athlete coupled with the inspiration received from a champion which go a long way to making a champion. -Major Taylor

Just the example Delaware State University graduates set by the way they live their lives, should be an inspiration to other high school students to go to Delaware State. -Michael N. Castle

I just hope that our fans are people who are inspired by music, and just use our music as a background or inspiration for whatever it is they do. -Maynard James Keenan

In English, the sounds and melodies I created were an inspiration to me, and words came to me as I explored the sounds, and from there I was able expand on the meaning. -Utada Hikaru

Motion Picture Soundtrack on Kid A was another Coltrane inspiration. -Colin Greenwood

I think as long as people are around and can hear a record and hear people like Lester Young on a recording, there will always be a great inspiration for somebody to try to create jazz. -Sonny Rollins

What is he? He's a puppeteer and he's got a lot of inspiration all around him, and the fact that they can manipulate the expressions now with ease compared to what it used to be. -Joe Grant

My dad served in two wars has been flying airplanes for 60 years now. He was certainly quite an inspiration. -John L. Phillips

I look at the dancers and I get the inspiration for the work from them. -Graeme Murphy

A man of strength and wisdom, John Paul became an inspiration to generations of both Catholics and non-Catholics throughout the world by encouraging freedom, promoting peace and respecting all faiths. -Greg Walden

I am involved with politics today because of the inspiration I received from Ronald Reagan. -Mike Simpson

I have enormous respect for Steve Johnson, and as I've told him, Feed was one of the inspirations for Salon. They were up there before we were. And also for Joey and the Suck people. -David Talbot

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

I'd like to think that the notion of inspiration will transcend cultural things that are going on. There's something classic about this movie that I'm hoping reaches kids. -Rob Morrow

For hundreds of years people have talked about artists having inspiration, but often, some persons would say, write us a symphony or write us a song, on commission. The artists would come up with a masterpiece without waiting to have their muse inspire them. -Tom Glazer

It's not until I hear songs that I've done, that I realize how much of an inspiration music from the '60s and '70s has been. -Alicia Keys

Part of Michael's uniqueness, I think, comes from the fact that he worked with music. He had a tape which he gave me with many different compositions, really eclectic. These pieces of music were sources of inspiration. -Madeleine Stowe

I have inspiration and feelings of being alive most every day I live. -Judy Collins

Lee's great gifts are teaching and inspirational guidance, not administration and management. -Cheryl Crawford

I get a lot of inspiration from the audience feedback to our live shows. -Donnie Iris

I'd usually read the Bible a lot. Read little short Bible stories. And today, whenever I give speeches, I bring up a few of those Bible stories, because those are inspirations to me. -Herschel Walker

I do not believe in inspiration, but I must have a title in order to work, otherwise I am lost. -Guillermo Cabrera Infante

One night I went to see Bobby at the Flamingo. Because he was my hero, I would visit him for inspiration. -Wayne Newton

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

Architecture is not an inspirational business, it's a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that's all. -Harry Seidler

Sometimes just getting out of the house and doing something you haven't done in a long time (or never done!) can open up the doors to musical inspiration. -Ken Hill

In general, I don't know when inspiration will pop up. -Larry Niven

I really think about the times that I've been through with my husband and all the stuff that we've been through together, and I think to those moments for inspiration for the role. -Deborah Cox

I think the inspiration came from the fans. Whenever I'm online or whenever I get a chance to really communicate with the fans and the audience, they always say that they would love to have all of the remixes on one CD. -Deborah Cox

Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration. -Ernest Newman

Any composer who is gloriously conscious that he is a composer must believe that he receives his inspiration from a source higher than himself. -John Philip Sousa

I have drawn inspiration from the Marine Corps, the Jewish struggle in Palestine and Israel, and the Irish. -Leon Uris

If somebody asked me about my inspiration I would say that it's not the peopleand it's not the things, it's travel and experiencing different environments. -Marc Newson

Because of my Buddhist practice, I'm never lacking for inspiration. -Duncan Sheik

My inspiration was the game itself, not any individual player in it. -Nomar Garciaparra

Love is one of my main inspirations. -Enrique Iglesias

My inspiration are the woman, friendship, and loneliness. -Enrique Iglesias

I have worked enough and I am happy to be touring the country speaking about living with MS to give people inspiration and motivation to help themselves. -Teri Garr

True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. -George Gershwin

Deacon Jones has been the most inspirational person in my football career. -Jack Youngblood

Human beings have speculated about the relationship between inspiration and insanity for centuries. -Patty Duke

We are now on the threshold of a newer movement, with a newer hope and a new inspiration. -James Larkin

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

So I just had to step up how I was doing it and the moment that I stepped up and the moment I focused all my energy on that is when things started to happen. So there's a direct relationship between my inspiration and my output. -Talib Kweli

Certainly I think the election of John Kennedy and all he stood for was one that really was an inspiration. -Birch Bayh

These rough sketches, which are born in an instant in the heat of inspiration, express the idea of their author in a few strokes, while on the other hand too much effort and diligence sometimes saps the vitality and powers of those who never know when to leave off. -Giorgio Vasari

It is time we in Scotland put England in its proper place and instead of our leaning on England and taking inspiration from her, we should lean and turn to Europe, for it is there our future prosperity lies. -Hugh MacDiarmid

Accordingly the Northern races of Europe found their inspiration in the Bible; and the enthusiasm for it has not yet quite faded away. -Lafcadio Hearn

I would think, to me, growing up in the south, growing up with all the gospel music, singing in the church and having that rhythm and blues – the blues background was my big inspiration. -Jackie DeShannon

But inspiration? – That's when you come home from abroad and are asked: Well, have you found inspiration? – and fortunately you haven't. But the impressions sink in, of course, and may emerge later: None of us has invented the house; that was done many thousands of years ago. -Arne Jacobsen

One ends up relying on pure musical inspiration, and failing that, the music won't lead to anything good, or it will alienate all but the most die-hard fans. -Boris Vian

When I started studying tenor saxophone as a kid in Belfast, I did so with a guy named George Cassidy, who was also a big inspiration. -Van Morrison

I think at one time every drummer wanted to play like Krupa or wanted to win a Gene Krupa drum contest. This is the big inspiration for drummers and naturally it has to be the same way for me. -Buddy Rich

The prophets, who were very many, proclaim and declare the one God; for, being filled with the inspiration of the one God, they predicted things to come, with agreeing and harmonious voice. -Lactantius

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

Civilization grew in the beginning from the minute that we had communication – particularly communication by sea that enabled people to get inspiration and ideas from each other and to exchange basic raw materials. -Thor Heyerdahl

After it's finished, sometimes I can trace a path that goes back to the possible source of inspiration. -Tracy Chapman

Rosa Parks' courage, determination, and tenacity continue to be an inspiration to all those committed to non-violent protest and change nearly half a century later. -Bob Filner

The writer cannot abandon himself simply to inspiration, and feign innocence vis a vis language, because language is never innocent. -Juan Goytisolo

Roosevelt's humor was broad, his manner friendly. Of wit there was little; of philosophy, none. What did he possess? Intuition, inspiration, love of adventure. -Emanuel Celler

Another inspiration that has helped me get through has been Lance Armstrong's story. My cancer is not nearly as bad as his, but I believe in staying motivated and keeping as fit as you can. -Grete Waitz

What Fred Lebow went through was an inspiration for me. You have to set goals for yourself. -Grete Waitz

I really didn't try to make an effort to make urban music, but I am a product of my inspirations. -Justin Timberlake

If it comes out sounding like Dixieland jazz or classical or punk or rock or even slightly metal, that's because that's where I'm going to find inspiration. -Ben Harper

I think that's given inspiration to other musicians. I know, particularly through the 90s, a lot of bands would cite Rush as an influence. I don't think it was so much our music, but more the way we really stuck to our guns. -Alex Lifeson

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

Most of my inspiration, if that's the word, came from books themselves. -Shelby Foote

Don't make music for some vast, unseen audience or market or ratings share or even for something as tangible as money. Though it's crucial to make a living, that shouldn't be your inspiration. Do it for yourself. -Billy Joel

I'd like to provide information, inspiration, and access to whatever goods and services are needed to make it super easy for everyone to change their lifestyle to a sustainable one. -Daryl Hannah

My decision to start a new one is just that, a decision, since I never get inspirations. -Anne Tyler

Directing, I get all kinds of inspiration. It's working with people. It's a lot more fun. -Ang Lee

My tastes and inspirational artists were always rather eclectic and diverse. -Taylor Dayne

In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration began to replace the word idea in the arts. -Lukas Foss

The flow of Guiness into the studio was inspirational as well as nutritive. -Carter Burwell

Not exactly but I get inspiration from stories which are unconventional. -Anil Kapoor

My brother was always in bands and on the road when I was a kid and he was my inspiration. He never made it with a big band, in fact he never made a record. Here he is fifty-something years old. -Jimmy Chamberlin

I am one of those people who thrive on deadlines, nothing brings on inspiration more readily than desperation. -Harry Shearer

From the throes of inspiration and the eddies of thought the poet may at last be able to arrive at, and convey the right admixture of words and meaning. -Eyvind Johnson

This was all the inspiration it took: We put 100 percent of ourselves in the lines. We personally take care of everything, from fulfillment to answering the mail. -Connie Sellecca

I get my inspiration from everyone when I need it and how I need it. -Picabo Street

One of the things I try to be very careful of is not taking a movie when I know I have no inspiration left. -Trevor Rabin

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

Human requirements are the inspiration for art. -Stephen Gardiner

The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling, and understanding. -Willie Dixon

I'd seen the current stage production and the 1975 production of Chicago. I liked them both very much, but I didn't use them necessarily as inspiration. -Colleen Atwood

After you've done it for so many years, you have to find a new direction. You have to find something in your soul that's going to push you towards – to find your inspiration. -Elvis Stojko

When you're younger, your inspiration is there. As you get older, it tends to waver. Once you find it – I found it again – that's where you can draw from. That's where you draw your strength from. -Elvis Stojko

He grows daily more capable of following any inspiration without technical effort, and also of letting inspiration come to him through meticulous observation. -Eugen Herrigel

But I did not find any positive inspiration in my studies until I approached my nineteenth year. -Georg Brandes

Yes, and I can sit down on a white piece of paper and work because I don't believe too much into inspiration, only I'm waiting for inspiration, work and then inspiration may come. It's a little too easy to say that. -Karl Lagerfeld

I've done a lot of albums and I kinda know when I'm onto something that was inspirational for me to record and create, and this was one of those projects where I really enjoyed making the album. -Lee Ritenour

You have to shelve a lot of your inspiration. There's only so much you can do with one record. -Beck

I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction, but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration and a model for the beauty of language. -Don DeLillo

The only character I ever remember actually creating in a flash of inspiration was George Liquor. God planted that in my head in an instant. -John Kricfalusi

The past couple years training with Kurt have really brought inspiration into my skating. -Kristi Yamaguchi

The only thing I do is just pray for inspiration, for a way of thinking, because I don't have any particular goal in sight. -Mike Tyson

One needs to know what the hierarchy of values are from which one takes inspiration, and in a democratic society this is the subject of continuous democratic debate. -Rocco Buttiglione

So, the combination of looking at lots of different people and how they react to each other and how they relate to each other and waiting for that inspiration is the thing that allows me to keep writing. -Joan Armatrading

The way I create music is maybe like a painting, to compose in a more visual way. Basically it's the music that I want to hear- that's my inspiration and bottom line. I just try to get ideas from books, movies, paintings. -Ikue Mori

It was a very emotional dinner… Everyone shared personal stories about her and gave her words of encouragement and inspiration. Everyone tried to remain positive. -Lil' Kim

The ultimate inspiration is the deadline. -Nolan Bushnell

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

'Star Wars' is fun, its exciting, its inspirational, and people respond to that. It's what they want. -George Lucas

The many sounds of Memphis shaped my early musical career and continue to be an inspiration to this day. -Justin Timberlake

I don't really care who gets their inspiration from where, it's the end results that count. -Robert Lloyd

To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible? -Queen Elizabeth II

The longing to produce great inspirations didn't produce anything but more longing. -Sophie Kerr

Personally speaking there's only so long you can go from film to film to film. There's an inspiration an actor gets from the stage. -Jude Law

For me, songwriting is something I have to do ritually. I don't just wait for inspiration; I try to write a little bit every day. -Sean Lennon

You know, sometimes I get moments of inspiration when I'm writing something and then the task seems so daunting that it just kind of scares me away. -Adam Pascal

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

It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Witty inspirations are the proverbs of the educated. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Diana Ross is a big inspiration to all of us. We all grew up watching everything about her – her mike placement, her grace, her style and her class. -Beyonce Knowles

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

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

Where does a man get inspiration to write a song like that? Well, he gets it from the landlady once a month. -John Michael Hayes

What to do when inspiration doesn't come; be careful not to spook, get the wind up, force things into position. You must wait around until the idea comes. -John Huston

I defied nothing at all. I ignored the law because I didn't know it existed. It didn't occur to me that anyone would want to curb my inspiration. -Margaret Anderson

I would like to be called an inspiration to people, not a role model – because I make mistakes like everybody else. When I'm offstage, I'm just like everybody else. -Britney Spears

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

Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious. -Charles Baudelaire

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

Books are challenging and inspirational to me. -Amy Sedaris

Before I do anything, I think, well what hasn't been seen. Sometimes, that turns out to be something ghastly and not fit for society. And sometimes that inspiration becomes something that's really worthwhile. -Jim Carrey

I owe a debt of gratitude to two other living Justices. Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg paved the way for me and so many other women in my generation. Their pioneering lives have created boundless possibilities for women in the law. I thank them for their inspiration and also for the personal kindnesses they have shown me. -Elena Kagan

I believe we need to attract a new generation of the best and brightest to public service and I believe that government can be a source of inspiration, not degradation. -Andrew Cuomo

I support mosques, obviously. We need churches, temples, mosques. Whatever people use to speak with their god or to receive spiritual inspiration is good for the country. But the symbolism of it at ground zero, within two blocks or three blocks, I believe is wrong. -Peter T. King

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

I would love to meet Kelly Clarkson and if I get the chance to I would tell her thank you so much for the inspiration. -Thia Megia

What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass; it is almost exactly 13 years since the overwhelming majority of people in Ireland and Northern Ireland voted in favour of the agreement signed on Good Friday 1998, paving the way for Northern Ireland to become the exciting and inspirational place that it is today. -Queen Elizabeth II

I'm not a writer where I feel particularly blessed by great inspiration every day. I don't. I have to work really hard at it to try and say the things I'm concerned with. -P. J. Harvey

I don't actually have a one wellspring of inspiration. Though I'm most often inspired while reading – both fiction and nonfiction. I subscribe to National Geographic, Scientific American, Discover, and a slew of other magazines. And it is while reading articles for pleasure and interest that an interesting 'What if?' will pop into my head. -James Rollins

For some reason, some of my best solutions and ideas are triggered in those dark theaters, usually totally unrelated to what's going on onscreen. I also enjoy hiking in the foothills and mountains close to Sacramento. I always have to bring a pen and paper to jot down sudden thoughts and ideas. So inspiration arises from countless sources. -James Rollins

Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. -Jack Layton

I am very conscious of who I am as an artist and as an inspirational person. -R. Kelly

This President takes his inspiration from the capitals of Europe; we look to the cities and small towns of America. This President puts his faith in government. We put our faith in the American people. -Mitt Romney

I hope that at the end of the seven years, people will say that I have been of some inspirational value to them at home in terms of inclusiveness and abroad, I look forward to representing Ireland. -Michael D. Higgins

Through the inspiration of Vaclav's words, the courage of his dissidence and the integrity of his leadership, Czechoslovakia successfully transitioned from an authoritarian state to a free democracy at the heart of Europe. -Michael D. Higgins

Tim Tebow is one of my biggest inspirations. I actually want to be able to do some of the things that he does in terms of the amount of charity work and the non-profit work, and the way he impacts people off the field. I think that is what is most inspiring to me about him. -Jeremy Lin

