Inspiration

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Inspiration, move me brightly, light the song with sense and color, hold away despair — Robert Hunter, Terrapin Station

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Introduction1

Dictionary

inspiration : an inspiring agent or influence — Webster

Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, OneLook

Thesaurus

Roget’s II (Thesaurus.com), Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords

Encyclopedia

Inspiration is an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or visual art and other endeavors. The concept has origins in both Hellenism and Hebraism. The Greeks believed that inspiration or “enthusiasm” came from the muses, as well as the gods Apollo and Dionysus. Similarly, in the Ancient Norse religions, inspiration derives from the gods, such as Odin. — Wikipedia

Encyclopædia Britannica

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Inspiration

Four Chambers: The Film by Don’t Give Up Member Imanuel Gonclaves (Arun Pandit, Don’t Give Up World)

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Foundation

Academy of Ideas

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Innovation

Commerce

Why Inspiration Matters (Scott Barry Kaufman, Harvard Business Review)

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Preservation

Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses. — Amy Tan, A Small Drop of Ink: A Collection of Inspirational and Moving Quotations of the Ages

History

Muse, in Greco-Roman religion and mythology, any of a group of sister goddesses of obscure but ancient origin, the chief centre of whose cult was Mount Helicon in Boeotia, Greece. They were born in Pieria, at the foot of Mount Olympus. Very little is known of their cult, but they had a festival every four years at Thespiae, near Helicon, and a contest (Museia), presumably—or at least at first—in singing and playing. They probably were originally the patron goddesses of poets (who in early times were also musicians, providing their own accompaniments), although later their range was extended to include all liberal arts and sciences—hence, their connection with such institutions as the Museum (Mouseion, seat of the Muses) at Alexandria, Egypt. There were nine Muses as early as Homer’s Odyssey, and Homer invokes either a Muse or the Muses collectively from time to time. Probably, to begin with, the Muses were one of those vague collections of deities, undifferentiated within the group, which are characteristic of certain, probably early, strata of Greek religion. — Encyclopædia Britannica

Quotation

Quotations Page, Wikiquote

Museum

The Museum of Inspiration

Library

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

25 Simple Things You Can Do To Get Inspired (Michaela Cristallo, Lifehack)

Education

MERLOT

Course

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Community

Don’t Give Up World

Occupation

Inspiration is not the exclusive privilege of poets or artists. There is, there has been, there will always be a certain group of people whom inspiration visits. It’s made up of all those who’ve consciously chosen their calling and do their job with love and imagination. It may include doctors, teachers, gardeners — I could list a hundred more professions. Their work becomes one continuous adventure as long as they manage to keep discovering new challenges in it. Difficulties and setbacks never quell their curiosity. A swarm of new questions emerges from every problem that they solve. Whatever inspiration is, it’s born from a continuous “I don’t know.” — Wislawa Szymborska, The Poet and the World, Nobel lecture

Organization

I invented something called The Oxford Muse. The Muses were women in mythology. They did not teach or require to be worshipped, but they were a source of inspiration. They taught you how to cultivate your emotions through the different arts in order to reach a higher plane. What is lacking now, I believe, is somewhere you can get that stimulation not information, but stimulation where you can meet just that person, or findjust that situation, which will give you the idea of invention, of carrying out some project which interests you, and show how it can become a project of interest to other people. — Theodore Zeldin, Oxford Muse Foundation

Oxford Muse Foundation

News

NPR Archives

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

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Expression

Melody Sheep: Remoxes for the Soul (John D. Boswell)
Melody Sheep (YouTube Channel)

Arts

Poem

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour — William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

Music

Song Lyrics

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Related

Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.

Knowledge Form

Inspiration

Adventure Exploration, Trail, Quest
Imagination Fiction, Whimsy, Wish, Dream, Folly, Hope
Wonder Curiosity, Mystery, Truth, Beauty

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Notes

1.   The resources on this page are are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma.