The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.

Stephen King, Bag of Bones

The story that Newton was inspired by an apple hitting his head is almost certainly apocryphal. All Newton himself ever said was that the idea of gravity came to him as he sat “in a contemplative mood” and “was occasioned by the fall of an apple”.

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

Every line of Trek script I write is another inspiration for a band name. Full Impulse. Evasive Maneuvers. Dammit Man. The Illogicals.

Damon Lindelof

I want you to know that when you are having a bad day, you are inspiring someone just by being.

Gillian Anderson

I am genuinely inspired by my mum. I love and respect my mum and I think she’s great. She always makes me laugh and I trust her totally. Both my parents are artists and I grew up in quite a liberal home; I was allowed to do what I wanted, but all based on a strong moral foundation. I think it’s really important that parents allow you to do what you like when you’re young because you’re more likely to get it all out of your system. I do love my mum.

Damon Albarn

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.

Stephen King

All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.

Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

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