Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.
Sappho is a great poet because she is a lesbian, which gives her erotic access to the muse. Sappho and the homosexual-tending Emily Dickinson stand alone above women poets, because poetry's mystical energies are ruled by a hierach requiring the sexual subordination of her petitioners. Women have achieved more as novelists than as poets because the social novel operates outside the ancient marriage of myth and eroticism.camille paglia
I'm an agnostic. Sometimes I muse deeply on the forces that are for me invisible. When I am almost close to the idea of God, I feel immediately estranged by the horrors of this world, which he seems to tolerate...stanislaw ulam
The function of poetry is religious invocation of the muse; its use is the experience of mixed exaltation and horror that her presence excites.
Their name, their years, spelt by the unlettered muse, The place of fame and elegy supply: And many a holy text around she strews, That teach the rustic moralist to die.thomas gray
When I read Shakespeare I am struck with wonder That such trivial people should muse and thunder In such lovely language.
The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty to think, feel, do just as one pleases.We go on a journeychiefly to be free of all impediments and of all inconveniences; to leave ourselves behind, much moretoget rid of others.It is because I want a little breathing space to muse on different matters?that I absent myself from thetown for a while.
No more of courts, of triumphs, or of arms,No more of Valour’s force, or Beauty's charms!The themes of vulgar lays with just disdainI leave unsung, the flocks, the amorous swain,The pleasures of the land, and terrors of the main.How abject, how inglorious 'tis to lieGrovelling in dust and darkness, when on highEmpires immense, and rolling worlds of light,To range their heavenly scenes the muse invite!richard blackmore
For pointed satire I would Buckhurst choose, The best good man with the worst-natured muse.
Cicala to cicala is dear, and ant to ant, and hawks to hawks, but to me the muse and song.
Grasshopper to grasshopper, ant to ant is dear, Hawks love hawks, but I the muse and song.
Praised, wept, And honoured, by the muse he loved.
To feed your muse, then, you should always have been hungry about life since you were a child. If not, it is a little late to start.
There is no place for grief in a house which serves the muse.
Fain would I Raphael's godlike art rehearse, And show th' immortal labours in my verse, Where from themingled strength of shade and light A new creation rises to my sight, Such heavenly figures from his pencil flow, So warm with life his blended colours glow. From theme to theme with secret pleasure tost, Amidst the soft variety I 'm lost: Here pleasing airs my ravish'd soul confound With circling notes and labyrinths of sound; Here domes and temples rise in distant views, And opening palaces invite my muse.joseph addison
The tenth muse who now governs the periodical press.Anthony Trollope
Statesman, yet friend to truth; of soul sincere, In action faithful, and in honour clear; Who broke no promise, serv'd no private end, Who gain'd no title, and who lost no friend; Ennobled by himself, by all approv'd, And prais'd, unenvy'd, by the muse he lov'd.Alexander Pope
Their name, their years, spelt by the unlettered muse.thomas gray
Oh many a peer of England brews Livelier liquor than the muse, And malt does more than Milton can To justify God's ways to man.
So cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the muse . It cannot be done. You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.