"It is most difficult to analyze the source of inspiration for composition . . .
A beautiful woman is certainly a source of perpetual inspiration.
But you must run away from her and seek seclusion, otherwise you will compose nothing,
you will accomplish nothing. Carry the inspiration in your heart and mind;
think of her, but be all by yourself for creative work.
Real inspiration must come from within.
If there is nothing within, nothing from outside can help.”

- Sergei Rachmaninoff