What inspires you as an artist

What is inspiration and where can it be found? Here is a collection of quotes from composers, artists and poets.

Music and inspiration

“I am convinced that there are all-encompassing currents of divine thoughts vibrating everywhere in the ether, and that anyone who can perceive these vibrations will be inspired, provided that they are aware of the process and have the knowledge and skill to make them more convincing Wise to portray whether he is a composer, architect, painter, sculptor or inventor. (...) During my work, Engelbert, I had many wonderful and invigorating experiences in the invisible realm, which I can, at least to some extent, describe to you. First of all, I believe that this universal, vibrating force connects the human soul with the almighty central force from which the life principle originates, to which we all owe our existence. For us, this power represents the link to the highest power of the universe, of which we are all a part. If it were not so, we would not be able to get in touch with it. Those who can do this will be inspired. "

Richard Wagner (1880, in conversation with E. Humperdinck)


“If this state that we call inspiration continued uninterrupted, no artist could survive. The strings would snap and shatter the instrument into tiny pieces. "

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)


“Someone who is inspired sees everything in a different light. The inspiration is an awakening, an activation of all human abilities and manifests itself in all high artistic achievements. "

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)


"Just as the appetite comes from eating, so does the inspiration come from working, even if the inspiration was not felt at the beginning."

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)


"People who are not artists often feel that artists are inspired. But if you work at your art you don’t have time to be inspired. "

John Cage (1912-1992)


"I just sit down at the piano and rattle it off."

Charlie Haden (1937-2014)


"We don’t have education, we have inspiration; if I was educated I would be a damn fool. "

Bob Marley (1945-81)

Art and inspiration

"Inspiration requires the active collaboration of intellect and enthusiasm, and it is under such a condition that wonderful ideas arise with all that is great and divine."

Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574)


"Inspiration means being in the studio at 9 a.m."

Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863)


"The inspiration! Hahaha! It's an old romantic idea with no meaning or understanding. "

Auguste Renoir (1840-1917)


"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you at work."

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)


"You could say that I have no inspiration that I only need to paint."

Fancis Bacon (1909-1992)


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

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)


"Inspiration is indispensable to my work, but it is hard to come by. It is there or it is not; it is a gift of the Gods. "

Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989)


“Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work. "

Chuck Close (b. 1940)

Poetry and inspiration

"The glow of inspiration warms us and is a sacred delight."

Ovid (43 bc. -? 17)


"The soul breathes through the spirit, the spirit breathes through inspiration, and that is the breathing of the Godhead."

Bettina von Arnim (1785-1859)


"The inspiration - the alcohol-free high."

Alexander Otto Weber (1868-1935)


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

Jack London (1876-1916)


"People used to envy me my inspiration. I hate inspiration. It takes you over completely. I could never wait until it passed and I got rid of it. "

Henry Miller (1891-1980)


“Return to inspiration. Inspiration, pure instinct, the poet's only motive. Logical poetry is unbearable to me. "

Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936)


see also: What is art? 30 famous definitions

Nicolas Poussin, The Inspiration of the Poet, 1629-1630 - © Public Domain

Cover picture: Nicolas Poussin, The poet's inspiration, 1629/30, Louvre, Paris - © Public Domain