"God Creates, Woman Inspires, and Man Assembles"
This quote is attributed of course to George Balanchine, a veritable connoisseur of the fairer sex.
This of course can be seen as something very sexist and objectifying. Are women only good for inspiring ideas but not conceiving them? Of course not.
Yet those of us fortunate enough to have created something for or concerning a woman (and anything I have written is hardly of the caliber of a Balanchine ballet!), feel quite deeply that this is true. From the beauty of a woman can spring such things that are almost supernatural; they almost erase the line between created and uncreated. It is a beauty that almost aches, because the beauty of a woman is a suffering beauty; it is one that gives life, that nurtures, and that can endure all. Fragile yet divine in fortitude, it is what sustains the human heart, and that is why it can inspire, uplift, and fill all things with light and joy.
And beside it, the greatest poet, composer or choreographer is no better than a plumber or a lowly cobbler. He receives the light, but he does not make it.