Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing. (Theodor W. Adorno)
A small voice whispers in your ear, 'You don't have anything exciting to say.' (Rachel Ballon)
Art is a game where impotence struts the high road and capability smiles shyly from the quiet corners. (Joseph P. Blodgett)
Fine art, that exists for itself alone, is art in a final state of impotence. If nobody, including the artist, acknowledges art as a means of knowing the world, then art is relegated to a kind of rumpus room of the mind and the irresponsibility of the artist and the irrelevance of art to actual living becomes part and parcel of the practice of art. (Angela Carter)
Lacking many of the essential implements, it irritated me to be reduced to impotence in the face of artistic projects to which I had passionately given myself. (Paul Gauguin)
I've only myself to blame for it, my impotence most of all and my weakness. If I do any good work now it will be only by chance. (Claude Monet)
We must give as much weight to the arousal of the emotions and to the expression of moral and aesthetic values as we now give to science, to invention, to practical organization. One without the other is impotent. (Lewis Mumford)
People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals - that is, goals that do not inspire them. (Anthony Robbins)
Don't say, 'If I could, I would.' Say instead, 'If I can, I will.' (Jim Rohn)
-Meditations of a Parish Priest, (1866...
We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan, and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence. (Joseph Roux)
-on his work...
...figures like a cloud of dust resembling this earth and seeking to grow, but forced to collapse impotently. (Egon Schiele)
-in fourth century BC...
All men know the utility of useful things; but they do not know the utility of futility. (Chuang Tzu)