“I have created nothing really beautiful, really lasting, but if I can inspire one of these youngsters to develop the talent I know they possess, then my monument will be in their work.”

~ Augusta Savage

Portrait Head of John Henry by Augusta Savage, c. 1940.

Augusta Savage was a sculptor, art teacher, and art program director who moved from Florida to Harlem. She was the first Black person to be a member of the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors and was also the first director of the Harlem Community Art Center. Teaching was her lifelong passion. Despite the humility shown in the above quote, she created many beautiful and lasting things.

More quotes on inspiration:

“Motivating others leads to success whereas inspiring others leads to greatness.” 
― Ken Poirot

“May your message to the world be the music that inspires the listener’s soul to dance.” 
― Nanette Mathews

“There will be many people whose lives you have enriched who may never tell you it – or that you’ve never even met – but you will have enriched them none the less.” 
― Rasheed Ogunlaru


Inspiration /ˌinspəˈrāSH(ə)n/ noun

  1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. “Helen had one of her flashes of inspiration”
  2. a sudden brilliant, creative or timely idea. “then I had an inspiration”

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