Best Muse Quotes : Muse Sayings In Life

These muse quotes will inspire you. Muse is a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging muse quotes, muse sayings, and muse proverbs.

Famous Muse Quotes

  1. “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.” ~ Frida Kahlo
  2. “A muse can be a mirror: a reflection of the artist’s desires, anxieties, dreams and needs.” ~ Vince Aletti
  3. “Express your creativity. Delight in the mystery of your inner muse.” ~ Cheryl Richardson
  4. “Muses work all day long and then at night get together and dance.” ~ Edgar Degas

  5. “Cheat your landlord if you can — and must — but do not try to shortchange the Muse.” ~ William S. Burroughs
  6. “Once you start being a muse, you cannot stop being a muse.” ~ Carine Roitfeld
  7. “Perversity is the muse of modern literature.” ~ Susan Sontag
  8. “There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.” ~ Sappho

  9. “There are, it seems, two muses: The Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns, again and again, to say, ‘It is yet more difficult than you thought.’ It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.” ~ Wendell Berry
  10. “Let passion be your muse. Let her guide and teach you to trust your instincts.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
  11. “The Muse visits during the process of creation, not before.” ~ Roger Ebert
  12. “The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.” ~ Stephen King

  13. “A female friend, amiable, clever, and devoted, is a possession more valuable than parks and palaces; and without such a muse, few men can succeed in life, none be contented.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
  14. “Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too. If she doesn’t show up invited, eventually she just shows up” ~ Isabel Allende
  15. “A cheerful life is what the Muses love. A soaring spirit is their prime delight.” ~ William Wordsworth
  16. “When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.'” ~ Maya Angelou

  17. “Don’t be different just for different’s sake. If you see it differently, function that way. Follow your own muse, always.” ~ Morgan Freeman
  18. “The muse whispers to you when she chooses, and you can’t tell her to come back later, because you quickly learn in this business that she might not come back at all.” ~ Terry Brooks
  19. “Fool,” said my muse to me. “Look in thy heart and write.” ~ Philip Sidney
  20. “O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.” ~ William Shakespeare

  21. “Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget’st so long / To speak of that which gives thee all thy might?” ~ William Shakespeare
  22. “Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story” ~ Robert Fitzgerald
  23. “Art is the extended arm of your imagination, The feast of inspiration for your muse. Art isn’t just creativity, its a way of life.” ~ Sarah Curran
  24. “The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.” ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch

  25. “Visual tonics such as ‘timed creativity’ need to be introduced to refresh and refurbish the muse.” ~ Robert Genn
  26. “I’m not in control of my muse. My muse does all the work.” ~ Ray Bradbury
  27. “All men owe honor to the poets – honor and awe; for they are dearest to the Muse who puts upon their lips the ways of life.” ~ Homer
  28. “If we are transparent, with nothing to hide, the gap between language and being disappears. Then the Muse can speak.” ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch

  29. “You know, it’s the same thing as the question of free will and destiny, the question of creativity – you, the artist, you’re not the puppet of the piano, you’re not the puppet of the muse, but you’re not its master, either. It’s a relationship, it’s a conversation, and all it wants is to be treated with respect and dignity – and it will return ten thousand times over.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
  30. “Muse. Mu-se. It’s a great thing, for someone to feel that they can draw inspiration from you. And I don’t think it’s necessarily a man ‘taking’ from a woman. It can go both ways, both can stimulate, excite.” ~ Chloe Sevigny
  31. “The man who arrives at the doors of artistic creation with none of the madness of the Muses would be convinced that technical ability alone was enough to make an artist… what that man creates by means of reason will pale before the art of inspired beings.” ~ Plato
  32. “Artists are visited by the Muses, or tormented by their own passions and demons.” ~ Wes Nisker

  33. “I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. … I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories – science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ~ Ray Bradbury , Muse quotes love
  34. “A successful artist is inspired by his muse, and his muse is inspired by the payment of a commission.” ~ Robert Breault
  35. “I think of mythology as the homeland of the muses, the inspirers of art, the inspirers of poetry. To see life as a poem and yourself participating in a poem is what the myth does for you.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  36. “You’re best when you’re not in charge. The ego locks the muse.” ~ Robin Williams

  37. “I would especially like to re-court the Muse of poetry, who ran off with the mailman four years ago, and drops me only a scribbled postcard from time to time.” ~ John Updike
  38. “The Muse gave the Greeks genius and the art of the well-turned phrase.” ~ Horace
  39. “There is no architect
    Can build as the Muse can;
    She is skilful to select
    Materials for her plan.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  40. “The professional will not tolerate disorder… He wants the carpet vacuumed and the threshold swept, so the Muse may enter and not soil her gown.” ~ Steven Pressfield