We can never learn too much of His will towards us, too much of His messages and His advice. The Bible is His word and its study gives at once the foundation for our faith and an inspiration to battle onward in the fight against the tempter. -John D. Rockefeller

When I was younger I saw a movie called 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Those two actors and that movie was my inspiration to want to be an actor. -Peter Facinelli

Half a century ago, the amazing courage of Rosa Parks, the visionary leadership of Martin Luther King, and the inspirational actions of the civil rights movement led politicians to write equality into the law and make real the promise of America for all her citizens. -David Cameron

Having a crying baby is inspiration to get the job done quickly. -Emily Procter

Whether one agrees or disagrees with the tactics of the Occupy Wall Street movement, it's easy to understand the inspiration for its anger as well as its impatience. -Eric Alterman

It's a great thing, for someone to feel that they can draw inspiration from you. -Chloe Sevigny

My number one inspiration was my mother. She worked two jobs and had breakfast and dinner prepared. I essentially called my mother, The Lion. She's fierce and she's proud. I'd like to think some of that rubbed off on me. -Christopher Judge

I cut the feet out of my control top pantyhose to wear under these white pants and that was the ah-ha moment that started Spanx. My own butt was my own inspiration! -Sara Blakely

Everyone needs solitude, especially a person who is used to thinking about what she experiences. Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration, but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation. -Wislawa Szymborska

The best form of flattery is to be admired, imitated or respected. I've always felt proud our fans look up to us or feel we are inspirational. -Cheryl James

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

Muse. Mu-se. It's a great thing, for someone to feel that they can draw inspiration from you. And I don't think it's necessarily a man 'taking' from a woman. It can go both ways, both can stimulate, excite. -Chloe Sevigny

I was all about my thoughts, my work, my inspiration. I was always in hair. -Vidal Sassoon

I think that the reason for my success is that I am really not aspirational. I am inspirational in that the people at home feel like they can really relate to me. -Rosie O'Donnell

I think Oprah who is the height of aspiration and inspiration recognizes something in me that is germane. -Rosie O'Donnell

I have many musical inspirations, but I would really love to just be me. My very own artist. -Thia Megia

Money has never been a huge inspiration for me. -Ryan Kwanten

I view art as an inspirational tool. -Thomas Kinkade

Elizabeth I was my favourite monarch though, what an inspiration, she did great things for women. -Kirsty Gallacher

Being sent away to boarding school at seven is as great an inspiration as any songwriter could have – to be taken away from one's family and locked away for 10 years. It does create an incredible intensity of emotion. -James Blunt

I really want to feel that I'm in a very balanced and good place in my life. And I do feel that. But I think it's always important to learn and draw little bits of inspiration from wherever we can. -Kyle Shewfelt

Disappointment is an endless wellspring of comedy inspiration. -Martin Freeman

Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration, but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation. -Wislawa Szymborska

Bono is my inspiration – not only as a rock star but as a humanitarian. We aren't just put on this earth to sell records. Maybe it's because of my upbringing, but I do consider myself a moral guy. -Jesse McCartney

I'd say that my musical influences are anywhere from pop-rock electronica, new age and classical. But I think that specifically, bands – I love Jem, I love Sigur Ross, I love David Gray, I love Elliot Smith… a lot of different people. But I don't find lyrical inspiration from anybody. -Emmy Rossum

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

All this talk about inspiration and moment is nonsense. -M. F. Husain

I use other cookbooks for inspiration. I must say I tend to cook from my own cookbooks for parties. -Ina Garten

My inspiration was my mom. She's a great cook, and she still cooks, and we still banter back and forth about cooking. Growing up in a mostly Portuguese community, food was important and the family table was extremely important. At a very young age I understood that. -Emeril Lagasse

I want people to be inspired that I've always strived for excellence and I've always gone beyond what anybody ever thought I could do, what I thought I myself could do. And I've allowed myself to be inspired, kept my eyes open and my senses open to inspiration around me. -Clara Hughes

I find a lot of inspiration in street style and watching women walk, the way they wear things and what they're wearing. -Maria Sharapova

Through my travels, I find inspiration in street style and how young women create their individual looks and identity. -Maria Sharapova

Information and inspiration are everywhere… history, art, architecture, everything an illustrator needs. Europe is, after all, the land that has generated most of the enduring myths and legends of Western culture. -John Howe

To me, the Seventies were very inspirational and very influential… With my whole persona as Snoop Dogg, as a person, as a rapper. I just love the Seventies style, the way all the players dressed nice, you know, kept their hair looking good, drove sharp cars and they talked real slick. -Snoop Dogg

One of the really important things about the Olympics is, to enjoy yourself, you have to accept that it's different and feed off the enthusiasm of everyone and the inspiration and hopefully that will elevate your performance. -Bode Miller

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

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

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

Rap music's been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn't. -Alexander McQueen

When I look at designer books I am sometimes puzzled why they don't share their inspiration, when it's obvious somebody had such great inspiration. -Anna Sui

When people ask about inspirations, and you're like 'oh, it was a flower or a mountain or a pony', some people just think you're insane. I'm worried to come across that way. -Phillip Lim

My dresses are designed to win, so going through it, I think about, what do I want to represent? So, definitely, Vera Wang has been an inspiration for me. -Venus Williams

My mother and my grandmother are pioneers of Mexican cuisine in this country, so I grew up in the kitchen. My mom, Zarela Martinez, was by far my biggest influence and inspiration – and toughest critic. -Aaron Sanchez

Regrettably, people today don't watch many programs that actually teach people how to cook, so I agreed to do a competitive show that I think will provide inspiration. -Ron Ben-Israel

Your best creative assets do not occur unless you do a mental shift. You have to be in a positive frame of mind because inspiration is fleeting. I walk to work for inspiration and to clear my mind. -Ron Ben-Israel

'Sweet Genius' viewers will be on the edge of their seats as we continue to push the limits with inspirations and ingredients, while showcasing the talents of some of the best pastry chefs around. As a result, the desserts that the chefs create are truly outrageous. -Ron Ben-Israel

Rio in four years; I've got more inspiration in the last two, three weeks. I'm sure I'm going to get more in the Paralympics in the next coming weeks, so by the end of this season, I'm going to take a month off, and then the next four years is going to be good. -Oscar Pistorius

My great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, was my biggest hero in life, my biggest inspiration behind everything I do. -Nik Wallenda

It's lack that gives us inspiration. It's not fullness. -Ray Bradbury

I can speak for most songwriters – those breakup love songs are so easy to write, as far as the inspiration and all that. -Lucinda Williams

Wong Kar-Wai is a really great inspiration. He's always referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of filmmaking. -Gus Van Sant

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

One of the things that I did before I ran for president is I was a professional speaker. Not a motivational speaker – an inspirational speaker. Motivation comes from within. You have to be inspired. That's what I do. I inspire people, I inspire the public, I inspire my staff. I inspired the organizations I took over to want to succeed. -Herman Cain

I've always believed that there are funny people everywhere, but they're just not comedians. In fact, some of my best comedic inspirations were not professional entertainers. -Steve Martin

The moment of inspiration can come from memory, or language, or the imagination, or experience – anything that makes an impression forcibly enough for language to form. -Carol Ann Duffy

I grew up in a bookless house – my parents didn't read poetry, so if I hadn't had the chance to experience it at school I'd never have experienced it. But I loved English, and I was very lucky in that I had inspirational English teachers, Miss Scriven and Mr. Walker, and they liked us to learn poems by heart, which I found I loved doing. -Carol Ann Duffy

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

I've been very fortunate to work for great people – so even when the political process gets ugly, I find inspiration in the people around me. -Stephanie Cutter

Almost every college playwright or sketch or improv comedian was sort of aware of Christopher Durang – even kids in high school. His short plays were so accessible to younger people and I think that was inspirational to me. -Mindy Kaling

I try not to put anything political on the forefront of what I'm trying to do creatively. At the same time, I do think it's wonderful when I hear people say that it's inspirational that I'm an Indian woman on camera. My life is very diverse, and my friends are a diverse group of people. -Mindy Kaling

Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It's part ballet. It's part battleground, part playground. We clarify, amplify and glorify the game with our footage, the narration and that music, and in the end create an inspirational piece of footage. -Steve Sabol

Extremists often derive their inspiration from literal interpretations of texts that should rightly be read not as Associated Press reports from the ancient world, but as theological and literary enterprises requiring independent intellectual assessment. -Jon Meacham

I want to have a cultural impact. I want to be an inspiration, to show people what can be done. -Sean Combs

Francis Bacon is one of my giant inspirations. I just love him to pieces. -David Lynch

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

I wanted to do something inspirational for my children. -Harvey Weinstein

My father was always a straight-up funny guy. He was silly. He was my inspiration. -Mike Myers

To me, it's all about inspiration. What gets me creatively excited is a challenge. -Bill Skarsgard

I believe in a higher power. I believe in inspiration. -Janet Jackson

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 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 do love to eavesdrop. It's inspirational, not only for subject matter but for actual dialogue, the way people talk. -Lynda Barry

I don't actually have a one wellspring of inspiration. Though I'm most often inspired while reading – both fiction and nonfiction. -James Rollins

It's inspirational to see someone who is dying smile. -Arlen Specter

I don't have a mentor in the strict definition. I take as much advice and inspiration as I can from the people I am close to. -Natalie Massenet

I don't believe in anarchy, because it will ultimately amount to the power of the bully, with weapons. Gandhi is my life's inspiration: passive resistance. I don't want to live in the Thunderdome with Mad Max. -John Lydon

I used to make up stuff in my bio all the time, that I used to be a professional ice-skater and stuff like that. I found it so inspirational. Why not make myself cooler than I am? -Stephen Colbert

I never played music, but it's an important thing … the studying, the inspiration. -Kevin James

I let people down easy with inspiration. -David Hasselhoff

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

My greatest inspiration is memory. -Paul Theroux

Bob Seger was a huge inspiration. -Eric Church

I got married and decided I wanted to do a dance record, and I didn't ever expect for it to be what it was or for the 'No Doubt' thing to be such a long break, but it was one of those things where you just had to sort of follow your inspiration. -Gwen Stefani

In Roslyn, Pennsylvania, we started our real-life family circus. They provided the inspiration for my cartoons. I provided the perspiration. -Bil Keane

Roosevelt's declaration that Americans had 'nothing to fear but fear itself' was a glorious piece of inspirational rhetoric and just as gloriously wrong. -Russell Baker

Osama bin Laden, the Saudi-born revolutionary who is believed by most Arab and Iranian observers to be the inspiration of the attacks in New York and Washington, is the best known of the Islamic militants to have emerged in the past 20 years and the least difficult to fathom. -James Buchan

Making art, good art, is always a struggle. It can make you happy when you pull it off. There's no better feeling. It's beauteous. But it's always about hard work and inspiration and sweat and good ideas. -Damien Hirst

I went to watch Coldplay in Florida and saw Chris Martin before they went on. He sang 'What Makes You Beautiful' before the chorus of 'Yellow' kicked in. That was so strange because he's an inspiration for me. I think he's so good, he's sick… he's a really nice guy too. -Harry Styles

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

My daughter is my greatest inspiration. -Whitney Houston

I am getting some good offers still. Some nice things are coming my way just as they always have, so unless I lose my inspiration or there is too much drool to wipe, I will keep going. -Robert Duvall

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

A lot of things trigger my inspiration. It can be the most banal things. -Manolo Blahnik

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

I go back and forth between input phases where I'm reading a lot or trying to get out and explore the world a bit and soak up inspirations and then I'll get back into output mode and write and write and write. -Erin Morgenstern

There are three things that make a person a writer: inspiration, perspiration and desperation. -Harlan Coben

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

I'm always looking for inspiration. -Alicia Silverstone

As a teenager I was crazy about David Bowie. He was a huge inspiration for me. I dressed a little bit crazily in school and dyed my hair every colour under the sun. -Clive Owen

I love a lot of the New York bands, but Patti Smith stands out. I just read 'Just Kids' and it's an inspirational, well-written account of an emerging New York artist in the late seventies. -James Iha

'Do What You Gotta Do' is a positive, inspirational song that says no matter what it is; whether you're up against challenges or trying to get your dreams and aspirations met, you should do what whatever you have to do shy of killing yourself or someone else. -Angie Stone

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

Young people need the hands-on training that comes with a summer job. They need to know how to dress for success and nail job interviews. But most of all, they need mentorship, guidance, and inspiration. -Hilda Solis

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

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

I think if there's something one needs to change with oneself, it doesn't have to happen in the New Year. You can do that any time you please – not that it's not a good inspirational tactic for the people that it works for. -Brittany Murphy

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

The single most important thing in a child's performance is the quality of the teacher. Making sure a child spends the maximum amount of time with inspirational teachers is the most important thing. -Michael Gove

My heart lies in music and acting, however, my inspiration comes from adrenaline rush I get from sports… and life. -Alexander Ludwig

The electro scene is all over the clubs now: groups like Duck Sauce, Empire of the Sun, even MGMT. But I get inspiration from everywhere. I'll go to the gym and put on old albums – Guns N' Roses or old Jay-Z. -Fergie

Space is an inspirational concept that allows you to dream big. -Peter Diamandis

Fashion is inspired by youth and nostalgia and draws inspiration from the best of the past. -Lana Del Rey

I get inspiration from movies, from fashion, then completely random things you'd never think of. -Santigold

I pick up inspiration from everywhere and it all manages to keep stored in my brain somewhere. -Santigold

You never know when some small thing will lead to a big idea. Travel is very inspirational – but it's in the ordinary that I find my themes of love and work and family. -Adriana Trigiani

I always say three things make a writer: inspiration, obviously; perspiration, doing the work. But the third is desperation. I'm not really fit for anything else, or to have a real job. That fear drives me. The pressure has always been self inflicted. -Harlan Coben

You can't rush inspiration. -Colson Whitehead

I'd love to open up sessions at a Boys and Girls Club or something where kids can learn nutrition and how to exercise in a fun way. Especially for young guys. I'd love to be an inspiration. -James Maslow

Then when I went to Iraq and saw the strength and character the men and women in our military service exhibit every day and their belief in what they're doing, I knew I wanted to get that on film and share it with everyone. They are my inspiration. -Joe Nichols

I'd like to one day be featured on a list of inspirational people who have made a difference in the world, whether it be helping underprivileged people or putting an end to the poaching of wildlife in Africa. -Candice Swanepoel

Offers come all the time, but I'm pretty particular. I really have to be wowed by a character I encounter in a script, or a storyline. I really do need to feel inspiration, otherwise I'm just happy planting perennials and making goat cheese. -Vera Farmiga

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

Since we launched the original 'Pop Idol' in England, I've remained close with Simon Fuller. Working as executive producer on 'American idol' for its first seven years not only was an inspirational journey into the heart of American pop culture, it opened my eyes to the untapped potential of the incredibly dynamic young people in this world. -Nigel Lythgoe

I think I draw most inspiration from writers like Richelle Mead and filmmakers like John Hughes. They both really understand the experience of being a teenager and how insistent and intense everything feels, but they're also smart, savvy, and fun. -Amanda Hocking

One of the inspirations for my becoming a writer was the baseball board game Strat-O-Matic. -H. G. Bissinger

A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, and economic legacies – all of the things that quite literally make us who we are. -Steve Berry

We all face difficulties of our own, and how comforting it is to immerse yourself in a book – my book, any book, any romance. It's entertainment, it's escape, and it can even be an inspiration! -Debbie Macomber

British comedy – which has been a big inspiration to me for many years – is very different to Australian comedy and different again to American comedy. -Jason Gann

I'm of the ilk of writers that feels you have to be open to the inspiration. -Sara Bareilles

Comedy was why I got into acting the first place. Peter Sellers was a huge influence on my wanting to act. I grew up with him and found him hysterical. The Pink Panther films were an inspiration, from my earliest childhood days, when I was watching them with my brother and my dad. -Sally Hawkins

