inspirational quotes

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Improvement makes straight, straight roads, but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.
William Blake

He knows himself greatly who never opposes his genius.
William Blake

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

One of the surest tests [of the superiority or inferiority of a poet] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest.
T.S. Eliot

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

A professional writer is just one who didn't give up.
Steven King

“When the enemy [lyrics, music] is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Art is theft.
Pablo Picasso

"Be courteous to all [lyrics, music], but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence."
- George Washington

"Friendship [lyrics, music], is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."
- George Washington

[after Clark Griswold fails at lighting the Christmas lights and daughter Audrey says "He worked really hard"]

"So do washing machines." - Art

"If / When you stumble make it part of the dance". The author is unknown, the meaning is great! If you stumble make it part of your song. I actually had some songs where I've made a mistake i.e. played different chords/notes from what I've intended but liked them more than my original ideas. I also find this quote inspiring as nothing is perfect. Perfection often stops us from creating/posting and someone can perfect up to the end of their life.
Anyway, I thought I'd share this quote here.
Nadia

The only art I'll ever study is stuff I can steal from.
David Bowie

A good traveler [songwriter] has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving [finishing].
- Lao Tzu

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
William Ralph Inge

"If I have seen so far, it is because I lopped the heads off the pygmies who were obstructing my view"
Flying Tadpole

(The quote actually had a wide internet circulation last century, believe it or not.)

“Misquotation is an occupational hazard of quotation,”
- Ralph Keyes

~therefore~

"...and so we have lyricists" Crazy
- ustaknow

"You cannot believe everything you read on the internet." - Abraham Lincoln

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.
Jim Jarmusch

"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose."
- Jean-Luc Picard

[It's meaning for me: There are no bad songs, only bad "'timing'".]
- ustaknow