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as in:  She was his muse

She was his muse. He hasn’t written anything of quality since she left.
  the source of an artist’s inspiration - especially a person or mythological goddess
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The 9 muses were the daughters of the Greek gods Zeus & Mnemosyne. Each of the muses was though to inspire and preside over one of the arts.
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  • She was his muse. He hasn’t written anything of quality since she left.
  • She is my muse. She inspired all the songs on that album.
  • The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.
    Stephen Nachmanovitch
  • Wouldn’t you really like to be a tenth Muse, then, Maggie?
    Eliot, George  --  The Mill on the Floss

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  • My Muse may be excused if she is silent henceforth.
    Thoreau, Henry David  --  Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedience
  • Leslie sits like the muse of tragedy; Owen Ford jokes and laughs on the surface, and watches Leslie with the eyes of his soul.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne’s House of Dreams
  • The number of guests at dinner should not be less than the number of the Graces nor exceed that of the Muses, i.e., it should begin with three and stop at nine.
    Marcus Terentius Varro
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