To me, the question of inspiration is an exercise in hindsight. The truth is, inspiration is mysterious at the time. I don't think it's ever a rational process. -Julia Leigh

President Obama called for a 'we' nation in his Inauguration Address. Art convenes. It is not just inspirational. It is aspirational. It pricks the walls of our compartmentalized minds, opens our hearts and makes us brave. And that's what we need most in our country today. -Anna Deavere Smith

I can only speak for myself, but public school did nothing for me musically. I got the impression a musical career was frowned upon. But in the arts, resistance can often be the strongest inspiration. -Charlie Fink

I would be nothing if it wasn't for the town where I grew up and the people who gave me my inspiration. -Chris O'Dowd

I still to this day get the most inspiration from rap lyrics. -Ezra Koenig

My dad is my biggest source of inspiration. He's a lawyer, and when he'd get home, we always sat down and listened to music. -Dan Reynolds

I wanted to write about relationships. But I didn't feel I had the experience to sing about them in a deep way. Studying psychology helped me out in terms of my understanding. I still look through my old textbooks when I'm in need of inspiration. -Natasha Bedingfield

I don't have any great first job tales: I've never worked on a tramp steamer or in a coal mine or anything like that. I think the inspiration for my writing came largely from my father and the joy that life in books represented to me. -Mary Gordon

From my very first movie, what was my concentration, my inspiration, was I didn't want to narrate something, I didn't want to tell a story. I wanted to show something, I wanted for them to make their own story from what they were seeing. -Abbas Kiarostami

I get inspiration from my everyday life. -Hayao Miyazaki

My father was an inspiration to me; I made a few movies with him and I loved working with him. Everything about him – his whole approach to work, as well as his love, enthusiasm and respect for it and other people in the business – was inspiring. I was very lucky to have him as a role model. -Hayley Mills

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

To this day, my mom's unsinkable spirit is an inspiration to me. For nearly thirty years, she's worked at the Library of Congress. Everyone knows Sameha simply as 'Sami.' Along with 500 miles of shelved books, her closest friendships are cataloged in that library. They are as much the value of work to my mom as is the work itself. -Hoda Kotb

I've never really found inspiration for story ideas in the news, but I'd say it certainly affects our lives in so many ways. I would say that certainly the stories of the day appear in the work – I just have never gone so far as to say, well, this particular event could influence a plot of an entire book. -Michael Koryta

In terms of style I typically veer toward a certain masculinity. My style inspirations range from images of my father in his 1970s suits, to Tilda Swinton, to Hugh Hefner, to Sharon Stone and her ferocious sexuality, to handsome men I see on the streets of New York. -Rachael Taylor

I think the end goal, hopefully, is to take advantage of the attention I've gotten along the way and use it for good and build some communities, and as I get older I can continue to do things and be surrounded by things that are inspirational to me. -Reggie Watts

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

In Vermont, Governor Madeleine Kunin has given years of service to our state after becoming the state's first female governor in 1985. She is an inspiration to girls throughout Vermont and the country in allowing them to know that the opportunities they have are unlimited. -Bernie Sanders

Music is critical in our lives and culture. It's the inspiration that drives us. It's also the window to our souls. It's a reflection as to who we are, what we stand for and where we're going. -Bill Walton

You can find inspiration when you're not even looking for it. -Judy Woodruff

When I was younger I thought I was an artist, and inspiration would just come to me. -Stockard Channing

I am still attracted to stories about people who are considered to be on the outside of society. I still seek inspiration from those stories. -Mira Nair

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

Big Star invented a vision of bohemian rock & roll cool that had nothing to do with New York, Los Angeles or London, which made them completely out of style in the 1970s, but also made them an inspiration to generations of weird Southern kids. -Rob Sheffield

I believe in divine inspiration and things like that and I really relish a good, attentive, participating audience. -John Mahoney

My approach is so simple; every song I sing, every story I tell, every move I make, must move the audience to laughter, tears, or inspiration. Otherwise, why do it? It's the communication. -John Davidson

I believe strongly in inspiration, inspiration literally meaning 'full of the spirit.' I do believe that it comes to you. -Jimmy Webb

Well mostly in song writing my experience is that there isn't so much inspiration as hard work. You sit there for hours, days and weeks with a guitar and piano until something good comes. -Bjorn Ulvaeus

You don't get inspiration sitting at a drawing board or in front of your computer. -James Dyson

You know, Johnny Depp has always been a massive inspiration for me and he's somebody who has produced an incredible amount of work, and every single piece that he does is amazing. -Jamie Campbell Bower

For me, love is happiness and inspiration. -Leona Lewis

There's a lot of craft that goes into achieving a hit song – at the beginning of your career, you're usually more inspiration than craft, and you get great when those intersect. A skilled songwriter can get you to that intersection. -Kara DioGuardi

One of my inspirations, Harry Houdini, remains an icon of the art because he defied our primal fears. His demonstrations in the early 20th century, especially his escape from the Chinese water torture cell, represented triumph over suffocation, drowning, disorientation and helplessness. -Criss Angel

Every song you're trying to find something that going to connect in different ways but for me the songs that I'm really drawn to are inspirational, songs that lift you and that everybody can relate to no matter where you're from. -Rodney Atkins

My dad's one of my biggest heroes. I also think Paul Newman's an inspiration. I know a lot of people say that, but I love that he's a great role model and a humanitarian. I admire people who don't necessarily want to change the world, but try to make it a better environment. -Alex Pettyfer

Personally, when I don't feel like working out, I put on my workout clothes and pump up some music. It's definitely my #1 inspiration. -Jenna Ushkowitz

I love inspirational R&B, like Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson. I want to do that. That kind of music stays with you. -Ashthon Jones

Moscow is a huge inspiration for me. I love what I find here, I love being here. -Natalia Vodianova

Miles Davis was a part of my life from 1947 on. I was born in 1941 and I first heard him in 1947 on a 78 rpm. And then I followed his career, starting with his first solo album in 1951. He was an icon and inspiration and a mentor to me. -Chick Corea

I find inspiration in everything. -Concha Buika

I would probably work with Drake as he is massively inspirational to me as a writer as well as an artist. If not him, then Susan Boyle! -Conor Maynard

Babyface is definitely a big inspiration. -Taio Cruz

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

People often ask where I get my inspiration from, and I always say I have no good answer because, well, inspiration comes from everywhere: people, places, memories. -Richelle Mead

Dizzee's just my childhood hero. He's definitely the inspiration. He's got himself to a very good place. He's defied the expectations of what British black urban music was like. He was the first person who made the rest of Britain realise it wasn't just a one-album-type situation. You've got to take your hat off to somebody like that. -Tinie Tempah

I find as much inspiration from the forerunners of jazz as I do the modern-day innovators of jazz. -John Scofield

The writing part of my life never changes, because that's just when the inspiration comes. -Randy Owen

Ted Kennedy's inspiration will loom large over our politics for years to come, uplift us in the healthcare fight, and help to achieve his dream of liberty and justice for all. -Christine Pelosi

Growing up, in church we had the homily; at home it's what I call the 'momily' – the inspirational and instructive mom-isms that every family has. -Christine Pelosi

The leaders who we admire who have been able to bring great change in the past – Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela – they're all inspirational religious leaders and smart tacticians. It would be nice to find the Muslim Gandhi, wouldn't it? -Dennis C. Blair

I'd come to the country to do my Thoreau bit, so I needed an office that looked out onto the woods for inspiration. I converted one of the bedrooms into my workspace and through its windows watched the wildlife appear each morning with the sunrise. Many were the days I would sit in wonder, coffee in hand, for hours. -David Mixner

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

I played rugby most of my life and then I switched to snowboarding, which provided me a lot of inspiration. -Charlie Bewley

My favorite thing is being able to follow my inspiration, and the freedom of being a writer is hard to beat. -Mike White

Stanley Kubrick was a big inspiration. People accuse me of never using my own material. But when did Kubrick? You look at his films and they are completely unique… completely separate entities. -Frank Darabont

As far as songwriting, my inspirations came from love, life and death, and viewing other people's situations. -Ed Sheeran

Over the years, I've traveled to many places for inspiration and research, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina, California, and Hawaii. -Jennifer Chiaverini

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

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

People are looking for inspiration, and my books are sometimes the vehicles of what people are looking for. -Richard Paul Evans

After having my baby I felt like I'd been introduced to my life, I slowed down, I paid more attention to simple things, I addressed a few issues in my own life, I even got married, I looked at what was important and what wasn't, and so I used that experience for inspiration. -Cecelia Ahern

Decide where and when you want to write. I like space, and silence is an inspiration to me. -Cecelia Ahern

I'm a little younger than these guys, but I would say all of us are huge fans of the original 'MacGyver' series, and obviously we found that inspiration for the original pitch for 'MacGruber.' -Jorma Taccone

Proust, my big inspiration for 'Goon Squad,' uses music a lot in his novel, both in terms of plot and structure. I liked the idea of doing the same thing, which is one reason I structured 'Goon Squad' as a record album, with an A side and a B side, that's built around the contrasting sounds of the individual numbers in it. -Jennifer Egan

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

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

I find inspiration in many places. Sometimes music gives me the kernel of a story. Sometimes it's dissatisfaction with the plot of a movie or a book that gets me thinking. Sometimes it's love of a movie or book. -Christopher Paolini

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

All of them – my father, mother, step-mother, and grandmother – were all wonderful actors and performers and they are an inspiration to me, both in their craft and in their humanity. -James Cromwell

We all obviously need others to look up to, and be inspirational to us. Ford did a great job as far as putting the presidency back where it belonged, getting the trust back after Nixon. And President Reagan has been one of the most influential presidents. -Steve Garvey

Barack Obama's inspirational whoosh to the presidency in 2008 was unusual. Most campaigns are less exhilarating; indeed, they are downright disappointing – until someone wins. -Joe Klein

I taught elementary school and painted apartments for ten years. Now I write full-time and never have to change a thing I write. Every book comes to me in a flash of inspiration and takes me about two seconds to finish. The longer books, like the 'Time Warp Trio' novels, take a little longer to write – more like four seconds. -Jon Scieszka

One of my greatest times of inspiration is when I'm traveling or living in a new country – there's a tremendous freedom that comes from being unfettered by your own, familiar culture, and by seeing the world from a different point of view. -Kim Edwards

To be under occupation, to be under siege, is not a good inspiration for poetry. -Mahmoud Darwish

Jesus is much more concerned about shaking your foundations, giving you an utterly alternative self image, world image, and God image, and thus reframing your entire reality. Mere inspiration can never do this. -Richard Rohr

If my writing comes to a halt, I head to the shops: I find them very inspirational. And if I get into real trouble with my plot, I go out for a pizza with my husband. -Sophie Kinsella

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

All too often, when creative people pick out someone else's creative work as an inspiration, what they end up with is very, very far from the original. -Samuel R. Delany

I guess my inspiration is this – I like to pretend that every story that ever happened to 'Batman' was real and is part of this one guy's life. -Grant Morrison

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 U.S., 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 think good artists know when they're on a roll, and they recognize when lightning is striking. It's a very fortunate thing to have that inspiration and not to overanalyze it or mess with it; you just follow it if you love what you do. -Johnny Marr

Without a doubt my mother was an inspiration for my writing. This is true in many ways, but mostly because she is a wonderful storyteller, without even knowing it. -Elizabeth Strout

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

When I was CEO, and I'd listen to music, a lot of people listen to music and you get inspiration from it. And a lot of things in hip hop are very instructive for being in business. Particularly, hip hop is a lot about business, and so it was very useful for me in any job. -Ben Horowitz

I interned at Miramax and subsequently at Paramount because I was really curious about the future of entertainment – how were we going to get films online? While the inspiration for Box didn't come from that experience directly, it was very obvious that bigger businesses had a lot of slow processes and cumbersome technology. -Aaron Levie

I spend a lot of time writing. I get inspiration from texts rather than images. -Bill Viola

All my inspiration comes from life. That's how it never stops, in a way. -Marina Abramovic

When Lady Gaga says I am her inspiration, you reach kids between 12 and 18. Now I am like a brand – jeans, Coca-Cola. -Marina Abramovic

The Galapagos Islands are probably the most famous wildlife-watching destination in the world. And no wonder – it's almost impossible to exaggerate the sheer spectacle of the place that provided inspiration for Charles Darwin's ground-breaking theory of natural selection. -Mark Carwardine

I can't tell you how many people say they were turned off from science because of a science teacher that completely sucked out all the inspiration and enthusiasm they had for the course. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Sport is something that is very inspirational for young people. -Pele

Social activism has gone mainstream. A new generation of philanthropic leaders such as Bill and Melinda Gates, and Bono are providing inspiration, guidance, and billions of dollars through their global foundations. -Willow Bay

My favorite singer is Lauryn Hill – all time, hands down. She was my biggest inspiration growing up. -Leah LaBelle

Most every young man either takes inspiration from his father or wishes he could. I was fortunate in that I could. -Sheldon Whitehouse

The highest Hindu intellectual training was based on the practice of yoga, and produced, as its fruit, those marvellous philosophical systems, the six Darshanas and the Brahma Sutras, which are still the delight of scholars and the inspiration of occultists and mystics. -Annie Besant

I am very interested in human-interest stories emerging from modern India. I get my inspiration and daily dose by reading the 'Hindustan Times.' -Vikas Swarup

The fact is that at different stages of your life, and under the influence of different inspirations, you write different things. The point is not necessarily to find your voice, which grinds out the same sort of thing again and again, but to find a vehicle for people who are far more important than the author: the characters. -Vikram Seth

The thing about inspiration is that it takes your mind off everything else. -Vikram Seth

Do not write if there is no tremendous urge to do so. At the heart, there must be an inspiration or muse or one of those old-fashioned things. Else, why bore yourself, destroy other people's interest and kill trees? -Vikram Seth

You get your inspiration – suggestions – wherever you have to, even from your mother. -Vikram Seth

I like people-watching and getting inspiration from the unique people who don't follow any fashion tides. From 12-year-olds who have full freedom, to 86-year-old ladies with a ton of class. -Rila Fukushima

I draw inspiration from anything and everybody and that's what country music is to me… real life stories and real life emotions. -Dustin Lynch

I definitely take after my dad, looks-wise. But my mum is my greatest inspiration. All the women in my family are amazing. They're hilarious. I love funny people. -Shari Sebbens

I don't get my inspiration from books or a painting. I get it from the women I meet. -Carolina Herrera

I don't wait for inspiration. I get up and write every day. -Cathy Marie Buchanan

The popularity of the Internet and using it as an available resource has really changed the way chefs kind of gather information and look for inspiration. To me, a food trend is potentially a lot of people following an idea. -Grant Achatz

I get so fed up with the making of an album taking over my life – it's all I can think about or talk about. You find yourself in a rut and lacking inspiration and it's hard to get out of that because I'm working alone in the studio. -Imogen Heap

I love HGTV. I love working on my house and have really been bit by the 'luxury remodeling' bug. 'Million Dollar Rooms,' 'Million Dollar Listing'… any show that can give me design inspiration, I soak it in and try my hand at it. Home Depot is my second home! -Laz Alonso

I love to experiment with fashion. A lot of my inspiration comes from my mom. She is fearless with fashion! I love colors and anything daring. -Neon Hitch

There are so many young talented actors today whose work I respect and admire – Ryan Gosling is probably primary among them. I take inspiration from so many amazing actors. -Daniel Sunjata

Beyonce is one of my inspirations. Her attitude, her style, her voice… she's perfect. -Charice Pempengco

What I would say to filmmakers, if I may be so bold or so arrogant, is to draw inspiration from other filmmakers, but go to the place in your own gut where everything is nothing. That's a very Zen thing to say, but that place of nothing is where real creativity comes out of. -Lawrence Bender

If I can be an inspiration for someone, that's fine, but just don't look down on me. Don't say, 'Oh, you're in a wheelchair.' -Mark Zupan

I like listening to old soul music. I like Sam Cooke. When I was growing up, the first things I was listening to was Whitney Houston and Cher. They were really big inspirations for me. -Rebecca Ferguson

