Musers and Musings


Muser –  A person who muses (in various senses); a person engaged in or given to thought or meditation.

Musing -a spell of thoughtfulness or reflection; a meditation; (also) a written reflection, thought, idea,

Muse – Each of the nine goddesses regarded as presiding over and inspiring learning and the arts, esp. poetry and music.

It is official, I am a muser.  This afternoon, it is a cool cloudy day and I am musing that I want an ever-present muse. It is not that I don’t have one, but she comes and goes. Maybe what I will do what Thoreau did as described in I to Myself.

“I must attend to my diet; I must get up earlier and take a morning walk. I must have done with luxuries and devote myself to my  my muse.”

Thank you Thomas Moore for including this quote in A Religion of Our Own.

Quotes on musers from The Oxford English Dictionary

1677 T. Gale Court of Gentiles: Pt. IV iv. 87 Was it not a great Saying..The greatest Musers are the best Artists?
1755 Johnson Dict. Eng. Lang., Muser,..one who muses; one apt to be absent of mind.
1814 Scott Waverley I. iv. 40 That internal sorcery, by which past or imaginary events are presented in action, as it were, to the eye of the muser.
1828 J. Sterling Ess. & Tales (1848) II. 75 No sound of tumult or of fear Rouses the muser’s lazy ear.
1887 J. L. Stevenson House Beautiful in Underwoods 10 Oft [shall] the morning muser see Larks rising from the broomy lea.
1991 Times Educ. Suppl. 4 Jan. 35/2 The students are a nice contrast—one a talker gaining in confidence and excitement and the other a muser you can hear thinking.

7 thoughts on “Musers and Musings

  1. Carole Webber May 9, 2014 / 4:04 pm

    Do “musers ” ever get anything done ?
    Unlless the “musr” brings forth some wisdom or something , , it sounds like musing is a a waste of time.

    • fictionfitz May 9, 2014 / 4:46 pm

      Musers do need musees, I thought you were one.

  2. Carole Webber May 9, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    I meditate, I contemplate, I ponder but I do not muse

    • fictionfitz May 9, 2014 / 8:49 pm

      Sounds like musings equal sheep

  3. jhvn May 10, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    Now what is a musee?
    As I have heard, read, and experienced, one’s muse comes and goes in some mysterious way like the wind or spirit – as some would say, “just like a woman”) Now I’m in trouble.
    As for the verbal form, sometimes I muse and sometimes i do. I would have it no other way.

    • fictionfitz May 11, 2014 / 7:21 am

      Musee, the receiver of a muse. Definition by RBR

      John I think you are so excellent at summary and scene.

      • jhvn May 12, 2014 / 9:24 am

        Thanks. I’m learning slowly about writing. Sometimes my muse is there. Sometimes she’s in the museum.

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