The Muses (Ancient Greek: Μοῦσαι, moũsai: perhaps from the o-grade of the Proto-Indo-European root *men- "think") in Greek mythology, poetry, and literature, are the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths.

Read more about Muse:  Origins, Muses in Myth, Emblems of The Muses, The "tenth Muse"

Famous quotes containing the word muse:

    ... forgotten signs
    all bringing the soul’s travels to a place
    of origin, a well
    under the lake where the Muse moves.
    Denise Levertov (b. 1923)

    I have experienced such simple delight in the trivial matters of fishing and sporting, formerly, as might have inspired the muse of Homer or Shakespeare; and now, when I turn the pages and ponder the plates of the Angler’s Souvenir, I am fain to exclaim,—
    “Can such things be,
    And overcome us like a summer’s cloud?”
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    For poetry, he’s past his prime,
    He takes an hour to find a rhyme;
    His fire is out, his wit decayed,
    His fancy sunk, his muse a jade.
    I’d have him throw away his pen,
    But there’s no talking to some men.
    Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)