I get most of my inspiration from older records and older production styles, and that ends up rearing its head in the records that I make. -M. Ward

There's a relationship between music and spirituality and inspiration and to a certain extent improvisation that draws me in, because I don't totally understand it. I know that those relationships have been telling me, since I started making records, where to go. What to write down. -M. Ward

I'm somebody who gets a lot of inspiration from dreams. -M. Ward

I get most of my inspiration from older records. Most of the records that I listen to were probably made before I was born, and I was born in the mid-'70s. I don't know why, exactly, I'm drawn to those sounds. -M. Ward

'The Long Goodbye' is one book I like to read over and over again, and it was an enormous inspiration for 'All The Wrong Questions'. -Daniel Handler

I travel a lot, but I don't come away with new inspiration. -Edward Ruscha

Angelina Jolie is my style inspiration. -Adrianne Palicki

Pinterest has been helpful to my business. Making inspiration boards is really key to developing products. When I was getting married, I literally cut out tear sheets and put my own boards together. Had I known about Pinterest, I would have been able to do it so much more easily. -Dylan Lauren

You can be moved by an animated film and not by a live action film. There could be great inspiration in and humanity in that animated story. -Geoffrey S. Fletcher

I am interested in the idea of 'taste.' And by 'taste,' I mean opinion, inspiration and the craft of creating a personality through fabric and design. -Olivier Theyskens

I think freedom for Palestine could be an incredible source of hope to people struggling all over the world. I think it could also be an incredible inspiration to Arab people in the Middle East, who are struggling under undemocratic regimes which the U.S. supports. -Rachel Corrie

I listened to a lot of Joni Mitchell in high school. She was sort of an inspiration to me. I think she's a great lyricist, and she makes interesting choices. -Zooey Deschanel

Typically my ideas come to me in the most inane ways possible. I had the initial idea for 'Quantum Conundrum' while I was walking down the street to get breakfast. People are like, 'Whoa, what's your inspiration, is it something amazing?' No, I was just really hungry. -Kim Swift

Causes brings over 140 million people together to form the world's largest giving community. The belief that everyone has something to give is at the core of what we do; people just need a little inspiration, and to know that whoever they are, there is something meaningful they can do. -Joe Green

Action breeds inspiration more than inspiration breeds action. -Willem Dafoe

Your personal life, your professional life, and your creative life are all intertwined. I went through a few very difficult years where I felt like a failure. But it was actually really important for me to go through that. Struggle, for me, is the most inspirational thing in the world at the end of the day – as long as you treat it that way. -Skylar Grey

Warhol was definitely an inspiration when I was younger. I wouldn't quantify his sort of influence. I've been influenced by nature and science, and I've been influenced by people like Ernst and Rauschenberg, Cornell and Bosch and Bruegel, by writers like Haruki Murakami to Pablo Neruda to Artaud. -Dustin Yellin

Why is it that English, drama and music teachers are most often recalled as our mentors and inspirations? Maybe because artists are rarely members of the popular crowd. -Roger Ebert

I do lead a careful diet, I don't overeat, I have fruit and vegetables every day and I drink a lot of water. And my darling wife keeps me so young it is ridiculous. Being with her is an inspiration as well. -Bruce Forsyth

Any band on their first couple records is just trying to keep up with their inspiration. -Josh Homme

I think my mother, more than anyone, knew the importance of inspiration. If it was occurring, you had to use it. -Rufus Wainwright

The artist who gave me the most inspiration and direction, especially as a singer – and I absolutely consider myself a singer, 100 percent – is Nina Simone. She's my ultimate pianist-singer-type person. -Rufus Wainwright

Fathers can find great inspiration in faith. -Bruce Feiler

One of my biggest inspirations growing up was Whitney Houston, so I was devastated to hear about her passing. I'm from East Orange, New Jersey, and started singing at New Hope Baptist Church, so she was like my fellow Jersey girl. -Naturi Naughton

Brand is not a product, that's for sure; it's not one item. It's an idea, it's a theory, it's a meaning, it's how you carry yourself. It's aspirational, it's inspirational. -Kevin Plank

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

My wife has been my greatest earthly inspiration. She excels in eloquence, the poetry of words, empathy and graciousness. -George W. Romney

Japan, for me, will always be my inspiration source. -Nicola Formichetti

'Radioactive' is the fall out of my life's inspirations, a testament to my ability to survive it all and to tell the story. -Yelawolf

I believe in the city as a natural human environment, but we must humanize it. It's art that will re-define public space in the 21st Century. We can make our cities diverse, inspirational places by putting art, dance and performance in all its forms into the matrix of street life. -Antony Gormley

I take my inspiration for the song writing from little experiences, not even if I've experienced them myself but say if something has made me sad, I will use that emotion. I just use everyday life and write about it. -Pixie Lott

You can't manufacture inspiration, so a lot of it is still a waiting game for me. There's still a lot of mystery to songwriting. I don't have a method that I can go back to – they either come or they don't. -Conor Oberst

I love the mix of people who hang out at nightclubs now. Their individuality is an inspiration to me. The music they listen to, the clothes they wear and the way they wear them defines a street style that I love. -Donatella Versace

Lady Gaga is the present and the future. She is the most revolutionary and inspirational artist. She is fearless and daring. -Donatella Versace

I don't dislike rappers or hip-hop or people who like it. I went to the Def Jam tour in Manchester in the '80s when rap was inspirational. Public Enemy were awesome. But it's all about status and bling now, and it doesn't say anything to me. -Noel Gallagher

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

Even before I joined journalism, I knew that this is what I wanted to do. Tintin was an early inspiration. -Bobby Ghosh

All the truly great stand-ups say, 'I go onstage, and I work on jokes. The inspiration will happen while I'm doing my work.' To me, in the end, the surest thing is work. -Patton Oswalt

I don't admire one particular style, but for evening events, I always look to Grace Kelly for inspiration. -Kylie Bax

I do a lot of inspirational talks for kids, to motivate them to change their lives and give them hope. -Adam Beach

We should find inspiration in the senses that already exist and try to copy them and apply them to us. If we compare our senses to the senses of other animals and species that we don't have, we can get ideas for new abilities that we can adapt to humans by applying cybernetics to the body. -Neil Harbisson

I didn't start doing graffiti until two years after I got to New York. Jean Michel Basquiat was one of my main inspirations for doing graffiti. For a year I didn't know who Jean Michel was, but I knew his work. -Keith Haring

If you look at a building by Mies van der Rohe, it might look very simple, but up close, the sheer quality of construction, materials and thought are inspirational. -David Chipperfield

When I am true to my inspiration, even fight for my design, the project always turns out well. -Christian de Portzamparc

God has been my number one inspiration. I also look up to Will Smith and Jamie Fox who are also personal friends of mine. They give me great career advice. I would also include Chris Stokes, as a filmmaker and music producer. I've been working with him since I was eight. -Marques Houston

If the company depends entirely on you – your creativity, ingenuity, inspiration, salesmanship or charisma – nobody will want to buy it. The risk and the dependency are too great. -Margaret Heffernan

Any new ideas go into PiL. My inspiration is everything that the human being gets up to. I don't listen to any music when I'm in PiL-zone, because influences can poison your well. Otherwise, I listen to anything. -John Lydon

I want to have time for myself, my family and my friends. It's important because in order to sing well, you must have inspiration, and inspiration comes from life, from living. -Andrea Bocelli

I think that's a great opportunity, to pick a script where you can build up a good skill. I think the main thing I look for when I look at scripts is if it's inspirational. If it's something that teenagers can relate to. And is it something that the audience is going to get something out of. If not, then it's really not worth doing. -Carly Schroeder

My inspirations include the Beatles – love, love, love them – Elton John, Carole King, and Stevie Wonder. -Gloria Estefan

In sports teams, apart from talk of sporting prowess and the imparting of inspirational thought, an extraordinary amount of time is spent discussing, and flaunting, material possessions. -Harsha Bhogle

We've been surrounded by images of space our whole lives, from the speculative images of science fiction to the inspirational visions of artists to the increasingly beautiful pictures made possible by complex technologies. But whilst we have an overwhelmingly vivid visual understanding of space, we have no sense of what space sounds like. -Honor Harger

Whether being battered by the surf or swimming through the gentle undulating surface of lakes, I find inspiration in the movement of water. Sometimes I think about the journey the water has traveled, reconnecting me to the larger cycles of nature. -Janet Echelman

I don't write on demand – I wait for inspiration to come. -Jill Scott

Heartbreak has definitely been a big inspiration for me. You can write about a bad situation and just feel so much better afterwards. For me it's very therapeutic. But love in general – even when it's good – is always very inspiring. -Jessica Lowndes

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

My big inspiration for hope is the courage that I read about from people from all over the world, or that I see on a daily basis from the kids I get to work with. -Morley

My greatest inspiration… is my mum, who had a baby at the age of 42 and is still so fit, independent and beautiful. -Jaime Winstone

Animals are a continuous source of inspiration and wonder to me. I would love to play a dog. -James Ransone

It's absurd for anybody to look around and hear the acts and artists who cite us as an inspiration, and then tell me that we're not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. -Paul Stanley

My inspiration is always what I think my fans want to listen to. I often write about social problems. If I'm not going through it or I haven't gone through it, I want to make sure it touches someone. That's what I base my music on. -Jenni Rivera

I get I style inspiration everywhere: the streets of New York, magazines… everywhere! -Kelly Rutherford

I think it's mainly when I need inspiration I look at the old pictures. I don't find it as much in the new stuff. I love Carole Lombard. I think she's wonderful. Gloria Grahame was really great. Garbo. Dietrich. People knew how to create an illusion. Now everything is very realistic and straightforward. Everyone's grunge. -Kelly Rutherford

In the midst of global recession, in the face of uncertainty about what's going to happen next, film looks for inspiration to real people. -Simon Beaufoy

In times of trial, for inspiration, people want to look to real people rather than to fiction. -Simon Beaufoy

In my very early days as a journalist, as a cub reporter on a local newspaper, I used to cover the district courthouse in Limerick city – all human life passed through that establishment, and my time there remains a source of inspiration. -Kevin Barry

My wife and family, to say the least, are the center of my life; they are my grounding. I don't want to sound schmaltzy, but they are my inspiration and you name it. -Bill de Blasio

By now, you've probably caught on to something: my mother is always standing by with just the right Scripture or inspirational saying to get me through any tough situation. -Gabby Douglas

I am grateful I got the chance to meet Stevie Wonder! He's like royalty to me and is one of my biggest inspirations. -Hunter Hayes

Anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur like someone else is actually looking in the wrong direction. You don't look out for inspiration, you look in. You have to ask yourself how can I be better today, at solving the problem I am trying to solve for my company. I wouldn't encourage anyone to be like me. Just be like you. -Ashton Kutcher

Kathy Burke has been a real inspiration. I think she's brilliant. I like the fact she doesn't care what she looks like on TV and just gets really into character. Obviously, she can do drama as well, but it's her comedy I love. -Sheridan Smith

I go to a lot of stand-up comedy. I find more inspiration from observational stuff than from rap. -Riz Ahmed

The biggest inspiration for everything I do is, of course, my wife, playwright Ruth McKee. -Brian K. Vaughan

There is a strange impulse in many to protect Bible characters and to use them as inspiration… as if sanctification happens as a result of emulation. -Tullian Tchividjian

As an actress, I'm constantly watching different shows and films and am always gathering information and inspiration for characters and techniques to make my performances the best they can be. -Rachel G. Fox

All my music is inspirational. You just gotta listen to the words and get what you can get out of it. -Young Jeezy

I can't stress how much my daughter is an inspiration to stay sober. When I come home and she opens those big blue eyes at me, it's the most amazing feeling I could ever feel. -A. J. McLean

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

I think, aesthetically, car design is so interesting – the dashboards, the steering wheels, and the beauty of the mechanics. I don't know how any of it works, I don't want to know, but it's inspirational. -Paloma Picasso

After university, I was working as a stylist in the Paris theatres when I had a flash of inspiration. I made necklaces from the bikinis designed for the cabaret performers of Folies Bergeres. I was so happy with them that it was only then that I sought out formal training in jewelry. -Paloma Picasso

I guess haiku is an inspiration for me. Everyday, simple moments. -Misha Collins

Galley Molina's a great inspiration and role model for a lot of young kids out there. -Ja Rule

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

The biggest benefit of Apollo was the inspiration it gave to a growing generation to get into science and aerospace. -Buzz Aldrin

Better to be called something positive and inspirational than something negative. -Donnie Yen

Who is my biggest inspiration? Wow… I really, without wanting to sound 'aw gee shucks,' I'd have to say my wife who taught a rather uptight Englishman what there is to be got out of life. Susan is my greatest inspiration. She has more integrity than anyone I know, and integrity is more important than anything for a happy and successful life. -Charles Shaughnessy

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

Music is everywhere and in everything! I draw my inspiration from the day to day activities of my life! -Kailash Kher

My inspiration comes from the common man and nature. -Kailash Kher

A lot of America is kind of done. People have been making films about it for 100 years. Everything to me feels used up. But Jo-Burg feels unbelievably inspirational to me. -Neill Blomkamp

I have lived in Kentucky all of my life. I am married to my high school sweetheart, David, a local police captain who has no shame in telling his coworkers that he is the inspiration for all of my heroes. -Molly Harper

I've always had an idealistic streak about storytelling in that I believe we owe more to audiences than repeatedly bludgeoning them over the head while stealing their lunch money. We owe them inspiration. That's why I'm more interested now in creating new heroes than hooking up jumper cables to old ones. -Mark Frost

The blues are what I've turned to, what has given me inspiration and relief in all the trials of my life. -Eric Clapton

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

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

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

Al Gore, you've been a real inspiration. But a lot of other people who preach the global warming gospel aren't out to save the world. They're out to run it. -Jesse Ventura

Jesus is the inspiration for anyone to go the distance. -Sylvester Stallone

The process is always the same. I get an inspiration for a new song, I put it down on paper immediately so I won't lose it. When I am ready to go to the studio with it, I play it a few times on the piano and edit, add, and type the lyrics and take it to the studio. Sometimes I don't have anything on paper. -Yoko Ono

My inspiration is everything that the human being gets up to. -John Lydon

When we make records, it's hard to pinpoint one thing that inspires a record. It's usually a number of different things that lead to inspiration or wanting to write something down and share it with someone. -Brandon Boyd

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

In New York, I get a tremendous amount of ideas by looking at the paintings and the sculptures, adapting artistic endeavors to crafts. There is a lot of inspiration around us that we can see every day and turn into projects. -Martha Stewart

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

I love the ideas of looking back to historical heroes to give us inspiration on how we can be today's heroes to move forward in the future. So guys like… William Bradford and William Wallace, the Bravehearts, the Patriots, the Pilgrims. There are so many of those people throughout history… whose stories have just never been told. -Kirk Cameron

Wintertime for me is a time when I do a lot of my writing in the studio. It's a time I enjoy. And it's very reflective and a very calming time of the year. Throughout the year I gather a lot of musical inspirations, and this is where I bring them to the studio and see what will evolve musically. -Enya

It's true when they say songwriting is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. In truth, what happens is… songs comes through you. -Greg Lake

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

Revelations are conveyed in a variety of ways, including, for example, dreams, visions, conversations with heavenly messengers, and inspiration. Some revelations are received immediately and intensely; some are recognized gradually and subtly. -David A. Bednar

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

I can't help seeing 'Waste Land' as the third in a triptych with my earlier films 'Devil's Playground' and 'Blindsight,' and not least in the awe and gratitude I feel for the group of people who were courageous enough to share their stories with us – and to live lives so rich in inspiration for us all. -Lucy Walker

Any alternative culture that inspires a lot of passion and inspiration is also in danger of being set in its ways, almost from the moment it's born. -Jello Biafra

I've never been a big fan of subtle art. I like art that gets deep into my head and starts my brain spinning with new ideas and inspiration and my whole body is full of energy. -Jello Biafra