  41. “If anyone comes to the gates of poetry and expects to become an adequate poet by acquiring expert knowledge of the subject without the Muses’ madness, he will fail, and his self-controlled verses will be eclipsed by the poetry of men who have been driven out of their minds.” ~ Plato
  42. “The muse is not an angelic voice that sits on your shoulder and sings sweetly. The muse is the most annoying whine. The muse isn’t hard to find, just hard to like – she follows you everywhere, tapping you on the shoulder, demanding that you stop doing whatever else you might be doing and pay attention to her.” ~ Harlan Coben
  43. “To me the Muses truly gave / An envied and a happy lot: / E’en when I lie within the grave, / I cannot, shall not, be forgot.” ~ Sappho
  44. “I go forth to seek To seek and claim the lovely magic garden Where grasses softly sigh and Muses speak.” ~ Anna Akhmatova

  45. “The adventure of composition is a mystery. The muse has her ways, she hides from you, comes for you in the middle of the night, at midday, at dawn. You must believe wholeheartedly in this divine power. Its an elusive gift that can appear at any time, anywhere. Artists are in awe of it.” ~ Mickey Hart
  46. “When inspiration does not come, I go for a walk, go to the movie, talk to a friend, let go… The muse is bound to return again, especially if I turn my back!” ~ Judy Collins
  47. “It can pay off, being a hack. Given the depraved state of American culture, a slick dude can make millions being a hack. But even if you succeed, you lose, because you’ve sold out your Muse, and your Muse is you, the best part of yourself, where your finest and only true work comes from.” ~ Steven Pressfield
  48. “You’re going to be unemployed if you really think you just have to sit around and wait for the muse to land on your shoulder.” ~ Nora Roberts

  49. “The muse on my shoulder is very sensitive and does not abide claptrap of any kind… Only when I am totally immersed… absorbed in work… does she allow something magical to happen and I become aware of a faint heartbeat and gentle breath emanating from my brush.” ~ Catherine Stock
  50. “Never forget that the nurturing and preservation of your own muse is job one. Lose it and you may be losing a great deal.” ~ Robert Genn
  51. “No one ever gets talker’s block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he has nothing to say, and sits quietly, for days or weeks, until the muse hits, until the moment is right, until all the craziness in his life has died down.” ~ Seth Godin
  52. “True muses stay dreams forever unless artists connect them to exploratory work.” ~ Robert Genn

  53. “We know the human mind is programmed to glaze over when bored. Conversely, the mind is more alert in the presence of novelty. Our muse needs to stay seductive to keep our hands doing the right things.” ~ Robert Genn
  54. “O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!” ~ William Shakespeare
  55. “My self . . . is a dramatic ensemble. Here a prophetic ancestor makes his appearance. Here a brutal hero shouts. Here an alcoholic bon vivant argues with a learned professor. Here a lyric muse, chronically love-struck, raises her eyes to heaven. Her papa steps forward, uttering pedantic protests. Here the indulgent uncle intercedes. Here the aunt babbles gossip. Here the maid giggles lasciviously. And I look upon it all with amazement, the sharpened pen in my left hand.” ~ Paul Klee
  56. “I’m only able to write poetry, for the most part, when I have a Muse, a woman who focuses the world for me.” ~ May Sarton

  57. “I think being consistent is really important. In the arts there’s a misconception that you sit around waiting for the muse to come, and that it’s all really mystical and mysterious. In reality, sometimes you have to fake it till you make it.” ~ Ayana Mathis
  58. “Like a sea-beast fished up from the depths, or a diver too suddenly hoisted, my veins threatened to burst from the fall in pressure. I had great anxiety and no means of relieving it … And then it was that the Muse of Painting came to my rescue – out of charity and out of chivalry … – and said, “Are these toys any good to you? They amuse some people.”” ~ Winston Churchill
  59. “Illustrious acts high raptures do infuse, And every conqueror creates a muse.” ~ Edmund Waller
  60. “The muse doesn’t come without being called.” ~ Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  61. “In the beginning, there was a kind of energy that – like an urgency to express myself, and the songs just couldn’t be held in. But I think it changes, the nature of how that – what that energy is. And I need to court the muse in a much more serious way.” ~ James Taylor
  62. “To feed your Muse, then, you should always have been hungry about life since you were a child. If not, it is a little late to start.” ~ Ray Bradbury
  63. “I just really allowed my muse to be my guide and I just go with whatever I’m feeling.” ~ K. D. Lang

  64. “We stalk the truth as poets, sensualists, a duality, limited insanity. We labor in our muse, carving alphabets of experience into our hearts.” ~ Masiela Lusha
  65. “The Muse but serv’d to ease some friend, not wife, / To help me through this long disease, my life.” ~ Alexander Pope

Muse to become absorbed in thought especially.

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