WORD OF THE DAY: “MUSE”

muse/myo͞oz/

Verb:
Be absorbed in thought.
Noun:
  1. An instance or period of reflection.
  2. Classical Mythology: any of a number of sister goddesses, originally given as Aoede (song), Melete (meditation), and Mneme (memory), but latterly and more commonly as the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne who presided over various arts: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (lyric poetry), Euterpe (music), Melpomene (tragedy), Polyhymnia (religious music), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), and Urania (astronomy); identified by the Romans with the Camenae.
  3. Any goddess presiding over a particular art.
  4. The goddess or the power regarded as inspiring a poet, artist, thinker, or the like.
  5. The genius or powers characteristic of a poet.

Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English Muse < Middle French < Latin Mūsa < Greek Moûsa

Synonyms:
meditate – ponder – contemplate – ruminate – think

Art: Pablo Picasso, 1935, "A Muse (La Muse)"

A MUSE can be a mirror: a reflection of the artist’s desires, anxieties, dreams and needs.(Vince Aletti)

For today’s reflection, consider:

    The virtues, like the MUSEs, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast. (Buddha)
    Do not try to shortchange the MUSE. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal. (William S. Burroughs)
    When the spirit (MUSE) chooses you for its scribe to publish some commandment, it makes you odious to men and men odious to you, and you shall accept that loathsomeness with joy. The moth must fly to the lamp, and you must solve those questions though you die. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
    Reflections, Musings and reviewing personal experiences through different angles of light… What is inside us is out there as well. (Zoltan Galos)
    No MUSE shoots darts of insight into the unsuspecting artist. (Eric Maisel)

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