I love this quote.
'To believe, as an artist, in inspiration or the intuitive, to know that without imagination... no amount of acquired scholarship or brilliant reasoning will suffice, is to live with the door of one’s life open to the transcendent, the numinous. Not every artist, clearly, acknowledges that fact - yet all in the creative act experience mystery. The concept of inspiration presupposes a power that enters an individual and is not a personal attribute; and it is linked to a view of the artist’s life as one of obedience to a vocation.'
I stumbled across it on Kell's blog.