It has happened more than once that a composition has come to me, ready-made as it were, between the demands of other work. (Amy Beach)
Unexpected happenings are encouraged through a serendipitous, intuitive openness to possibilities. Although these efforts do not guarantee achieving the goal of each picture, fresh, exciting results are instigated whenever stepping off known paths. (Bonnie R. Beaver)
(Interviewer): 'Master, how did you think of the divine motif of your Ninth Symphony?'
(Bruckner): 'I sat down by a little brook, unpacked my Swiss cheese, and that darn tune popped into my head!' (Anton Bruckner)
The song was there before me, before I came along. I just sorta came down and just sorta took it down with a pencil, but it was there before I came around. (Bob Dylan)
There is an art to wandering. If I have a destination, a plan – an objective – I've lost the ability to find serendipity. I am on a quest, not a ramble. I search for the Holy Grail of particularity and miss the chalice freely offered, filled and overflowing. (Cathy Johnson)
Serendipity is God's way of remaining anonymous. (Author unknown)
All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow. (Grant Wood)