C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Inspiration and genius—one and the same.

Victor Hugo.

No man was ever great without divine inspiration.


Inspiration must find answering inspiration.

A. Bronson Alcott.

Contagious enthusiasm.

Mrs. Balfour.

Inspiration is solitary, never consecutive.


Inspiration developed the noblest fantasies of the ancients.

Jules Janin.

He is gifted with genius who knoweth much by natural inspiration.


Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?

George Eliot.

  • Our poesy is as a Gum, which oozes
  • From whence ’tis nourish’d; The fire i’ the flint
  • Shows not till it be struck; our gentle Flame
  • Provokes itself, and, like the current, flies
  • Each bound it chafes.
  • Shakespeare.

    The glow of inspiration warms us; this holy rapture springs from the seeds of the Divine mind sown in man.