Lyrics are coming to you all the time. I get inspiration in the middle of the night. -Rod Stewart

I'm like a little kid when it comes to music. I mean, the music is always blasting wherever I am that people always knock on my door and say, 'It's too loud!' But I think music gives so much inspiration. -Donatella Versace

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

One night, I just woke up and I went, 'Killing Jesus.' And I believe, because I'm a Catholic, that comes from the Holy Spirit. My inspiration comes from that. And so I wrote 'Killing Jesus' because I think I was directed to write that. -Bill O'Reilly

My dad and I are best friends. He's pretty much responsible for the way I turned out. He would provide a little artistic inspiration here and there in the form of a guitar, stuff like that. -Trent Reznor

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

Reading was very important to me as a kid. It was very inspirational to me. I went to a school where that wasn't encouraged so much, but my parents encouraged that, and it has made me part of who I am. -Sasha Grey

Beware of addictive medicines. Everything in moderation. This applies particularly to the Internet and your sofa. The physical world is ultimately the source of all inspiration. Which is to say, if all else fails: take a bike ride. -Aaron Koblin

A lot of songs are derivative of each other. Sometimes you need to take a departure from what you do to something that's slightly different in order to get inspiration. -Tori Amos

Broch is an inspiration to us, not only because of what he accomplished, but also because of all that he aimed at and could not attain. -Milan Kundera

I don't really listen to bassists – not anymore. When I was younger, I listened to those guys and was trying to figure out everything they did. Nowadays, I draw inspiration from everybody. -Les Claypool

I always knew I wanted a great man of God, someone who was going to be an inspiration for people and also be a lovely husband and father. -Katy Perry

I wrote '('Til) I Kissed You' about a girl I met in Australia. Her name was Lilian, and she was very, very inspirational. I was married, but… I wrote the song about her on the way back home. -Don Everly

There is such a big chunk of me that is David Attenborough. I think he is my biggest inspiration. -Bjork

My dad is a writer, and to see him always in front of a typewriter gave me the inspiration to write. He was my idol, my hero. I wanted to be just like him. -Shakira

Teachers need to be more inspirational. But it's also up to engineering to make itself more interesting. -Bruce Dickinson

For me, a life without expectation results in a life with inspiration. -Alanis Morissette

Sometimes I write about my own life. And sometimes I write about situations I see my friends going through. Sometimes I write about a scene I saw in a movie. I take inspiration from all different places. -Taylor Swift

I would say I'm an inspirational guidelines book. You can take my life story or scenarios or songs and relate to them and apply them to your everyday life. -Chris Brown

I drew a lot of inspiration from the Ginuwines, the Ushers, the Michael Jacksons, the James Browns, Sam Cooke. -Chris Brown

I went to see 'Phantom of the Opera' with my grandma and my mom when I was very little. The stage, the voice, the music… Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has been a massive inspiration to me for some time – the storytelling, that deliciously somber undertone in his music. -Lady Gaga

I'm not an inspirational quote kind of person. -Chrissy Teigen

I've always been concerned about kids – not just my own three, but all kids – what kind of an image I'm providing for them, what kind of inspiration. I don't know now. Maybe I'm leading them down the path to self-destruction. -Evel Knievel

I think 'Heroes of Cosplay' will show a lot of the positive things, like how much effort it takes to make a costume. These people on the show aren't taking shortcuts. As long as that effort gets through to the viewers, we will be inspirational. Then there will be people who watch the show that want to get in and hands-on make outfits. -Yaya Han

Work aside, we come to New York for the possibility of interaction and inspiration. -David Byrne

I'm always looking for something new: a new inspiration, a new philosophy, a new way to look at something, new talent. -Madonna Ciccone

There are artists, true performers that have come before me who have been a big inspiration to me. I hope I do the same for others. -Janet Jackson

Barbra Streisand has always been an inspiration for me. I admire Jennifer Lopez because she's been against all the odds, and she's made such a name for herself, and she can put her name on anything and it sells, and I admire that about her, but Barbara Streisand and Woody Allen are my favorites. -Lauren London

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

Some amazing records have this power to leave you with inspiration; you're left with the urge to write something. And some records are totally overwhelming, because they are so good, they burn the bridges behind them. -Thomas Mars

I do like alternative rock and rap, but as far as inspirational, then I go full-on orchestra. It fills up your entire being. -Osric Chau

I had an inspirational teacher at my junior school: Peter Nixon. He was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and slightly scary – a good combination for a teacher. -Stephen Mangan

I have my own voice and can focus only on that. I know what I like; I find my inspirations in so many other places than just online and bring that into my work. -Hanneli Mustaparta

'Master Blaster,' by Stevie Wonder, is up-tempo and fun, like Stevie himself. Stevie's always making jokes; he really knows how to put people at ease. He's one of my inspirations, as a musician and a person. -Ziggy Marley

The knack is to find your own inspiration and take it on a journey to create work that is personal and revealing. -Martin Parr

My father, obviously, and my mother were inspirations. My uncle, Frank Harper, he was an absolute mentor for me. -Hill Harper

My inspiration is endless; I can't define it. It is a constant flow and evolution. In general, I'm taking it from everywhere. People get nervous when they walk with me, as I'll see something and suddenly have to text it to myself. -Raf Simons

Becoming an inspiration for kids is great. I want to inspire them to do whatever they want to. -Virat Kohli

I always dreamt of holding the bat and winning games for India. That was my inspiration to take up cricket. -Virat Kohli

Grace Kelly is my main inspiration, for her timeless beauty. I like Jennifer Lawrence for her fun, down-to-earth style, and Taylor Swift is always elegant. -Gracie Gold

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

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

I want to be an inspirational model. I want people to look at me and say, 'Wow, she looks healthy.' -Ireland Baldwin

I do what I love, thank God. I get to make music and get inspiration through Judaism. I can see why people might be surprised, because it's not been done before. It's certainly not typical. People are always trying to wrap head their around it. But it's probably simpler than everyone thinks. -Matisyahu

Fans are always asking me where I get my ideas from. The answer is that I'm very curious, and I get inspiration from everywhere. I read the newspapers voraciously, so I know what's going on in real crime. I pay attention to the strange stories people tell me, and I also read a lot of scientific and forensic journals. -Tess Gerritsen

My inspiration is always love and history, and my passion to a fault is craftsmanship and responsibility. Those are the simplest things. It goes beyond jewelry. It's every part of my life. -Waris Ahluwalia

My inspiration is love and history. -Waris Ahluwalia

My friends are a huge part of my inspiration. -Waris Ahluwalia

I got into science because I thought that, with inspiration and hard work, I could figure out how life works. -Randy Schekman

Writing music is not so much inspiration as hard work. -George Gershwin

I sit around for ages waiting for inspiration. Then when I get an idea, I want to go with it and get something as quickly as possible. It's like catching a fly in a bottle. I'll play with drums for a bit, then the piano for a bit, play the guitar. -Jamie Cullum

Books are the heart of any home, and I spend hours going through books for design inspiration. -Nate Berkus

My inspirations come from everywhere. It's important to look at everything and anything. I think what I create is serious fashion, but I don't want to keep my focus on that. You have to look at a lot of different things. I mean, people are always surprised when they find out that my favorite show is 'RuPaul's Drag Race.' -Jason Wu

Since Brooks Brothers is a 189-year-old company, there are plenty of references and inspirations I can draw from their archives and catalogs. The wearer of Black Fleece may not be all that different from mine, in that I imagine that it would be someone who is a true individual, and independent thinker. This is for both men and women. -Thom Browne

When I started working in fashion, I didn't have money to buy photographs, so I'd Xerox pictures from magazines and put them in notebooks. When I'd start a collection, I'd sit with my old notebooks and look through them for inspiration. -John Varvatos

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

I start with a beat sheet, which is more of an abbreviated outline. It hits all the major plot points. From there, I move to note cards. But the most important part of my process is my inspiration board. -Kami Garcia

I get so much inspiration from my travels, but I also started an exercise where I write down so many words every week. Then I begin crossing them off. We create a grid of words and also images, but words for me are more ample because you can interpret them your own way. -Francisco Costa

When people ask me what it is about Brazil and my work, it's not something that I can say literally. It's unidentifiable. It's like when you do research and things inspire you. If you're smart enough, then obviously you don't take it literally. The inspiration will come out later somehow. -Francisco Costa

People think of me as a stereotype: muse, privileged, decorative. Classically, the muses were the inspiration. They'd come and go – they wouldn't actually make things, get their hands dirty. I don't think I'm a muse, although I think I can help pull a trigger. I really like getting my hands dirty. -Amanda Harlech

At the outset, my notion of being a writer was that you would have moments of inspiration and moments of frustration, when you'd crumple up your pages and toss them away. On one side, the dustbin would fill up, and on the other side, pages would rise into a novel. -Tom Rachman

Writers do draw inspiration from their own lives, which, quite frankly, might be more interesting than fiction. -Monica Johnson

The writer is a mysterious figure, wandering lonely as a cloud, fired by inspiration, or perhaps a cocktail or two. -Sara Sheridan

I guess artists are living inspiration. There's something very pure about a person that fantasizes. I like hearing their stories, watching them work. Their take on the world interests me. It's not unified. -Dasha Zhukova

You can find inspiration for man's behaviour wherever you look. -Marilyn Manson

Art Nouveau got its inspiration from nature. The Bauhaus got its inspiration from engineering. -P. J. O'Rourke

'Luther' is absolutely a monster-of-the-week show. Although it's post-watershed and is rendered in intense graphic novel-style images, it's inspiration is not that different from 'Doctor Who' as in both cases you've got a trickster figure who fights the monster of the week and is eventually successful. -Neil Cross

Composers now just don't have the depth of inspiration for melody. Most of the lyrics of the pop songs you hear today are repetitious. They're almost nursery rhymes, as if written by children – which they are. -Rudy Vallee

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

For one person, organized files might be a crucial tool for creativity; another person finds inspiration in random juxtapositions. -Gretchen Rubin

I was staying at the Konchucos Tambo lodge, next to the Huascaran national park, near Chavin. Sitting here on its veranda, I was beginning to see where all those Latin American magical realists get their inspiration from: they don't need to make anything up; they just write down what's around them. -Mark Barrowcliffe

Only thanks to blissful ignorance, and the inspiration of my grandparents' story, did I actually believe tackling a novel would be an easy task. I've since learned otherwise. -Kristina McMorris

I find it always pleasurable talking with young people, particularly those aspiring to be writers, out of nostalgia, and because I've always felt that we oldies can learn so much from them and draw from them inspiration in our flagging and rickety years. -F. Sionil Jose

Latter-day Saints, having received the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, are entitled to personal inspiration in the small events of life as well as when they are confronted with the giant Goliaths of life. -James E. Faust

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 don't get my inspiration from a specific source. It's more like if you listen to a good tune, it gives me inspiration to write a better tune. -Rain

I don't really want to be compared to Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan, but I really feel honored and really proud that people actually see me as them or similar to them, and because they are my inspiration for what I have become today. I am really honored that people compare me to those people. -Tony Jaa

In cricket, my superhero is Sachin Tendulkar. He has always been my hero and will continue to remain so. Apart from him and outside cricket, my mother has remained my inspiration. Whatever difficult time I had faced, she was always there for me. She has given me all the strength. She maintained her composure and supported me in tough times. -Virat Kohli

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

When we were studying at the Royal Antwerp Academy, we were taught to seek inspiration from everyone, everything and everywhere. My parents and grandparents were also a great inspiration for me a very young age. -Dries van Noten

Chef Thomas Keller was an inspiration to me and many, many young cooks like me. He told us that the role of the new, modern chef is different. -David Chang

Beauty arises out of human inspiration. -Richard Dawkins

In those long, lonely miles you put in during the off-season, and in those knife-in-the-gut track repetitions and hill repeats that buckle your knees – at that moment in almost every race when you ask yourself how much you're willing to hurt to catch one more runner – you can draw strength and inspiration from your running mates. -Don Kardong

My father, Oliver Hynes, was an educator. He was originally just a teacher, a very good one, but then he was promoted to be in charge of education for the entire area. He was always an inspirational teacher. He was my big personal supporter, always coming here for the Tony Awards. My mother, Carmel, was a homemaker. -Garry Hynes

All of the actors that have served to me as inspiration over the years have been those more associated with dramatic work who have, in turn, been able to embody their characters and lose themselves in those characters that they create. -Adhir Kalyan

Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers. -Robin S. Sharma

Anyone can show exceptional leadership ability in easy times. When all's going to plan, anyone can be inspirational/excellent/innovative and strong. The real question is how do you show up when everything's falling apart? -Robin S. Sharma

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

There's always a personal satisfaction in writing a song by yourself. You get the inspiration, and see it through, and you're done. It's focused and very personal. -John Oates

I know that a lot of people take inspiration from the fact that I was just a common man with no film background who turned into a star. -Uday Kiran

For the very top earners, vision and inspiration are essential. You need those to become the next Steve Jobs, but perhaps not to be the highest paid dentist in Beverly Hills. -Tyler Cowen

I think anyone who has a passion for what they love to do, and who pursue it, is inspirational for me. -Colin Morgan

I keep drawing inspiration from people every day. All of a sudden, something strikes me so hard and dramatically, and then a dream comes – I sit down, cut it off and make a script out of it. -Dev Anand

Writers do well to carefully attend to those moments of inspiration, because chances are that they're writing from a very deep place. The subsequent search that ensues to continually attend to that voice that you hear is what is going to give the story drive. -Adam Ross

Though I didn't quite plan it that way, I had my two sons at just about the same ages my mother saw me and my sister off to college, and my first novel was published when I was 46. This 'tardiness' isn't something I'm proud of, but I'm happy to be an inspiration to others who arrive at these milestones later than most of us do. -Julia Glass

What they have done in Japan, which I find so inspirational, is they've brought the toilet out from behind the locked door. They've made it conversational. People go out and upgrade their toilet. They talk about it. They've sanitized it. -Rose George

Kitty Wells was the first and only Queen of Country Music, no matter what they call the rest of us. She was a great inspiration to me as well as every other female singer in the country music business. In addition to being a wonderful asset to country music, she was a wonderful woman. -Dolly Parton

Just as you wouldn't leave the house without taking a shower, you shouldn't start the day without at least 10 minutes of sacred practice: prayer, meditation, inspirational reading. -Marianne Williamson

I'd never had any problem finding inspiration; Ireland was always just there, you know? All this richness of culture was there to tap into. -Brendan Gleeson

I don't really write any of my raps down. The same, Kanye don't write any of his raps down. Common. It's easy that way. For me, personally, I figure I will lose some of the inspiration in the time of me writing it down, or I'll say it a certain way because I wrote it a certain way. -Big Sean

I love finding out-of-the-box inspirations and blending them with what I've done in the past. And when I started to experiment with genres, it didn't sound forced. Maybe that's because it's all music that I listened to growing up, and it's all music that I love. -Avicii

The Olympics are only once every four years, so you have to take advantage of all your opportunities, both to be an inspiration to people and help support your sponsors who help you. -Lolo Jones

I want to have a record with Beyonce or Lady Gaga. They are both my inspirations. Especially Beyonce. -Charice Pempengco

I had a few dating disasters along the way with girls cheating on me. One girl was the inspiration for me singing 'Cry Me A River' on 'The X Factor.' That was my payback to her because she was unfaithful. -Liam Payne

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

Silent pictures show us how we lived and what our attitudes were. And as an art form, they can be wonderfully entertaining and often inspirational. -Kevin Brownlow

My biggest style inspirations come from the '90s. I'm really inspired by TLC, Janet Jackson, and designers like Jeremy Scott. I'm hugely inspired by Club Kids from New York back in the '90s. I'm inspired by the drag queen scene. Combat boots and the torn off jeans and a baggy shirt – I love that look. -Kat Graham

I don't really have a main source for my style inspiration. It's really about however I feel about myself at the moment. -Kat Graham

