“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…”

Art of Quotation

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.

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, http://www.nobelprize.org. December 07, 1996.

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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24 Responses to “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…”

  1. Opher says:

    Very inspiring Jennie!

  2. beetleypete says:

    That’s a great quote to reblog, Jennie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Another slant on what it means to be a ‘lifelong’ learner.

  4. Excellent quote! It makes me think I should start collecting quotations about inspiration.

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    The pandemic has gotten in the way recently, but one benefit of retirement has been signing up for OLLI classes. (Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes)

  6. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you for this wonderful post!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I love that inspiration can come to such a wide variety of people in such varied ways. Thank heavens that some are inspired by bugs and others by stars.

  8. Mireya says:

    A BIG yes here. this statement is and always will be art! I must find a way to do it every day. Truth be told I do but I must find a way to get paid for it.

    made up of all those who’ve consciously chosen their calling and do their job with love and imagination.

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