„Genius is 'the inspired gift of God.' It is the clearer presence of God Most High in a man. Dim, potential in all men; in this man it has become clear, actual.“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
„The Internet is the more democratic media them last times. And for being anarchical, it's open to all manifestations, artistic also.“
— Kátya Chamma Brazilian singer and writer 1961
Source: Interview at Recanto das Letras http://recantodasletras.com.br/entrevistas/625556, 2007.
„Every Artist is a Cannibal, every Poet is a Thief. All kill for inspiration and sing about their grief“
— Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
Context: God is the infinite ALL. Man is only a finite manifestation of Him. Or better yet: God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part. God alone exists truly. Man manifests Him in time, space and matter. The more God's manifestation in man (life) unites with the manifestations (lives) of other beings, the more man exists. This union with the lives of other beings is accomplished through love. God is not love, but the more there is of love, the more man manifests God, and the more he truly exists... We acknowledge God only when we are conscious of His manifestation in us. All conclusions and guidelines based on this consciousness should fully satisfy both our desire to know God as such as well as our desire to live a life based on this recognition. Entry in Tolstoy's Diary http://www.linguadex.com/tolstoy/chapter1.htm (1 November 1910)
„The secret of success behind all men of achievement, lies in the faculty of applying their intellect in all their activities, without being mislead by any surging emotions or feelings. The secret of success in life lies in keeping the head above the storms of the heart.“
— Chinmayananda Saraswati Indian spiritual teacher 1916 - 1993
— Kirby Page American clergyman 1890 - 1957
Context: By his own experience of God and his estimate of man, by his emphasis upon and practice of brotherhood, by his repudiation of hatred and violence, while attacking with audacity deeply entrenched inequities, and by his vicarious suffering on the cross, Jesus awakens, challenges and inspires us to take up the cross and follow in his sacrificially redemptive steps. Thus we are saved and thus society must be redeemed.
— Bram van Velde Dutch painter 1895 - 1981
— Salvador Dalí Spanish artist 1904 - 1989
— Wisława Szymborska Polish writer 1923 - 2012
Context: Inspiration is not the exclusive privilege of poets or artists. There is, there has been, there will always be a certain group of people whom inspiration visits. It's made up of all those who've consciously chosen their calling and do their job with love and imagination. It may include doctors, teachers, gardeners — I could list a hundred more professions. Their work becomes one continuous adventure as long as they manage to keep discovering new challenges in it. Difficulties and setbacks never quell their curiosity. A swarm of new questions emerges from every problem that they solve. Whatever inspiration is, it's born from a continuous "I don't know."
„If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.“
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
No. 494 (26 September 1712).
„Almost all the noblest things that have been achieved in the world, have been achieved by poor men; poor scholars, poor professional men, poor artisans and artists, poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius.“
— Albert Pike Confederate States Army general and Freemason 1809 - 1891
Ch. XXII : Knight of the Royal Axe, or Prince of Libanus, p. 347