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. -Future

I just want to be an inspiration. I'm a rock star, I'm Future Hendrix. -Future

My inspiration can come from anything – films, the street, paparazzi pictures. -Craig McDean

I'm not a video brat. I don't derive all my inspiration through movies. I get it from a lot of other places, too. -Harmony Korine

Traveling around the country, meeting fans and hearing their stories in person and on my radio show has reenergized my commitment to creating honest and inspirational content that not only serves my own creative purposes but can help and touch others as well. -Nikki Sixx

Sachin has been an integral part of Mumbai Indians and a source of inspiration for the team ever since the inception. -Nita Ambani

My reason and inspiration to lose weight and stay fit is my youngest son, Anant, who is fighting obesity. I would like to be an example for him. -Nita Ambani

There is inspiration all around us. -Kapil Dev

For me, Islam is a moral reference point, a source of inspiration to work collectively with people, to love people and to help them, to concentrate on universal values of mercy, co-operation and tolerance. -Wadah Khanfar

Like the United Nations, there is something inspirational about New York as a great melting pot of different cultures and traditions. And if this is the city that never sleeps, the United Nations works tirelessly, around the clock around the world. -Ban Ki-moon

The world is a challenging place in terms of wars and peace, basic human rights and freedoms. The Holy Father has a major role to play in global affairs. The pope is more than a spiritual leader. For the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, he is an inspiration of holiness and goodness and, above all, the faithful proclamation of the Gospel. -Chris Smith

Inspiration comes from everything from the entire world, and it's hard to pinpoint one thing. I can trace one inspiration to the writing of 13th-century Zen master Dogen Zenji, who writes beautifully about time. -Ruth Ozeki

My inspiration comes from God, so I always have to be open, kind of like being an antenna. I like to write songs people love. -Brenda Russell

There stand out in my life many incidents in my youth, of wonderful inspiration and power through men preaching the gospel in the spirit of testimony and prayer. -Heber J. Grant

I, of course, owe everything to my mother, because my father died when I was only nine days of age; and the marvelous teachings, the faith, the integrity of my mother have been an inspiration to me. -Heber J. Grant

I have felt the inspiration of the living God directing me in my labors. -Heber J. Grant

I have been very influenced by the director Maurice Pialat, who I continue to be in conversation and conflict with and get inspiration from. -Ira Sachs

The idea of writer's block or not having inspiration is totally terrifying to me. -Paul Dano

I've always looked to other women for inspiration and kicks. When a woman stands up and does her thing, it never ceases to excite and inspire me. -Neneh Cherry

There are thousands of inspirational stories waiting to be told about young women who yearn for a great education. They are stories of struggle and stories of success, and they will inspire others to take action and work to change lives. -Soledad O'Brien

I get a lot of inspiration from research in mythology and folklore. I find that, you know, stories people told each other thousands of years ago are still relevant now. -Cassandra Clare

I am in the U.K. for inspiration because I'm doing a follow on series to 'The Infernal Devices,' called 'The Last Hours.' It's a re-telling of 'Great Expectations' with 'Shadowhunters'… because why not! It's set in 1903, so I'm doing a lot of locational research. -Cassandra Clare

Personal relationships are usually my biggest inspirations for writing my songs. The best way for me to write a song is to visualise the story in my head, and I start humming a melody, and before you know it, a song is born. -Nadia Ali

My parents had a difficult divorce. My dad had to take a backseat for a few years, and my grandfather came in. He was also my inspiration for becoming an actor. I really respected him. -Christian Camargo

My mom has always been a huge inspiration. She was a single mom raising two kids in New York. Now that is full-on all the time. -Kim Raver

I had hoped when my life was chronicled, it would be an inspirational story. -Om Puri

Kennedy saw the presidency as the vital center of government, and a president's primary goal as galvanizing commitments to constructive change. He aimed to move the country and the world toward a more peaceful future, not just through legislation but through inspiration. -Robert Dallek

The first year of the Boot Ride was an amazing experience. Seeing people come out from all over, ride and, most importantly, put on their boots, was an inspiration. -Theo Rossi

Dorado Beach's rich history provided amazing inspiration to put forward a bold menu celebrating the legacy of the people and cuisine that shaped this unique destination and to push me to share some of my own stories. -Jose Andres

Anyone who knows me knows that I have never been shy about how important Ferran Adria has been in my life; he is a friend, a mentor, an inspiration. -Jose Andres

I really think that it's disgusting that Paris is the only place where it is illegal for paps to follow you around. It actually took someone losing their life – Diana, an inspirational woman – and then it changed, but they still won't change it in London! It's horrible! -Cara Delevingne

I want to be motivational and inspirational for everybody: my big aim is more women on bicycles. -Marianne Vos

Celine Dion is my major inspiration. -Jackie Evancho

I couldn't hope to be in anything better than 'Misfits.' The reaction from fans has been mental. The weirdest thing is when people tell me I'm their inspiration. I can't believe I get fan mail, and loads of free clothes. Adidas sent me lots of stuff; it's wicked! -Lauren Socha

Museums provide places of relaxation and inspiration. And most importantly, they are a place of authenticity. We live in a world of reproductions – the objects in museums are real. It's a way to get away from the overload of digital technology. -Thomas P. Campbell

I did an A Level in Theatre Studies and had a really inspirational teacher, and then I just went on to university. -Jessica Raine

I think my mom is the inspiration of me wanting to do film and TV and be an actor because she loved film so much. She loved, like, horror films and action films, so growing up, she loved watching all the Charles Bronson films and all the westerns. -Rick Gonzalez

It wasn't until I was in my teens that I started admiring writers as inspirations for my own work, and my earliest influences there were Stephen King, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Richard Adams. -Kelley Armstrong

Words outlive people, institutions, civilizations. Words spur images, associations, memories, inspirations and synapse pulsations. Words send off physical resonations of thought into the nethersphere. Words hurt, soothe, inspire, demean, demand, incite, pacify, teach, romance, pervert, unite, divide. Words be powerful. -Inga Muscio

I love the Cannes Film Festival. From the lavish parties and events to the red carpet attire, this star-studded week-long event is where I get a lot of inspiration for hair and fashion. -Tabatha Coffey

Most inspiration still comes from bicycling around San Francisco. This city never fails to inspire me. It is one of the most vibrant cities – especially visually – with a constant influx of young energy arriving daily. I love it. -Barry McGee

I'm the sort of person that doesn't really have specific 'inspiration.' It probably comes more from my doubts and my desires. -Natsuki Takaya

Depression and anxiety can't fit in your head if you're cultivating feelings of joy and inspiration. -Austin Butler

It is such a luxury to open a new book that's highly recommended by friends – either an inspirational yet humorously self-deprecating memoir, or a page-turning piece of fiction. -Kelli O'Hara

We've always dreamt of a TV series and working in film. When we first sat down to seriously write 'A Little Nightmare Music,' to write something for TV was our original inspiration. But all the stuff we were writing down is not going to work on stage. We had to rewrite it so it would work on the stage. -Aleksey Igudesman

What sets 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' apart is Riggs's use of 'found' photographs as a spark of inspiration for the narrative. 'Found' describes art created from common objects that are not normally considered art. -Claire Cameron

I have learned so much from Nelson Mandela, and he has been my leader. He is a perpetual inspiration for me and millions of others around the world. -Malala Yousafzai

Benazir Bhutto was an inspirational leader and an inspirational woman. -Malala Yousafzai

Look for inspiration in books, magazines, and even other people's homes – then be brave and take a chance with a room in your home. -Candice Olson

My mother was a great inspiration to me to always do my best. My father has always been my mentor and friend. They taught me the basic principle that guides most all that I do: faith, focus, finish. -Larry Fitzgerald

I've put on makeup just for fun since I was a really little girl. Now I keep a look book for inspiration – with hair, makeup, beauty tips and products to try. -Allison Williams

At some point, I went to the studio and nothing happened. It can be really depressing to sit there and wait for the inspiration that doesn't come. I had to start recording rough song ideas before going to the studio. I did that at home whenever I had a good idea. -Apparat

In terms of the organic feel and the love for noises, I definitely feel more connected to Four Tet and Fennesz, as any dance floor artist. I do like some dancey stuff like Martyn when I DJ, but I draw my inspiration from other things. -Apparat

As an actress, if you find inspiration through my work, then my job is complete. -Masiela Lusha

Every writer has their rituals. For me, it's morning walks along the beach. And then, in my study I have a huge painting of the Black Madonna hung over my desk, and quite a few pictures of Mary around me for inspiration. -Sue Monk Kidd

I don't have any style icons, but I get inspiration from my friends. My style motto is that it is better to be overdressed than underdressed. -Hannah Kearney

In the end, I want to be an inspiration to somebody. -Mikaela Shiffrin

Patrick Swayze is a fantastic man and an inspiration to work with. He is a fearless cowboy type and a movie icon. -Travis Fimmel

Personally, I can't see the appeal in trekking down to D.C. for a networking extravaganza, even if it is built around a special moment in American history. While I find the election of Barack Obama inspirational, I don't have a desire to memorialize it with overly effusive celebration. -Jamie Johnson

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

It's as if inside the White House the belief in Obama's inspirational charisma is still such that every time the ugliness of brute politics intrudes, it's a startling revelation. -Tina Brown

It is ironic that American women now need to be fortified by the inspiration of the women of the Arab Spring, who risked so much to win basic human rights. -Tina Brown

My creative process involves that old saying: It's 90% perspiration and only 10% inspiration. -Rosabeth Moss Kanter

When I get close to an election, I look to 'Lamar Alexander's Little Plaid Book' for inspiration. -Lamar Alexander

When Bill Clinton ran in '92, and I listened to him, and I had of course known of his record from Arkansas, I found him extraordinarily inspirational, and I voted Democratic. -Wesley Clark

I don't know what the inspiration for most of songs really mean until I finish them. For the most part, I'm going for a visceral impression, and I write the words last. -Todd Rundgren

I find inspiration and rhythm in everything. Really I do. And I find inspiration in the really quiet moments. -Bill Kreutzmann

I don't know if I feel a responsibility to encourage women, I just do! Yes, I think all of us chicks should be inspired and create! In whatever way that inspiration comes, we should shine! Honestly, I feel the same way about men. -Angela Bettis

I've always been an entertainer all my life; I come from a family of entertainers. I always made, very pretentiously, a comparison with Agatha Christie. Her inspiration was crime, and I'm sure she must have taken courses or read about crime, because it was the basis of her stories. But ultimately, it was her own fantasy. -Isabella Rossellini

All the Midkemia stories are part of a 'history of an imaginary place,' so I've always known the cycle covered five rift wars. I just got to the end after 30 books. So there was no particular inspiration, save it was time to finish the whole shebang. -Raymond E. Feist

One of my biggest inspirations is President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Yea, President Hugo. -Cindy Sheehan

I am trying to persuade my family to spend more time in China. It's no fun to be in exile. I can't even figure out the basic 26 letters, let alone operate, in English. I often feel that although I've found the sky of freedom above my head, I've lost the soil I stand on. I need to be back in my motherland, where I can find inspirations. -Ma Jian

I thought 'Moulin Rouge' was inspirational, and 'Jesus Christ Superstar' I loved. -Pierce Brosnan

Among the great names that adorn the roll of Nobel prize-winners in Medicine is that of Otto Meyerhof, my admired teacher and friend, to whose inspiration, guidance and encouragement I owe so very much. -Severo Ochoa

My mother was a very big inspiration. She loved fashion. I loved art in school, and I was very good at drawing. I could sit at the table forever and just dream up collections and draw. -Nina Garcia

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

In a lot of the art world, you have to present yourself as you know what you're doing at a young age. Music gave me another outlet. The 'no wave' bands were such an inspiration; it felt so free – once you start doing it, it's hard to stop. But I can't get away from art. It comes back around. I wouldn't be true to myself if I didn't pursue it. -Kim Gordon

I used to think that when I finished a book, I was finished with it. But it's like a wonderful Hydra. Every time a head disappears, more heads appear, so I will be writing for the rest of my life. The more books I write, the more books I find that I still have to write about. I use it like an inspiration, and that's wonderful. -Tony Buzan

I could take all the cartoons in the tabloid newspapers, but I couldn't take my daughter punching me in the belly and asking why I was so fat. That was my inspiration to lose the weight. And probably the last time anyone hurt my feelings. -Al Sharpton

My participation in the Art of the Olympians is a natural extension of my athletic career. I find creating a piece of art in many respects mirrors my long jumping efforts illustrating that hard work and inspiration will always be the foundation for success. -Bob Beamon

When I was a little kid, it was not uncommon for a cousin or an uncle, before they would even say 'Hello,' to gush, 'You know, your mother's brisket is just incredible; it's so good.' That was an inspiration for creating a love song in that well-worn terrain of the relationship between a Jewish boy and his mother. -Rick Moranis

I don't like re-writing very much. The fourth and the fifth draft – that's too much like work. There's not much inspiration about it, and the lawyerly side kicks in – being very careful and somewhat technical. -Scott Turow

There's no secret, but inspiration has to find you working. And that's one of the key things that I've always remembered. And if I put my mind to it tonight, I think I could take a guitar, and by 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning, something will have happened – I'll have had something to hang onto. But I think that's the key. -Justin Hayward

One of my greatest inspirations for stand-up was Jonathan Winters. He was a genius. One thing about him, and also Lenny Bruce, is that they were in the tradition of the one-man show. That's why Richard Pryor was so great, and George Carlin, too. They prowled the stage, they used voices, they were really talents. -Robert Klein

I need an inspiration that is grounded in reality while thoroughly transcendent. -John Ortberg

The only true and lasting inspiration for life is genuine love for God, and submitted gratitude that I get to be a part of the redemptive quest. -John Ortberg

I'm very fond of the British cinema. I'm a big fan of Martin Campbell and Daniel Craig. I actually find Daniel very inspirational, especially on the physical side of things. He really inspired me to get back into shape when I started to add on a few pounds. I think he's a great role model. -Steven Bauer

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

Giving teenagers some inspiration, a single role model and an opportunity to be part of something bigger at a critical point in their lives can be the difference between being a productive or being a destructive member of society. -Ricardo Salinas Pliego

In Paris, I met a young American person who immediately became the primary inspiration which awakened my vision and the leading influence that had directed my forces. Throughout my career as an artist, I refer to this person by the word 'Woman.' -Gaston Lachaise

My father was my first inspiration. He had an incredible stereo and a turntable, and I was told not to touch it. But I'd go back and touch it anyway. I gained a respect for the turntables when I was a kid. When I was a teenager, I came up with a 'cueing system' to work the turntables because they didn't have it at that time. -Grandmaster Flash

We sing inspirational songs, songs of praise and worship, and about how good and how big God is. We are magnifying the Lord. -Fred Hammond

I cannot summon up inspiration; I myself am summoned. -P. L. Travers

When you're playing a real character, you want to honor that person and receive inspiration from that person. They need to anoint you in some way that allows you to borrow just a small piece of their soul. That is the flame. -Lorraine Toussaint

There are a few really fantastic stories left, and that kind of gives you some inspiration to find even new ones. -Malik Bendjelloul

Barbie has always been an inspiration. Dressing her was part of ever girl's dream. -Reem Acra

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

I have pets, but they're the really ordinary sort – yellow Labrador, tabby cat, white rabbit, a few goldfish – that kind of stuff. Nothing very… extravagant or unusual or exotic, but I find, in terms of inspiration, Mother Nature is just it. -Graeme Base

My inspiration for writing is all the wonderful books that I read as a child and that I still read. I think that for those of us who write, when we find a wonderful book written by someone else, we don't really get jealous, we get inspired, and that's kind of the mark of what a good writer is. -Patricia MacLachlan

If someone says 'grunge' or 'punk,' you know what the sound is, but if you say 'No Wave,' it's kind of mysterious. That was the most interesting part and should have been the most inspirational thing about it… here's this collective sonic insanity, and none of it sounds anything alike. -Lydia Lunch

