Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness or perhaps of subconsciousness; I wouldn’t know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.


Aaron Copland (1900 – 1990), an American classical composer, teacher, writer and conductor, known as “the Dean of American Composers”.

A new idea is delicate; it can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.

Charles Brower (1901-1984), American ad-man and author; sometimes also attributed to Ovid (43 BC-18 AD)

My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a producer.

Cole Porter (1891 – 1964), American composer and songwriter

The more original your idea is, the less good advice other people will be able to give you.

Hugh McLeod, blogger at and author of “Ignore Everybody – And 39 Other Keys To Creativity”, from which this is a quotation

Eureka moments are not lightning bolts from the blue but tidal waves that erupt following immersion in an area of expertise.

Matthew Syed (1970 – ), sports journalist and former table tennis champion, in his book, Bounce (2010)