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

I don't read many popular histories like the ones I write. The building blocks for my research are scholarly monographs, and the inspiration for my storytelling style are folks like Chekhov. -Rick Perlstein

We try to connect with the audience as much as we can. We feel the energy from the audience, and it gives us so much joy and inspiration. -Stjepan Hauser

One of my big inspirations was Chuck Berry, and his playing was always about the rhythm and the lyrics. So I've always been that way in my playing, really. -Mick Ralphs

Mostly, in song writing, my experience is that there isn't so much inspiration as hard work. You sit there for hours, days and weeks with a guitar and piano until something good comes. But the urge to write is something you have to have. A conviction, an ambition to write and never stop until you think, 'This is the best I can do.' -Bjorn Ulvaeus

Alas, those six unfortunate souls who have made their way through my books know that every one of them is about Emerson and Thoreau and their dark counters, Melville and Emily Dickinson. Try as I might, I can't get their inspirations, their challenges and sentences and wisdom and questions out of my head. -Pico Iyer

Business gives you a massive high. Doing a great deal, coming up with an inspirational solution… It's very addictive. But it doesn't last long. In isolation, it's a bit sterile. It doesn't reward the soul. -John Caudwell

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

I've lost count of the number of times that I've been approached by strangers wanting to tell me that they think I'm brave or inspirational, and this was long before my work had any kind of public profile. -Stella Young

There's no game plan when it comes to thinking up new characters; inspiration can come from anything – from a wig I've seen to an expression I've heard someone use. -Catherine Tate

Indeed, an engineer designing a structure is not unlike an artist painting one. Both start with nothing but talent, experience, and inspiration. The fresh piece of paper on the drawing board is as blank as the newly stretched piece of canvas. -Henry Petroski

I hope that I can be an inspiration to kids that are young and may feel different or may feel like they don't belong. -Jonathan Knight

From a design perspective, the U.S. has always been a great source of inspiration for me. -Brunello Cucinelli

I'm a physical actor in that I start with a physical sketch of the character. I find it easier to find inspiration from the outside in. If I find the character's tensions and the way he carries himself or looks, that's going to affect how I talk. So that's how I start to create that person. -Joel Kinnaman

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

The main characters for 'The Seer and the Sword' made an appearance one night and then haunted me for over five years before I began to write them down. Does that count as inspiration? For me, characters tend to show up, stay on to help with the work of writing their stories, and then occasionally deign to visit after a book is finished. -Victoria Hanley

I have always had a mystical attitude toward inspiration. That's my nature. -Madison Smartt Bell

I pull a lot of the stuff that I play off the rhythm tracks – and Keith Richards has been one of the main contributors to my inspirational playing. -Bobby Keys

I like drawing people in the airport or on the bus or in venues. I like catching people in the moment. It's a similar inspiration for me in terms of songwriting. -James Bay

I have real admiration for chefs who can maintain an edge and find new inspiration in their cooking after many years. -Daniel Boulud

I always had a lot of fun in America, with much more freedom than if I had tried to cook in France. I wouldn't have the same motivation or inspiration, and I wouldn't have cooked for the same kind of people in France, so it wouldn't have given me this edge I had in America. -Daniel Boulud

I think Spain will always remain inspirational, and I think French cuisine will continue to be very French and yet very relevant with its time and keep evolving. But the last thing you want for it is to become too trendy and confusing. It has too much history. -Daniel Boulud

I had a very active inner life as a kid. There's a good album or two worth of stuff that I can bring out on a rainy day if I have a loss for inspiration or whatever – even now. -Ariel Pink

My greatest inspiration is my mother, the bravest person I ever knew. She overcame incredible odds, worked while raising two kids, and made it all look incredibly simple. Even in her final days succumbing to cancer, she fought like a champion. -Safra A. Catz

In my industry, it's important to have people I look to for different things: guidance, inspiration and motivation. -Becky G

F. Lee Bailey had been an inspiration to me. It was my desire to have him behind the scenes, to rely on his great wisdom and his brainpower, but I did not feel he should be in the courtroom. -Robert Shapiro

CERN is a centre of scientific excellence and a source of pride and inspiration for physicists from all over the world, a cradle for technology and innovation, and a shining concrete example of scientific cooperation and peace. -Fabiola Gianotti

The last thing I wanted was a big paycheck but no inspiration or support. -Vonda Shepard

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

My first inspiration for acting came from the first episode of 'Hannah Montana.' That's when I knew I wanted to be a singer and an actress. -Sabrina Carpenter

I was big into grunge, like Nirvana and Hole, when I was younger, which has been a really huge inspiration because of its rawness and honesty. -Tove Lo

When I am having my picture taken, I channel Beyonce. In the studio, my inspiration is Adele. -Ella Henderson

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

A lot of people think inspiration means magic. But really, inspiration means to put life into something. -Avi

Most of my inspiration comes from mistakes, so every time I make a massive mistake, that usually affects me so much that I have to process that via song. -Chet Faker

There are two views of interpreting the Bible in America: that every word is literally the truth without qualification, and then the other view is, it's called plenary inspiration, which holds that all religious truth taught in the Bible is true from God, but each word is not necessarily interpreted literally. -Robert H. Schuller

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 was lucky to marry Paul. He was a great inspiration, his enthusiasm about wine and food helped to shape my tastes, and his encouragement saw me through discouraging moments. I never would have had my career without Paul Child. -Julia Child

Changes in our aesthetic tastes have no value or meaning in and of themselves; what has value and meaning is the idea of change itself. Or, better stated: not change in and of itself, but change as an agent or inspiration of modern creations. -Octavio Paz

Wit invents; inspiration reveals. The inventions of wit are conceits – metaphors and paradoxes – that discover the secret correspondences that unite beings and things among and with themselves; inspiration is condemned to dissipate its revelations – unless a form can be found to contain them. -Octavio Paz

Little by little, not without astonishment, I rediscovered the great names of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, who had been the master thinkers of my grandfather and other Mexican liberals. They did no offer me a doctrine or a catechism: they were and they are a source, an inspiration. -Octavio Paz

My father was a great inspiration, and there was a bit of competition between us. He'd work in his studio, and I'd work in my space, but the door was always half open. -Jamie Wyeth

I don't look to celebrities for style anymore because I've learned the chain of command. They are being dressed by a stylist who's getting inspiration from a 16-year-old kid running the streets of Melbourne, Australia. Once I learned that chain of command, I just started taking it to the streets. -Lizzo

My great inspiration has always been Studs Terkel, who is a wonderful American oral historian. He was a radio DJ at first, interviewed a lot of jazz musicians, and at some point started to interview Americans about work. -Hans-Ulrich Obrist

I make big objects that are simple, bright and clear, kind of ironic but hopefully funny because I love the shapes, and I get inspiration from toys and books, and I believe in art for everyone. -Florentijn Hofman

This is just rap. I'm not trying to make people think I'm some sort of scientific wizard or inspirational poet. -Action Bronson

The power of pop culture stories should not be underestimated, and there is an enormous potential for inspirational stories that can have a positive, transformative effect on our lives. -Anita Sarkeesian

If you're a songwriter, you have to do homework. You can exist for a while on the inspiration, but at some point, you have to sit down and have the discipline to write – to finish the poem, as they say. -Jenny Lewis

I'm not comparing myself at all to him, but I like the idea that Ernest Hemingway always wrote about certain things he knew, he knew the ins and outs, back to fronts of what he was talking about. I love that as an inspiration for myself, to keep it true to what you know. -Imelda May

Sometimes the expectation of being inspired in one specific way may close you off to the actual inspiration. -Sophia Amoruso

'All in With Laila Ali' is educational, inspirational, compelling programming profiling individuals that have reached for the sky, pushed themselves to the limit and did things that you would think were impossible. -Laila Ali

I've met Shonda Rhimes a few times, and certainly she's an inspiration for me in television. -Lee Daniels

I realise I have inadvertently become a source of inspiration and hope for people in India simply by the fact that I grew up there, went to my local university, but could go on to do well internationally. -Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

I loved 'Gladiator' when I was young. Russell Crowe was a big inspiration; the fact that he plays my father in 'Noah' was amazing. -Douglas Booth

I'm a happy camper when I'm doing both: writing and art every day, along with a dose of reading and adventures into what else is being done by other artists/writers and poets. Like breathing. I've written poems or fictions to go with a painting. The source for the inspiration of the art often eludes me. -Marge Simon

I've seen nearly every Encores! show. I love the second acts so much because you just see desperation and inspiration in equal measure. -Douglas Carter Beane

I think writers are observers and watchers. We always have our ears open and eyes open, so I might see something in everyday life that inspires me. And I think that's probably more than anything else. Everyday life is where I get my inspiration. -Kevin Henkes

Your desires will source you with the inspiration to release your outdated beliefs and let go of whatever behavior is keeping you stuck in the past. -Debbie Ford

People often ask writers where they get their inspiration, and for me, the short answer is that I haven't a clue; I'm just grateful that I get them. -Michelle Paver

For me, inspiration isn't a sort of spark which lights the fire of the story. It's more like a thread, one of many, which you can tease out of a story once it's written, if you feel so inclined. -Michelle Paver

I find there's a thin, permeable membrane between journalism and history, and though some academic historians take a dim view of it, I gather a lot of strength and professional inspiration from passing back and forth across it. -Hampton Sides

There's nothing romantic about my work… I don't believe in inspiration. I believe that you get to your desk, you stay there, you work, you think of nothing else. You write and you write, and in the end, you write something good. -Irving Stone

Sir Derek Jacobi has been an inspiration to so many actors and audiences throughout his brilliant career. To see him in Shakespeare is an event in itself. -Kenneth Branagh

I'm not an aspiring young actor; I'm a storyteller who made it late in life, and I'm therefore an inspiration to everyone who thinks that, at 23, if you're not in the Backstreet Boys, then you're never gonna make it. -Paul Hogan

Sir Richard Branson is probably the best communicator ever. He was an inspiration for me – contrary to some reports, we've never done business together, although we did discuss an aviation venture very early on. I don't think easyJet competes with Virgin – we're in different areas. -Stelios Haji-Ioannou

The sources and research I use for my inspiration aren't your typical sci-fi subjects, but it's really driven by obsession and personal anxiety more than trying to take up the sword and do what's right. -Paolo Bacigalupi

We're huge fans of 'Game of Thrones' for example, 'Orphan Black.' And even though those shows don't necessarily correlate directly with 'Arrow,' I'm a very big believer that writers are the product of their inspirations. -Marc Guggenheim

When I was working at the Sprint store, I got laid off. I was bummed out, but I stayed positive. I used the money I had earned while working there to make my first album. Without that job, maybe 'Corazon Sin Cara' would never had been made. It's a very inspirational story. -Prince Royce

My sound comes from my inspiration, which is people like Aretha and Jay Z and Kanye, as well as everyone from the Whitneys and Mariahs to Destiny's Child and Usher. They all inspired me growing up. -Jess Glynne

I've got quite a few inspirations – the list is kind of endless! -Jess Glynne

Marvin Gaye is an inspiration to me. He was one of the first Motown musicians that my mom and dad introduced me to, and I always thought it would be a good idea if I was ever an artist, and now I am, to make a record called 'Marvin Gaye.' -Charlie Puth

Inside, I've got a real purist desire and dream about the music. I like the idea of being able to carve out a kind of magical, colourful, artistic, inspirational life. And the reality just turns out to be quite different, working with the business to bring this thing you have created into the world. -Damien Rice

I always like a woman in power in politics. I think they're pretty inspirational in terms of looks to begin with. It's very calculated. -Chris Benz

I have not taken inspiration from the fashion shows. I don't even really go to too many of the fashion shows – and have not for 15 years – because I don't want to be inspired by the same things as everyone else. If everyone is inspired by the same things, then of course, you all do the same pictures. -Peter Lindbergh

That's how I make work. Along the way, I take notes, I read about history and popular culture. Sometimes I act out things in the studio. I go back to my mother's hair salon so I can hear three voices going all at once. I pull inspiration from everything. -Mark Bradford

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

Coming to Nashville has been so motivating and inspirational. Just watching people live and breathe their music and create something that they can feel from start to finish. -Madi Diaz

The male muse is an unaccountably rare thing in art. Where does that leave female artists looking for inspiration? -Kate Christensen

Wonderful characters rotate around and through bookshops on a daily basis, competing with and possibly even triumphing over fiction when it comes to entertainment, strangeness and inspiration. -Sarah Hall

James Thurber was an inspiration because his drawings were so primitive. I am self-taught – I didn't go to art school – so I thought when I started doing them, 'If James Thurber can be a cartoonist, I can,' because his stuff is very raw. -Bruce Eric Kaplan

I asked my designer friend, Sam Klemick, to make a headdress for me, drawing inspiration from 1920s headpieces, Athena and Joan of Arc. Before each show, I have this quiet meditative moment where I put the headdress on and gather my thoughts and strength. -Sydney Wayser

I love mixing and matching patterns, styles old and new, feminine and masculine and drawing inspiration from characters like Annie Hall. -Sydney Wayser

Hopefully, when people see 'Senna', they will understand why this inspirational story needed to be told, why it had to be made as a movie for the big screen, and why it is a film for everyone. -Asif Kapadia

When we launched The Deck, I hoped other networks would take inspiration from it and figure out how to increase engagement while minimizing clutter. I even tried to sell my studio's media clients on the notion of fewer, better-priced, better-targeted ads. -Jeffrey Zeldman

Every town has its dark side, but I spend time in New York for my dark inspiration. -John Lutz

The relationship between violence and nonviolence in this country is interesting. The fact of the matter is, you know, people do respond to riots. The 1968 Housing Act was in large response to riots that broke out after Dr. Martin Luther King was killed. They cited these as an actual inspiration. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

I don't expect to find inspiration. It just sort of comes. Sometimes you step on a bug and you get inspired. -Iris Apfel

I think people have to sharpen their eyes and look. I always feel like a big sponge: I feel like I learn lots of things by osmosis, and I feel that I'm always absorbing. I mean, when people say, 'What is your inspiration?' I could throw up. I mean, I'm inspired by the fact I get up in the morning. And I'm still here. -Iris Apfel

I wrote poetry before I wrote songs, and T.S. Eliot was my inspiration. I love his honesty and try to bring that to my own songwriting. -Gabrielle Aplin

I am never without my lyric book. If anything inspirational happens, I have it there so nothing's forgotten. -Gabrielle Aplin

Among tech-minded kids, I think Alan Turing was a tremendous inspiration. He was a guy that was so different than the people around him. He was an outsider in his own time, but because he was an outsider is precisely why he was able to accomplish things nobody thought was possible. -Graham Moore

In 2006, when I had come very close to calling my agent and telling him I needed to take a break, NaNoWriMo was where I found my inspiration again. -Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

To be honest, my partner Natasha is my inspiration. She is who I reference when searching for my role. I don't emulate what she does, but her interpretation of Giselle is so fragile and sensitive and so tender. It constantly inspires me. And I feel like it's the other way around. We have a great rapport together. -David Hallberg

I first conceived of my far-future setting 'Punktown' in 1980, and though it contains 'punk' in its name, the term 'cyberpunk' hadn't been coined yet. I took my inspiration strictly from punk music. -Jeffrey Thomas

Writing, for me, is very inspiration-dependent. And inspiration can be a jerk. -Gene Luen Yang

Completing any writing project, particularly a novel, is a daunting prospect. Many people become frozen by the prospect. Others keep waiting for the right time. Some wait for the spark of inspiration. Even experienced writers find it is easier to do anything other than actually write. -Bob Mayer

I've been known to write 10 pages a day for 10 days running before I take a breath. I am not a disciplined writer. I'm one of those people who laughingly call themselves inspirational writers, which basically means someone who has no control over their own creative process. -Catherine Ryan Hyde

The ward designs were co-created by myself and Lauren K. Cannon. She read how they were described in 'The Warded Man,' and we had long discussions about what sources to draw from for the symbols, drawing inspiration from Arabic, Japanese, Chinese and Sanskrit. -Peter V. Brett

My first mentor and inspiration was my Irish Dancing teacher Patricia Mulholland. She created her own form of dance known as Irish ballet and created stage productions of old Irish myths and legends. They were my first experiences on stage. She told my mum I was destined for the stage, and I took that as my cue. -Laura Donnelly

It's hard to point to any single inspiration for 'iZombie' since, in actuality, it's made up from elements inspired by all kinds of different thing all mashed up together. -Chris Roberson

I was looking to explore the theme of good and evil, so what better inspiration than the comics? I'd developed a relationship with DC and Warner Bros. when I donated a sculpture of Catwoman to the 'We Can Be Heroes' campaign a few years ago. That's what started it. -Nathan Sawaya

You see countries like India really investing in their space program because they see it as inspirational and good for their economy. -Ellen Stofan

The real world is the fantasy writer's scrapbook. Real history, real geography, real customs and religions are all invaluable sources of guidance and inspiration. -Lynn Flewelling

Groceries became a revelation: the people coming out with bundles of food. It's all like a great ceremony, and the whole drudgery of shopping has become my inspiration. -Corita Kent

I grew up in a very spiritual home in a Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, FL. I was raised in the church, and my mother was a very inspirational person in my life. -Robert Battle

I'd say most of my songs I write from personal experience. When I feel like I don't have any inspiration in my personal life, I think about others that are close to me and maybe what they're going through or even just people I've come across, acquaintances. -Tess Henley

I think I take little pieces of inspiration, then kind of do what's real to me and what's going on in my life or what I observe from other people's experiences and hope other people connect with it, too. -Tess Henley

I have strong feelings about cookbooks because I am a lover of them and student of them and devourer of them and collect them. I find them to be a great source of inspiration. When I was a cook and not making much money, I always used to spend most of what I had on cookbooks. -Wylie Dufresne

My inspiration comes from so many things, it is hard to give credit to one. I find music of all kinds to be a great inspiration. A melody or a lyric can fire my imagination. Exercise is another. Endorphins fuel my thoughts – I tend to work out scenes and dialogue when I am exercising. Reading is also a great inspiration. -Julia London

My inspiration comes from my real life experiences. -Lilly Singh

My grandmother is one of the biggest inspirations of my life. She was my biggest fan, and she made sure everybody knew it. Her never-ending joy was infectious, and there wasn't anyone who could beat her at partying and having fun. -Roberto Aguire

If I had any real idea of exactly where inspiration comes from, I'd go there, find the foolish thing, bottle it, sell it, and retire to Tuscany. -Melanie Rawn

Doing what we can to repair the world was instilled in me from an early age. I will never forget my siblings and me knitting squares for blankets to be sent to the troops during World War II. This was an inspiration from my mother. -Charles Bronfman

Just as we rely on Israel as a continual source of inspiration and renewal, Israel relies on us. -Lynn Schusterman

The government will see that human spaceflight is useful – for science and the economy – and inspirational. -Helen Sharman

My daughter is one of my greatest inspirations. She's an environmentalist, she plays piano, she's raising money for the earthquake victims in Nepal. Every day she surprises me and teaches me something. -Patti Smith

Shakespeare shows you what it is possible to do in English as a writer – but also shows you that you might as well give up. As it's all been done before and hundreds of years ago. So I have had that long-standing relationship of oppression and inspiration. -Chris Adrian

If drummers are 'anti-solo,' that's up to them. They're musicians, and they can play whatever they want. But my inspirations early on were people like Buddy Rich, seeing him on 'The Tonight Show', or Gene Krupa. -Neil Peart

My mom was always my biggest teacher, my inspiration, my role model. My mom was just the most amazing person. She was like a bon vivant in that she just lived each day to the fullest. As soon as I became a vegetarian, she became a vegetarian. -Christie Brinkley

I think that part of the reason that 'Iron Man' was so successful was that we really chose to break new ground in a new area tonally, cast wise, the way we depict the hero, what his abilities are. It felt fresh in a genre that is beginning to feel stale if it's not done with the proper amount of inspiration and a strong voice or tone. -Jon Favreau

There is a quiet place in Hawaii where, for over thirty years, I've gone to draw inspiration and write many of my books. -Robert H. Schuller

I found a vlogger named William Sledd who talked about his life – it was very minimal edits. It was one of those things where I discovered him, and I was like, 'Oh my God, I'm obsessed with him.' I felt like I was friends with him. And he was a huge inspiration for why I made my first video. -Tyler Oakley

The inspiration for my Vines comes from thinking about funny and relatable experiences from my daily life. -Lele Pons

I did a show with Tori Kelly, and it was really cool that I got to meet her. She has always been a huge inspiration of mine, and I'm obsessed with her voice, so it was great to get to talk to her about the industry. The best advice she gave me was to just be myself. -Daya

Write down everything you can think of, no matter how stupid it seems. I always write down my thoughts throughout the day. Sometimes good things come out of it, and I'll find an idea to develop into a song, so my best advice is to try and draw inspiration from everyday things. -Daya

God keeps me grounded as well as my husband, Keith Douglas, who is such an inspiration to me. He's an author, speaker, and businessman. He's just a great husband and blessing. -Tasha Smith

As an editorial cartoonist now, I live for those moments of inspiration, and it is exhilarating to be inspired by a topic, have an opinion on the topic, come up with a good cartoon on the topic, and to draw it and get it in the paper the next day. That is what I live for. -Steve Breen

A lot of times, the inspiration for a novel is a messy bird's nest of shiny things. Little things that don't make a whole lot of sense or that, no matter how hard you look, cannot be found directly in the finished book. -Molly O'Keefe

Bowie is probably my favorite all-around songwriter and performer and personality. His ability to change over the years is such an inspiration. I love 'Young Americans' and 'Fame.' -Scott Weiland

My inspiration is European fashion. I'm really into Euro fashion, and I also love rock n' roll. That's the mentality that I like to have when I'm dealing with fashion. -Ciara

'A Court of Thorns and Roses' was actually inspired by three of my all-time-favorite fairy/folktales: 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' and 'Tam Lin.' I got the kernel of inspiration by wondering: 'What if 'Beauty' was a huntress?' -Sarah J. Maas

My entire childhood was steeped in poverty. For me, poverty, in a way, was the first inspiration of my life, a commitment to do something for the poor. -Narendra Modi

I think the nomads really give us inspiration about how we can live in harmony with our environment. -Tim Cope

The University of Maryland was an inspiration for me, and the relationships I made there have lasted a lifetime. -Brendan Iribe

'Humans of New York' did not result from a flash on inspiration. It grew from five years of experimenting, tinkering, and messing up. -Brandon Stanton

Every video I've made has an inspirational message behind it. Since day one, I thought, 'Okay, I want my audience to be, like, Disney members.' So if that's the case, I have to keep everything rated G. -Michelle Phan

I'm grateful that L'Oreal believed in me and helped me bring my dream of creating a beauty brand to life. I'm excited to be working with Ipsy to bring Em home to my community, the original inspiration for the brand. -Michelle Phan

I love Washington. I have an affection for the place. For a satirist, I think it's sort of Disneyland. I mean, you know, there's always some inspiration in the morning's headlines. -Christopher Buckley

I draw inspiration from my life, and, honestly, a lot of my religious beliefs have stemmed into my music. -Lindsey Stirling

Every time before I go into the studio, I say a prayer, and I really ask God for inspiration. -Lindsey Stirling

Of all the many leaders I have met in the course of my life, none made a deeper impression on me than Nelson Mandela. His courage, compassion, humility and wisdom were without parallel on the world stage, and he himself was an enduring source of inspiration. -Klaus Schwab

When you're in front of the camera, you have to try to create different emotions because even the person making pictures of you needs inspiration. To be 'you' means nothing – you can be so many yous. -Monica Bellucci

Grace Kelly, Rita Hayworth and Sofia Lauren are my style inspirations. In terms of modern day actresses who I find inspiring, I love Emma Stone, Rooney Mara, Kirsten Dunst and Evan Rachel Wood. They aren't afraid to take risks and make edgy. -Carly Steel

I look up to a strong woman; maybe that's why I fell for Gaga. She works incredibly hard and is very strong and inspirational like Mom, with a great work ethic. -Taylor Kinney

I adore my dad. He's a 78-year-old man and my inspiration. -Shakira

The cool thing about designers is they have very specific points of view, and because my inspiration is always changing, it's easy to go, 'This feels right.' But just because I wear fancy dresses on weekends doesn't mean in my heart of hearts I'm not a jeans and T-shirt person. -Brie Larson

All my stories take place on the West Coast – not the beach, but smaller inland towns. I feel homesick, and I find inspiration in capturing that. -Adrian Tomine

Saxon, if you are unfamiliar, is a British heavy-metal band that has been around since the mid-'70s and was in no small part the inspiration for Spinal Tap. -Adam Schlesinger

I will confess that almost all my inspiration has come from one emotion: fear. And terrible dread of the moment when I will finally be exposed as a fraud. -Carol Loomis

I tend to look way back for my inspiration: H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe. -Drew Daywalt

You can tell if there's magic in something. When you start it, you want to finish it and you want it to be perfect. If you're not inspired, and you're working hard to pull inspiration from somewhere and make a song something it's not, then it's very contrived, and I don't like to write music that's contrived. -Halsey

Despite his dodgy politics, Yeats remains an inspiration for his genius and the simple fact that the older he got, the better he wrote. -David Benioff

For a long time, I have been making many predictions, far in advance, of events since come to pass, naming the particular locality. I acknowledge all to have been accomplished through divine power and inspiration. -Nostradamus

The perfect knowledge of events cannot be acquired without divine inspiration, since all prophetic inspiration receives its prime motivating force from God the creator, then from good fortune and nature. -Nostradamus

I find by my calculations, which are according to revealed inspiration, that the sword of death is now approaching us, in the shape of pestilence, war more horrible than has been known in three lifetimes, and famine. -Nostradamus

To intoxicate the masses until they were heady with the wine of inspiration was all I lived for. To me, this was elixir… I wax lyrical. I literally am overcome, and this is transmitted to my listeners. -Sukarno

My late father Rev. James Thomas McGlowan was the inspiration behind 'Bamboozled.' My father admired Frederick Douglass' courage and his bravery in the face of adversity. -Angela McGlowan

All my life, I have been surrounded by the track. The week I was born, Dad took me to training. I do recall at some stage being pushed around in a pram on a track. I have a lot of inspiration from him. To see him carrying the Sydney Olympic torch really ignited my dream. As a coach, he knows the in and outs of race walking and technique. -Dane Bird-Smith

I'm all about leaving a legacy behind and trying to cement myself as one of the greats. I don't just want to be remembered as the guy who beat Michael Phelps at the 2012 London Olympics – a one-hit wonder – I want to be an inspiration to the kids. -Chad le Clos

The words that I'm most happy with are the ones that come from my subconscious rather than my conscious. They just feel right. I think that's the same with music, really. If you're doing an album, there's ten or eleven sets of lyrics, so you get to the point of inspiration ten or eleven times – it's difficult. -Bernard Sumner

The world I travel is my inspiration. I name my dresses after cities that inspire me. -Naeem Khan

Let's not judge. Let's draw inspiration from each other's stories – successes and failures – and realize we're all connected. -Cory Booker

Periodically, I return to the classics for inspiration and refreshment. -Cecilia Dart-Thornton

A baby writer should take inspiration from her predecessors but also find ways to tell her own stories in her own way. -Judith Tarr

My initial goal for the 1984 opening ceremonies was a show that would be majestic, inspirational, and emotional – a 20 goosebump experience. -David L. Wolper

I'm thankful I am able to continue to share the joy and the inspiration tap brings. -Savion Glover

Gene Roddenbury felt that television was being wasted. That it had the potential for enlightenment and even inspiration. -George Takei

I don't believe in the model of pure inspiration. All of my creative work stems from a dialogue with others. -Rachel Kushner

It's not like what I do or what I wear is my copyright. What I'm wearing now also is an inspiration. It is how I saw it on the mannequin, and I just wore it, so it's in a way copied. But obviously, I wouldn't want to spend my life thinking about dresses. It is such a waste of life. -Kangana Ranaut

Creating films and photographs through situations that few others could experience is my life's inspiration. -Jimmy Chin

My mum was my inspiration. As cliche as that sounds, she was the reason that we started. She chose cycling to lose weight. I was only eight at the time, so I just followed what my mum did. -Laura Trott

You know that the world is a better place when people can come up to a severely disabled person and say: 'Well done. You are an inspiration.' -Lee Pearson

I'm a gay disabled man who has become very successful. I don't get up in the morning and think I'm inspirational; I just get up thinking that I love horses. -Lee Pearson

I got my inspiration when I sat down with my father, at about eight or nine years old, and watched 'The Rumble in the Jungle.' -Nicola Adams

Paul Giamatti is truly one of my biggest inspirations, and even more so now that I've gotten to work with him. Every single thing he does, he completely transforms into it. When I watch a film with Paul in it, I'm not like, 'Oh, there's Paul.' I'm completely into whatever character he's in, and I'm not thinking about him as an actor. -Condola Rashad

For inspiration, we still demand the rhetorical high notes. Clinton has hit them before, in her speech in Beijing as first lady when she said, 'Women's rights are human rights,' and in her 2008 concession speech, when she talked about the '18 million cracks' in the glass ceiling. -Rebecca Traister

Thelonious Monk was one of the musicians I most connected with early on. I'm a huge Betty Carter fan, and the way that Abbey Lincoln and Shirley Horn grew immensely from the time they were young is so inspirational. -Cecile McLorin Salvant

I think my original inspiration came from just natural curiosity about science and math and biology. In particular, I would say that, as I matured, it became more a feeling of trying to avoid the waste that occurs in the world where we have 6.5 billion minds. If you're a computer scientist, you can think of them as supercomputers. -George M. Church

Whether it's color palettes for my apparel collection or materials for handbags and shoes or inspiration for fine jewelry, traveling expands your mind and opens you up to different things you haven't seen before. -Ivanka Trump

I find inspiration for my line of jewelry from traveling and from my lifestyle. I have three collections: New York, Palm Beach, and Paris. -Melania Trump

I was thrilled as a kid to point out my sister as she danced and sang on the stage, and she was pretty good artistically. She was a great inspiration to me. She was the one who sort of led me into show business. -Jamie Farr

Dave Chappelle is one of my comedic inspirations. His perspective is crazy, and he's super sharp. -Hannibal Buress

I hope to stay light on my feet, to work in many modes, to seek inspiration always, and avoid the fatal. But, as we all know, it is the price of life to burn out, both metaphorically and literally. -T. C. Boyle

My inspiration came especially in the 1950s through the Vienna Group founded by writer H.C. Artmann. It showed me that if you want to say something, you have to let the language itself say it, because language is usually more meaningful than the mere content that one wishes to convey. -Elfriede Jelinek

We have to harness the Olympic experience and this inspiration young people have to get into sport. -Lynn Davies

In its lowest, most common form, inspiration is simple charisma that becomes magnified by the media, as with Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton. -George Packer

I try to pull my inspirations from everyday life. If I came across a situation that is like, 'Oh, that's going to be scary, that's going to be frightening,' that's when I get inspired, and I put that into my films. -James Wan

I love high concept movies, but they can only work if the source of inspiration is really human – if they're driven by pain and strong emotions. Once you connect the audience with that, then I swear you can take them on the craziest journey, and they'll come along. -James Wan

I must listen as God speaks to my soul through good thoughts, inspirations, and intuitions. -Mother Angelica

A day will come when other Israelis will be launched into space in the service of science and progress. For them and for us, Ilan Ramon will always be a source of inspiration as Israel's space pioneer, and his memory will be engraved in our hearts forever. -Ariel Sharon

For me, Arik Sharon – I remember his courage and inspiration. I want to remember him the way he really was, not as an aging 80-year-old man living in bed helpless and unconscious. -Ehud Olmert

The legacies of Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, of Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein, stand as an inspiration for all who work for peace. -Ehud Olmert

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